Heard over the back fence: Start summer with a free swim in Cameron Park

By From page B1 | May 19, 2014

”Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following odds:
”You’ll survive for another year: 99.8 percent; you’ll get married: 64 percent; you’ll be audited by the IRS: 57 percent; a bill introduced in Congress will pass: 8 percent; you’ll have a supernatural encounter: 5.9 percent; your kid’s a genius: 4 percent; a pregnancy will result in twins: 2 percent.”

SWIM FOR FREE: The Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., is ready to officially kick off summer. The “Welcome to Summer” event is scheduled for May 24 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. You can swim for free and purchase pool passes for the summer, register for swim lessons, summer camps and classes. For more information, call 530-677-2231. 

HISTORICAL LECTURE: A “Studebaker” historical lecture will be presented at the Cameron Park Community Center on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: David Ray Velez Jr., graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2008. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was on the Dean’s List in Fall 2010, Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 after maintaining a grade-point average of 3.55. David also received the “Outstanding Male Senior Award.” He has been accepted to the University of Nevada, Reno, for medical school for August 2014. Wow! What a success story! Congratulations, David. We look forward to your bright future!

RESPECT IS REMARKABLE: Check out the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that a good relationship between me and my family, my friends and my business associates can be boiled down to one word: respect.” — Age 56

FUNDRAISER FOR HOMELESS: A “Spring Dinner” is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Dr. A pasta feast and dessert will be served. Tickets are available at the door and at, and cost $15 per person; $10 for kids under 10. Kids under 3 are free. Proceeds will benefit the Community Resource Center program. The CRC is no longer at 1864 Broadway. The program is now mobile and can be reached at 530-344-1864.

MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE: The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following quote: “There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” — Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Children’s Advocate

HANGTOWN DOG SHOW: The Hangtown Kennel Club’s Dog Show is scheduled for May 24 through May 26 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Dr. Judging starts at 8 a.m., and group competition and “Best of Show” take place in the afternoon. “Canines Got Talent” is scheduled. If your dog has a cool or very unique trick or behavior, enter it! For more information, visit or call 530-622-6909.

THE DROUGHT AND YOU: A new class titled “The Drought and You” will be offered on Tuesday, June 10, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class is described as follows: “El Dorado Irrigation District staff will present an update on drought conditions and share water efficiency tips. Learn about free plumbing retrofits that will help you save water. Complimentary literature and magazines will also be available. Refreshments will be served.” The speakers will be Sharon Fraser and Lou Carlton from EID. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

NO. 1 IN THE STATE: We have been informed that the El Dorado County Library has achieved No. 1 status in the state for “Early Literacy” programs, according to the “Children Now” agency. A celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. There will be short presentations by the following people: Wendy David, chair of First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission; Camille Maben, executive director of First 5 California Children and Families Commission; and Norma Santiago, chair of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

IDENTIFY KISSES: Paul Chafer sent the following “Why?” quote: “WHY: Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses? BECAUSE: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.”

FREE CAR SHOW: A car show is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park. The show is free to spectators. For more information, call 530-677-8000.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE: The “Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets every second Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. On June 10, Dr. Jeff Hill will speak on the “Benefits of Physical Activity.” 

POLLOCK PINES PARADE: The annual Pollock Pines 4th of July Parade is being organized by the Rotary Club of Pollock Pines-Camino. The parade will run from the Crystal View Shell Station to the Pollock Pines Community Center. To sign up to be in the parade or for more information, please email [email protected] or go to or call 530-306-4405.

LEARN TO DRAW: A new class titled “Basics of Drawing” is scheduled at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Tuesdays from June 10 through July 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants will learn the five basic shapes and the effects of light, values creating forms, shadows and highlights, perspective — both one and two points, and shapes and proportions of faces. A required supply list will be available at registration. The class fee is $49. Registration deadline is May 30. Jimmie Claire Grann is the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following quote: “I say to the moment: ‘Stay now! You are so beautiful!’” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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 2889 Ray Lawyer Dr. 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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