Heard over the back fence: Learn folk dancing

By From page B1 | September 06, 2013

 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I’m in shape … I am round.”

 Are you willing to try international folk dancing? No partner needed for lessons. The first class starts Sept. 10 at the IOOF Hall at 467 Main St., Placerville. Beginner class is from 7 to 8 p.m. and costs $3. The intermediate class is from 8 to 10 p.m. and costs $6. For more information, call 530-622-7301 or 530-644-1198. Proceeds will benefit IOOF and a dance scholarship.

 On Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Automotive Excellence will host its 4th annual Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day at their facility at 4600 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Car lovers with custom or classic cars can enter their car for a $15 fee. This event is free for all others. This fun day will include car judging, food, music, raffle prizes, cakewalk and cake contest, vendors, a Kid’s Bounce Tent, a putting contest, and more. Proceeds from the event help support New Morning Youth and Family Services Emergency Children’s Shelter, the only facility of its kind in El Dorado County.

A huge chili cook-off and classic car show are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The classic car show starts at 10 a.m., and the chili will be ready at noon. Channel 13’s Dave Bender will be master of ceremonies. Live music will be provided by “The Nobs.” Entrance fee is $5. Children under 3 years old do not pay entrance fee. Come on out to the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr. (off Pony Express Trail), next to the bowling alley, Pollock Pines. Proceeds will benefit the MORE program.

 Sierra Wildlife Rescue is presenting a class titled “Rehabbing Adult Songbirds” on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Participants will learn how to care for songbirds who are injured or abandoned. Parking is limited, so reserve your spot soon by calling Barbara at 530-621-2650.

A two-hour discussion regarding teenagers and pre-teens is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Room 307 at the Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Discussion topics will include peer pressure, eating disorders, cutting, substance abuse, bullying, and sexual issues. The cost for this event is $5 per person. Refreshments will be provided. You may register online at

The Antique Depot, located at 4241 Mother Lode Dr., Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a Book-A-Thon on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Depot. Bring your gently used or newer books, fiction or non-fiction, children’s or adult, CDs and DVDs, hard cover or paperbacks. Remaining books will be donated to the Friends of the Library in Cameron Park. You can bring a book and take one away. Bring 10 books and take 10 away.

 The Placerville Oktoberfest is scheduled for Sept. 21 on Main St. in Placerville from 3 to 8 p.m. This event will feature music (complete with Chicken Dance and polkas!), Wiener Dog Races, Costume Contest, Children’s Games, Beer-related Games, Bavarian Dance Demos, a Silent Auction and (of course) sausages, sauerkraut, strudel & beer. Sponsored by Placerville Downtown Association. Admission is free.

 To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Placerville Library will offer a hands-on, interactive class on the Civil War on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., at the library. The “Living History Experiences” group will provide artifacts for you to see and touch. They will share stories about camp life and medical practices during the Civil War. This free program is for school-age kids, teens and adults.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Cameron Park Swap Meet takes place from 8 noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Sign up now for your space in the parking lot. Advance space fee is $15. To sign up, call 530-677-2231.

 Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following “Get Even” quotation: “HE MUST PAY. Husband and wife had a tiff. Wife called up her mom and said, ‘He fought with me again. I am coming to live with you.’ Mom said, ‘No darling. He must pay for his mistake. I am coming to live with you.’”

 During September, the Placerville Library will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. An in-depth look at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville will be presented at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the library. John Rich will discuss the factors contributing to what is often considered General Lee’s greatest victory.

 On Thursday, Sept. 26, a trip to the gardens of Golden Gate Park is scheduled, leaving by bus at 8 a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. The $65 fee includes transportation, box lunch, tours and snacks. GSD General Manger Brent Dennis will be the personal tour guide for this trip. Trip participants will tour the following places: San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers including the “Butterflies in Bloom ” Exhibition. For trip information, call 916-358-3575. To reserve your spot, call 916-933-6624.

A review of the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar reveals the following excerpts:
* “He spent the majority of his life being a drug and alcohol attic.
* If you want to lose weight, you need to perform the exorcise necessary to burn calories.” — Actual excerpts from college freshman English papers (thanks to Rebecca S.)

The American Association of University Women El Dorado County Group invites you to attend their Tech Trek scholarship luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Park Community Church, 3901 Wild Chaparral Rd., Shingle Springs. This luncheon is designed to help support girls interest in science and math. Tickets to the event are $20. Please contact Kathy McCoy at 530-642-8511 for tickets, more information or to donate to the Tech Trek program.

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following statement: “A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility.”

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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