Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Heard over the back fence: Fabulous fashions Sunday

MODERATE YOUR PROMISES:
 A review of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar produces the following “promises” comment: “You probably try really hard to keep your promises. Obviously, the more promises you make, the more pressure you have to keep them. At some point, if you make enough promises, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll feel stressed out in your attempt to keep everyone happy.”

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FABULOUS FASHION SHOW: 
The Placerville Emblem Club is presenting “A Fabulous Fashion Show” on Sunday, April 15, at the Sequoia, 643 Bee St., Placerville. Lunch is included. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a fashion show provided by Combellack’s, Off Broadway, Leah Marie, and Renfro’s.

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ADVICE FROM BOOK PUBLISHER:
 On Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m., Ted Savas from Savas Beatie LLC will share information regarding the secret world of book publishing. He will be at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. If you are thinking about publishing your book, show up. For more information on this free event, call 530-621-5540.

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PROTECT YOUR HANDS: 
The “Who Knew?” calendar offers the following household hint: “If you have an old hose you’re about to throw away, here’s a great second use. Cut off a 2-inch section, then cut a horizontal slit all the way through it. Slide onto the handles of buckets to make them easier to carry. Reinforce with duct tape if necessary.”

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NON-FICTION BOOK CLUB:
 On April 17, the Non-Fiction Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive.

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LUNCH TAXI:
 Are you aware that the El Dorado Transit bus stops at the Diamond Springs Lions Hall at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. The 11:30 a.m. stop is just in time for the Senior Nutrition lunch at noon?

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SAY THAT AGAIN? 
Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Jumping to Confusions” statement: “He has never done anything like that, and he won’t ever do it again.”

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ROLE OF THE PIONEER WOMEN: 
The Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club will meet at the Cold Springs Country Club, Placerville, on Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. The featured speaker will be Ed Allen, who has assumed the role of James Marshall at the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma for the past eight years. His speech topic will be “the role of the pioneer women during the gold discovery period in El Dorado County.” For more information or to learn more about the Newcomers Club, call 530-620-5602.

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BURN DAY INFORMATION:
 Are you thinking about burning today? For burn day information call 530-621-5897.

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CHAIR YOGA:
A class titled “Chair Yoga — Just for You” meets on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you have limitations due to previous injuries, chronic condition, or general inflexibility, this is the class for you. The instructor is Donna Rixman. You can purchase a five-class punch-card for $37 (good or 90 days) or pay a $10 drop-in fee. To pay, call the CSD office at 916-933-6624. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

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BOOKS FOR GRADES 3 TO 5:
Our libraries have a pamphlet titled “Fiction for Grades 3 to 5.” Books available at the library include the following: “The Latch Key Dog,” “The Enormous Egg,” “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” and “Four Grade Weirdo.”

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HELPING HANDS AT WORK:
 Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California will be participating in the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day on April 28. Local projects include working with Placerville City Parks and Recreation to clear and make repairs to the El Dorado Trail. They will be joined by other community volunteers and members of other churches. Thank you, volunteers!

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ARE CHAINS REQUIRED?
 If you need to check road conditions, call 1-800-427-7623.

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DAY TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE:
 A gambler’s delight South Lake Tahoe day trip, by charter bus, is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bus departs and returns from Raley’s parking lot, El Dorado Hills. Refunds are only given if trip is cancelled. A $20 slot voucher and $7 lunch voucher to Harrah’s/Harvey’s, is available to players card holders only. If you need a players card, the tour escort will get it for you. You must register at least one week prior to the trip. The fee for this trip is $37. To register, call 916-933-6624.

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A DALAI DILLY:
 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following tidbit: “We are not lacking in terms of the development of science and technology; still, we lack something here in the heart — a real inner warm feeling. A good heart is needed.”

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 in Placerville. You may call Bob Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Wednesday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure there will be space available for your important announcement. First and last name of contact person are required.

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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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