Heard over the back fence: Take a hunter safety class

By From page B1 | June 23, 2014

FUNNY BOAT NAMES: Review “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar, and you will find the following “Funny and Real Boat Names:” ” Cirrhosis of the River – Incredible Hull – Campbell’s Sloop – What’s Up, Dock? – One Moor Time – Naut Fast Enuff – More Than We Can Afford – Ship Happens.”

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: A “Hunter Safety” class will be available for ages 10 and up on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Bring a pencil and lunch. Obtain a class manual from CSD — telephone 530-677-2231. Study the manual and/or go online at There will be firearm handling. Class topics include ethics, ecology, wildlife management, conservation, survival and first-aid. The class fee is $23 for Cameron Park residents or $28 for non-residents. Call 530-677-2231 to reserve your spot.

LEARN OIL PAINTING: A class titled “Learn to Paint with Oils” is scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. from June 24 to July 29 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. “Beginners or those who need a refresher will learn to stretch your own canvas, the use of gesso, types of canvas and paints to use, how to make a medium, and more. Students will paint still life in an impressionistic style at class. Preregistration is a must! Supply list available at registration. Only ‘Gamsol’ mineral spirits allowed!” The class fee is $54. To register, call 916-933-6629. This class will be at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.

OPTIMISM WORKS WELL: John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” — Nicholas Murray Butler

DANCING THE WALTZ: Beginning Waltz dance classes are scheduled for Wednesdays, July 9 through July 30, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $44 for Cameron Park residents or $49 for non-residents. Call 530-677-2231 to reserve your spot.

WHEN TO USE CAUTION: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “CAUTION: I Flunked Anger Management.”

PLACERVILLE FARMERS MARKET: The Placerville Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday through mid-November from 8 a.m. to noon. The farmers market is located at the Ivy House parking lot on Main Street, Placerville. In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, you can buy fresh baked bread, nursery items, honey, eggs and flowers, plus much more.

MOVIES ON THE GRASS: Filmfare” continues to offer outdoor projector movies on the grass at the Placerille Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 8:45 p.m. The June 28 movie is “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loyd and Shirley Temple. Donations are welcome. Popcorn is 75 cents. Bring your lawn chair!

CHP OFFICER HONORED: Local CHP Officer Sean Nichols received the “Officer of the Year” award at the June 4th El Dorado Hills Rotary Club breakfast meeting. CHP Commander Craig Root, Placerville Office, noted that Officer Nichols “represents us and our community well.” Congratulations, Officer Nichols!

LOANS FOR HOME REPAIRS: Loans are available at low interest rates for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County. “For more information about this program, visit the El Dorado County Website at or call the Housing, Community and Economic Development Program at 530-621-5595.

KIDS SPEAK THE TRUTH: Paul Chafer provided the following “A Little Holy Humor” quote: “GOOD SAMARITAN: A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, ‘If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?’ A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, ‘I think I’d throw up.’”

CAN YOU EXERCISE? A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise?” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A drop-in donation of $2 is appreciated. This class includes safe stretching and strengthening exercises. Sitting and standing exercises are available.

DIABETES INFORMATION: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Gaining Better Control” on Tuesday, July 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. The class topics will include key tools for managing diabetes, making sense of the numbers, medication options, and more. For class fee information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

MAKING DREAMS WORK: An anonymous reader sent the following interesting quote: “It has been said that imagination is intelligence having fun, but it’s equally true that the first step to having dreams come true is to wake up.”

HOME DELIVERED MEALS: If you are a homebound adult, 60 years or older and you are medically or physically disabled, you may qualify for home delivered meals. For more information, call 530-621-6160.

FUN DOES NOT REQUIRE ACTION: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “I believe that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.”

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT FUN: The non-profit Gold Country Retirement Community is inviting the public to join them to celebrate “National Night Out” on Aug. 5 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. “on the green” at 4301 Golden Center Dr., Placerville. There will be information and fun booths, a bounce house, hot dogs, chips, beverages; and the band “Black Tuesday” will provide music. Bring your own picnic and lawn chairs. For more information, call 530-621-1100, Ext. 13, and ask for Mary.

COLLETTE TRIP PREVIEW: The “Collette Trip Preview” will be held on Thursday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Placerille Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Trips to be previewed include: Panama, Washington, D.C., Greece, Canada, Danube River Cruise, New Mexico and Netherlands!

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “Renunciation is not giving up the things of the world, but accepting that they go away.” — Shunryu Suzuki

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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