Heard over the back fence: Lunar eclipse show awaits night owls

By From page B1 | April 09, 2014

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “The best things in life are: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties in your hand, the path is right just before you.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: You can observe the total Lunar Eclipse on April 14-15 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Community Observatory at 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. The eclipse schedule is for the following times: Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:58 p.m. PDT; Total Eclipse Begins: 12:06 a.m. PDT; Greatest Eclipse: 12:45 a.m. PDT. Bring your blankets, hats and gloves for this outdoor event.

DOG PARK OPENING: Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park will have their grand opening on Saturday, April 12, from 11 2 p.m.  There will be classes in dog park etiquette offered. Also, there will be candid dog photos ops, guessing games, dog paw art, a canine fancy dress parade, and a kissing booth by Dylan! Vendors will offer lunch, dog-related merchandise, and lots of other dog information. Hacienda Dog Park is located at Cameron Park Drive and Hacienda Park.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED: The Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club will have their luncheon meeting on April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Club House Dr., Placerville. Their scholarship recipients will receive their awards and will give a presentation about themselves and their future plans. If you are interested in attending or would like to know more about the Newcomers Club, call 530-622-9262.

FUNDRAISER FOR YOUTH: We just received information that the “Hands 4 Hope” group is sponsoring a fundraiser spaghetti dinner on Friday, April 11, at Foothills Church in El Dorado Hills. For more detailed information, call 530-558-5243.

SHOWING UP IS IMPORTANT: Paul Chafer provided the following quote: “It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, 5-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm branches. The boy asked what they were for. ‘People held them over Jesus’ head as he walked by.’ ‘Wouldn’t you know it,’ the boy fumed, ‘The one Sunday I don’t go, He shows up!’”

FIND YOUR WOMAN: The Roots and Gold Dust Society will meet on April 15 at 1 p.m. at the LDS Family History Center, 3275 Cedar Ravine Rd., Placerville. Kim Von Aspern will speak on the topic, “Finding the Women.” She will discuss unusual ways to track down a long-forgotten Mrs. or even those with no known name! For more information, call Mary Lee Gilliland at 530-642-2002.

CORRECTION: The Carbohydrate Class scheduled for Thursday, April 10, will start at 9:30 a.m. (not at 11:30 a.m.) at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville.

WILL ROGERS SAYING: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following Will Rogers quote: “Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.”

SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: We just received information that Union Mine Sober Grad Night fundraiser of pancakes and bacon is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 3281 Coach Lane, Cameron Park. This is a great $10 investment for our young people.

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP OFF: A free electronic waste drop off collection drive is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive. This is a fundraiser for the Bipolar Insights, a non-profit Education Center. For more information about which items are accepted and non-acceptable items, call Cathy Clarke-Amos at 530-748-5917.

SWAP MEET: A Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, in the parking lot, at 2502 Country Club Dr. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

CLIMB YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN: John Bruno forwarded the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.”

RX TAKE-BACK DAY: If you want to safely get rid of expired medication or medications you don’t need anymore, a National Rx Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. You can take your medication to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Substation at 4354 Town Center Blvd., No. 112, El Dorado Hills. Keep drugs and other medications out of youngsters’ hands. For more information, call 916-941-8482. You can drop off your Rx products between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

LIBRARY CRAFT FAIR: A “Spring Craft Bazaar” is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. This is a fundraiser event for the Cameron Park Friends of the Library.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “The best things in life are: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties in your hand, the path is right just before you.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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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