T-SHIRT WARNING: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “You are about to exceed the limits of my medication.”
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HOLLIFAIR IN CAMERON PARK: The fifth annual “Hollifair” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Air Park, 3239 Baron Court, Cameron Park. There will be numerous vendors and lots of gift and food items for sale.
HANGTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE: Set aside the date for the annual Hangtown Christmas Parade, scheduled for Dec.1 at 1 p.m. on Main St., Placerville, rain or shine. The Toys for Tots barrels will be available at the Bell Tower if you want to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children. This program provides holiday toys for needy children.
WALKING WISDOM: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset dropped off the following “The Importance of Walking” statement: “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”
TOYS FOR TOTS NEWS: On Nov. 13th, the merchants at Creekside Place launched their campaign for the Marine Toys for Tots program. They are encouraging local residents to donate a new, unwrapped toy at Polished Nail Salon or at the Levee, Creekside Place merchants at 451 Main St. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The donation deadline is Dec. 15.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Placerville “Festival of Lights” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Main St., Placerville. Main St. will be closed to accommodate the crowd expected for this special event. There will be music, entertainment, and the tree lighting at 6 p.m., next to the courthouse. From 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Santa will be at River City Bank on Main Street. Parking in the city garage will be free.
COAT DRIVE ACTIVATED: The El Dorado County Office of Education has organized their winter coat drive. The donated new coats will be distributed to local schools and EDCOE operated programs. Coat sizes from infant to adult can be dropped off at the El Dorado County Office of Education at 6767 Green Valley Rd. in Placerville between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All donations should be dropped off by Dec. 6. For more information, call Angela at 530-622-7130, Ext. 0.
CHRISTMAS IN EL DORADO: On Friday, Nov. 29, you can celebrate the start of the Christmas Season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the town of El Dorado. There will be surrey and train rides, live music, popcorn, face painting, cookies, hot cider and carolers. For more information, call 530-622-2840.
ELIZABETHAN FEAST: On Dec. 7, the Placerville Shakespeare Club will hold its annual “Elizabethan Family Celebration and Feast” at the Clubhouse at 2940 Bedord Ave., beginning at 5 p.m. A traditional holiday feast with all the trimmings will be served by ladies garbed in long skirts, ruffled blouses, and scullery caps. Also, there will be a huge, decorated Christmas tree, singers, dancers, bagpipes, jesters and fencers. There will be games for everyone to enjoy. There will be a Yum Yum Tree with presents for all children attending. For tickets or more information, call Carole at 916-220-7317 or 530-626-4949. This event sells out every year.
50TH CLASS REUNION: Folsom High School “Class of 64″ is planning their 50th Class Reunion for October 2014. For details regarding exact date and location of the reunion, call Roger Terneuzen at 775-240-2520 or Beth Smith at 916-834-1996.
CAPTURE TODAY: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following statement: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu
CRAB FEED FUNDRAISER: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the El Dorado County Search and Rescue Council has scheduled their Crab Feed Fundraiser for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the “Main Hall,” El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Cocktails (no host bar) will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. You can dance from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are available at Raley’s, Placerville, and Bel Air, Cameron Park, or call Linda at 530-620-5550 or Shirley at 530-622-3794. Tickets are $40 through Dec. 31. Tickets are $45 after Dec. 31.
KETCHUP CONFUSION: Paul and Wendy Chafer furnished the following “Smile Time” quotation: “A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle, the phone rang, so she asked her 4-year-old to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’”
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following recommendation: “The moment you think only of yourself, the focus of your whole mind narrows, and because of this narrow focus uncomfortable things can appear huge and bring you fear, discomfort, and a sense of feeling overwhelmed by misery. The moment you think of others with a sense of caring, however, your mind widens. Within that wider angle, your own problems appear to be of no significance, and this makes a big difference.”
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.