SOMEWHAT CYNICAL STATEMENT: Wendy and Paul Chafer provided the following quote: “The only reason they say ‘women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats.” — Jean Kerr
READER’S RAPTURE: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are priced by the bag or individually.
TEEN FUN AND PRIZES: “Teen Tuesdays” continue at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 2 p.m. Each week there will be an art project and “Just Dance Competition on the Wii.” The art project for July 9 is “Wire Sculpture Art,” hosted by Bethany Ulm. For more information, call 530-621-5547.
“CAN DO” ATTITUDE WORKS: Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the person who says something can’t be done is often interrupted by someone doing it.” — Age 43
THE “GAME OF SPARROWS:” Mah Jongg is played weekly, on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is a “rummy like” tile game. Beginners are always welcome. Margie Yowell is the group leader. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
FREE EMPLOYER FORUM: Kathy Matranga-Cooper, business services representative, El Dorado County, informs us that a free “Employer Forum,” featuring Blue Ribbon Personnel Services, will be presented on Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m., at the Child Support Services Building, 3883 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs. The public is invited to hear what services are available from Blue Ribbon. For more information, call 530-642-4850.
LISTEN TO YOURSELF: Percy McManus provided the following interesting quote: “The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.” — Dag Hammarskjold
SUCCESSFUL STUDENT NEWS: Spencer Bruttig of El Dorado recently graduated after completing four years at UC Santa Barbara. He received a degree in Cinematography-Film Production and History. Spencer graduated from Union Mine High School in 2009. His first short-film documentary was titled “No Otter Zone” and was featured at the Golden-Denver, Colo., Environmental Film Festival, the Veil Colorado Film Festival, and the Ojai Film Festival. We look forward to seeing your name “in the lights.”
USED BOOKS SALE: Welcome to the Pollock Pines used books sale, scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the library parking lot, 6210 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. Hundreds of books, videos, and audios will be for sale at bargain prices. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILI COOKS ARE INVITED: Chili cooks are wanted for the “Cowboys and Cornbread Festival” scheduled for Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Chili entrants are needed. First place winner of the chili contest receives $250. Second place is $100, and third place is $75. To sign up, call 530-621-5885.
BREAKFAST WITH OUR VETERANS: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast for a very reasonable price. Breakfast includes juice, coffee, eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy, too! Breakfast is available on the first, second and third Sunday of the month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive, adjacent to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. All proceeds go toward veterans’ charities.
KNOW YOUR JOB: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following lesson on “how not to conduct an interview:” “Dog show television host: That was a good performance from your dog and he recorded a good time as well. Greyhound owner: Why, what was it? Host: I don’t know.” — On Sky TV
NEW TO THE AREA? If you are new to the area and never been to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, you may want to attend the “Senior Center Orientation” presentation, which is offered on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. You can join others for a free continental breakfast and “talk and tour” of the Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Reservations are a must. Please call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
PJ PLAYTIME: PJ Storytime at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. Children, ages 3 to 5 years old, and their adults can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities. Children are encouraged to wear their jammies!
LET’S COMBAT HUNGER: Bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to any branch library or to the Placerville Main Library. These food items will go to the Food Bank of El Dorado County to help feed those in need. Collection boxes are at the libraries.
A DALAI DILLY: In the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will find the following statement: “Perhaps you may know that my usual way of meeting with people is completely informal. I think the very purpose of meeting is connection, or contact, person to person. So formality sometimes becomes an additional barrier.”
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.