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Heard over the back fence: Evan Ortiz fundraiser Monday

From page B1 | April 19, 2013 |

 Carlyn White sent the following “Great Lessons on Stress:” “Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.”

A fundraiser for Evan Ortiz and family is scheduled for Monday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. There will be live music and a spicy Jambalaya Cajun dinner, plus hot dogs and more. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for adults, or $40 per family. Evan is a 17-year-old student at Ponderosa High School who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a single-car accident. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Llisa Gallant at 530-409-6993 or call Katie DeGunther at 916-802-4462.

 The Sierra Wildlife Rescue champagne brunch fundraiser is scheduled for April 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cameron Park Country Club, 3201 Royal Drive. Tickets in advance only are $40 per person or $75 per couple. For tickets, call 530-626-6619, visit Cozmic Cafe (594 Main St., Placerville) or buy online at This will be an elegant brunch with complimentary champagne. Lauren Richie of the California Wolf Center will be the guest speaker. Author Betty Shannon will conduct a book signing of “The Birds of Towhee Lane.”

Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we offer the following “Give Them Space” comment: “A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it.” — Bugs Baer. 

The El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG) is sponsoring a breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 8 to 10 a.m., at Applebee’s, 3281 Coach Lanae, Cameron Park. Breakfast includes 3 pancakes, 2 pieces of bacon, breakfast potatoes, coffee, orange juice and fountain beverages. The breakfast cost is $10 at the door. You may order early by calling 530-676-9699 or e-mail Proceeds will go towards completing the off-leash dog park in Hacienda Park.

 The “Every Woman Counts” program provides free breast exams and mammograms for women over age 40 Also, free HPV screenings and pelvic exams for women over age 21 is provided. To determine if you qualify for these free exams, call 1-800-511-2300.

 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following headline: “MAN SEEKING HELP FOR DOG CHARGED WITH DWI.” —Headline in the (Syracuse, New York) Post-Standard.

 Carlyn White provided the following “Historical Trivia:” “Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile.’ In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’”

 On Friday, May 3, the “Spring Fling” will take place at the CSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., music will be provided by the Riverbed Folk Band. Lunch will be served at noon, and door prizes will be announced after lunch. The menu includes barbecue chicken, barbecue beans, fruited coleslaw and strawberry short cake. Wear your spring bonnet to qualify for a special prize drawing. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

The “Honor a Nurse” event is scheduled for Friday, May 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Marshall Medical Center, conference rooms A-D, second floor, Placerville. If you would like to attend, call 530-642-9984 or e-mail The nurse you choose will be invited to the celebration and will receive special recognition. For more information, call 530-642-9984.

 Donation of a few good items are requested by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They have scheduled a rummage sale for May 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, off Placerville Drive. If you would like to donate a few items, please call 530-622-8875 or 530-626-5902 to arrange pick up of items. You may also drop items off at the Veterans Memorial Building on May 17.

 Peruse through the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will discover the following statement: “Ideally one should have a great deal of courage and strength, but not boast or make a big show of it. Then, in times of need, one should rise to the occasion and fight bravely for what is right.”

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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