NOT SO MODEST T-SHIRT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “When God created me he as just showing off.”
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BREAKFAST IN COLOMA: A “49er Flapjack Breakfast” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, Coloma (in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park). Breakfast includes pancakes, plus eggs, salsa, sausages, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea and cocoa. Tickets are $6, and kids under 10 pay $3.
WHO WAS THE HEAD SCIENTIST?: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following quote: “Experts: Fewer blows to head would reduce brain damage.” — Headline in the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
iPAD 101 WORKSHOP: A new class titled “iPad 101″ is scheduled on Tuesdays, Oct. 8 or Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This free class “will show you how to: set the settings; access e-mail; browse the web; download apps; read books; listen to music; take photos & videos and Face Time.” Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
ART AND WINE FESTIVAL: Cedar Springs Waldorf School is presenting “A Taste of the Foothills Art and Wine Festival” on Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Rd., Placerville. Tickets are $25 presale or $30 at the door. For more ticket or other information, visit www.tasteofthefoothills.com.
DIGITAL CAMERA CLASS: A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Learn how to operate your digital camera for best results. Bring extra batteries and your camera manual. No previous experience is necessary. The class fee is $29. Call 916-358-3575 to save your space.
REPUBLICAN MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON: The El Dorado West Republican Women Federated will have the annual membership luncheon on Monday, Oct. 14, at 11:15 a.m, at the Light of the Hills Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. The speaker will be Congressman Tom McClintock and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. For more information, call 530-676-8380.
ROCK AND GEM SHOW TIME! Our El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society is sponsoring its 30th annual “Rock and Gem Show” on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive.
OCTOBER GARDENING TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following October gardening tips: ”- Sow wild flower seeds for spring and summer bloom. - Plant spring blooming bulbs. Fertilize with bulb food. - Aerate, renovate, reseed and fertilize lawns before the weather gets too cold. - Reserve bareroot fruit & nut trees. - Divide and plant hardy perennials. - Apply iron to azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias, camellias, citrus and conifers. - Fertilize spring blooming shrubs, perennials, trees and bulbs with super phosphate, bone meal, fish bone meal, Liquinox 0-10-10, or Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom organic for more abundant spring flowers. - Plant pansies, mums, spinach, lettuce, chard, root crops, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and sugar peas. - Take advantage of the cooler weather and rains by planting shrubs and trees this fall. - Protect citrus from winter frost.”
TEN-TIMES-TEN BIRTHDAY: Bessie Clayton recently celebrated her 100th birthday with her daughters, relatives and friends. Her Mountain Democrat picture reveals a healthy, attractive woman. Happy Birthday, Bessie!
PHILATELIST AFFILIATION: A new group called “Senior Stampers” will meet on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you collect stamps or would like to, this may be your group. If there is enough interest, a group will be formed to meet monthly. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
WINDOWS 7 REFRESHER CLASS: Have you been using Windows 7 for some time and feel like you need to learn more about Windows 7? In this class you will learn more about control panels, files, folders and simple maintenance. Bring your laptop if you have one. This class will be held at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. The class fee is $5. To reserve your spot, call 530-621-6369.
AARP DRIVER CLASS: The AARP Mature Driver Class will be offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-AARP members. The instructor will be Ralph Hern. To register, call 916-358-3575. A class will also be offered on Sat., Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WE NEED FRIENDS: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset provided the following quote from Joshua Loth Leibman: “Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.”
2014 TRIP REVIEW: The All West 2014 “Trip Preview” is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, at 10 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., on the same day (Nov. 15), the trip review will be presented at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. The following trips are scheduled, and much more to come: Jelly Belly Factory, Death Valley, Ironstone Vineyards, Snowtrain to Reno, Calistoga Overnight, Imax and Mare Island. Flyers will be available in November.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways — either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”
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.