Heard over the back fence: Learn vegetable gardening

By From page B1 | February 24, 2014

WOODEN LEG DOESN’T SNAP: Carlyn White provided the following “Old Timers Test:” “Question: In Califorinia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not? Answer: You need a camera to take pictures.” 

WATCH YOUR GARDEN GROW: The Placerville Recreation and Parks Department is offering classes to teach basic vegetable gardening skills. The first class is for children 5 to 11 years old, scheduled for March 1. The second class is for children and adults, 12 years old and up, and is scheduled for April 12. Classes are held at Scout Hall, 3071 Benham St., Placerville. For exact times and cost of classes, call Amanda Anderson at 530-642-5295 or call 530-642-5232.

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . LOVE: My friend John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instructions” calendar quote: “Remember, you will discover your best self through actions of love.”

OLMSTEAD LOOP TRAIL: On March 8 Kay Osborn, Master Gardener and hiker, will lead an 8.5-mile hike through beautiful blue oak woodlands, wild flowers and vernal pools (if it rains). Children, ages 12 or older, are welcome as well as adults. Please call 530-621-1224 to sign up and to receive meeting location and time (Cool area) information. Suggested donation is $5 for American River Conservancy members or $10 for non-members. The hike will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED: The Fountain Tallman Museum located at 524 Main St., Placerville, will be temporarily closed from today, Feb. 24 through March 2. Repairs will be made to replace and repaint masonry for the 162-year-old building. Staff will be available only by phone at the usual museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop by and check out the “new look” after March 2.

BEWARE OF CATS: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Do not meddle in the affairs of cats. For they are cunning, and you sleep with your mouth open.”

CREATING POT STICKERS: You can create your very own pot stickers at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. This hands-on class includes recipes and one dozen pot stickers to take home. There is a $10 supply fee required to hold your spot. You must register today by calling 916-358-3575.

PJ STORIES AND MORE: “PJ Storytime” is scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 3 to 5, enjoy stories, songs and craft activities in their PJ’s.

FRENCH FUN! “Fun French” is a new group, which will meet at the El Dorado Arts Council, 459 Main St., Placerville, on Feb. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. The goal of the group is to practice speaking French and have fun. Group members should have some background in French — no beginners, please. For more information, call Denise at 530-644-4082.

GET THOSE NEEDLES OUT! The Needle Arts Club will meet on Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. All skill levels are invited. Bring your own needles, hooks, yarn and thread. If you don’t have these items, club members will hook you up for your first time, so you know what to buy.

CHECK OUT YOUR NEIGHBORS: A pamphlet titled “Ever Wonder What Your Neighbors Are Doing?” is available at the library. This pamphlet lists books dealing with spying, gossip and mid-life crisis. “The House Next Door” and “The Neighbors Are Watching” are two of several books listed.

SHARE YOUR POETRY: The “Poetry off the Shelves” program encourages participants to read their original poetry, share poetry of their favorite poets, or simply come to the meetings to listen. This group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane.

DEFINITION OF FRIENDSHIP: Chris Reeg sent the following statement: “Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.”

READING TO THE DOGS: The “Paws for Reading” class allows children to practice their reading skills by reading to patient, attentive dogs at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., on the first and fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. Registration is required also by calling 530-621-5500.

BOWLING CREATES SCHOLARSHIPS: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is sponsoring their “Strikes for Scholarships” bowling day on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. The event benefits academic, vocational and special program scholarships for our communities. For more information, sponsor and team applications, visit

LITTLE THINGS MATTER: John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Small courtesies, small kindnesses, small considerations, habitually practiced in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talent and accomplishments.” — Kelty

FOOD BANK NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Are you ready to get out of the Lazy Boy chair and help those in need? The Food Bank of El Dorado County needs a few good volunteers for the early morning food rescue route, one day per week, from 6 to 11 a.m. If you are an early riser and can lift 40 pounds, contact Christina at 530-621-9950 or by email at [email protected].

INFANT . . . PARENT CENTER: The Infant . . . Parent Center is a non-profit program that offers the following services: infant massage, family therapy, home visitation, effects of trauma and young children, EMDR, reflective practice, bilingual services/Spanish, Dyadic infant-parent psychotherapy, and children in foster care/adoption. For more information, call 530-676-2899.

LOSING CAN BE WINNING: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following quote: “Buddha was asked, ‘What have you gained from mediation?’ He replied, ‘Nothing!’ However, Buddha said, let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.’”

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following quote: “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” — Heraclitus

LEARN TO LET GO: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following statement: “When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Relax, breathe, let go, and just live.”

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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