Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Strike up an acquaintance April 20

Carlyn White provided the following “Great Lesson on Stress”: “If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.”

 The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is sponsoring a “Strikes for Scholarships” bowling day on Saturday, April 20, at Knotty Pines Bowling Lanes, 2667 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. The a.m. session will be at 10 a.m. The p.m. session will be at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will create academic, vocational and special program scholarships. For more information or to register, go to or call 530-903-8039. 

 Read the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will unearth the following church bulletin language: “This being Easter Sunday we will ask Mrs. Fisher to come forward and lay an egg at the altar.”—- In a church bulletin.

The 47th annual El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College Patrons Club Scholarship luncheon will be held on Friday, April 26, at noon, at the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. Proceeds will allow local students to receive scholarships to attend Folsom Lake College at the El Dorado Center in Placerville. Luncheon tickets are $12 each. Additional lunch tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased at the door. Also, tickets can be purchased from any Patrons’ member. Tickets are also available at the El Dorado Center Administrative Office (upstairs) at 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. For more information, call 530-621-0907 or 530-622-5021.

A class titled “Childbirth Education” is being offered by the Marshall Medical Center on Tuesdays, April 30 through June 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Placerville. Class topics include relaxation and breathing techniques, cesarean birth, medical interventions, pain relief options and the role of the birth partner. The class is designed for women in their 3rd trimester of their pregnancy. The class fee is $70. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to help pay class tuition. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-626-2990.

HELPING ANIMALS IN NEED:  The St. Francis Thrift Store opened Friday at 3971 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs (same building as Arnolds for Awards). Proceeds will benefit local animals in need. For more information, call 530-676-4237.

 PJ Storytime takes place on the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. Children, ages 1 week to 5 years old, and their adults are invited. Put the kids in their PJ’s and enjoy the stories, songs and craft activities. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

 Clara Neilsen provided the following “Don’t Look Down” quotation: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” — Mary Kay Ash

 The Stroke Education and Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Hupcey Building, Room 208, 681 Main St., Placerville. The meetings discuss the affects of a stroke in a positive, supportive environment. Stroke survivors, their families and friends are invited to attend. Bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like. For more information, call 530-626-2642.

 On the first Saturday of each month, a pancake breakfast is offered at the Placerville Airport from 8 to 11 a.m. Breakfast cost is $6 or $3 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit local youth and adult aviation programs, including Young Eagles and Civil Air Patrol. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice will be served on the following dates: May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, and Sept. 7. For more information, call 530-626-4165.

 The Spring Fling party will take place on Friday, May 3, at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym, 1021 Harvard Way. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The Riverbend Band will offer live music for dancers and listeners. A suggested donation for the lunch is $3 for seniors, 60 and older. Lunch is $5 for non-seniors. Good food, entertainment and conversation are yours for the taking. Handsome firemen will serve the lunch. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following quotation: “It is our enemies who provide us with the challenge we need to develop the qualities of tolerance, patience, and 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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