Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Bring your fancy hat to Girls Night Out

DON’T BE A SLACKER: The following T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “Do your best . . . God will do the rest!”

 “Girls Night Out” takes place on Main Street in Placerville, on Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a Kentucky Derby theme with a fancy hat contest. Historical Main Street merchants will stay open late to offer entertainment, games, trunk shows, prize drawings, scavenger hunt, dance instructions and much more. Check in at the Bell Tower to pick up program listings or to buy a “Derby” beverage and a Scavenger Hunt card. For more information, call 530-672-3436.

Placerville Shakespeare Club has scheduled its annual Spring Rummage and Plant Sale at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Avenue in Placerville. On Friday, May 3, doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 4, doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, on Saturday plants will be for sale beginning at 8:30 a.m. This is a huge rummage sale. If you would like to donate items for the rummage sale, call 530-677-1134.

 On Monday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m., the Placerville El Dorado County Republican Women will meet at the Golden Waffle Cafe, 1449 Broadway, Placerville. At 11:15 a.m., the guest speaker will be District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco. Please call 530-676-3788 to reserve your spot.

The 10th annual “Raising Funds for KOA Care Camps for Children with Cancer” has been scheduled. The Placerville KOA Campground at 4655 Rock Barn Road in Shingle Springs, will offer a free night of camping on Saturday, May 11, to all campers who stay at the campground as paying guests on Friday, May 10, as part of the KOA’s 10th anniversary of KOA Care Camps for Children. Campers can go to or call 530-676-2267 for more information or to make reservations. 

Carlyn White provided the following “Just Grins and Snickers” observation: “All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom, the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.”

The “Mother Lode Century Amazing Bike Ride” is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riders will bicycle through El Dorado County and ride down Main Street in Placerville. For more information, call 530-672-3436.

 Heidi Barron forwarded the following “I Can Still Hear My Mom Now!” statement: “My mother taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE: ‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.’”

Since 1963, May has been designated as the month to appreciate and celebrate the contributions and energy of older adults. Our county will celebrate our appreciation by hosting “Older American’s Day” luncheon at all El Dorado County Senior Nutrition sites on Wednesday, May 29. Roast beef will be served at noon. Those over 60 pay $3. Other ages pay $5. Everyone is encouraged to wear a crazy shirt or Hawaiian attire for this year’s theme of “Crazy for Hawaii.” For more information, call 530-621-6255.

Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we offer the following “Simply Speechless” quote: “True merit, like a river, the deeper it is the less noise it makes.” — Edward F. Halifax

On May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., Elder Options Inc., 82 Main Street in Placerville, is offering an open house celebration to recognize its 25 years in business. This event is open to the public. It would be appreciated if you RSVP by calling 530-626-6939. 

 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following newspaper correction: “Instead of being arrested, as we stated, for kicking his wife down a flight of stairs and hurling a lighted kerosene lamp after her, the Rev. James P. Wellman died unmarried four years ago” — Correction in an American newspaper, c. 1880, as collected by essayist Geoffrey Madan

Look at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following advice: “In this ever-changing world there are two important things that we should keep in mind. The first is self-examination. We should reexamine our own attitude toward others and constantly check ourselves to see whether we are practicing properly. Before pointing our fingers at others, we should point it toward ourselves. Second, we must be prepared to admit our faults and stand corrected.”

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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