Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Storytime at library branches

From page B1 | November 09, 2012 |

 Carlyn White provided the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun: “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.”

 Pollock Pines Library offers “Children’s Storytime” on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the library. Activities include interactive story telling, singing and crafts playtime. Ages 1 week to
7 years old are invited. For more information, call 530-644-2498.

”Children’s Storytime” is a program designed for children, ages 3 to 5. This program is scheduled on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. The kids can enjoy stories and crafts activities. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

 Clara Neilsen gave me the book titled “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” In this book people, ages 5 to 95, offer life lessons, such as the following: “I’ve learned that it’s hard to argue with someone when they’re right.” — Age 38.

Don’t forget that Mother Lode Lions have opened their See’s candy shack and remain open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special orders are filled upon request. The candy shack is located in the parking lot next to Mother Lode Lions Hall, on the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads in Diamond Springs.

 The Placerville Ostomy Association meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 202, Cameron Park. These meetings are open to pre-surgery and post-surgery Ostomates, caregivers, family and friends. The next meeting will be in January. For more information, call Sherron West at 530-823-9677.

 The Partners in Care program has scheduled a presentation titled “Looking Down the Road — Managing the Latter Stages of Life.” This event will discuss making difficult choices such as “How can I maintain a quality of life while living with serious illness? What kind of medical care do I want as my life draws to a close? How do I open the conversation with my family?” This free presentation will be at the Foothills United Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Rd., Rescue, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 530-344-0700 or visit

A “Computer User Group” meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

 Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contains the following “Sign of the Times” statement: “Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” — Sisters of Mercy.

A free presentation titled “Wake Up to Your Life as a Spiritual Adventure” is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Cozmic Cafe (upstairs), 594 Main St., Placerville. The presentation will be followed by a community HU Chant at 3 p.m. The public is invited.

A “Celebrating the Joy of Childhood” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This unique program for parents and children, 1 week to 5 years old, will offer social-emotional enrichment activities, community resources and free books. Stop by and play!

Recently, the Fleet Reserve Association Branch and Unit 275, an organization of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, veterans and retirees, made a pre-Thanksgiving cash donation of $400 to the El Dorado Food Bank. This organization also plans to make a pre-Christmas donation of canned goods and cash to the El Dorado Food Bank. Thank you, veterans. The veterans continue to give back to their community. 

”PJ Storytime” is a program for kids, ages 3 to 5 years old. The fun occurs at 6 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. The next session will be on Thursday, Dec. 6. Kids can wear their PJ’s and enjoy stories, songs, and crafts activities. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Food Bank of El Dorado County will host the annual “Holiday Outreach Program” in the main building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. 1,000 holiday food baskets will be provided to families that may otherwise go without food this holiday season. If you would like to volunteer to help at this event or at the Food Bank, call 530-621-9950.

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar provides the following grieving recommendation: “Perhaps someone close to you has died, and you are grieving privately. If instead of hiding your feelings you express them openly, the overwhelming power of that sadness will be weakened.”

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.



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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