DO NOT INTERRUPT NAPS: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Consciousness — that annoying moment between nap-times.”
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HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club will meet at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville, at 1 p.m. The entertainment for this luncheon will be the Sensational Singing Seniors, directed by Gloria Starelli Bruno. The program presentation will be “A Holiday Happening.” For more information, call Judy Orchard at 530-295-1027.
THE JOY OF CHILDHOOD: You can enjoy playing with your child at the “Celebrating the Joy of Childhood” event, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This program is for children, ages 1 week to 5 years old. There will be fun, social activities, free books, and surprises for kids and adults. For more information, call Jan Robbins at 530-621-5547.
MANMADE MISTAKE: Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” This book lists life lessons by people, ages 5 to 95, including the following statement: “I’ve learned that at least once in his life, a man makes a fool of himself over a woman.” — Age 46.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Today, Nov. 12, the Breast Cancer Support Group (aka Hooters) will meet at 681 Main St., Placerville, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This session is for newly diagnosed ladies who are post-op. For more information, call “Charlie” Hall at 530-644-3963 or Fay Alexander at 530-620-3436.
HELP RESTORE THE CHURCH: A “Winter Symphony” to benefit the restoration of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, Coloma St., Placerville, is scheduled at the church on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. This production will feature Margherita and Friends singing classic Broadway favorites and light European opera. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To order your advance tickets, call 630-622-2441. Children, ages 12 and under, are admitted free. Students pay $5 at the door.
NEW VIGOR: The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is very pleased to welcome new members Elaine Stevenson and Mary Winkler. Oil up your sewing machine!
KIDDDING YOURSELF: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following thought: “The biggest lie I tell myself is, ‘I don’t need to write it down. I’ll remember it.’”
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE HAPPENING: Crafty Creations invites everyone to their Holiday Boutique, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Community Center Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. After shopping, a cup of coffee and cookie will be available.
OPEN FLAME WARNING: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Accidents Happen”statement: “I suffered burns while holding my shirttail up over an open flame to warm my back.”
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE: The Placerville “Festival of Lights” will take place on Main St., Placerville, on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be music, entertainment, Santa and stagecoach rides. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. next to the Courthouse. Bring the kids!
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK: Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteers continue to provide blood pressure checks on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Drop-ins are welcome.
BUNNY ARRESTED: Thanks to Carlyn White, the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun is offered: “The Energizer bunny was arrested and charged with battery.”
TAKE A LOOK AT HISTORY: The Placerville Historical Museum is located at 524 Main St., Placerville, and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and meet the friendly volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer or in joining the El Dorado County Historical Society, call 530-621-5865.
GARDEN TIPS FOR NOVEMBER: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following November garden tips: -” Knock down basins around trees so rain will drain off. - Plant spring blooming bulbs. Be sure to use bulb food or bone meal and amend the soil. - Transplant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Amend the soil before planting and add starter fertilizer or bone meal. - Start indoor amaryllis (mid month begin forcing bulbs to give as holiday gifts). - Rake leaves and recycle to your compost pile. - Plant garlic and onion sets. Use starter fertilizer or vegetable food. - Flush drip-irrigation systems with water to clear sediment, then drain the lines to avoid winter freezing and breakage. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from faucet. - After leaf drop, apply first dormant spray (dormant oil and copper). * Mid Nov: Bareroot raspberry, boysenberry, black berry, artichoke, rhubarb, and asparagus available.
A DALAI DILLY: If you review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will discover the following thought: “We should realize that the purpose of taking birth in this world is to help others. If we cannot do that, at least we should not harm other living beings.”
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.