Monday, July 21, 2014

Heard over the back fence: It’s Home Show time

From page B1 | May 03, 2013 |

 My friend John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from the Solar System” T-shirt statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!”

 The El Dorado County Home and Garden Show opens today at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free today!

 Tomorrow, May 4 (Saturday), from 10 to 11 a.m., the Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., El Dorado Hills (in Town Center), will offer a program of questions and answers to assist newcomers in our area. Also, participants will receive a “Relocation Packet” with handy information for newcomers. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3700.

 On Monday, May 6, at 1 p.m., the movie “Argo” will be shown at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This movie is the story of the rescue of six American Embassy employees in Iran. This movie is rated R. Popcorn available.

Carlyn White provided the following “Just Grins and Snickers” statement: “The reason Politicians try so hard to get reelected is that they would ‘hate’ to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed. — Ain’t that the truth!!”

 The public is invited to join Board of Equalization member George Runner, state Sen. Ted Gaines, and Assembly members Frank Bigelow and Beth Gaines on May 7 at 6 p.m. “for a teleconference townhall concerning the confusion and controversial California Fire Prevention Fee.” If you would like to participate, please register in advance at: or call 916-445-3032.

 On Friday, May 10, the Placerville Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host their annual boutique and auction to support “Wetlands Conservatioan.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. For tickets, contact Todd Reynolds at 530-676-1288 or visit

On Sundays, beginning May 10 through Oct. 27, the farmer’s market for El Dorado Hills will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Center, El Dorado Hills.

On Saturday, May 11, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the “Mother Lode Century Amazing Bike Ride” will take place in our county. Riders will bicycle throughout El Dorado County and ride down Main St., Placerville, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For registration and other information, call 530-544-8705.

A Mother’s Day Breakfast is scheduled for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado, from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $8 per person. Children 12 years old and younger pay $4. Treat Mom to eggs Benedict, has browns, fruit and coffee. You can buy tickets at the door.

A spring sale of “Like-New Treasured Items” is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Shepard of the Hills Covenant Church, 4050 Durock Rd. No. 7, Shingle Springs. Bakery items will also be sold. “Everything must go” in this bargains galore sale. For more information, call Marge Dreyer at 530-672-0630.

 Would you like to meet the El Dorado Rose candidates? The El Dorado Rose Ball is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. A light buffet supper will be served, and music is provided by the Elderado Band. Monika and I are huge fans of this band! This event is enthusiastically open to the public. Tickets are $25 each. For tickets or other information, call Carole at 530-626-4949. This is always a fun-filled, elegant event.

 Looking at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I observed the following prediction: “I expect there will be some failures. . . . I don’t anticipate any serious problems of that sort among the large internationally active banks.” — Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, a few months before the U.S. government’s $45 billion bailout of Citibank

Star Walker informs me that there are a few openings left for the All West Tours’ Yellowstone trip, scheduled from June 9 through June 16. The price of the trip per person, dbl-occ., is $1,645. Price for single person is $2,295. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.

My “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following definition of religion: “The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things that we must check in daily life.”

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 1360 Broadway. 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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