Heard over the back fence: Used book sales first two Saturdays of May

By From page B1 | April 29, 2013

ONCOMING TRAFFIC WARNING: Carlyn White sent the following “Great Lesson on Stress:” “When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.”

Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are now priced by the bag or individually.

 The Cameron Park Library’s used book sale takes place on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library, 2500 Country Club Drive. Everything is on sale for $5 a bag. Feel free to bring any books you would like to donate to this sale, or drop them off at the front desk of the library.

BE THANKFUL: Percy McManus provided the following quotation: “There is a calmness to life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum.

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.

On Saturday, May 18, the Capital Pops Concert Band will be performing at the Cameron Park Community Events Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 or 2 for $18. At the door tickets are $12. Tickets are available and can be purchased at Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, Fire Station 89, Cameron Park Walgreens, Cameron Park Bel Air, Cameron Park CSD Office or online at For more information, please contact Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231, or via email at [email protected]

SORRY . . . WRONG ANSWER: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following failure to perform: “Family Fortunes host: What is a famous Parisian landmark? Contestant: Hawaii.”

Marshall Hospital Auxiliary has scheduled an orientation for new volunteers on Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. If you are a prospective member of the Auxiliary, you will learn about the Auxiliary’s mission and services they provide. You must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer. For more information, call Linda Militello at 530-622-4823.

UP-TO-DATE ROCKHOUNDS: The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society extends a warm welcome to the following new members: Tyler Daniel, Cathy Pronessa, Matt Schroeder, Sean and Matt Smothers, and Trenton Volpendsta.

 Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following “Historical Trivia:” “At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the phrase ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s.”

 It’s not too late for you to nominate your choice for “Senior of the Year.” If you know an outstanding older adult or married couple, 60 years or older, who have performed exemplary work in El Dorado County as a volunteer for the last two years, nominate them. Nomination forms are available at the Placerville Senior Center or on-line at For more information, please call 530-621-6255 or you can e-mail [email protected] Submissions must we received by May 3. 

 The following 14 students were selected by staff at their high schools for “exhibiting a positive attitude toward their peers, their school, and their instructors (the student “who makes the staff want to come to school”): Union Mine High School – Madison Peaslee and Connor Reed; El Dorado High School – Katelyn Harris and Sean Gregg; Golden Sierra High
School – Ashley Ploetz and Andrew Elliott; Ponderosa High School – Emily Olander and Colby Zentner; Oak Ridge High School – Alexa Hill and Derek Henslee; Independence High School – Kylee Piazza and David Velasquez; Shenandoah High School – Jasmyn Ostic and Jose Meza. Congratulations to all of you! What a special honor!

 Heidi Barron provided the following “Home Schooled” lesson: “My father taught me LOGIC. ‘Because I said so, that’s why.’”

 Once again the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Council is proud to sponsor the 15th annual Mother Teresa Golf Tournament. For those who enjoy planning ahead, the tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 3, at Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. A dinner and raffle will follow the tournament, and non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner for $35. Golfers’ cost is $150 each. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Mike Lamoureux at 530-622-5325.

 Page through the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “If you help others with sincere motivation and sincere concern, that will bring you more fortune, more friends, more smiles, and more success. If you forget about others’ rights and neglect others’ welfare, ultimately you will be very lonely.”

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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