Heard over the back fence: Railroad history to be offered

By From page B1 | August 15, 2014

T-SHIRT RECOMMENDATION: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?”

RAILROAD HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture titled “History of Railroads in El Dorado County” will be presented on Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Social Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.

STAGECOACH RIDES IN PLACERVILLE: Davey “Doc” Wiser informs us that stagecoach rides will be available on Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., on Main Street, Placerville.

DESTRUCTION DERBY TIME! Round up the kids and attend the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. You can watch the police, fire and emergency medical personnel slam each other with their old cars.

KEEP THE DEER AWAY: A class titled “Deer Are Rats with Big Eyes” is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. This is a free class. Are the deer eating you out of house and home … literally? Learn how to stay one step ahead of the deer and keep your yard healthy. You can have a garden in the foothills, keeping the deer away organically and safely. Pre-registration is required. Call 530-677-2231 to register.

BBQ, CAR SHOW AND MORE: A car show, barbecue and kids activities festival is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Fire Station, 501 Main St., Diamond Springs. The car show starts at 10 a.m. and will be over at 3 p.m. The day’s events also include a barbecue, bounce house for kids and great music. For more information, call 530-626-3190.

THANK YOU, JACK AND CINDA: The “featured volunteers” for the Cameron Park Library are Cinda and Jack Walton. Cinda is a past president of the Friends of the Library and the current president. Cinda brings all her expertise as a past president and makes planning and organizing the business end of the Cameron Park board that much easier. Jack’s expertise was very valuable in the planning of the golf tournament, and he continues to offer great fundraiser ideas.

ANIMAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISER: A “French Bistro Fundraiser” is planned for Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Crystal Basin Cellars and Bistro at 3590 Carson Rd., Camino. Proceeds will benefit the “Animal Outreach” program. Tickets are $25 per person and include five gourmet courses of superb French cuisine prepared by the Crystal Basin Bistro. A vegetarian option is available. A cash bar will be open and will include Crystal Basin’s award-winning wines and various micro brews. Entertainment includes a traditional French repertoire plus live music from 3 to 6 p.m. by Jeramy Norris and The Dangerous Mood. Tickets will be available at the door and also in advance by calling Animal Outreach at 530-642-2287.

BE CAREFUL ON THE TENNIS COURT: The tennis group I play with has suffered two broken wrists and a head injury in one week. Be careful out there!

USED BOOKS SALE: Used books at the El Dorado Hills Library are sold by the pound. The early bird sale starts Friday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. for Friends of the Library members only. If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to stop by and join for an annual cost of only $10. Get a chance to pick your favorite books that night. The sale continues Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway.

WAITING ROOM ADVICE: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life Hacks” quote: “Listening to music literally changes your brain’s perception of time and reduces the amount of time you think you’re waiting.” Maybe we need to install relaxing music in hospital ER rooms and in the DMV waiting area?

ROCK WITH THE ROBOTS: On Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., the “Techie Tigers Robotics Club” meets at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. If you are a student in seventh through 12th grade, interested in technology, engineering, computers or robotics, this may be the group you have been looking for. The club is preparing to take robot “Mild Sauce” to competition. Walk-ins are welcome.

KACIE’S RIDE FOR HOPE: “Kacie’s Ride for Hope” to end domestic violence is a motorcycle ride scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Belltower, Main Street, Placerville. The ride cost is $25 per person or $45 a couple. You may also register at For more information, call 530-626-1450.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: The AARP Driver Safety Course is an eight-hour classroom course to help drivers, 50 years or older, to refresh their driving skills. The following classes are available in September: Placerville Senior Center: Saturday, Sept. 6 & 13, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., both days. Cameron Park CSD: Monday and Thursday, Sept. 22 and 25, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., both days. Participants must attend both days of the course to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Pre-registration is required.

DIABETES PLAN FOR SUCCESS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Your Plan for Success” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at 681 Main St. (second floor), Placerville. Class topics will include: Reducing your risk — long term complications; Exercise — make it work for you; Staying motivated; Diabetes and emotions. For more information or to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

A ZEN ZINGER: Look at the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following quote: “And what is it, the heart? It is the sound of the pine breeze there in the sumi painting.” — Ikkyu

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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