AVOID SMALL THINKERS: A glance at the “Bits and Pieces” magazine reveals the following recommendation: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain
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MEET YOUR LOCAL OWL: On Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., the Sierra Wildlife Rescue group will feature some of our local owls, hawks and other raptors at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail.
AUGUST GARDEN TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter recommends the following garden tips for August: ” – Herbs should be harvested in the morning for the freshest flavor. – Plan your fall garden. Start fall vegetables indoors (broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, etc.) – Plant second wave of beets, carrots, radishes, etc. – Set melons and pumpkins on a board to prevent rot. – Clean up around fruit trees. Old fruit may harbor disease. – Plant perennials and feed extensive blooming plants with 16-16-16, or all purpose G&B Organic. – Set out bait for slugs. Try Sluggo, Sluggo Plus, or Gro Power Snail and Slug Away – all are safe around pets. – Deep-water trees and large shrubs. – Give houseplants a bath outside. Keep them in the shade.”
HANGTOWN CAR SHOW: The Hangtown Car Show is scheduled for Aug. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main St., Placerville. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking are free for spectators. For information and pre-registration to show a car, call Mike at 530-622-1731.
ANGRY DECISIONS SUCK: Because of Clara Neilsen’s generosity, we offer the following life lesson from the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On:” “I’ve learned that my worst decisions were made when I was angry.” — Age 62
CFMS AWARDS: Our very own El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society did very well at the CFMS Newsletter Awards in Pasadena, competing against 100 plus clubs. The following awards were won: Adult Articles – First Place: Michael Graham; Adult Articles – Second Place: Clay Williams; Written Features (12 – 17) – First Place: Emily Gudeman; Written Features (Adult) – Second Place: Fred Ott; Written Features (Adult) – Fifth Place: Marilyn Kilpatrick. Merryan O’Neill won the prestigious Golden Bear Award.
CANDIDATES FORUM NIGHT: On Thursday, Aug. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Alliance will host a Candidates Forum for El Dorado County Supervisor candidates for District 2. The forum will be at the Discovery Hills Church at 4270 Shingle Springs Dr., Shingle Springs.
KEEP THE TROOPS COOL: On Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr., the Sew 4 Vets group and the American Sewing Guild will sponsor a workshop to make needed neck and helmet coolers for our troops. If you would like to join this worthy venture, bring your sewing machine, scissors and other items you need. Helpers are also needed for quality control, pressing and to mark the finished products. Please RSVP to Karen Wilson at 530-676-2022 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERY SPECIAL VISION: An anonymous person sent me the following quotation: “If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are. Love, Grandma Taylor.”
BLOOD EQUALS ICE CREAM: The El Dorado Hills community blood drive is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way, corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way. The blood mobile will be in the parking lot. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Donors receive rewards for items, such as movie tickets or Baskin Robbins ice cream.
S YOUR BELLY FIT? A class titled “Bellyfit” is scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Town Hall, 549 Main St., Placerville. The following class description is offered: “By blending the power and wisdom of ancient practices with the research technology and trends of the modern world, Bellyfit classes offer much more than just ‘a workout.’ Bellyfit is the myth busting, spirit soothing, bootie shaking workout designed by women, for women.” Classes are held from Aug. 20 through Sept. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. The class fee is $45. To register for class, call 530-642-5232.
A ZEN ZINGER: Check out the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following observation: “To a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the infinite may be seen.” — Thomas Henry Huxley
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.