POLITICAL CONFUSION: Review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will find the following “mangled myth:” “That would open a whole box of Pandoras.” — New Mexico Gov. Bruce King, on a legislative proposal
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WATCH YOUR STEP! Be careful out there. Today is Friday the 13th!!
KITTEN ADOPTION FEE REDUCED: The El Dorado County Animal Services Shelter in Placerville in partnership with People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County (PAWED) has temporarily reduced the adoption fee for kittens to $40, and the fee for adult cats to $20. The fee includes a veterinary check, vaccinations, microchip, and spay or neuter. For more information, call 530-621-7631
MOVIES ON THE GRASS: The Filmfare outdoor projector movies continue at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The Sept. 21 movie will be “The Day the Earth Stood Still” plus “Hardware Wars” — an infamous spoof of “Star Wars.” The movie starts at 7:45 p.m. Popcorn sells for 75 cents. For more information, call 530-621-3012.
PROFANE EXERCISE: Maryellen Ware gave me the following napkin, which she picked up in her travels: “Every time I hear the dirty word exercise, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”
CLASSIC RODS SHOW TIME: On Sept. 21 from 4 to 10 p.m., the Rescue Community Center will host the Rescue Rods Classic Car Show at the Center, 4180 Green Valley Rd. In addition to the car show, there will be a gourmet barbecue dinner and live music. Register your car early. For more information, visit rescuecommunitycenter.com or call 530-676-5508.
GOOD HABITS PAY OFF: Thanks to John Bruno, we offer the following advice: “Instead of always catching yourself doing something wrong, get in the habit of catching yourself doings things right.” — Joel Osteen
APPRECIATING OUR TROOPS: The “Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride” committee has organized a “Slow Ride” on Sept. 21 through our county to recognize and appreciate all our troops who have returned home. The “Slow Ride” in cars and trucks and motorcycles is open to the public, with emphasis on welcoming home our veterans. The ride will start at 11 a.m. at 6529 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, and end at Folsom Point picnic area. This ride will be escorted by the Calif. Highway Patrol; and there will be a barbecue picnic at Folsom Point. KCRA TV Tamera Berg will be the guest MC at the barbecue. For more information, call Steven Poindexter at 530-644-6808.
BINGO! Free bingo is available on the third Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 3675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. For more information, call 530-647-8005.
BIGGEST HEALTH SECRETS: “The Biggest Health Secrets” class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class description reads as follows: “The most common health problem in America is not cancer, arthritis or diabetes. But all of these problems become worse due to a lack of two basic elements. You will learn how fundamental elements balance your body’s needs. Learn tips such as a natural remedy for food poisoning.” Please bring a $5 material fee to class. Percy McManus, author of “101 Secrets of Good Health” will be the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
SENSE-SATIONAL KIDS: A program titled “Sense-Sational Kids Storytime” is scheduled for Saturdays, Sept. 28, Nov. 23, and Dec. 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This is “an interactive and educational program specially designed for children at the preschool level with autism or other sensory integration challenges and their families.” Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To register, call 530-621-5547.
BIB ADVICE: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, provided by Clara Neilsen, offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that expensive new silk ties are the only ones that attract spaghetti sauce.”
STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY: At 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 5, the “Let’s Read Together Storytime” program will feature “The Very Helpful Hedgehog” book. This program is for children, ages 3 to 5, and their adults and takes place at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Crafts activities will also be available. The first 30 families receive a free copy of the featured book.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST-AID: A free class titled Mental Health First-Aid is scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 5 and 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills. The most up-to-date information regarding mental health first aid will be presented. The class is designed to “help prevent harm and reduce stigma.” To register for this class, call 916-358-3575.
A DALAI DILLY: Thumb through the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will see the following statement: “Just as the world of business has been paying renewed attention to ethics, the world of science would benefit from more deeply considering the implications of its own work. Scientists should be more than merely technically adept; they should be mindful of their own motivation and the larger goal of what they do: the betterment of humanity.”
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.