Heard over the back fence: Burn permits suspended

By From page B1 | June 02, 2014

“I BELIEVE” STATEMENT: Carlyn White provided the following “I Believe” statement: “I believe that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.”

BURN PERMITS SUSPENDED: As of  June 1 residential burn permits will be suspended in El Dorado County, Amador, Alpine and a portion of Eastern Sacramento counties. Anyone who burns on or after June 1 will be in violation of the burn suspension and could be subject to civil or criminal action, including cost recovery charges for a fire suppression response. To learn more about defensive space, visit

ART FOR ALL AGES: “Art Wednesdays” take place every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., from June 11 through July 30, at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The following presentations are scheduled: 6-11 Nature Crafts Fairy Houses; 6-18 Watercolor; 6-25 Sculptures; 7-2 Take Flight! Things with Wings; 7-9 Puppet Workshop; 7-16 – Paper Masks & Crowns; 7-23 Self-Portraits; 7-30 STEAM Lab. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

USING LESS ENERGY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar had the following quote: “Microwaves use a third as much energy as regular ovens.”

SURVIVING THE DROUGHT: “Surviving the Drought” class will teach you how to keep your plants and garden healthy this summer. You will figure out what to feed, when to feed, and how to control weeds and pests. The class is taught by Chris from El Dorado Nursery. The class will be offered on June 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Class is free. Call 530-677-2231 to register.

ACROBATS IN TOWN: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, is presenting the Coventry and Kaluza Acrobats on Friday, June 20, at 10 a.m.

CADDIE DEFINED: Paul Chafer sent the following golf information: “WHY: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from? BECAUSE: When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into caddie.”

HOP ON BOARD: The El Dorado Western Railroad provides train rides every Sunday, weather permitting. On June 22, rides will be available at the Shingle Springs Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Dr. Train rides are available from noon to 3 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for ages 9 and up. A $3 donation is requested for ages 3 to 8.

EMBLEM CLUB RECRUITING: The Placerville Emblem Club is having a membership drive. The Emblem Ladies Club meets monthly. They provide food baskets for the needy during the holidays. Also, they provide a Christmas party for the Head Start Kids, and they provide scholarships to top-performing high school kids. The Emblem Club is the auxiliary for the Placerville Elks. If you would like to join this active club, call Regina Stephens at 530-344-1845 or Peggy Ross at 530-622-2962.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ADVICE: A program titled “Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. This program is designed for adults, works to help the community prepare for emergencies. Kits will be on display, and handouts will be available.

DO NOT EAT ALONE: John Bruno forwarded the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “Seldom should you eat alone. There’s someone who would love to share time with you.”

PUPPET ART THEATER: A “Puppet Art Theater” presentation for children will be offered at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, on Friday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m.

NEWCOMERS’ SEMINAR: Are you new to our area? On Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the California Welcome Center and the El Dorado Hills Welcome Center will present a “questions and answers” program for people who are newcomers to our area. Participants will receive a relocation packet with useful information and phone numbers. Please call 916-358-3700 to reserve your spot for this free event. The California Welcome Center is located at 2085 Vine St. (in the Town Center), El Dorado Hills.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following quote:
”There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar.
I love not man the less, but nature more.” — Lord Byron

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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