Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Heard over the back fence: Hiking group for seniors

LOOK INTELLECTUAL: 
Carlyn White provided the following quote: “Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

TAKE A HIKE:
 If you would like to know more about the Senior Hikers group, call John Dutton at 530-295-9323. The hikes are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

TRANSIT PUBLIC MEETING:
 Are you interested in public transportation in the El Dorado Hills area? Your opinion and needs are important. Transit public meetings are scheduled at the following locations: Wednesday, March 27 at El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, in the game room from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1010 Harvard Way, in the classroom in the gym from 6 to 7 p.m.

VERBOSE MEDICAL DEFINITIONS:
A review of the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar reveals the following information: Actual definitions used in medical reports:
”chronologically experienced citizens — elderly people;
compensated edentia — false teeth;
 nutritional avoidance therapy — diet”

TASTY CAKE AUCTION:
 The Shenandoah High School Virtual Academy’s annual cake auction is scheduled for April 6 at the school, 6540 Koki Lane, El Dorado, at 11 a.m. Bring your friends and family to bid for a delicious cake, decorated by students. When cake is available, I show up!

HOW TO BOOST ENERGY:
A class titled “Functional Fitness for Seniors” is scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, from April 1 through April 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This class will focus on flexibility, balance and strength. The fee for the series of classes is a total of $64 for non-Cameron Park residents or $59 for Cameron Park residents. The instructor is personal trainer Debora L. Parker. For more information call 530-677-2231.

HOW TO AVOID TROUBLE: 
Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which provided the following advice: “I’ve learned that it’s easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.” — Age 14.

SWR REGISTRATION PROCESS:
 You must call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or e-mail her at barbaraewing@cal.net to register for any of the Sierra Wildlife classes.

BRAND NEW MEMBER: 
The Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild extends a warm welcome to new member Edwena Basham. Welcome aboard, Edwena!

CASA FUNDRAISER NEWS:
CASA’s annual Box Lunch fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, April 25. For more information about purchasing a lunch box or being a volunteer for the fundraiser, call Kathy Hurd at 530-622-9882 or email kathy@casaeldorado.org.

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION: 
Transportation is available for seniors. To make transportation arrangements call Dial-A-Ride at 530-642-3696.

A FOOD LOVE GIFT:
 Clara Neilsen provided the following “What Does Love Mean” quote: “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” — Chrissy, Age 8

THE ART OF PAINTING:
 Certified art instructor Bob Ross is offering monthly classes at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. For more information or to register for the class please call the Senior Activities Program at 530-621-6255 or e-mail star.walker@edcgov.us.”

BRAND NEW ELKS: 
The Placerville Elks Club extends a warm welcome to new members Dwayne Mercer, Laura Fisher, Shauna Lea Sullivan and Vern Wiens. Welcome aboard!

HOME DELIVERED MEALS:
 If you are a home-bound adult, 60 years or older, and medically or physically disabled, you may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. For more information call 530-621-6160.

SENIOR DRIVER SAFETY COURSE:
 The AARP Driver Safety Course for Seniors will be offered on Saturdays, April 20 and April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. You must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 to register.

SAVING BABY BIRDS: 
Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering classes on feeding and caring for orphaned baby birds at the following times: April 6, 10 a.m. – noon; April 9, 7 – 9 p.m.; April 20, 1 – 3 p.m.; and April 23, 7 – 9 p.m. You only need to attend one class in order to qualify. Volunteers are needed to learn to feed and care for the babies. To register for volunteer training call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. Classes are held at the SWR Center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville.

SENIOR BROWN BAG PROGRAM: 
The Food Bank of El Dorado County offers the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Senior Brown Bag Program. For distribution location and eligibility information call 530-621-9950.

A DALAI DILLY:
 Check out the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following thought: “The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”

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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