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Heard over the back fence: Kennedy rescuer to speak

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 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt advice: “I stopped fighting my inner demons — we’re on the same side now.”

JOHN F. KENNEDY INFORMATION: On Friday, Nov. 9, the speaker, Lt. Cmdr. Ted Robinson, USNR, will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. He was on the boat that rescued John F. Kennedy in the PT-109 incident. Mr. Robinson is the author of “Water in My Veins: The Pauper Who Helped Save a President.”

 The ninth annual “Holiday Spectacular” will be held at each of the six Snowline Hospice stores on the weekend of Nov. 9 through Nov. 11. Aisles will be filled with holiday decor, collectibles, musical instruments, clothes, toys and much more. For the address and open hours of the thrift store nearest you, call 530-621-4503.

 Check out the “Who Knew?” calendar, and you will discover the following household advice: “Hanging a picture? Make it easy by first taping a thumbtack (pointy side out) to the back below the hanging bracket. Perfectly position your picture, then give it a bit of a push into the wall. You’ll now have a tiny hole in your wall exactly where you need to hammer in a nail.”

 The “South County Veterans Honor Breakfast” will be free for all veterans and their families. This special event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mt. Aukum Rd., Somerset. For more information, call 530-620-4859 or 530-748-8771.

The Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, is challenging you to write a novel in just one month to celebrate “National Novel Writing Month.” The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 2 and Nov. 30. The library will hold “write-ins” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 and 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library. For more information, visit the Library Programs and Events calendar on or contact the library at 530-621-5540.

Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Disorder in the Court:” “Q. Are you sexually active? A. No, I just lie there.”

 On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sierra Wildlife Rescue will present a class titled “Why Is That Animal Doing That?” This class will help you identify an animal in need of assistance and to teach you who to contact for help. Judy Monestier will be the instructor. All classes are taught at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd. in Placerville. Parking is limited, so please make reservations. For all classes, contact Barbara at 530-621-2650, or  e-mail

Because Clara Neilsen is a generous person, I have the book titled “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” This book offers life lessons from people age 5 to 95, such as the following: “I’ve learned that getting fired can be the best thing that can happen to you.” — Age 42.

A retired CIA operative will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. To learn more about the “outing” of former CIA agent Valarie Plame stop by the library. This presentation is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to support scholarships for local women. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

 The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. A free book is given to the first 30 families. Bring the little ones, up to age 7, to this fun session. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

An old-fashion Christmas craft fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.

 If you have dinner at Los Pinos restaurant on Wednesday, Nov. 14, between 5 and 8 p.m., a portion of the proceeds go towards supporting the Ponderosa High
School Sober Grad Night. Remember to tell your server that you are there for the fundraiser, both dine-in and take-out apply. Los Pinos is located at 3420 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park. Thank you for contributing to keep our high school seniors safe.

The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presents the following advice: “Try to feel what another being is feeling. This type of imaginative meditation is very helpful for feeling compassion.”

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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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