Heard over the back fence: Get your Pondo Spring Banquet tix

By From page B1 | March 10, 2014

JUST ASK YOUR WIFE: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “A wise man once said, ‘I should ask my wife.’”

PONDEROSA SPRING BANQUET: The Ponderosa High School “Spring Banquet” is scheduled for Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m., at the Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Rd. The cost is $50 per person, and seating is limited. Your ticket includes a catered dinner, student entertainment, student servers, dessert and auction items, and the fine wines of Ponderosa alumnus, Scott Harvey. The featured speaker is Mike Pereira, current Fox Sports FL Rules Analyst. For tickets and further information, visit [email protected] or contact Dave Sargent at 530-621-1673.

GROCERIES FOR THE NEEDY: Food Bank El Dorado County continues to reach out to those in need. Emergency supplemental groceries will be distributed, one allocation per family, on Wednesday, March 19, at the VFW Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Dr. Food will be distributed from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, please contact [email protected],  on “Facebook “ or call 530-621-9950.

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: We have been informed that Andrea Howard recently graduated with honors and received her Master of Science Degree in Urban Land Development from California State University, Sacramento. I received the following information regarding Andrea: “For the past two years she has worked full time at Parker Development Co. while attending classes and serving on several professional, charitable and citizens advisory committees in El Dorado County. She was one of two students in her class acknowledged for maintaining a 3.857 grade point average. Andrea is a highly motivated individual and in the past 20 years has literally worked her way up the corporate ladder at Parker Development Co. from receptionist to assistant property manager to assistant planner to today’s role as principal planner.” Andrea, we salute your success at school and at work. You have created a bright future for yourself, which is well deserved.

STRUGGLES CAN PAY OFF: John Bruno forwarded the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud

TAKE CARE OF THAT BABY! Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Childbirth Education — One Day Intensive.” This class was created for those who do not have the time for the traditional six-week class format. Classes are scheduled for Saturday, March 22, and Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 530-626-2990 for location, more information and to register for this class.

NEW PEDIATRIC OFFICE: Marshall Medical has expanded pediatric care to El Dorado Hills. Dr. Nicole Shorrock, MD, will now be located at Marshall Whole Child office, located at 5137 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 120, El Dorado Hills. She cares for children from newborn to age 18.

MAPQUEST RECOMMENDATION: Carlyn White provided the following “Adult Truths” recommendation: “MapQuest really needs to start their directions on No. 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.”

STORY TIME AND MORE! “Toddler Time” is for the little ones. This program encourages early literacy skills through songs, rhymes and stories. Each session ends with a hands-on sensory activity. Come on out on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. to the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

VFW LOBSTER DINNER: Our local veterans are sponsoring a lobster dinner (live Maine lobster) on Saturday, March 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. Tickets are $30 per person and includes your entry drawing for a $150 certificate for dinner at Henry’s Steakhouse at the Red Hawk Casino. Raffle prizes will be offered, including a Mossberg 18-inch shotgun. Only 200 will be sold. Tickets are available at: Newtown Firearms, 103 Main St., Placerville; Veterans Service Office, Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr.; or by calling 530-626-5753 or 530-621-3371. Payable by cash, check or money order to VFW Post 2680.

LOVE IS GENEROUS: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar, provided by Pat Langkau, offers the following quote: “It’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.” — Charles Bukowski

PONDEROSA FUNDRAISER: If you have dinner at the Snooty Frog Restaurant located in Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, on March 12 from 4 to 9 p.m., a portion of your purchase goes directly to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Reservations are requested. Remember to tell your server that you are there for the fundraiser.

MOTHER GOOSE FLIES AGAIN: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” award-winning program is a lap-sit storytime for the little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. This class is held on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and at 11 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

RAPTORS, WATERFOWL CLASS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering rehabbing classes for “Raptors” on March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., and a class for “Waterfowl and Game Birds” on March 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. All classes are held at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. All classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public. To reserve your spot, call Barbara at 530-621-2650, ASAP.

CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: The El Dorado Builders Exchange Scholarship Fund is available to all high school graduating students in El Dorado County and currently enrolled college students maintaining a 2.5 grade-point average. This scholarship is designed for the student applicant who will be furthering his/her education in the construction industry, such as management, building construction technology, architecture, engineering and/or CAD technician. Applications must be submitted by March 31 to the El Dorado Builders’ Exchange. Log onto for an application, or call 530-672-2955 for information.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following quote: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” — Earl Weaver

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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