Monday, April 21, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Two musical venues in El Dorado Hills

 Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Jokes That Can Be Told In Church:” “A police recruit was asked during the exam, ‘What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?’ He answered, ‘Call for backup.’”

SUMMER CONCERTS TIME! Free Friday night concerts are alive and well at the El Dorado Hills Community Park. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and the following entertainers are scheduled: June 28 — Chris Gardner Band; July 12 — Rhythm Vandals; July 26 — Ike & Martin; Aug. 9 — Rock Monsterz. Bounce houses and other children’s activities are also available. For more information, call 916-933-6624.

Read the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, and you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they’re doing and wave back.” — Age 9

 Jan Le Pouvoir, Secretary, the Maidu Group of the Sierra Club, reports the following information for hikers: Thursday, July 4 — Day hike into Desolation Wilderness from the Van Vleck Trailhead up to Forni Lake and possibly to summit of Tells Peak. Total 10-15 miles with elevation gain of 2000-3000 feet. For all outings, contact the leader, John Le Pouvoir at 530-644-7295 or for meeting times/location/what to bring.

The always-popular Thursday night concerts series is back at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater with “festival stye seating,” which means bring your blanket or chair. Concerts will be available through Sept. 12. On Sept 19, there will be a bonus concert performance by the Folsom Symphony.

A “Relay for Life” event is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, at 9 a.m., both days. This is a 24-hour team event to fight cancer locally and beyond. If you need more information or would like to enter a team to walk in this event, call 916-792-8866. On Saturday morning at 9 a.m., cancer survivors will be recognized and honored with a medal or T-shirt and will receive a free breakfast.

 Review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will observe the following “strict” ice cream promotion: “Free sundaes for Dads on Father’s Day. (Dads must be 15 or older.)” — Ad for a Vermont ice cream store.

”G” rated movies are available on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The July 24th movie will be “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Enjoy the free movie, popcorn and drinks. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

If you want to receive an application or more information regarding Early Head Start, Head Start, or State Preschool programs, call 530-295-2270 or visit services/child development recruitment. Early education programs for children, ages birth to 5 years old, are available.

On 6-15, my co-worker Richard Solomon and his wife Patricia (Pat) celebrated 50 years of marriage. I asked Richard if he had any advice for staying married for 50 years. He replied, “Bite your tongue.” Pat, make sure Richard spolils you for the next 30 years. We wish you both good health and happy times!

We have been informed that the El Dorado West Republican Women Federated granted Vivian Humphrey Memorial Scholarships to Kristi Buchendorf and Spencer Gates. Both young ladies are from Oakridge High School. It was also pointed out that both of them “attained significant achievements, both academically and through their extra curricular interests.” Congratulations, ladies! We salute your achievements and look forward to your bright futures.

 John Bruno provided the following Mother Teresa quote: “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go.”

Star Walker informs us that a trip to Old Sacramento is scheduled for Oct. 24. The trip for seniors includes a visit to the California State Railroad Museum, a pasta bar lunch on the Delta King Riverboat, a river boat cruise, plus a visit to the California Auto Museum. The cost for this trip is $110 per person, which includes bus transportation to and from Old Sacramento. To reserve your spot, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.

 Go over the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will see the following advice: “If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.”

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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