Heard over the back fence: Happy Valentine’s Day

By From page B1 | February 14, 2014

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! It’s not too late to run out and get those flowers and a special gift. This may be the most important day in your relationship life!

CALIFORNIA’S FIRST MILLIONAIRE: The Placerville Fellowship and Newcomer’s Club luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Club House Dr., Placerville. The luncheon speaker will be Ed Allen. “Ed is on the board and interpretive lead at the Marshall Gold Discovery Park portraying James Marshall. We’re happy to have Ed returning with his presentation of ‘Sam Brannan, California’s first Millionaire.’” If interested in attending and learning more about the Newcomer’s Club, call 530-622-9262.

MY TEACHING “HUSBAND OBEDIENCE”: I’ve been thinking about teaching a class on how women can teach their husband to be obedient. I wonder if one husband would show up?

AN EGG CRIME: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Humpty Dumpty was pushed!”

CHECK YOUR WATER USAGE: You can find out how much water you have used in your current billing cycle compared to what you used in the same billing cycle a year ago by looking at the bar graph on the back of your bill.

OXYGEN FOR THE SOUL: John Bruno forwarded the following “Seize the Day” quote: “Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” — George M. Adams

CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or dial-A-Ride service on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The business office and dispatch center will be closed.

JUST BE NICE: John Bruno forwarded the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Give compliments gleefully. Accept compliments gracefully.”

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST: The public is invited to the Placerville Elks’ breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. Breakfast includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. Adults pay $7.50. Children pay half price. Children 3 and under do not pay. Bring your appetite!

BATHROOM READER COMMENTS: Pat Langkau provided the following “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” comments: “Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.” -—Marian Anderson

“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” — Chief Seneca

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” — Bertrand Russel

PEER OVERNIGHT TRIPS: The American River Conservancy is once again offering peer overnight trips for children, grades 6 to 12. Children spend two days and one night outside in nature. For cost and other details of these trips, call 530-621-1224 or visit

POT STICKERS CLASS: A class titled “Got Pot Stickers” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn step by step how to prepare these delicious dumplings. Participants will make and take home a dozen healthy pot stickers. Bring a $10 supply fee to the Senior Center to hold your spot. Call 916-358-3575 to register.

PJ FUN: “PJ Storytime at the Library” is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, 3 to 5 years old and their adults, will enjoy songs, stories and crafts. Kids wear their PJ’s.

CLEAN OUT YOUR TRUNK: “Your Own Trunk Show” is a great opportunity to sell your clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. The “trunk show” is scheduled for Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Booth fee is $25 for a 10 x 10 space. Admission is free to the public. For more information, contact the Cameron Park CSD at 530-677-2231 or via email at [email protected].

CONFORMATION CLASSES FOR DOGS: Have you considered entering your dog in a dog show? Beginning Thursday, April 10, the Hangtown Kennel Club is offering a 6-week training session regarding “dog conformation” at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. For those preparing a dog for the breed ring, the conformation class focuses on the finer points of handling your dog in AKC shows. Classes are held every Thursday, beginning April 10. Conformation classes are offered on a “drop-in” basis at $5 per class. Proof of all age-appropriate vaccinations is required at the first class. For more information, visit the Hangtown Kennel Club Website at or call Cathy Keeler to enroll, 530-622-6909.

ADHD MEETING: The monthly ADHD meeting will be on Feb. 18 at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The meetings offer support, discussion and knowledge regarding ADHD for parents and their children. Shared experiences are also discussed. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

DOG WALKING INSTRUCTIONS: A “Trails for Tails” presentation is scheduled for Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Calif. Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in the Town Center, El Dorado Hills. This free dog-friendly hiking trail presentation will be offered by Debbi Preston, local author and dog-hiking enthusiast. She will discuss the benefits of hiking with your dog and offer tips to make your walk enjoyable for you and your dog. Dogs are welcome (well-behaved, of course). Light human refreshments,. doggie biscuits and water will be available. Information regarding equestrian, mountain biking and handicapped trails will also be discussed.

REALISTIC SPORTS TALK: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following Aphorism: “No one ever says, ‘It’s only a game’ . . . when their team is winning.”

STRESS MANAGEMENT CLASSES: Gayle Wilson offers a “Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction” program at the N1 Health Center for Functional Medicine at 4905 Golden Foothill Parkway, El Dorado Hills. A free informational talk is offered on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call Gayle at 530-644-4349.

DON’T GIVE UP! The “Zen” calendar offers the following advice: “I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Picasso

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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