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Heard over the back fence: Christmas trees farms open Nov. 27

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Neil Pfafman provided the following statement: “Question: Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? Answer: Because no one wants to quit.”

On Nov. 27, the Christmas tree farms open for business. For more information, visit

 The 16th free annual community Thanksgiving dinner will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., at St. Patrick Church, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville. The public is invited, and no reservations are needed. If you are a homebound elderly person or a disabled adult interested in a free meal delivery, call 530-642-8183. 

 Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following “The Importance of Walking” quote: “If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.”

The El Dorado Hills Town Center will host its annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” on Saturday, Nov. 30. This event starts at 4 p.m., with a merchants open house, where families can enjoy food, beverages and holiday entertainment. Radio Disney will be on hand to host the Rockin’ Road Show from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Santa will arrive on the EDH fire truck to light the tree. Cookies, hot chocolate and candy canes will be available. The first 125 kids to arrive will be invited to play the “Stuff Our Stocking” game, where children visiting participating businesses can fill their stockings with special gifts. For more information, visit

Scott Stamp of Camino finished 10th place at the 43rd annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-off. Scott’s giant pumpkin weighed in at 839 pounds. My question is, “How do you load and unload an 839 pound pumpkin?” I guess the answer is, “very carefully.”

The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” program is designed for tots and their accompanying adults. This group meets on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Come on out on Dec. 7 and join the fun. A free book will be given to the first 30 families. The fun takes place at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.

 Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following “Maxine” saying: “I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen.’”

 The El Dorado Hills Town Center will be offering holiday carriage rides in the Town Center on Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 6 through Dec. 21. On Friday nights, the rides will be from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday nights, the rides are available from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost for the rides is $5 per person.

 The Children’s Storytime class takes place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 3 to 5 years old, and their adults are invited to join in the fun with stories and crafts activities.

A group titled “Painting Pals” meets on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This non-instructional gathering is a casual atmosphere for painters of any kind to enjoy art and meet other painters. Drop-ins are always welcome.

A presentation titled “Area Agency on Aging” will be offered on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Social Room, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Information regarding the Older Americans Act will be provided. Questions such as, “What are the benefits?” and “Who is eligible to be served?” will be discussed. There is a $5 class fee. To register for this class, call 530-677-2231.

 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “I wish you were less comfortable being yourself around me!”

 Train rides are available on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 4241 Mother Lode Dr., Shingle Springs (next to the Shingle Springs Depot), from noon to 4 p.m.-weather permitting. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up is appreciated. A $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 is also appreciated. Groups of 15 or more may call 530-626-8688 to make reservations.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Dispatch Center will be accepting Dial-A-Ride requests for Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. Dial-A-Ride requests for Dec. 3 and 4 will be accepted on Wednesday, Nov. 27. On Monday, Dec. 2, scheduling returns to normal for Dec. 5 and beyond. Sac-Med requests for Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 5, must be placed no later than Tuesday, Nov. 26. For more information, please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383 or visit the Website at

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

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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