Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Book sale in Pollock Pines Tuesday

From page B1 | September 16, 2013 | 6 Comments

A peek at “The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following language: “Dear David Albrecht, you have been dismembered from starex Website.” — Subject header from an e-mail to a user who wasn’t using a Website enough (thanks to Dave Albrecht)

 The Pollock Pines Friends of the Library are sponsoring a $5 per bag used book sale in the library from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26 in the library foyer during regular library hours, Tuesday, from noon to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the library.*

 Neil Pfafman of Placerville provided the following possibly logical statement: “If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.”

I enjoyed being the MC for the Relay for Life event. Among the many nice people I met were the supporters of cancer survivor Joan Parkson. Joan is a cancer survivor since 2000. Four generations of supporters at the Relay for Life included daughters Zady Jo Wirth, Stacy Barraque, granddaughter Mandy Gough and great granddaughter Emma Gough.

Janet Rodgers provided the following observation: “When everything is coming your way, you are in the wrong lane.”

 The Placerville Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 8 p.m., on Main St., Placerville. There will be life music, Wiener dog races, costume contest, children’s games, beer-related games, Bavarian dance demos, sausages, sauerkraut, strudel and beer.

The annual Antique Street Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Main St., Placerville. During these hours, Main Street will be closed to host antiques and collectibles peddlers for this very popular event.

 A new class titled “Understanding Medicare and Medicare Supplements” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Social Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class is described in the following fashion: “This class will provide information on what is and is not covered by Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. You will also learn about the role of supplemental insurance plans A-K, also known as ‘Medi-Gap’, Medicare Advantage Plans and proposed changes for 2014 and beyond.” The class fee is $10 for Cameron Park residents or $12 for non-residents. Stacy Iseminger will be the instructor.

 “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group that meets at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. The discussion topic for Oct. 3 is “What Are Your Interests?” Terry Provenza is the group leader.

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Make someone happy . . . mind your own business.”

 “Senior Games Day” takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center Social Room, 2502 Country Club Dr. Games are supplied or you can bring your own game to share. Presently, the following games are played: Mexican Train, Crown 5, Hand and Foot, Bingo (designated months), Yahtzee, Pinochle, and Rummykube.

 Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that all transactions and relationships are enriched by courtesy.” — Age 59

A new class titled “Beginning the Guitar” is scheduled on Thursdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Oct. 3 through Oct. 24. The class fee is $39, and classes will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Lew Johnson is the instructor. Participants will use the book “Step One: Play Guitar” by Artie Traum. Bring your guitar and the book. To register for class, call 916-358-3575.

 The Placerville Shakespeare Club is offering a unique presentation of notable pioneer women’s stories on the following dates: Oct. 11: Evening Dessert Buffet Performance, doors open at 6 p.m., performance at 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 20: Afternoon Tea Performance, doors open at noon, tea served at 1 p.m., performance follows. For the performances, ladies will be dressed in period costumes and will present character vignettes of selected pioneer women of El Dorado County. Tickets for each performance are $20. The performances will take place at the Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Tickets and further information are available from Margriet 530-621-1126 or Joy 916-505-6964 or email or The Historic Cary House Hotel 530-622-4271.

 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama calendar, and you will find the following thought: “There is a saying in Tibetan: ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

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.

Discussion | 6 comments

  • Fran DuchampSeptember 16, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Pollock Pines library has a white shadow holds flyers for many of the events down the hill...the group that is there--forgets we have events up here...we dont have money--El dorado they get many of the spots. I wonder if someone up here bought a "shadow" box company? People used to use" wood"...I guess wood is out--metal in...preserving our heritage. Urban vs Rural. Someone at a meeting said they didnt want any purple houses up here--yet they are part of the group that supports all these really ugly signs...uh.

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  • pollockerSeptember 28, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    The librarian puts up all sorts of flyers for local events. Where do you get your information?

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 28, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    pollocker...I live two buildings away from the library. CEDAPP and Dogwood get first billing...there is one community sheet now. lololol....I walk by the library a couple times a day. Most flyers talk about animals (the librarians passion) Our library is only open tuesday wed and thursday. The rest of the week it is close. Right now most flyers are on the community centers windows. But the library is one of my favorite things to watch. I take pics all the time...I dont clean up after people sleeping behind the new fence or pick up the beer cans and razors...but I do walk by. LOLOLOL...thanks for inviting me to talk about the library. I recently ran across an interesting document with Harper and Ms Amos at the same meeting...I forgot that the library now falls under parks and recreation. I find it interesting that in their annual report it was claimed that someone stole the bench outside...the pictures showed that it fell down and was ignored over a couple of months--must be when they are spending thousands of peoples donations on...matching book cases...landscaping...carpet. I practice my photography over grandson still believes in the library. Id check to see if you are suppose to ask me questions about the library---the higher ups get mad...shrugging shoulders--it is because I have spent three years just gathering information. Watch where your donations are going...esp. in Pollock Pines. The land is donated...only if the library remains there--the county owns the building. There is an interesting paper about some of that land being ...well that's a surprise...keep the questions coming.

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 28, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Actually there is CEDAPP newest scam to get money for yet another sign on highway 50 up on the front glass door of the library--inside. In the exact place where dogwoods huge poster was for their event. What im interested in is that Harper brought that ugly blue sign into town--yet has hung a banner with her event in front of the storage units--I thought that was the whole idea of the blue have less signs...lolol...she has been hand walking the GPS signs all over town--good thing they are free to all. My friend received a postcard for the Winterfest--where is all the money coming from? " All proceeds go toward promoting our Pollock Pines Community with a beautiful new welcome sign along side HWY 50." lolol... I seen the is not all that beautiful. It is pretty generic. well hopefully that answered your questions and then some...I m going call it a did make me laugh though...the you !!!

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  • James E.September 28, 2013 - 10:52 pm


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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 28, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    hello james...i have not felt well--so I haven't been on much--I hope you and yours are well...beautiful day today.

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