Heard over the back fence: Ikebana in the afternoon and chili in the evening March 15

By From page B1 | March 12, 2014

TOUGH WAY TO LEARN: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes. I think I’ll make a few more.”

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT CLASS: Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. On Saturday, March 15, there will be an Ikebana demonstration at the Placerville Library at 1 p.m. at 345 Fair Lane. This free event is open to the public. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

GREAT CHILI AND GREAT CONVERSATION: The El Dorado Community Hall has scheduled a “Chili-Cook-Off” for Saturday, March 15. Cocktail hour is 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Chili entries must be turned in at 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children 12 and under pay $4. If you bring a chili for judging, you eat free! Chili must be in a crock pot. It is recommended that you follow traditional chili color and texture for judges’ scoring. This event will be at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, Town of El Dorado.

REVIEWING THE 20TH CENTURY: The Placerville Library sent us the following description of their “By the Decades” project: “During 2014, the Placerville Library in partnership with the El Dorado County Historical Museum is taking a look back at the 20th century, decade by decade. These free events which encourage us to celebrate our past even as we look to our future will be held at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Memory sheets, trivia challenges, and cross word puzzles can be picked up at the library or found online at For more information on our ‘By the Decades: the 20th Century in Reflection’ project, contact the Placerville Library at 530-621-5540.”

LOOKING GOOD IS EXPENSIVE: Paul Chafer sent me the following “Old Jewish Jokes” quotation: “My wife was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate.”

DIGITAL CAMERA CLASS: A workshop titled “Get to Know Your Digital Camera” will be held on March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class is for novice photographers. Bring your camera, extra batteries, and your camera manual. The class fee is $29. Bob Gouine is the instructor. You must register for this class by calling 916-933-6624.

LUNCH WITH THE BIRDS: Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club has scheduled their monthly luncheon for March 20 at 11 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Club House Dr., Placerville. Entertainment will be presented by the Sierra Wildlife Rescue. They are returning with their “Birds of Prey of El Dorado Country” program. If you are interested in attending and learning more about the Newcomers Club, call 530-622-9262.

THINK BEFORE YOU CALL: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar noted the following interesting story: “Carly Houston, 29, was hauled into the Nashville, Ill., police station in 2010 after she threatened a taxicab driver and refused to calm down when police attempted to reason with her. She was arrested for disorderly conduct. At the police station, officers informed Houston that she could make one phone call. So whom did she call? 911. ‘I’m trapped!’ Houston told the operator. ‘You gotta get someone in here to get me out of here!’ One more charge was added: making a false emergency call.”

ROTARY BON VOYAGE: The Placerville Rotary Club has scheduled their annual Bon Voyage for Saturday, March 22, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Enjoy a great dinner, and dance to live music. Tickets are available from any Rotary member.

THINK BIG! Clara Neilsen gave me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the greatest risk is thinking too small.” — Age 61

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS: A new class titled “Steps to Avoiding Scams” is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. on March 31 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn the top 10 scams targeting seniors and tips for avoiding them. Refreshments will be served. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. The presenters will be Pat Thomsen and Janet Kenneweg.

USED BOOKS SALE: A used books sale is scheduled between March 18 through March 27 during regular library hours (Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. and Wednesday/Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Books sell for $5 a bag. There will be hundreds of books for sale in the foyer of the Pollock Pines Library at 6210 Pony Express Trail.

FINAL “AGELESS JOY” CLASS: My final class for the “Ageless Joy Is Possible” series is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575. Bring your spouse to this class.

A ZEN ZINGER: Check out the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following quotation: “The cure for pain is the pain.” — Rumi

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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