Heard over the back fence: Fundraiser for family displaced by fire

By From page B1 | February 17, 2014

WATCH OUT FOR FUN: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “The trouble with trouble is it starts out as fun.”

CHAVEZ FAMILY FUNDRAISER: A Jan. 28 fire displaced the Chavez family from their home. Independence High School is hosting a Spaghetti Feed fundraiser on Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Independence High School, 4675 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. There is no set cost for the dinner. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 530-622-7090.

ARE YOU BORED? If you are bored, you might want to check out the following activities available at Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.: “Yoga, Tai Chi, Yoga, Jazzercise, Belly Fit (Moving Women), Zumba and MMA Fitness Dance classes – Ballroom Dancing (foxtrot), Barre Class, and Belly Dancing. Specialty classes – Cooking with Chef Susan, Wines of the World, Let’s Uke, Essential Oils, Making Math fun for Parents, and Golf Lessons. Safety classes – Hunter Safety, CPR & First-Aid Courses, Lifeguard Title 22 and other essential Guard training classes. If you’re interested check out online Activity Guide at or call the district office for more information at 530-677-2231.”

MIND AND BODY CONVERSATION: A new class titled “The Mind and Body Conversation” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Please bring a $5 supply fee. Percy McManus, author of “101 Secrets of Good Health,” will be the presenter. The following class description was offered: “Which talks the most — the mind or the body? What do they say to each other? Is it possible the mind controls how and when the body reacts to emotional and physical circumstances? This conversation will teach you a whole new language.” To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: If you are caring for a family member with dementia or other illness, you may be interested in a monthly support group that meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Respite is available to qualified caregivers. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

TEENAGERS HELPING OUT: The “Young Adult Library Committee” meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Teenagers, between the 7th and 12th grade, join library staff to discuss programs for the library. They have a positive impact on the community and have fun, too! For more information, call 530-621-5500.

OLD LADIES WITH TATTOOS: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “More Aphorisms” quote: “Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!”

LINE DANCE LESSONS: Have you been thinking about how to learn line dancing? Line dance lessons are offered on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A $2 per class donation is appreciated. The instructors are Pat Nathan and Shelly Mills.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: A cancer survivor support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 202, Cameron Park. It doesn’t matter if you are newly diagnosed or a seasoned survivor, you are invited to share encouragement, support and inspiration. For more information, call Cheryl Purgett at 530-672-7050.

IMPRESSIVE COLLEGE GRADES: Bentley University, Waltham, Mass., officials have informed us that Zachary Ledford, a senior from El Dorado Hills, has been named to the Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a full-time student must have a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher, with no course grade below 2.0 during the fall term. Congratulations, Zachary! We salute your academic success and look forward to your promising future.

HOMEWORK SCHEDULE: “Homework Monday” takes place every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Children can do their homework at the library.

BEING ADOPTED IS COOL: Paul and Wendy Chafer sent the following quote: “Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, ‘I know all about Adoption, I was adopted . .’ ‘What does it mean to be adopted?’, asked another child. ‘It means’, said the girl, ‘that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy?’”

MONTHLY DANCE NIGHT: On March 7, the Shingle Springs Community Center will host a dance at 4440 South Shingle Rd. from 7 to 9 p.m. DJ Jamie Faw will provide dance and listening music. Light refreshments will be available. The dances are offered on the first Friday of each month. A $5 donation is appreciated. For more information, call Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

YOU NEED LAUGHTER: A new class titled “Humor Is Important” is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. on March 4 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Margie Anderson will explain how important it is, both physically and mentally, to be socializing with others and to include humor in your life on a regular basis. Call the Senior Center at 916-358-3575 to hold your spot.

KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE: John Bruno provided the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Remove yourself from conversations in which someone is speaking negatively about his or her spouse.”

LONG-TERM CARE DISCUSSION: A presentation titled “Long-Term Care — What You Need to Know” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Attorney Diana Steele will discuss long-term care options and programs to assist with payment, including long-term care insurance and public benefits. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve our spot.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following thought: “If it sloshes, there isn’t enough.” — Takashina Rosen 

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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