Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Farmers Market back in Placerville

 The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that if you wait until retirement to really start living, you’ve waited too long.” — Age 67

 The Farmers Market is available at the Ivy House parking lot, off Main Street, Placerville, on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fresh fruit and vegetables are available. Also, flowers, nursery items, baked goods and cheese can be purchased. For more information, call 530-622-1900 or visit

 Mary Majewski will be 100 years young on June 16th! A friend had a T-shirt printed for Mary, which has the following birthday statement: “I want to live for eternity . . . so far I’m doing pretty good.” Mary, we wish you a very happy birthday!

A “Teen Video Workshop” for teenagers is scheduled for June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 3300 Coach Lane, A-9, Cameron Park. This workshop is for students in grades 9 through 12. No experience required and no fee for this class. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up by June 15 by calling 916-941-8482. Professional videographer Bill Thorpe will discuss how to work with commercial video and media equipment.

A pancake fundraiser breakfast is scheduled for July 6 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets are $6 per person. Children, 12 years old and younger, pay $3. Display parking available for classic/show cars. Proceeds will benefit local youth and adult aviation programs, including Young Eagles and Civil Air Patrol.

 A class titled “Rumba and Bolero” is being offered on Wednesdays, July 10 through July 31, from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $49 for non-Cameron Park residents or $44 for Cameron Park residents. A couple can sign up for $69 or $64 with Cameron Park resident discount. If you are ready to dance the rumba or bolero, call 530-677-2231 to reserve your spot.

 Thumbing through the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I found the following observation: “Family Fortunes host: Name an animal used as a form of transport. Contestant: A turtle.”

 The eighth annual “Wine for Words” fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, Placerville Chapter, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug, 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Kevin Smokler, author of the book “Practical Classics — 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School,” will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 per person and will be available, beginning tomorrow, at the Placerville Library. For more information, call 530-621-5540. 

”Banners on Parade” is a community art project that will feature 32 decorated banners by local artists. The banners will be on light poles on Main St., Placerville. The banners will be sold at a silent auction at the Oct. 19 Art and Wine Festival.

Gold Bug Park and Mine needs volunteers. You are needed to work as a gift shop clerk, a blacksmith or tour guide. If you would like to help, call 530-642-5207.

 Day trips to Lake Tahoe are scheduled for Sundays, June 23 and Aug. 4. The bus departs and returns to Raley’s parking lot, El Dorado Hills. A $20 slot voucher and $7 lunch voucher to Harrah’s/Harvey’s is available to “Players Card” holders. If you need a card, one will be provided. Registration deadline is one week prior to June 23. The trip fee is $37. Trip escort is Pat Thomsen. Call 916-933-6624 to register.

 Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following quote from George Carlin: “Electricity is just organized lightning!”

 All West Tours has planned a Reno trip for July 24 and 25, which includes the following benefits: All West bus transportation, overnight accommodations at El Dorado Hotel, reserved seating for musical production “Grease,” dinner buffet, breakfast buffet, free time at shopping outlets, free time in Virginia City, and driver gratuities. The price for this trip is $173 per person, double occ. or $203 per person, single occ. To reserve your spot, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.

 If you search the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will discover the following life lesson: “Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, ‘I am not of value,’ is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought — so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can do anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.”

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.

Discussion | 11 comments

  • DB SmithJune 29, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Just got back from the Farmers Market.with a few goodies and while there we signed the roundabout petition in front of the Cozmic Cafe. We met Dave Cole and he asked how we had heard about where to sign up and I told him I had heard it from Evelyn Veerkamp. Nice guy. Thanks for the tip Evelyn.

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  • EvelynJune 29, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    DB: Thanks for signing the petition. Please tell your 300 closest friends and relations to add their names as well! The City really needs to know that more than just one or two people are paying attention to this issue. Nobody wants this to end in another lawsuit, because it's expensive, hard work, and creates ill will between the City and residents.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 29, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    DB, did they check your ID? Are you REALLY a P'ville citizens?

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  • Fran DuChampJune 29, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    You have to be from Placerville?...are we being split into villages already? Im from Pollock and side with the people who live down there--they said "no"--went to court for a "no"--how many "no s" does it take?

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  • EvelynJune 29, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Lady Macbeth advises petition signing requirements: • Photo ID • Recent utility statement • Signature: black ink / cursive • 3 referees • Breathalyzer test • DNA swab • NSA clearance • Proof of Obamacare enrollment

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  • Fran DuChampJune 29, 2013 - 4:59 pm


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  • Fran DuChampJune 29, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    Fran, Pollock Pines, El dorado County, California, USA....Placerville falls in there some where...

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  • Dee#1June 29, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    DB, thank you for signing the petition. We need to work together to stop the roundabout and remind the City Council they work for us.

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  • DB SmithJune 29, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Phil, I didn't have to show my ID and even though I live in the "Outer Limits" of the city it still has a Placerville 95667 on it. I hate having to maintain a swimming pool but on days like this it makes it worthwhile.

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  • EvelynJune 30, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Dee#1: A major problem is knowing who the City of Placerville works for.

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  • Dee#1June 30, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Evelyn, right now it seems to be their friends and business partners.

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