Heard over the back fence: Fountain-Tallman Museum reopens

By From page B1 | April 18, 2014

PREVENTING DIETING: John Chapman sent me the following “Aunty Acid” statement: “I have a condition that prevents me from dieting. It’s called being freakin’ hungry.”

MUSEUM REOPENED: The Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main St., Placerville, aka the “little museum on Main Street,” has reopened after significant restoration of its masonry. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and admire the remodel.

GENEALOGISTS UNITE: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet on April 23 at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The meeting begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. Arrive early and meet the current members. Visitors are always welcome. Pam Dallas will be the speaker and will discuss how great clues, tidbits and genealogical answers may be found in the law library.

SWAP MEET SCHEDULED: A Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Sell your treasures or hunt for new ones. Sign up for your space in the parking lot for $15. This is a rain or shine event. To sign up for your space, call 530-677-2231.

ANIMAL PREPAREDNESS PLAN: The Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Rd., Placerville, is presenting a public general meeting titled “Including Animals in Your Evacuation Plan” on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the Grange.

CANDIDATES NIGHT: Gold Trail Grange is sponsoring a District 4 Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 30, at the Grange, 319 Highway 49, Coloma. You can meet the candidates at 7 p.m. Presentations start at 7:30 p.m. The following candidates have been invited: Scott McNeil, Tim Palmer, Lori Parlin, Howard Penn, Mike Pettibone, Winston Pingrey, Michael Ranalli, and Dave Souza.

WHY FORGIVE? John Bruno forwarded the following “Seize the Day” quote: “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

STORYTIME FOR KIDS: The “Children’s Storytime” takes place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 3 to 5 years, and their adults are welcome to enjoy the stories and crafts.

FASHION SHOW AND TEA: The “Rainbow Iris Tea” fashion show by Evelyn’s Closet is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado. Tickets are $8 each, and seating is limited. Bring your Iris with you if you have one. There will be awards for “Best Iris Specimen” and “Best Iris Arrangement.” For ticket information, please call Darlene Ide at 530-626-4174 or Maureen Focht at 530-621-4834. Proceeds will benefit those in need in our community.

REPLACING PASSION: A review of the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” reveals the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.” — Age 29

SENIOR CITIZEN PROM: The El Dorado High School Health Careers Academy is sponsoring a “Senior Citizen Prom” on Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the El Dorado High School’s large gym. The prom theme is “Great Gatsby/1920’s” Feel free to dress up in ’20s wear, but ’20s wear is not mandatory. Admission is free. RSVP to Ms. Wunschel by April 29 at 530-622-3634, ext. 1152.

FUN FOR LITTLE ONES: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program was created as a lap-sit storytime for little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This award-winning program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. Classes are offered on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.

NOMINATE YOUR SENIOR: You can nominate an outstanding older adult or married couple who have performed outstanding volunteer work. “The annual ‘Senior of the Year’ award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on May. Nominees must be an El Dorado County resident with active community service within the last two years. Nomination forms are available at the Placerville Senior Center or on-line at For more information, please call 530-621-6255 or you can e-mail [email protected] Submissions must be received by April 28.”

PLAY BINGO! Bingo is offered on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. You pay $3 for two cards, $1 each for an additional card. There is a four-card limit per game.

ROCK HOUNDS ARE GROWING! The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society is very pleased to welcome the following new members: Jennifer and Tom Stone; Thaleia Georgiades and Tom Shinn; Jan Jarka; Andrew Daniel; Carol Dekle-Foss; William Evans, Melissa Miner and Noah Mannion; Bobbie Housand; Shaun and Andrew Marty.

FOOD BUDGET ASSISTANCE: Do you need help with your food budget? The El Dorado County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program is now enrolling pregnant/postpartum women, infants, children under 5 years old (including foster). A family of four making $3,631 or less per month may qualify. An applicant receiving Medi-Cal may qualify regardless of income. WIC provides supplemental health foods, nutrition information, breast feeding support, and referrals to other programs. For more information, call 530-621-6176. 

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: AARP will present their 8-hour course to help drivers, 50 years or older, to refresh their driving skills. The following classes are offered:
- Placerville Senior Center – Saturday, May 3 & 10, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. both days.
- Pollock Pines Community Church – Tue/Thurs, May 13 & 15, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. both days.
- Mosquito/Swansboro Fire Station – Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 4 hr. refresh course.
Participants must attend both days of the course to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-AARP members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, additional class locations and/or registration forms, contact 530-621-6150. 

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following quote: “Gain is delusion, loss is enlightenment.” — Uchiyama Roshi

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 2889 Ray Lawyer Dr. 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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