HIDING THE BROCCOLI: Thanks to the charming Clara Neilsen of Placerville, we can enjoy the following ageless quote from the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book: “I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in your glass of milk.” – Age 7.
ROCKHOUNDS’ BIG DAYS: The 29th annual “Rock and Gem Show” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Admission is $4. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
FREE CAREGIVER GROUP: A free caregiver support group meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Refreshments will be served. Free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Pre-authorization is required for respite services by calling 530-6211-6151.
PAINTBRUSH POINTER: The “Who Knew?” calendar provides the following household hint: “If you have a pleated lampshade, you know how hard it can be to clean the dust out of those crevices. Our secret weapon? An old paintbrush. It’s the perfect size for its soft bristles to get between each crease.”
EDAC FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Arts Council is sponsoring an evening of elegance art fundraiser to support the “Art in Education” program. This elegant evening takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the door. Call 530-295-3496 or visit EDAC@eldoradoartscouncil.org. This event includes a reception, dinner and live auction. CBS broadcast journalist Ed Crane will be Master of Ceremonies. All proceeds benefit EDAC Arts in Education program. For more information, call 530-295-3496.
SENIOR CENTER BLUES: It’s past time to paint the inside of the Placerville Senior Center. The current color depresses me and saps my energy. This would be a terrific project for one of our service clubs to take on. Get your club members involved in a project to benefit seniors and employees at the Senior Center. Perhaps a couple of our local service clubs could work together on this worthwhile project. If you or your club are interested, call me at 530-344-5036.
A PUN FROM CARLYN: Carlyn White sent the following “Laugh for Today:” “When chemists die, they barium.”
RELAX IN A ROUNDABOUT WAY: A “tai chi” class is offered on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Tai Chi is an “ancient Chinese system that promotes relaxation, balance and overall wellness through slow, circular movements.” For more information or to register, call 530-677-2231.
FUNNY FROSTBITE LOCATION: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Medical Speak:” “Many years ago the patient had frostbite of the right shoe.”
ART AND WINE FESTIVAL: The “Art and Wine Festival” will take place on Main Street, Placerville, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Over 30 local wineries will offer samples of their wines inside merchant locations. Local artists will be featured in the Main Street galleries. Live music, by the “After Shock” group will be at the Bell Tower. Wine tasting tickets are $30. Tickets are available from River City Bank, Kelsey’s Needle Krafts, the Wine Smith or online at PlacervilleDowntown.com.
LOCAL ARTISTS PREVAIL: The Diamond Springs Art Association is hosting the “Fall Art Show and Sale,” beginning Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2, at the El Dorado County Government Building B, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville. The art display hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Friday, when they close at 3 p.m. There will be painting categories of people, floral, seascapes, landscapes and life. There will be a free raffle, and the winner receives a painting by acclaimed artist Tom Adam.
CRAFT FAIR IN THE GYM: A pre-holiday craft fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Charles Brown Elementary School gym, 6520 Oak Dell Rd., El Dorado, off Pleasant Valley Road near Union Mine High School. There will be fine crafts and jewelry and more. Unique Christmas gifts will be available.
LET’S SALUTE OUR VETERANS: A “Veterans’ Tribute” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at 9:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Veterans are invited to share stories, recollections and memorabilia of their service to our country. Also, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s color guard will have a presentation of colors prior to the senior nutrition lunch at noon. Stop by and shake a veteran’s hand . . . hugs are OK., too.
A DALAI DILLY: Reviewing the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following suggestion: “When a problem first arises, try to remain humble and maintain a sincere attitude, and be concerned that the outcome is fair.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or drop them off at 1360 Broadway. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.