Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Support your local wildlife

FAMILY GENES:
 Thanks to John Chapman, we have the following T-shirt statement: “INSANITY does not run in my family. Rather, it strolls through, taking its time getting to know everyone personally.”

LOCAL WILDLIFE CLASS:
 A class titled “Local Wildlife” is being offered on March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., for the general public. The class will be at the SWR Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Reserve your spot by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or visit sierrawildliferescue.org.

STUDENTS ART SHOW:
 We just received information that El Dorado High School students will be featured 5-8 p.m. March 16 in the Youth Art Month Show at “Placerville Flowers on Main St.”

MURDER AND A MOTHER’S LOVE: 
On Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15 p.m.,the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Melinda Peak will be the speaker, and her topic is “Murder and Mother’s Love: A Tragedy in El Dorado County.” Visitors are welcome to this free presentation. For more information, visit edhgs@yahoo.com.

SPAGHETTI AND SALAD DINNER:
 El Dorado County Senior Daycare is presenting a benefit dinner on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, Pleasant Valley Rd. at Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. The cost for this spaghetti and salad dinner is $10 for adults and older children. Children under 10 years old pay $5. For tickets or more information, call Ruth Ann at 530-644-8519. Tickets will be sold at the door, also.

PRESCHOOL CLASSES FOR TOTS:
 There are classes for preschool children, ages 1 year to 6 years old. For information on theses five different classes, call 530-677-2231, or pick up information on classes at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Classes will be at the center.

THE MEANING OF LOVE: 
Clara Neilsen provided the following “What Does Love Mean” statement: “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.” — Billy, age 4

A T-SHIRT FOR YOUR BLOOD:
A blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct. (off Durock Rd.), Shingle Springs. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors will receive a T-shirt and earn My Blood Source rewards. Donors must bring a photo ID There is no upper age limit for donors. For more information, call 1-800-995-4420, Ext. 60039.

EASTER EGG HUNT TIME!
 The Mother Lode Lions Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for noon Sunday, March 31, at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Rd., Placerville. This free event is open to the public. The hunt will start exactly at noon – don’t be late! There will be hundreds of eggs, but they will be gone by 12:10 p.m.

ARE YOU THE PROBLEM?
 Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which provided the following observation: “I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.”

GET THE POPCORN READY:
 The Placerville Stadium 8 Theater Art Film Series is showing movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. only. On April 2 and April 3, the movie will be “Quartet,” which is described as follows: “One-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald (Tom Courtenay), Jean’s ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of “Rigoletto.” Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice. Drive to 337 Placerville Dr. and enjoy this funny movie.

FREE FUN AND BOOK, TOO!
 The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” program is scheduled for April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Bring the little ones for stories on the first Saturday of each month. A free book is given to the first 30 families. This class is designed for children, ages 3 to 5. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

DECODING FOOD LABELS:
 Would you like to know how to select the best foods for your body? A class to help you de-code labels is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Questions such as, “Is this really whole wheat or low fat?” will be answered. The speaker will be Nancy Porter. To know more about Nancy, visit NutritionbyNancy.com.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following comment regarding anger: “Giving your anger the instrument of words and actions is like giving a child a pile of straw and a box of matches. Once lit, anger feeds off the air of exposure and can rage out of control.”

Send your jokes and event items THREE WEEKS IN ADVANCE 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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