Heard over the back fence: What a great volunteer!

By From page B1 | May 12, 2014

WATCH YOUR MOUTH! Someone named “Bob” forwarded the following “Top 8 Morons” quote: “DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: ‘Give me all your money or I’ll shoot,’ the man shouted, ‘That’s not what I said!’”

VERY BUSY VOLUNTEER: Sharon Booth has been selected as the “Featured Volunteer” for the El Dorado Hills Library. The “Between Friends” newsletter described Sharon in the following fashion: “If we could clone volunteers, we in El Dorado Hills would put Sharon Booth at the front of the line! For a Used Book Sale, Sharon’s there — all day. She mends books for the library and finds the job to be meditative and satisfying. Then there’s the matter of our very successful fundraiser ‘A Night @ the Library,’ which was Sharon’s project. She’s always in a positive mood and never has a harsh word for anyone.” Congratulations for being selected as the “Featured Volunteer.” Thank you for your impressive volunteer work.

FREE MOVIE: On Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m., the movie “Philomena” will be shown at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This movie is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be served!

DIGITAL CAMERA CLASS: A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for May 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Learn how to operate your digital camera for best results. No experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries and your camera manual. The class fee is $29. Bob Gouine is the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

PREVENT INJURIES: The Cameron Park Mature Leadership Council “Senior Luncheon” is scheduled for May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. An enjoyable lunch of subs, salads and sundaes will be served. The focus of the luncheon is “Injury Prevention — Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” Lunch will be $10. Pre-register by May 16 by calling 530-677-2231.

TEAMWORK PAYS OFF: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset provided the following quote: “I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters.”

EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF: John Bruno provided the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Years teach, but it’s experience that begets wisdom.”

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.

AS LOW AS YOU GO: Sarah St. John forwarded the following “actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the N. Y. City Public School System:” “Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.”

MOTHER GOOSE VISIT: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is offered on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. This award-winning program is for 2- and 3-year-olds and offers lots of fun with stories, songs and other activities. The program is also available at 11:30 a.m.

I-PAD 101 WORKSHOP: i-Pad 101 Workshop is offered on Tuesday, May 27 or on Aug. 5. The class starts at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn how to set up your
i-Pad, browse the Web, e-mail, how to read books and how to incorporate into your daily life. This class is for beginners. This class is restricted to the Apple i-Pad only. Bring your i-Pad, charged. Reservations are a must.

LIBRARY OPEN HOURS: The Cameron Park Library is open during the following hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday: noon-7 p.m.; second Saturday of every month: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

JUST SAY IT! John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “A compliment withheld is a gift denied.”

FREE SUPPORT GROUP: The “After 5 Club” is a free support group for caregivers of a relative or friend with a chronic health condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The group participants share information, coping strategies and options in a confidential setting. The next meeting will be on May 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935-A Spring St., Placerville. For more information, call 530-621-6180.

BEYOND THE ORDINARY: A class titled “Salads — Beyond the Ordinary” will be offered on May 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Your $15 supply fee holds your spot. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

READING TO THE CANINES: The “Paws for Reading” program takes place every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Youngsters read stories to very attentive dogs.

SENIOR UKULELE MOMENT: A class titled “Let’s Uke!” offers ukulele lessons for seniors. Classes are on Mondays from June 2 through June 30 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn to play the ukulele by using Mel Bay’s “Easy Ukulele Method Book 1″ by Mary Lou Dempler. No experience is necessary. Bring a ukulele (no baritones) and a copy of the book. The class fee is $39. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

SENIOR COUNSELING AVAILABLE: If you are dealing with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger or anxiety, you may want to make an appointment with a Senior Peer Counselor by calling 530-621-6304. Seniors 55 and older are eligible for this free counseling program.

SAVE THE DATES! Our very own El Dorado County Fair is scheduled for June 12 through June 15. Don’t miss this fun event!

A ZEN ZINGER: Review the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following statement: “I’ll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day.” — Albert Camus

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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