ADVICE FROM A DOG: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Dog” T-shirt: “Be loyal – Delight in the simple joys of a long walk – Unleash your talents – Hide your favorite snack – Make new friends – Learn new tricks, no matter your age – When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.”
EDHS CLASS OF 1992 REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1992 has scheduled a 20-year reunion party for Saturday, July 28, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Pondorado Road in Camino. Tickets can be purchased at edhsclassof1992.eventbrite.com. E-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAN BELLIES AND HAIRY BACKS: The annual “Man Bellies and Hairy Backs” car wash is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Breaker Glass business, located at 131 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Violence Free Relationships program. For more information, call 530-626-8405 or visit kaciesrideforhope.com.
GARLIC GRATIFICATION: Check out the “Who Knew?” calendar, and you will find the following garlic gardening tip: “Do you have a sprouting head of garlic? Put the whole bulb (sprout/pointy end up) in your garden and cover with an inch of soil. It will continue to send up shoots, and in a few months, a whole new bulb of garlic will have grown under the soil’s surface. Best of all, garlic repels bugs in your garden?”
FREE MOVIE AT THE CHURCH: The film, “The 13th Day”, will be shown at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sacramento and Fiske streets, Placerville, on Tuesday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Any donations will benefit the Faith Foundation Program. The movie dramatizes the true story of three young shepherds who experienced six apparitions of “Our Lady” between May and October 1917. For more information, contact Tina Rheault at 530-622-7692.
CHANGE OF LOCATION: On Aug. 6, the El Dorado County Republican Women will meet at the Waffle Shop restaurant, 1449 Broadway, Placerville. The general meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Speakers will talk at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers will be Richard Barb and Brian Veerkamp, candidates for District 3, Board of Supervisors. To reserve your spot for the Aug. 6 meeting, call 530-642-9764. There will be no meeting in September.
HUGE RUMMAGE SALE: On Aug. 2, 3 and 4, the St. Patrick Ladies Society will hold their annual rummage sale at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sacramento and Fiske streets, Placerville. Doors open at 9 a.m. There will be household goods, small appliances, books, CD’s, linens and lots of clothes in good, clean condition. Marianne Chavez and Kare Jones are chairpersons for this event.
CANINE READING PROGRAM: The “Paws for Reading” program continues at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Beginning children readers read aloud to appreciative dogs. The reading sessions are scheduled for July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7. The classes start at 4 p.m. Call 530-621-5500 to register.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar recommends the following “take it easy” advice: “If your life seems overwhelming, the best place to start your improvement is within your own mind. Perhaps you need a break or a change of pace. Maybe you need a little more time for yourself; maybe you need to spend less time watching television and a little more time reading helpful books. Would learning meditation or spending time in prayer be helpful?”
GUTTER BOWL GALA: Mother Lode Lions are sponsoring their fifth annual “Friendship Bowling Tournament” on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 11:30 a.m., at Knotty Pines Lanes, Sanders Drive and Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines (behind the Post Office). The cost is $16 each person (free use of bowling shoes). You must register no later than Aug. 7. To register, call Mitzi Stockel at 530-626-5102. Proceeds will benefit the Dewey Ware Memorial Scholarship Fund. The public is invited. You don’t even have to know how to bowl.
NO KIDDING: Review Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar, and you will find the following “Jumping to Confusions” statement: “Statistics show that teenage pregnancies drop off significantly after age 25.”
HANGTOWN CAR SHOW: The Hangtown Car Show is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., on Main Street in Placerville. This event is sponsored by the Placerville Lions Club. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking for the public are free. For more information and to preregister your car, call Mike at 530-622-1731.
EDH TRANSIT NEEDS: If you would like to compete in a Transit-Needs Survey for the El Dorado Hills area, go to surveymonkey.com/s/EDH Transit Needs. The survey ends 7-31.
PHONE NUMBER CORRECTION: If you find an orphaned or injured nestling or fledgling bird, call 530-621-2020.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following “diet” advice: “It is important to keep a middle approach in every field. Even in our daily consumption of food, we must follow a moderate way. With too much in our stomachs trouble will come to us; too little is not sufficient.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.