Heard over the back fence: Studio tour in El Dorado Hills

By From page B1 | May 23, 2014

WHERE IS MY MIND? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following observation: “I’ve lost my mind . . . and I’m pretty sure the kids took it.”

ART STUDIO TOUR: The 2014 Spring Art Studio Tour is scheduled for May 31 through June 1. This free, self-guided tour will feature more than 50 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, wood workers and glass artists. You can download the brochure and map at or pick up a brochure at The Gallery at 48 Natomas in Folsom, the El Dorado Hills Senior Center in El Dorado Hills or at Gold Country Artist Gallery on Main Street in Placerville.

CEMETERY HISTORY PRESENTATION: On Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., the Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The speaker will be Janette Rogers, pioneer cemetery commissioner of our district. She will show slides of local and county cemetery history.

COMMUNITY LEADERS RECOGNIZED: Recently the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council presented “Community Service Awards” to the following deserving people: Kimberly McCarthy from Audubon Hills, Ray Pingle from Royal Equestrian Estates, and Susan Owens from Gold Hill Estates. All of the aforementioned people organized and inspired their neighbors to clear defensible space around their homes, access roads and driveways. They facilitated chipper days, cleared roadways and organized community clean-ups. Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for your leadership.

BEST OCCUPATION AROUND: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book contains the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that being a good mother is the best occupation you can ever have.” — Age 35

FRAUD WARNING ALERT: One of our readers called to report that he received a telephone call on Sunday regarding his bank account. The caller said he was calling from Bank of America. He also said that our reader’s bank account had been frozen, but he could reopen the account if our reader would give him the 12-digit account number. Wisely, our reader hung up the phone.

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

BINGO PAY-OFFS: The Cameron Park CSD and New West Haven Assisted Living are offering bingo games at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

GOOD PEOPLE DESERVE GOODNESS: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that good things generally do happen to good people.” — Age 29

WHAT ARE CARBOHYDRATES? On Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Marshall Medical is offering a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You,” at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, and some scholarships are available. Class participants will learn about the role of carbohydrates in their diet, meal planning, managing weight, and tips for dining out. Call 530-672-7021 to register for this class.

SAVE THE DATE! Don’t forget our El Dorado County Fair starts on June 12 and finishes up on June 15.

LOOK FOR GOODNESS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.” — John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic

THE STORY OF LAVENDER: Is lavender a perfume, a medicine, a cosmetic, a plant? Learn the facts about lavender and how to grow lavender in your garden. This class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17,  at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Jo Ann Perry will be the speaker. Call 916-358-3575 for information or to make a reservation.

FOLK MUSIC AND MORE: On Thursday, June 19, at 3 p.m., Alan Candee will provide folk music and storytelling at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. For more information, call 530-644-2498.

WEDNESDAY QUILTERS: On Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, the Gold Nugget Quilters meet at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. New and experienced quilters are welcome.

BRIDGE PLAYERS UNITE: If you enjoy playing bridge, you may want to visit the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on any of the events or classes, please visit, call 530-677-2231 or email at [email protected].

A ZEN ZINGER: Review the “Zen” calendar, and you will discover the following quote: “Stand still. The trees ahead and the bush beside you are not lost.” — Albert Einstein

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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