Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Train rides available Sunday

OCEAN ADVICE:
 My pal John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from the Ocean” T-shirt statement: “Be shore of yourself * Come out of your shell * Take time to relax and coast * Avoid pier pressure * Sea life’s beauty * Don’t get tide down * Make waves!”

ALL ABOARD!
 The El Dorado Western Railroad continues to offer train rides in El Dorado or Shingle Springs every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Rides are available on May 19 at the El Dorado Station, 6000 Oriental St. On May 26, rides are available at the Shingle Springs Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Dr. The train fee is a $5 donation for ages 9 and up. A $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 is appreciated. Bring the kids!

FREE MOVIE DAY: On Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m., the movie “Lincoln” will be shown at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This movie is rated PG-13.

JIM SADLER RECOGNIZED:
 Jim Sadler, senior plant mechanic for EID, was recently honored with the Association of California Water Agencies — Joint Powers Insurance Authority ” H.R. LaBounty Safety Award.” The award recognizes employees for their contribution, time and effort in improving workplace safety. Sadler received the award for designing and installing a removable guardrail and fall protection anchor point system at the Deer Creek facility.

MOTHER’S WEATHER REPORT:
 Heidi Barron sent the following “I Can Hear My Mom Now!” statement: “My mother taught me about WEATHER.” ‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’”

STAY COOL COOKING:
A new class titled “Light Summer Fare” is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class topics will include summertime ideas for salads, cold soups and appetizers for this hands-on class. You will enjoy a complete meal at the end of the class. A $20 supply fee is required to hold your spot. Registration deadline is May 28 or whenever the class is full. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

YOUR AMAZING BRAIN: 
A roundtable discussion of “Your Amazing Brain” is scheduled for Friday, June 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn simple habits that can improve your “brain fitness.” Guest speakers include: Gina Bartok, Certified Senior Fitness Specialist; Marian Fitzpatrick, Physical Therapist, NCS, OCS; Nancy Porter, Nutrition by Nancy Facilitator; Judy Bakke, MA, Certified Brain Wellness Instructor. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW:
 The Foothill Cruisers Club is presenting their 15th annual “Custom and Classic Car Show” on Saturday, June 8, rain or shine, at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park. Gates open at 7 a.m. Car show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration cost is $25 and must be received prior to the show. Day of the show registration is $30. Registration includes a goodie bag and event dash plaque. This event includes live music, vendors, door prizes, pancake breakfast, 50/50 raffle, food and beverages. For more information or to register, email foothillcruisers@gmail.com or call 530-306-9362. No admission charge for spectators.

BANNERS ON DISPLAY:
 From June 8 through Oct. 12, 32 artistically decorated banners will be featured on light poles along Main Street, Placerville. The banners will be sold at the Oct. 19th “Art and Wine Festival.”

FUNDRAISER FOR SHERIFF’S CANINES:
 The “Order of the Sons of Italy” is sponsoring their second annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 8, at Empire Ranch Golf Course in Folsom. Registration fee is$125 per person, which includes green fees, longest drive, closest to the pin competition, post tournament dinner and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the El Dorado County Sheriff’s K-9 unit. For ticket purchase information, call 530-626-3862.

THEATER STORYTIME: 
Story Card Theater Storytime will be presented on Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This is a storytime for children of all ages, told in the traditional Japanese “Kamishibai” style.

SOUNDS LOGICAL TO ME: 
Looking through the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I located the following observation: “Equal rights were created for everyone.” — Contestant in the Mr. New Jersey pageant.

ALL ABOUT POETRY:
 The “Poetry off the Shelves” group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. You may want to read a poem of your own or read a poem by your favorite poet. It’s also just fine to come and listen to others. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

FRIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS:
 On Fridays, from June 14 through July 19, at 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts activities are offered for all ages at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

A DALAI DILLY:
 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following thought: “Anger is the ultimate troublemaker. I feel you can express a strong disapproval or dislike of an object without losing your temper.”

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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