Heard over the back fence: Lobster and seafood dinners

By From page B1 | March 24, 2014

DON’T QUESTION BOB: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Question Authority, But Do Not Question Bob.”

VFW LOBSTER DINNER: Our local veterans are sponsoring a lobster dinner (live Maine lobster) on Saturday, March 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. Tickets are $30 per person and includes your entry drawing for a $150 certificate for dinner at Henry’s Steakhouse at the Red Hawk Casino. Raffle prizes will be offered, including a Mossberg 18-inch shotgun. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at: Newtown Firearms, 103 Main St., Placerville; Veterans Service Office, Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive; or by calling 530-626-5753 or 530-621-3371. Payable by cash, check or money order to VFW Post 2680.

SEAFOOD FEAST TIME! The “Legal Professionals Seafood Feast” is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Diamond Springs Fireman’s Hall, 501 Main St. (Pleasant Valley Rd.). This feast features king crab legs, shrimp scampi, clam chowder, spaghetti, salad and desserts. Music will be provided by Mobile Galaxy D.J. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, and only 150 tickets will be sold. This is an opportunity to meet local attorneys, Superior Court judges and judicial candidates. For tickets or more information, call Cheryl at 530-644-0620.

FLAPJACK BREAKFAST TIME! Mother Lode Lion’s Leo Club for young people is sponsoring a flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s restaurant, 3281 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, on Sunday, March 30, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 each person. Proceeds will benefit the HELP program, which provides emergency lodging, in emergency situations. Hope to see you there!

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST: Placerville Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs, will present their breakfast, open to the public, on Sunday, March 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Adults pay $7.50. Children pay 1/2 price if they are over 3 years old. Children 3 and under enjoy a free breakfast. Breakfast includes: Pancakes, biscuits & gravy, sausage, eggs any way you like them, coffee and juice.

DON’T AVOID CHILDREN: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that there is no way to make up for the time you should have spent with your children.” — Age 49

WOW! WHAT A STUDENT: The Placerville Emblem Club is quite proud of scholarship recipient Elizabeth Jachens of Placerville. Elizabeth is being honored at awards night in San Francisco this month. The Emblem press release notes the following: “She has passed through three tiers (Chico, Sacramento Regent, and now the State) to be selected the top civil engineering student in the state of California by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She maintains a 3.9 GPA; is active in the department’s mentoring program; has acted as president of the Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Health Club; is an active participant in community service projects and she is currently studying abroad in Spain. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to earn her master’s degree in environmental engineering.” Congratulations, Elizabeth! Universities will be lining up to recruit you!

LIFE LESSON ADVICE: Chris Reeg provided the following information:
”SIX ETHICS OF LIFE: Before you Pray – Believe; Before you Speak – Listen; Before you Spend – Earn; Before you Write – Think; Before you Quit – Try; Before you Die – Live.”

FREE COMMUNITY FORUM: A free screening of “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” documentary, narrated by actress Glenn Close, will be offered on April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Green Valley Community Church, Room 307, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of mental health professionals, access information about community resources, and learn how they can make a difference in their families and in our community.” For further information, please contact Judy Knapp at 530-417-0256 or [email protected].

RAINBOW LOOM MEETING: The Rainbow Loom Club meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Bring your own loom. Rubber bands will be provided. This is an opportunity to share your projects, share your ideas, learn new patterns, and meet new friends. Master Rainbow Loom makers and beginners, from 7 and up, are invited.

FORUM ON FIRE AND DROUGHT: On April 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a community forum on “Fire and Drought in Camino/Apple Hill” in the old gym at Camino School, 3060 Snows Rd. There will be representatives from EID, Cal Fire, EDC Fire and local growers in Apple Hill. They will offer recommendations on how to deal with this drought year. For more information, contact Betty Linville at 530-644-7421 or check the Website at

EXERCISING CAN BE FUN: The following classes are being offered at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.: Yoga, Tai Chi, Baby and Me Yoga, Belly Fit (Moving Women), Zumba and MMA Fitness. Dance classes: Ballroom Dancing (foxtrot), Barre Class, and Belly Dancing. Specialty classes: Cooking with Chef Susan, Thai Cooking and Golf Lessons. For times and more information on classes, call 530-677-2231.

THE PAST IS VALUABLE: The magazine “Bits and Pieces” offered the following quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over — Smile because it happened.”

LIVE OUT YOUR FANTASY: On Fridays at 3:30 p.m., the Fantasy Book Club meets at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This group enjoys reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy books. The group leader is teen volunteer Alex. High school teenage teens are welcome to join.

DO YOU NEED A RIDE? The Senior Shuttle is a volunteer van to assist seniors, 60 years and older, with grocery shopping and short day trips. Weekly scheduled shopping trips to various locations in Placerville and Cameron Park are offered. This service has a suggested donation of $2 for round trip local service from your home and $5 for trips outside of the county. Seating is limited, so call and make your reservations today at 530-621-6369.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar presents the following quote: “Life is an unanswered question, but let’s believe in the dignity and importance of the question.” — Tennessee Williams

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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