Heard over the back fence: Three cheers for Emily

By From page B1 | May 09, 2014

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER: Emily Johnston is the “Featured Volunteer” for the Georgetown Library. The “Between Friends” newsletter described Emily as follows: “We found pretty, blond 14-year-old Emily Johnston shelving books in our Georgetown Library. She comes in once a week to help shelve. At other times, she is a home-school student with the ARCS program. She has lived in Georgetown for about two years and is interested in history. Emily also did a great job decorating for the library’s Dr. Seuss birthday party so we hope to have her help to decorate at future library parties.” Congratulations, Emily, for being selected as the “Featured Volunteer,” and thank you for your community service.

NEWCOMERS LUNCHEON: The El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club will be presenting a $3,500 check to Lilliput Kinship at the Newcomers’ luncheon, scheduled for May 14 at the Side Bar at Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills, Town Center, at approximately noon.

BINGO IN CAMERON PARK: On May 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., you can play bingo at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Next month bingo will be played on June 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the same location.

NOT SO COMMON SENSE: Paul Chafer sent the following “PC Knowledge” quote:
”Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer: OK
Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes
Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in.”

“THE BIG FIX” MOVIE: Te local Maidu Group of the Sierra Club will continue to show monthly films. The film for May 14, 6 p.m., at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., will be “The Big Fix,” which will examine the causes of the BP oil spill and the “uncovering of a vast network of corruption.” A $3 donation is appreciated.

LADIES BEWARE! The “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar noted the following “Weird Town:” “If you’re traveling to Spain, consider visiting San Pablo de los Montes, which holds an annual Skirt-Lifting Festival in January. For one day only, men can lift women’s skirts without getting arrested.”

NON-FICTION READERS CLUB: On Tuesday, May 20, at 2 p.m., the Non-fiction Book Club meets at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

FACEBOOK FOR SENIORS: You can become a “Senior Surfer” on Facebook by attending a presentation 1 p.m. May 20 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn the basics of how to set up a Facebook account and earn your “Silver Surfer” certification. Bring your laptop or tablet. Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot. Gail Lohmann from the “Visiting Angels” will be the presenter.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following quote: “How many times is it appropriate to say ‘What?’ before you nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?”

ARE YOU BUYING A HORSE? Would you like some information regarding things you should know before buying a horse? Herb and Gail Stone are offering to teach a four-to six-hour free seminar class and demonstration. Herb and Gail hold several world championship titles. If you are interested in enrolling for the seminars, call 530-677–6686 to reserve your spot.

DOWN MEMORY LANE: A fun class titled “Thanks for the Memories” is scheduled for Tuesdays 1-4 p.m., May 20 through July 22, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You can share any memories you want to. This class fills up quickly. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. This is a good opportunity to meet some new friends.

IS YOUR HOST TRUSTWORTHY? Paul Chafer sent the following explanation for why we clink glasses before we toast each other: “BECAUSE: In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.”

50TH CLASS REUNION: The Folsom High School Class of ’64’ is having a 50th year class reunion party in October If you would like to attend, call one of the following numbers: Roger Terneuzen at 775-240-2520; Bev Smith at 916-834-1996; or Beverly Jo Creel at 530-626-6373.

A ZEN ZINGER: A glance at the “Zen” calendar reveals the following thought: “The foolish reject what they see, not what they think. The wise reject what they think, not what they see.” — Huang-Po

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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