Heard over the back fence: Crab feed at the grange; comedy for kids

By From page B1 | February 12, 2014

SMART MOUTH QUOTE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt quote: “The smartest thing about you is your teeth.”

OK TO GET CRABBY: Pleasant Valley Grange will present their annual crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Rd., Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. for no-host beer/wine bar. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Dinner includes crab, clam chowder, salad, french bread, and dessert. For more information or tickets, go to or call 530-644-1602. No outside alcohol, coolers or doggy bags will be permitted.

FUNDRAISER FOR THE KIDS: The “Stand Up for Kids” annual Comedy Night is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Comedy Entertainment will be provided by Laniea D., Jeff Applebaum, Jimmy Shaw, Dave Nunez, and Sean Williams. Purchase tickets now at or call 530-303-8117. No-host drinks and food will be available to purchase. All proceeds benefit the “Ag in the Classroom” program to promote safe and healthy children.

LATROBE FUNDRAISER: We just received information that the Eldo Rebekah Lodge will hold its annual roast beef dinner to benefit the Heart and Arthritis Foundation. This event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. They will also have a “country store” open for a fun, second-hand shopping experience. The fun takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 7672 So. Shingle Rd., Latrobe. Tickets are $10. Children 5-10 pay $5. Children under 5 do not pay. For more information, call Carla at 530-672-1452.

PROM DRESS BARGAIN: Once again, the Hospice Folsom Thrift Store is hosting “A Prom Dress to Remember” on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each prom dress will be offered at the bargain price of $20 with a student ID card . The thrift store is located at 616 E. Bidwell St., Folsom.

ALWAYS KEEP CHANGING: Review the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that it’s OK to be content with what you have, but never with what you are.” Age 51

WORKING WITH FINANCIAL DONORS: An educational luncheon titled “Seize Your Opportunities: Don’t Let That Big Gift Pass You By!” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sequoia, 643 Bee St., Placerville. Tim Rodriquera, CFRE, of the Salvation Army will be the presenter. Attendees will be offered his insights in working with donors, family members, attorneys, financial advisers and board members. Reservations are required, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 14. The cost for this luncheon event is $35. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-642-9984.

SEW4VETS FUNDRAISING: The Sew4Vets is thankful the Placerville Elks have selected them as one of their community service groups. The Sew4Vets group recently received tips for serving at an Elks dinner. Also, Elk member Paul Kramer contacted the Sew4Vets group, and he and the group were able to secure a $2,000 grant from the Elks. Elk Jack Warf, working with the Sew4Vets group, will be taking 160 items to the Veterans Reno Hospital, including walker bags, bibs, knitted hats, wheel chair and lap quilts from the Sew4Vets group. Thank you Elks and Sew4Vets members. Acts of kindness are always applauded!

MEASURING IMPORTANCE: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “More Aphorisms” quote: “Business conventions are important . . . Because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.”

MOTHER GOOSE HAS LANDED: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is a lap-sit storytime for the little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. The fun takes place on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This award-winning program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read.

CAMERON PARK FUN: The following activities are available in February at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. There is Bridge Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, Mahjong on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons. On the second Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. there is Bingo. Senior Games Day are presented by the Cameron Park Newcomers Club every fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m -noon For more information, call 530-677-2231.

ROTARIANS TO THE RESCUE: The Rotary Club of Cameron Park sent $1,785 to help with relief efforts from the typhoon disaster in the Philippines. Thank you, Rotarians.

A KITTY AWAITS YOU: The Animal Outreach program offers many cats and kittens, waiting to be adopted by a loving person. All the cats are spayed, neutered and vaccinated. The Animal Outreach program is located at 6101 Enterprise Dr., Diamond Springs. For open hours or more information, call 530-642-2287.

ELKS CLUB CELEBRATION: Placerville Elks Lodge 1712 is celebrating the anniversary of the Lodge Building in Shingle Springs! Congratulations and thank you for your ongoing efforts to help those in need.

DOG TRAINING CLASSES: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Hangtown Kennel Club is offering dog training classes beginning April 10. Classes are held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds every Thursday at 7 p.m. For the April 10th class only, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. for the registration process and the fitting of collars and leashes. This is a six-week training session. “Pre-registration is required for all obedience classes. Puppy and beginning obedience is $90 and includes a leash & collar. All other obedience classes are $75 for the six-week session. The obedience classes include puppy kindergarten, beginner novice, beginning/intermediate novice (in preparation for your dog’s Companion Dog title), and the very popular Rally class.” For more information, visit the Hangtown Kennel Club Website at or call Cathy Keeler to enroll, 530-622-6909.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following thought: “The important matter of life and death, everything is impermanent.” — Inscription on a wooden temple bell

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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