DON’T INTERRUPT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “It’s really rude to talk while I’m interrupting.”
HOP INTO THE STAGECOACH: The Davey Overland Stage Line and Friends is offering free holiday stagecoach rides at the Bell Tower on Main St., Placerville, on the following dates: Saturday, Nov. 17, noon-4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, 4-6 p.m. ; Saturday, Nov. 24, noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, noon-4 p.m.
SAUCY SAUSAGE: Carlyn White provided the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun: “Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.”
CHIMPANZEE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monday, Nov. 19, a free movie, “Chimpanzee”, will be shown at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, at 1 p.m. Popcorn will be available. This film follows an orphaned chimp on his quest to find a home. The movie is rated “G.”
MOTHER GOOSE GOOD TIMES: ”Mother Goose on the Loose” is a lap-sit storytime for children, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This award-winning program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. The fun takes place on Fridays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. For more information, call 530-621-5500.
ENERGY SAVING NEWS: The Weatherization Program can provide free energy efficiency upgrades to qualified low-income households for homeowners and renters. Services may include weatherstripping, insulation, fans, minor house repairs and more. You can obtain an application by contacting the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency at 530-621-6150 or on-line at edcgov.us/humanservices/homeweatherization. Applications may also be picked up at 937 Spring St., Placerville 530-621-6150.
WEAKNESS MIGHT MAKE YOU STRONGER: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following thought, which might work in political arenas: “It doesn’t make you weak to soften your positions. In fact, it makes you stronger.”
NO RIDES FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: El Dorado Transit will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. The business office and dispatch center will also be closed. Normal rides operation will resume on Saturday, Nov. 24. Sac-Med requests for Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 must be placed no later than Tuesday, Nov. 20.
MAKE CLOTHES LAST LONGER: Look at the “Who Knew?” calendar, and you will discover the following household hint: “Make your clothes last longer by taking your cotton and denim clothing out of the dryer 20 minutes before the cycle is about to end and letting them air dry the rest of the way. Excess dryer heat can break down the fibers in your clothes prematurely.”
ELIZABETHAN FEAST AND FUN: The 20th annual Elizabethan Family Feast is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. Tickets are $35. Children, 12 and under, pay $12. Come on out for an evening of food, friendship and fun Elizabethan style! For more information, call 530-676-3749.
KINDNESS REALLY WORKS: Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” In this book, people ages 5 to 95, offer life lessons such as the following thought: “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.” — Age 66.
INFORMATION FOR SENIORS: This is a partial list of telephone numbers that seniors can call for assistance. The rest of the list will appear in my Nov. 19 “Fence” column: All telephone numbers are in the 530 area code: Information & Assistance 621-6369 Legal Assistance 621-6154 Long Term Care Ombudsman 642-4860 Senior Nutrition Program 621-6160 Senior Trips & Activities 621-6255 Senior Day Care Center 621-6180 Senior Times 621-6255 Family Caregiver Support Program 621-6151 Senior Shuttle 621-6369.
WRONG BODY PART: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Mixed-up Metaphor:” “Let’s jump right in and get our teeth wet.”
TIME TO TAKE A BREAK? The Senior Day Care program is located at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. This program is designed for those who need care and supervision during the day. Activities at the Center include crafts, sports, exercise, meals, entertainment, music and plenty of personal attention to those in the program. Transportation from El Dorado Hills is available. For more information, call 530-621-6180. This program allows home caregivers a break from their care-giving responsibilities.
SHOPPING ONLINE ADVICE: A computer course for seniors titled “Online Shopping” will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. The class fee is $5. In this class you will be taught tools and tips for shopping on the internet. You must pre-register by contacting Amanda in person at the front desk of the Placerville Senior Center.
HEALTH LIBRARY TO RELOCATE: The Community Health Library, located at 681 Main St, Suite 103, Placerville, is now closed. The Health Library will reopen in January 2013, at the new location of 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 101, Cameron Park. For updates regarding exact opening day in January, call Alison Clement at 530-626-2778. Residents outside of Cameron Park will be able to request that books be sent to their nearest branch library after the Health Library reopens.
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.