Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Egg hunt in EDH, Bon Voyage soiree in Placerville Saturday

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I Like You But If Zombies Chase Us I’m Tripping You.”

Placerville Rotary Club is presenting the 36th annual Bon Voyage dinner and dance on March 23 at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, at 6 p.m. The Grand Raffle will offer over $10,000 in cash prizes. See a friendly Rotarian to purchase tickets or visit Tickets are $70 per person.

 The El Dorado Hills Town Center is presenting their “Spring Fling” Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. — SHARP! Don’t be late — the eggs disappear quickly. Also, the “Rockin’ Road Show” goes from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is for children 12 and under. Find the “Golden Ticket” and win the “Spring Fling” basket. There will be a strolling bunny, face painting and free prizes, too! For more information, visit

Soroptimist International of Placerville is hosting their 6th annual Prom Boutique on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Inter-County Title Co., 596 Man St., Placerville. Donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories make it possible for any high school student to select her prom grown and accessories for free. Only a local student body card is required. For more information, call 530-344-1476.

The annual “A Prom Dress to Remember” event for high school seniors is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hospice Folsom Thrift Store, 616 E. Bidwell St., Folsom. Each prom dress will be sold for $25 with a student I.D. card and $25 without a student-body card. Shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories will also be available for purchase. For more information, call 916-984-5853.

A peek at “The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar results in finding the following remark: “(Mortgage giants) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are fundamentally sound . . . I think they are in good shape going forward.” — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), two months before the government spent billions bailing them out.

 If you have signed up for the trips coordinated by the Placerville Senior Center, your due date for money is a follows: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show money is due now; Safari West money is due now; Lord of the Dance money is due now; Eleven Roses money is due no later than March 20; Filoli Gardens money is due no later than April 10; Yellowstone must be paid in full by April 10 or name will be removed off of the trip — no exceptions; Food Lovers money is due no later than May 10. For more information, call 530-621-6255. 

 Carlyn White forwarded the following definitions: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”— William Arthur Ward (1921 – 1994)

Sierra Wildlife Rescue is presenting a class titled “Rehabbing Raptors” on March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or visit Classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public.

 The Greenhouse Cafe, 2864 Ray Lawyer Drive, Suite 106, had a “small” kitchen fire. They have rebuilt their kitchen and are open for business!

 On April 1, the El Dorado County Republican Women (Placerville) will meet at the Golden Waffle Cafe, 1449 Broadway, Placerville. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Deputy District Attorney Lisette Sudar will be the guest speaker, and she will address the topic of Cyberspace. To reserve your spot, call 530-676-3788.

Marshall Medical is presenting a class titled “Diabetes Education: Gaining Better Control.” This class is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Cameron Park. Class topics include the following: Key Tools for managing diabetes; Making sense of your blood glucose numbers; Medication options; Emotions & diabetes. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with an MD referral. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

After glancing at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following statement: “Often we focus only on the short-term interest, but if we focus on the long-term interests then we can see that violence is not the answer . . . it doesn’t encompass the holistic view.”

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 1360 Broadway. 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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