Heard over the back fence: Elks offer Sunday breakfast

By From page B1 | April 24, 2013

John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Retired: Under New Management – See Spouse for details.”

 The Placerville Elks Club is offering breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at their clubhouse, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs. Adults pay $7.50, and children over 3 years old pay 1/2 price. Children 3 and under do not pay. This all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. The public is invited.

 The Sensational Singing Seniors are happy to present “Younger Than Springtime: The Ageless Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.” They will be singing on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. On Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m., they will be at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gloria Starelli-Bruno at 530-622-6855. This group is very entertaining and fun to be around.

Carlyn White provided the following “Historical Trivia:”
Did you know the saying “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the president of the U.S. to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, ‘God willing and the Creek don’t rise.’ Because he capitalized the word ‘Creek’ it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.”

 The 10th annual El Dorado Hills “Art and Wine Affaire” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Town Center Shopping Mall, El Dorado Hills, May 11 and 12. Over 100 artists and wineries will be available. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Over the Edge, and Apple Z will be performing. For more information, call Natalie Buerki at 916-933-6699, Ext. 203. Proceeds will benefit El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club.

 The “Marshall Women’s Health and Wellness Expo and 5K” will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Steven Young Amphitheater in the Town Center Shopping Mall, El Dorado Hills. The run starts at 8 a.m. After the run, you can attend the Expo from 8:30 to 11 a.m. There will be Expo health screenings and health talks on topics such as heart health, nutrition and exercise. The cost is $15. For more information, call Natalie Buerki at 916-933-6699, Ext. 203 or visit

 Go over the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will find the following confusing sign: “PLEASE KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED WHEN COMING IN OR GOING OUT.” – Sign on a men’s room door, Detroit School Board offices.

 The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is a lap-sit storytime for little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This award-winning program combines music, movements, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. This class is offered on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

For those who like to plan ahead, the El Dorado Special Olympics group will host their 11th annual Golf Tournament at Cameron Park Country Club on June 24. Golfers will play 18 holes with a cart provided in a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. A tri-tip banquet is included, and prizes will be awarded for first through third places. The cost is $150 per golfer. Raffle prizes and an auction will be included. Special Olympics also is looking for business sponsors for the event. For more information, call John Truscelli at 530-417-2661.

 Thanks to Heidi Barron, we offer the following “I Still Can Hear My Mom Now!” statement: “My mother taught me RELIGION. ‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’”

”Kacie’s Ride for Hope” has been the most successful third-party fundraiser in the 30-year history of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, having raised $105,000. Pat Barron created this fundraiser after he lost his sister to domestic violence. The next ride is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. To register or for more information, go to or call 530-626-8405.

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

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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