LOVE YOURSELF: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I have been SINGLE for awhile and I have to say it’s going VERY WELL. Like . . . it’s working out. I think I may be THE ONE!”
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FUN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Cameron Park Rotary Club in partnership with the Cameron Park Friends of the Library are sponsoring the “Show N’Shine and Fly-In” (classic cars and airplanes on display) scheduled for Sept 28. Volunteers, to serve a two-hour shift, are needed for this spectacular event. If you would like to help, call Bill Hughes at 916-402-8958.
GET IN LINE! Heidi Barron forwarded the following “Wisdom with Age” comment: “The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.”
MOTHER GOOSE FLIES AGAIN: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is a lap-sit storytime for the little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This award-winning program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. This program is available on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, from Aug. 22 through May 15, 2014.
CHILDREN STORIES AND CRAFTS: The “Children’s Storytime” program takes place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 23 through May 16, 2014, at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children ages 3 to 5 and their adults are welcome to enjoy stories and crafts activities.
YOU CAN’T TRUST A DOG: Thanks to Wendy and Paul Chafer, we offer the following “Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned:” “You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.”
LABOR DAY BREAKFAST: Don’t forget the huge Labor Day Celebration all day long on Sept. 2 on Main Street, Diamond Springs. From 7 to 11 a.m., a pancake and ham breakfast, including fruit and choice of coffee, tea, juice or milk, will be served at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., at Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. The following tickets will be sold at the door: Adults – $6; Seniors 65 and over – $5; Children 4 – 12 years – $3; Children 3 years and under – free. The Lions will also offer free vision screenings at the their Lions’ Vision Van.
HUGE CHILI COOKOFF: A huge chili cook off and classic car show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The classic car show starts at 10 a.m., and the chili will be ready at noon. Channel 13’s Dave Bender will be master of ceremonies. Live music will be provided by “The Nobs.” Entrance fee is $5. Children under 3 years old do not pay entrance fee. Come on out to the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr. (off Pony Express Trail), next to the bowling alley, Pollock Pines. Proceeds will benefit the MORE program.
BUREAUCRATESE: Review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will find the following ambiguous government definitions: “Digital fever computer . . . . . thermometer. Interior intrusion detection system . . . . burglar alarm. Adverse weather visibility device . . . . windshield wiper.” — Actual government definitions.
EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER: The “Featured Volunteer” for the Georgetown Library is Jackie Morgan. The Georgetown Friends of the Library group was floundering for lack of a president. Jackie stepped up to get things back on track with meetings, plans and recruiting help. She is also active in other community groups and is described as “our local architect who helps us plan and sees our building projects through the County Planning Office.” Jackie, congratulations on being selected as “Featured Volunteer,” and thank you for your community service.
AUXILIARY FUNDRAISER: Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is presenting its annual fundraiser, “A Wine Tasting Event,” on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 681 Main St., Placerville. Ten El Dorado County wineries will be offering their wines. Also, there will be delicious food from local restaurants, a silent auction, and door prizes. Rachel Cargill (Country with Class) will provide entertainment. One ticket is $25. Two tickets are $37.50. Tickets at the door are $30 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Marshall Hospital gift shop, 530-626-2725. For more information, call Marilyn Nunez at 530-672-9798 or Colette Polaski at 530-677-1285.
ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION ADVICE: The August edition of the Senior Newsletter has an article titled, “Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.” This interesting article supports drinking green tea and explains how green tea affects the brain.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar contains the following observation: “One of the most powerful visions I have experienced was the first photograph of the Earth from outer space. The image of a blue planet floating in deep space, glowing like the full moon on a clear night, brought home powerfully to me the recognition that we are indeed all members of a single family sharing one little house.”
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.