HONORING SKY MOTE: In loving memory of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, the Mote family and Toby Keith’s Bar are hosting a charity event “honoring the fallen and helping the living.” This event is scheduled for Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, 440 Palladio Parkway, Folsom. Proceeds will go to MARSOC Foundation, Knights of Heroes, and the Semper Fi Fund. For more information, call 916-984-8629.
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TOUCH-A-TRUCK: The “Touch-a-Truck” event showcases all kinds of vehicles, including antique cars, a fire engine, a horse-drawn wagon, electric cars, construction vehicles, recreational vehicles, plus a petting zoo. There will also be inflatable bouncers, face painting, great food, a cake walk and raffles. This event will be at the Foothills United Methodist Church at 3301 Green Valley Road, Rescue, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Jeanne Pfeifer at 916-933-7722.
CHECK YOUR MATH! Paul and Wendy Chafer provided the following “Feel Smarter” quote: “Half this game is 90 percent mental.” — Philadelphia Phillies Manager Danny Ozark
GOLD RUSH CHORUS PRESENTATION: The Placerville Gold Rush Chorus is presenting the concert “This Is My Country” on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Union Mine High School Theater, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado. This concert will feature the Placerville Gold Rush Chorus, the Oak Ridge High School A Capella Choir, and the Constellation Quartet. Adult tickets are $10. Child/student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at Pollock Pines: Z Group, 6127 Pony Express Trail, Placerville; River City Bank: 348 Main St.; Cameron Park, Sabado School of Music, 4100 Cameron Park Dr. No. 122. For tickets go to goldrushchorus.groupanizer.com or call 530-626-6263.
THANKS TO ONE OUR READERS we learned that a quote attributed to Mariah Carey used in this space Sept. 20 actually originated from a mock interview and she never actually said it. We’ll try to avoid snarky quotes in the future.
HONOR OUR TROOPS FUNDRAISER: An “Honor Our Troops Spaghetti Feed” fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Firemen’s Memorial Hall, located behind the Diamond Springs Fire Station, at 501 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. “Drive through” spaghetti dinners also available. Live entertainment will be provided by Carole Pesusse. Call Cindi Romano at 916-207-4194 for ticket locations, or purchase tickets at the door. All proceeds fund the care packages sent to the soldiers in the war zones who are from El Dorado County or have family members in El Dorado County. The care packages are sent three times a year.
HANG IN THERE: John Bruno forwarded the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” — Longfellow
MEET THE AUTHORS: On Saturday, Oct. 12, you can meet five local authors at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. From 1 to 2 p.m. will be presentations by the authors, where you can learn the authors’ secrets to success and their different paths to publishing. From 2 to 4 p.m. you can enjoy the “Meet N’ Greet” session with authors Helen Bonner, Lisa Butler, Yvonne Kohano, Marlies Schmudlach Perez and Cindy Sample. You can enjoy one-on-one conversations with the authors and purchase autographed copies of their books. Enjoy this free showcase!
STAY AWAKE! Thanks to Jewel Blair, we offer the following Burma Shave sign: “Drove Too Long – Driver Snoozing – What Happened Next – Is Not Amusing.”
LOCAL ART AND WINE TASTING EVENT: The Community Resource Center is sponsoring a “Local Art and Wine Tasting Event” on Oct. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $22 per person or $40 per couple. For ticket purchases, go to edcrc.org. You can also purchase tickets at the door if that’s easier for you. This event offers a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, live music, desserts and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the homeless and at-risk individuals and families located in our country. For more information, call 530-344-1864.
FAULTY PREDICTION: Review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will find the following statement: “The flying machine which will really fly might be evolved by the combined and continuous efforts of mathematicians and mechanicians in from 1 million to 10 million years.” — prediction in the New York Times, Oct. 9, 1903
A DALAI DILLY: Looking at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following opinion: “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs, or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”
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.