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Heard over the back fence: Close counts in horsehoes

From page B1 | May 05, 2014 |

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: John Chapman dropped off the following “Advice from the Night Sky” T-shirt statement: “See the big picture * Be a star * Keep looking up * Don’t be afraid of the dark * Stay full of wonder * Expand your horizons * Turn off the lights!”

HAVE FUN AT THE PITS! A horseshoe tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado. Check-in time is 9:30 a.m., the tournament starts at 11 a.m. The tournament cost is $20. A barbecue lunch will be available for $5. There will be a blind draw, double elimination, and prizes for first and second place teams. Please register by Friday, May 16. To register call 530-303-8090 or send an email to When calling or emailing, be sure to include name, and phone number as well as number of entries. Blind draw, sorry no team entries.

CLEAN UP CAMINO: “Camino Clean Up Day” is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Betty Linville at 530-644-7421 no later than May 7.

NEVER ADMIT FREE TIME: Bernard Carlson provided the following quote: “Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.” — Unknown Marine recruit

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: The Spring Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Services District parking lot, corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. The space fee to sell your treasures is $35. For more information, call 916-933-6624.

GENTLY USED ITEMS SALE: There will be a “Gently Used Items Sale” on May 10 at the Shepherd of the Hills Church at 4050 Durock Rd., No. 7, Shingle Springs. Some items are brand new! The sale starts at
8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

POLL-WORKERS ARE NEEDED: At least 19 additional poll-workers are needed in the El Dorado Hills area for the June 3 primary election. If you would like to help, call Barbara Dockter at 530-621-7471 as soon as possible. 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Spencer Bruttig of El Dorado graduated from Union Mine High School in 2009 and graduated from college in 2013. After graduation, Spencer was recruited to be the new full-time director of communications and Media Film Production for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He travels to Ghana, Africa, on June 1 for two weeks to direct and film a documentary about a school in Africa. Local student’s success is always fun to report.

DON’T WAIT TO COMPLIMENT: The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following important advice: “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

WORK THOSE MUSCLES: “Still Going Strong” is a class designed for seniors and is offered on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class is described in the following fashion: “Maximize your workout with interval cardio and strength training for a very efficient and total body workout. This class is for all levels and the benefits of interval training include improving insulin resistance, lowering blood pressure, reducing body fat and raising HDL-cholesterol levels. So do your body good, and join us!” For more information, call 916-358-3575. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. 

MOTHER TERESA FUNDRAISER: On June 2, at 1 p.m., the Mother Teresa Maternity Home Golf Tournament will be played at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, Placerville. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Tournament fee is $150 per person (includes Golf, Cart, Range Balls, and Dinner). Extra dinners are $35. Early Bird: Register before May 1 — pay only $140 per person or $560 per foursome. Please mail your entry forms in before May 30. Make all checks payable to the Knights of Columbus. Mail to Mike Lamoureux, PO Box 71, Placerville 95667. For more information, please contact Mike Lamoureux at 530-622-5325.

BOARDING IN EL DORADO: Every Sunday, weather permitting, the El Dorado Western Railroad offer train rides. The first ride leaves at noon. The last ride leaves at 3:25 p.m. The May 11th ride will be in the town of El Dorado, 6000 Oriental St. A $5 donation is requested for ages 9 and up. A $3 donation is requested for ages 3 to 8. For more information, call 530-626-8688 or 530-409-8473.

RESTFUL SLEEP LESSON: John Bruno sent the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “For a restful sleep tonight, remember the three people you complimented today.”

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: Oregon State University officials have notified us that Jessica S. Klopfenstein has been placed on the Scholastic Honor Roll after maintaining a 3.5 or better grade-point average for the winter semester. Congratulations, Jessica! We salute your hard work and your success!

RIDE THE FUN TRAIN: You can play Mexican Train Dominoes on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you have never played, others will be happy to teach you the game. Drop-ins are welcome.

HELPING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES: Are you interested in helping out low-income families? The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals and families residing in El Dorado County, with special attention given to housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. If you are interested in being on the council, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 to receive an application. The deadline for submitting the application is May 23.

WHERE IS THE TRAIN? Sarah St. John forwarded the following comment made on a student’s report card by a teacher in New York City: “The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train is not coming.”

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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