Heard over the back fence: Crab feed in Pollock; Chocolate Affair at Fairgrounds

By From page B1 | January 24, 2014

BRAGGING IS FUN: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I don’t want to brag or anything, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.”

LITTLE LEAGUE FUNDRAISER: Snowline Little League Baseball is having a crab feed, all you can eat, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. The dinner includes crab, salad and pasta. Tickets are $40. You may purchase tickets from any Snowline Little League member or at American Hair Lines in the CVS Shopping Center in Pollock Pines.

CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER: “A Chocolate Affair” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an auction item, call 530-344-1476. For more information, visit

GAMING TOURNAMENT: The “Super Smash Brothers Gaming Tournament” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Registration is $10 and includes a piece of pizza. The grand prize winner receives $100 cash. For more information, call 916-358-3505.

NOVICE COMPUTER CLASS: A new class titled “Computers 101″ is scheduled for Jan. 31, Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. This class will cover “Saving Storing Files.” Bring your laptop. For those who don’t have a computer in class, there will be presentations on a wide screen television. There is no fee for this class, but pre-registration is required by calling 530-677-2231.

SODO YODA: The “Zen” calendar has the following observation: “Don’t spare any effort. People always hold back something when they make any kind of effort. When you hold something back, no matter what you are doing, your effort never amounts to anything. You are holding back when you say, ‘It’s no good,’ or ‘I can’t do it.’” — Sodo Yokoyama

CHAMPAGNE AND JEWELRY: A fundraiser to benefit EDDOG is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. You can enjoy wine and champagne tastings, light appetizers and jewelry shopping. Vendor spaces are available for $50, plus $10 for electricity. Admission is free. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

TRUFFLES WORKSHOP: How would you like to create your own, fancy truffles for a Valentine treat? A truffles workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $29, and Karen Moore is the instructor. Please bring a supply fee of $8. Registration deadline is Jan. 17. To register, call 916-358-3575.

PAY ATTENTION TO FAMILY: John Bruno forwarded the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “When family members are talking to you, don’t be distracted by anything else.”

iPAD WORKSHOP: A free class titled “i-Pad 101 Workshop” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Bill Welty will be the instructor. Learn how to use your i-Pad! Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot! This class will fill up quickly.

OPPORTUNITY TO RESCUE WILDLIFE: The Sierra Wildlife Rescue program is presenting a class titled “Are You Ready to Volunteer?” on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. Classes on specific species will begin in February.

GUITAR LESSONS FOR NOVICES: A new class titled “Intro to Guitar” is scheduled on Thursdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. There will be class instruction in playing guitar, using “Step One: Teach Yourself Guitar” (Hal Leonard). No experience is necessary. Bring a guitar and a copy of the book. Lew Johnson is the instructor. The class fee is $39. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

EAST INDIAN COOKING: A class titled “Savor the Flavors of India: Indian Cooking” is scheduled for Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, from Feb. 22 to March 15. Participants will learn, step-by-step, how to prepare delicious East Indian dishes, including meats, a variety of vegetable dishes, breads, desserts and more. You will also enjoy a delicious meal and be given recipes to take home. A $40 supply fee is payable to hold your spot. The instructor is Prem Varma. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your class seat.

HANG LOOSE FOR NOW: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quotation: “Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”

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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