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Heard over the back fence: Soiree at the MBZ dealership

By From page A2 | March 8, 2011

FOXY MSNBC SHIRT: My friend John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “Unfair and imbalanced.”

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PROM NIGHT BARGAINS: The annual Soroptimist Prom Boutique is scheduled for Saturday, Mach 19, at Inter County Title Co., 596 Main St., Placerville. Free new and gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories will be given to young women who may not be able to afford them. Ladies, please bring your photo ID with you and come with a responsible adult.

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FOLLIES FOREVER! The Senior Activities Program has created a five-day trip to the Palm Spings Follies from April 4 to April 8. You can enjoy the Broadway-caliber music, dance and comedy of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, plus several other special short trips during your Palm Springs stay. For cost information, call Celeste Cooney, Placerville Senior Center, at 530-621-6158 today! The bus leaves from and returns to Placerville.

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GRAPE GARDENING CLASS: A Grape Gardening Class will be offered at El Dorado Nursery, 3931 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs March 12 at 10 a.m. on table grapes and at 12 p.m. on wine grapes. Class will be led by Tim Kesselring with Rubicon Landscape. He will cover soil prep, fertilization, pest control and what types of grapes to grow. Please RSVP to the nursery to save your spot, 530-676-6555. Park in their large grass lot adjacent to the nursery; just follow the parking signs.

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ZEN GPS: My Zen calendar stated the following: “The more you think and talk, the more you lose the way.” — Seng-Ts’an.

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DON’T DRESS IN THE DARK: My pretty co-worker, Kelly Lucier, arrived at work with a nice looking pair of shoes that did not match. One shoe made her taller, and the other shoe made her feel grounded. Oh, well, Kelly looks great in anything!

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DIRT TRACK DEMONS; Our Placerville Speedway opens on March 19. For more information regarding dates, ticket costs, etc., call 530-626-3680.

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SMART IN SEATTLE: Seattle Pacific University officials inform us that Baylee Anne O’Camb of Rescue has been selected for the Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, Baylee must have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 grade-point average or higher. Baylee, we salute your success, and we look forward to your bright future.

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“NO KIDDING” STATEMENT: My Richard Lederer “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Lost in Translation Statement:” “On the box of an alarm clock made in Taiwan: Thank you to perfection of alarming mechanism. You are never awake when you are sleeping.”

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RESEARCHING YOUR GENES: On Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m., the Roots and Gold Dust Geneology Society will meet at the Family History Center in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints building at 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville. Guest speaker Getta Stedeford will discuss “Researching in the New England States.” Guests are always welcome, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Carlyn White at 530-642-2730.

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WINGDING IN EDH: Great fun for a great cause: William Brooks Elementary School is sponsoring a “Bid and Boogie” fundraiser 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills. “Good Day Sacramento’s” Mark S. Allen will be the emcee. There will be a gourmet dinner, live music and auctions. Tickets are $40 per person. For tickets or other information, call Angie Platt at 916-769-9963 or visit http://wbes.buckeyeusd.org/pta.

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SPANGLISH STORIES: Free stories, crafts and book: “Friends of Storytime” is a program, in Spanish and English, for kids ages 2 through 5. This free program includes the reading of stories, crafts and a free book. The fun takes place at the Placerville Main Libray, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. on March 15, April 5, May 3 and May 17. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

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LEADERSHIP CAMP: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is now accepting applications for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp scheduled for June. To apply, you must be a resident of Pollock Pines or Camino and currently be in the 11th grade. This camp is fully funded by the Rotary Club. The application and other information are available at the El Dorado High School Counseling office and on-line at éépollockpines-caminorotary.org. The deadline for the filing of the application is March 15.

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A DALAI DILLY: In view of current economic times, the following statement from my “Insight fro the Dalai Lama” is offered: “One person may feel demoralized and become sort of paralyzed, thinking, There is no hope, I lost my job, what am I supposed to do? But another individual in the same situation might look at it as an opportunity to make some changes. As a challenge. So that is the more positive way, the more proactive way of dealing with this problem. But of course it is not easy.”

Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure that there will be space available for your important announcement.

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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