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Heard over the back fence: Party for Pondo – Bowl for Brothers and Sisters

By March 4, 2011

ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU: Thanks to John Chapman of Folsom, the following T-shirt statement is offered: “Me, myself and I say you’re wrong. It’s 3 against one.”

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SIERRA ADVENTURE FOR TEENAGERS: The American River Conservancy is sponsoring a teen adventure program for teenagers, ages 14 to 18. This two-week adventure will feature stops in Coloma, Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake, June Lake, Bodie and Yosemite National Park. In addition to recreational activities, participants will devote 15 hours of service, learning to build trails and restore native habitats. Staff from the conservancy will be at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, to provide information on this program. The trip begins and ends in Coloma. Stop by the library on Tuesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. for more information or call 530-621-1224 for more details.

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PARTY NIGHT: The Ponderosa High School Foundation is presenting the sixth annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 25, at the Sequoia Restaurant, 643 Bee St., Placerville. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., and the four-course dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase your ticket, call Dave Sargent at 530-621-1673 or visit [email protected] In addition to the four-course dinner, there will be student entertainment, auction items, the fine wines of Ponderosa alumni Scott Harvey and featured speaker Doug Stanley. Doug is the CEO/co-founder of Ridge Line Entertainment and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and producer of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

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ENJOY YOUR OBEDIENT DOG: Beginning March 10, the Hangown Kennel Club will offer dog obedience classes at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Cathy at 530-622-6909 – in the evening only, please.

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LEARN ABOUT THE NAUTILUS SOCIETY: SIRS, Sons in Retirement, Branch 113, will have their luncheon meetig on Thursday, March 10, at the 50 Grand Restaurant in Pollock Pines. The guest speaker will be Allie Sawyer from the Nautilus Society. For more information, call 530-644-1405 or 530-644-3809.

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BOWLING FOR KIDS SAKE: A bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters is scheduled for May 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Folsom Lake Bowling Alley, 151 East Bidwell, Folsom. For more information, visit http://www.mentorsforyouth.org/bfks.asp. Get your bowling team together for a great cause! For more information, call 916-941-8482.

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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: The El Dorado West Republican Women Federated sponsor a scholarship program. Applicants from all high schools on the Western Slope, including charter schools, religious schools and home schooled students, are encouraged to apply. You must apply by April 1. To apply, call 530-677-2408.

 

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WHAT IS THE “PLACERVILLE NATURAL FOODS COOP” ALL ABOUT? Informational meetings regarding the Placerville Natural Foods Coop are held at Noah’s Ark Store, 535 Placerville Dr., Placerville (upstairs), every second Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Members or non-members of the Coop are invited. The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 12.

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MANY HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR $5:  The monthly Cameron Park Library used books sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park.  Books sell for $5 a grocery bag full.  Children books are 10 cents each.  Also, the library will be open from 10 am. to 3 p.m. on March 12.  If you would like to donate books for the used book sales, please bring them with you on March 12 or drop them off at the front desk of the library.  There is a desparate need for children’s books to be donated.

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MASTER YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA: Are your grandkids showing you how to operate your digital camera? A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The class fee is $35. The instructor will be Bob Gouine from Pacific Paper. Bring your camera to class. For more information, call 916-358-3575. Call 916-933-6624 to register. The class will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills.

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VISIT SAN FRANCISCO’S CHINATOWN: All West Tours and the Placerville Senior Center have arranged an interesting trip to San Francisco on Saturday, March 12. The one-day tour includes a hosted lunch at Louie’s Restaurant in Chinatown, a ticket to the performance of “The Crafty Matchmaker,” transportation by All West Transportation and driver gratuity. Buddha’s Universal Church invites you to enjoy a journey to ancient China to witness a true story of a greedy, conniving matchmaker. The bus departs from Placerville at 9 a.m. and from El Dorado Hills at 9:30 a.m. The bus will return at apporoximately 6:30 p.m. The price for this tour is $85 per person. To reserve your spot, call Celeste Cooney today at 530-621-6158.

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BE QUIET AND QUIT THINKING: My Zen calendar stated the following: “The more you think and talk, the more you lose the way.” – Seng-Ts’an.

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Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure that there will be space available for your important announcement.

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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