SUMMER SPECTACULAR: The Cameron Park “Summer Spectacular” takes place on Saturday, June 29, at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd. Gates open at 2 p.m. This fun event will include musical entertainment, food, crafts exhibits, contests, and a world-class fireworks show. For more information, visit www.cameronpark.org or call 530-677-2231.
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YOGI BERRA QUOTE: Toby and Molly Higgins of El Dorado Hills provided the following Yogi Berra observation: “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
MAIN ST. BREWFEST: The Brewfest is scheduled for June 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., on Historical Main Street, Placerville. For more information, call 530-672-3436 or visit www.placerville-downtown.org.
DADDY AND ME TIME: On Saturday, June 29 and July 27, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a “Daddy and Me Play” (time) for children, ages 1 year to 3 years old, at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5547.
WILD THINGS ALERT: As part of the El Dorado Hills Library “Summer Reading Program,” a “Wild Things Animal Presentation” is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. All ages are welcome to see the wild animals.
JUST SHOW UP! Woody Allen said, “85 percent of success is showing up.” Terry Wilson, a Cameron Park Rotarian, recently received a “Perfect Attendance” Rotary award. Terry joined Rotary on Oct. 15, 1975, and has never missed a meeting!
UNIVERSITY IS NEXT STOP: Local student Shelby Ganzert graduated from El Dorado High School. She received a $1,000 scholarship from the Society of Military Engineers. She will be attending UC Davis University, where she will study Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations, Shelby! We wish you continued success at UC Davis.
VERY SHORT WAR: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar noted the following “not so smart” answer: “‘Weakest Link’ host Anne Robinson: The war between Israel and Egypt, which began on June 5, 1967, and ended on June 10, 1967, was better known by which name, based on its duration. Contestant: The Ten Year War.”
NEW NEEDLE ENERGY: The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild extends a warm welcome to new members Angela Derrick and Yvonne Draper.
MORE JUNE GARDEN TIPS: This is the second half of June garden tips, provided by the Front Yard Nursery: - “Prune spring blooming shrubs after flowering, like lilacs. - Annual checkup on mowers and trimmers. Dull or dirty blades spread disease and cause stress. - Trim hedges so that the base is wider than the top by pruning down the sides. This helps let light and air into the shrub and into the woody base. - Use Tangle Foot or Terro Ant Traps on fruit trees to prevent crawling insects from damaging fruit. - Plant summer vegetable seeds or starts. - Whitewash fruit tree trunks to prevent sunburn. Use a light colored interior latex paint mixed with 50n percent water or Tree Trunk Paint to reflect sunlight off the tree. Paint up to 40 inches or to the first set of branches.”
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE TEST: On Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, Marshall Medical Center offers free blood pressure clinics in the Lab and Imaging Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FUN: Arts and crafts fun for children of all ages is scheduled for Friday, July 19, at 10 and 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500.
I KNOW THIS PERSON: Paul and Wendy Chafer of El Dorado Hills sent the following “cool quote: “America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.”— David Letterman
TEAM CASEY POKER RUN: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the 10th annual Team Casey Poker Run for autos and motorcycles is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11. Entry fee is $25 per person and includes the ride, poker hand, lunch, T-shirt, live music from the “Late for Dinner” band, and a great time. The fee is $15 without shirt. Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at Safeway parking lot, Pollock Pines. Dinner, band music and fun will start at noon and go until 4:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. To pre-register or make a donation, visit www.teamcaseyacs.com or facebook/TeamCaseyacs.com. This race is in loving memory of Casey Spidell, and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
AVOID DEBT, IF POSSIBLE: The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” provided by Clara Neilsen, offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that debt is a poor substitute for what it buys.” — Age 58
SENIOR MOVIE DAY: Free movies for seniors are offered on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Social Room at Cameron Park Community Services District, 2502 Country Club Dr. For movie titles, call 530-677-2231.
JUST PRACTICE KINDNESS: Percy McManus forwarded the following life lesson: “The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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.