AVOID GOING CRAZY: Take a look at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will discover the following suggestion: “Regular exercise has proven benefits of releasing endorphins, which have a calming effect on the brain and in your body. After exercising, many of the small things that drive you crazy can have little or no impact on you. And even the truly big things can be a little easier to deal with.”
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HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING: Tomorrow, Nov. 24, the El Dorado Hills Town Center will host the annual holiday tree lighting in the Town Center. Ceremony time is 6:30 p.m. Guess what? Santa will be available! There will be Kettle corn, face painting, cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes, too. Admission is free.
FUN IN THE STAGECOACH: Free stagecoach rides will be offered at the Bell Tower, Main St., Placerville, on the following dates and times: Sat. Dec. 8 – noon to 4 p.m.; Sun. Dec. 9 – noon to 4 p.m.; Sat. Dec. 15 – noon to 4 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 16 – noon to 4 p.m.; Sat. Dec. 22 – noon to 4 p.m.; and Sun. Dec. 23 – noon to 4 p.m. Thank you, Wiser Overland Stage Line and Friends.
FINDING THE STAIN: A glance at the “Who Knew?” calendar reveals the following household suggestion: “If you spilled something on a tablecloth or blanket, make the stain easy to find in the laundry room by clipping a bobby pin or safety pin onto the location. Find the pin and you’ve found the stain!”
BAYLEY HOUSE FUNDRAISER: The Friends of he Bayley House are sponsoring a fundraiser, “Winter Craft Fair,” on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. You can reserve a space, both inside and outside, to sell your crafts. For prices and application for spaces, call Kim at 530-823-2787 or visit bayleyhouse.org. Food and drinks, plus seasonal music, will be available. Proceeds will go towards restoration of the Bayley House.
TEENAGERS’ FEARS: I found the following life lesson in the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On:” “I’ve learned that a teenager’s biggest fear is the fear of a broken heart.” This life lesson was offered by a 16-year-old.
QUARTET HOLIDAY FUN: The “Group Therapy” quartet is a playful barbershop quartet. Members of the quartet also are members of the Gold Rush Chorus. The “Group Therapy” quartet will be singing at the Placerville Senior Day Care Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, on Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., they will do a repeat performance at the Pines Health Care Center, 1040 Marshall Way, Placerville. The quartet is performing as a donation to the community. For more information, call Keith at 530-644-4151.
NEEDLE NETWORK: The El Dorado Hills “Nite Knitters” is a knit and crochet group that meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Brand new knitters and crocheters , as well as seasoned veterans, are welcome. Instructors are on hand to teach beginners. Group facilitators are Diane Haug, Janey Mason and Carol Timms. The group leader is Leal Thompson. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
EARLY CHRISTMAS PARTY: How about celebrating Christmas time with Books ‘N Bears, Motifs Interior Design and Sugar Lillie Bakery at 6211 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado, on Dec. 1? Author Owen Sullivan, author of “The House’s Money,” will be at Books ‘N Bears from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa Claus will be available from 11 a.m. until the kids quit coming. Sugar Lillie will offer Christmas cookies. Hot cider and other treats, handmade Christmas wreaths and more will be available. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots barrel and receive a 10 percent discount on your purchase at Books ‘N Bears. Come on down on Saturday, Dec. 1.
SHOOTING THE BREEZE FOR FUN: “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. This group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The Oct. 4 discussion topic will be “Any Unusual Experiences?” Drop-ins are always welcome.
CALENDAR GOING TO THE DOGS: The “Dogs of Main St.” calendar is available at Placerville businesses, including the Bookery, Flowers on Main St., and Pampering Pickle. The calendars cost $15. All proceeds will benefit the PAWED program.
THANKS FOR THE DIRTY CARS: The Mother Lode Lions’ Leo Club of Union Mine High School recently conducted a car wash and collected $700 for PAW, People for Animal Welfare. Thank you, young people, and those of you who brought your “dirty” cars to be washed.
CONSTANT CHANGE IS NORMAL: Thanks to Editor Mike Raffety, we can present the following notion from the book, “Springs of Greek Wisdom:” “Remember, no human condition is ever permanent, then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too sorrowful in misfortune.” — Socrates
Send your jokes and event items 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.