ADVICE FROM A FIRE FLY: John Chapman sent me the following “Advice from a Fire Fly” T-shirt statement: “Be full of bright ideas – Pulse with excitement – Have a healthy glow – Delight in summer evenings – Keep a childlike sense of wonder – Set a shining example – Lighten up!”
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR: An evening observatory outing to Placerville is scheduled for Thursday, July 26. Participants will meet at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center parking lot, 990 Lassen Lane, at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are a must for this free event. To register for this class, call 916-358-3575. Participants will view the night sky from special telescopes.
MEDITATION CLASS AVAILABLE: A class titled “Mind and Meditation” is scheduled for Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Deepak Gilra is the presenter. The class description states: “Learn new tools to live a healthy and stress free way of life. Using simple meditation and breathing techniques you will be able to free your mind from stresses. You will be introduced to the ancient science of your mind called meditation” Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot.
FRUIT FOR YOUR FEET: The “Who Knew?” calendar offers the following foot-soak remedy: “Walking all day? You’ll love this invigorating foot soak. Fill a basin with cold water, then slice up a lemon and add the slices along with several sprigs of mint. The oils in the lemon and mint will help revive your skin while leaving it smelling fresh.”
FREE VACCINES: El Dorado County Public Health Dept. is offering free (donations accepted) vaccines for babies, children and teens. Walk-ins are welcome. Clinics begin July 12 at the following locations: Pioneer Park, 6740 Fairplay, Somerset – first Wednesday of each month – 10 a.m.-noon. Pollock Pines Community Church – 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines – second Thursday of each month – 11 a.m.- p.m. White Rock Village Apartments – (in the Community Room), 2200 Valley View Parkway, El Dorado Hills – third Monday of each month – 1-3 p.m. You must bring shot record with you. Some adult vaccines are available. For more information, call 530-621-6100 or visit www.edcgov.us/PublicHealth.
YOSEMITE GOOD TIMES: Marci Cobb took the time to write us and reports that she had a great time working as a volunteer in Yosemite Park with Judy Mathat and friends. She recommends the volunteer trip to everyone.
STEAK AND FELLOWSHIP TIME CORRECTION: On Saturday, July 14, the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch and Unit 275, will celebrate their 33rd anniversary. No host cocktails are available at 3 p.m., and dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Dinner cost is $8 per person for the steak dinner and goodies. The dinner will be at the Veterans Memorial Hall, off Placerville Dr., next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Reservations are a must. To reserve your spot, call Larry Boudreaux at 530-677-3925 or Dave Davidson at 530-644-5385 prior to Wednesday, July 11. If you are a Fleet member and cannot attend, please call Clara Gemmet at 530-644-1610.
VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: Iowa State University officials have notified us that Bret Lawrence Harnden of Rescue recently graduated with an MS degree in Agricultural Education and Studies. Congratulations, Bret! All your hard work and discipline has paid off. We wish you similar success in your bright future. It’s always nice to see our local students succeed.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Diabetes Education: Healthy Living Class No. 3.” Topics to be discussed include gaining a better understanding of diabetes and making sense of blood glucose numbers. Also, medication options and tips on eating out will be reviewed. The class will be offered Wednesday, July 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. The class fee will be covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with M.D. referral. To register for this class, call 530-672-7021.
FREE CONCERT IN THE HILLS: Free concerts are being offered on the last Saturday of each month, through September, at the Pony Express Plaza, corner of Sly Park Rd. and Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite picnic items. Children’s activities, games, and prizes will be available. There will also be a concert Aug. 11. For more information, call Jeanne Harper at 530-613-1332.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE: Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club recently presented the following Youth Awards: Trevor Shamblin – scholarship winner; Shannon Watson – scholarship winner; Kelsey Rothwell – scholarship winner; Courtney Land – Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
A DALAI DILLY: Within the Dalai Lama calendar is the following statement: “In the work environment, if there is a lot of injustice and exploitation, then to passively tolerate it is the wrong response. The appropriate response really is to actively resist it, to try to change this environment rather than accept it.”
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.