BE FAIR AT WORK: Clara Neilsen provided the following “Share the Glory” statement: “Promote yourself but do not demote another.” – Israel Salanter.
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FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS: The Society of Wood Heads Only is sponsoring their 9th annual fundraiser for school woodworking programs in El Dorado County. The fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, April 22, at Powell’s Steamer Company restaurant, 425 Main St., Placerville, from 5 to 8 p.m. An ornate children’s playhouse and a 46-inch Smart TV will be raffled off. There will also be items raffled off from woodworking students and other items from local merchants. For ticket information, call either of the following: Jim Von Tellrop – 530-621-4767; Jack Jordan – 530-409-6033; Don Cochran – 530-409-7291; Powell’s Steamer Company (Sheila)- 530-626-1091.
WHERE IS MY DOUGHNUT? Since today is my birthday, I expect the Great Spirit to deliver a glazed old fashion doughnut to my office at the Mountain Democrat.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER: On Tuesday, April 23, Special Olympics’ people will team up with local law enforcement officials at Applebee’s restaurant in Cameron Park for the annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser. Special Olympic athletes will team up with law enforcement personnel to wait on tables for the lunch and dinner customers at Applebee’s, 3281 Coach Lane, Cameron Park. Proceeds will benefit the all-volunteer program that serves more than 150 athletes, who participate in nine sports year around. Come on out for great food for a great cause. For more information, call Shirley Surber at 530-642-0364.
KYBURZ FAMILY PRESENTATION: On Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., the Clarksville Region Historic Society will have a presentation on the Kyburz family at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The public is invited. For more information, call Betty January at 916-933-3173.
LADY TENNIS PLAYERS UNITE: The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club plays at El Dorado High School on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. In June, July and August, tennis play will start at 8 a.m. Yearly dues are $30. If you would like to join the club or you need more information, call Trish Cumbra at 530-626-5292.
“HELPING HANDS” AT WORK: The Mormon “Helping Hands” program brings together members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their neighbors to provide community service. Local school and park projects are scheduled for April 27. If you would like to volunteer for these projects, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO BE “STRAIGHT LACED” Carlyn White forwarded the following “Historical Trivia:” “Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced” wore a tightly tied lace.”
APPRECIATE OUR VOLUNTEERS: Are you aware that National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 21 through April 27? Snowline Hospice Community Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Eells states that she is proud and grateful for their 425 volunteers. I suggest we all take a volunteer to lunch next week.
TOPMOST STUDENT: Oregon State University officials report that Anthony M. Vieira of Garden Valley has been placed on the Scholastic Honor Roll list, having earned a B+ (3.5) or better grade point average. Anthony, we salute your success. Congratulations!
LET’S MEDITATE ABOUT THIS: A non-sectarian Buddhist Dharma discussion and guided meditation class is offered on the third Saturday of every month at the Cozmic Cafe, Placerville. Donations are appreciated but not expected. For more information, call Jeff Keller at 916-709-1392.
THE “365 STUPIDEST Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following news story: “NBC-TV reporter John Chancellor: How could you tell the flying objects you saw were indeed unidentified? Woman: They had the letters UFO on their side.” – During a news story about reported UFO sightings.
ELDER ID PROGRAM: The Elder ID and Care Trak programs are “Designed for Alzheimer’s patients and others with memory loss that may have the potential to wander away from home and get lost.” To learn more about these programs, call 530-621-6180.
MUSIC, FOR THE FUN OF IT: The Sensational Singing Seniors are happy to present “Younger Than Springtime: The Ageless Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.” They will be singing on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. On Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m., they will be at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.
CHECK YOUR NUMBERS: On Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, Marshall Medical Center offers free blood pressure tests in the Lab and Imaging Center, 3581 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park.
ENJOY A FREE DIP: Saturday, May 25, from noon to 5 p.m., is a free swim day at the Cameron Park Community Aquatic Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. You can enjoy food and vendor booths and pick up some give-aways!
A DALAI DILLY: Checking out the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following item to consider: “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”
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.