Heard over the back fence: Spaghetti fundraiser for homeless center

By From page B1 | July 08, 2013

 My pal John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I work well with others as long as they do what they’re told.”

A “Spaghetti Fest” is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville. Tickets are $10 each at the door. Children 10 years old and under pay $5. Proceeds will benefit the Community Resource Center to aid the homeless.

MICHAEL BAILEY JR., FUNDRAISER: Michael Bailey Jr., walked out of a sliding glass door on the second story of a rental home. There was no balcony; and he fell, landing on his head, suffering severe injuries. On Wednesday, July 10, a fundraiser is scheduled at Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Rd., Camino, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The ticket includes one meal and one drink ticket. There will be live music, a silent auction and door prizes. Advance tickets are available at Crystal Basin Cellars, 3550 Carson Rd., Camino. Visit

 The “Ready to Read” program is designed for children, ages 3 to 5 years old. Storytime begins at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, on July 11. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

A peek at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following weather statement: “It’s 87 degrees and this is definitely not a day to be in labor — uh – no — this is definitely not a day to be laboring in the heat.” — Weatherman, KPNX-TV, Phoenix, Ariz.

 Bentley University officials have informed us that John Gallagher of El Dorado Hills has been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must have grade-point average of 3.3 or higher, with no course grade below 2.00 during the semester. Congratulations, John! We salute your efforts!

A “Daddy and Me Playtime” is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 1 week to three years old, are invited to bring their dad or grandpa or uncle to play in an educational and creative environment. Space is limited to the first 25 participants. Each family will receive a free book. Call 530-621-5547 to reserve your spot.

 Mary Ann Putnam provided the following “Assorted Thoughts:” “Best Friends — They know how crazy you are and still choose to be seen with you in public.”

A free guitar jam session takes place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to hang out and play music with your friends, old and new. Drop-ins are always welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

 The El Dorado Hills Book Club meets on the last Friday of the month, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Members of the club make book selections. Mary Person is the group leader.

 The Paul Harris Fellowship award is a prestigious award offered by Rotary International. Recently Suzi Lewis and her daughter, Taylor, were called to the front of a Rotary meeting. She was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship award “to honor her compassion, caring and helping her Mom, Suzi, since Taylor was 3 years old.” It was also noted that Taylor has helped at many Rotary fundraising and public awareness events. Looks like a future Rotarian to me. Congratulations, Taylor!

A workshop titled “Medication Management” is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, from 10 to 11:45 a.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Terry McPeek, RN, will suggest how to discuss medications with doctors and how to manage your prescriptions to your best advantage. For more information, call 530-621-6151.

 Friends of Seniors, El Dorado County, are presenting their second annual “Wine in the Vines” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way, Placerville. Your ticket includes select Sierra Vista wines, light refreshments by Diane Wilkinson, music by the “Singing 4 Supper” band, and drawings for fabulous gift baskets. Tickets are $25 per person. For ticket or reservation information, please call Clyda at 530-626-8189 no later than Thursday, July 25, or mail check to Friends of Seniors, PO Box 564, Placerville.

A class titled “Got Pot Stickers?” is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn step by step preparations of these delicious dumplings and will make and take home a dozen pot stickers. Bring a $10 supply fee to the Senior Center to reserve your spot. Judy Chu Barnes will be the instructor.

 The following free caregiver support groups are available locally: The second Tuesday of every month at 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Hwy 193. The third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. To receive respite services, pre-authorization is required. For more information, call 530-621-6151.

 If you have the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will find the following thought: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column three weeks in advance to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or drop them off at 1360 Broadway. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.


Bob Billingsley

Bob Billingsley writes Heard Over the Back Fence three times a week, keeping his pen on the pulse of the community. He also writes a biweekly column called Billingsley's Bullets, in which he uses “sideways” thinking to make your day a little easier to handle.
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