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Heard over the back fence: Story of Sierra Nevada Phillips to be told

By From page B1 | July 30, 2014

OLD CAN BE BETTER: Paul Chafer sent the following : “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “All you young whipper-snappers will never know the satisfaction of slamming down a receiver on a rotary phone.”

PHILLIPS CLAN REVISITED: Mary Jo Sonntag, author of “Write If You Live to Get There” will be a guest speaker at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. She will discuss the story of her ancestors’ move from Vermont to Northern California, told through a series of letters written by the Phillips family.

CAMERON PARK FREE FUN: A free concert for Cameron Park residents of all ages is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd. This concert will feature the “Late for Dinner” band, one of the hottest and most entertaining bands. This event is free to all Cameron Park residents, with ID. Non-residents pay $5.

USED BOOKS SALE: On the first Saturday of each month, the El Dorado County Library sells used books at the library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can buy a grocery bag full of books, tapes, etc. for $5. Baring your own canvas (cloth) bag and save a dollar.

THROW THOSE HORSESHOES! A Horseshoe Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. Check-in time is 9:30 a.m. Tournament starts at 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Community Hall in the town of El Dorado. There will also be a barbecue lunch for $5. Tournament fee is $20. This will be a blind draw, double elimination tournament. Please register by Aug. 8. To register call 530-303-8090 or e-mail [email protected] When calling or e-mailing, be sure to include name and phone number as well as number of entries. Blind draw, sorry no team entries.

LEARN HOW TO HULA: A class titled “Beginning Hula and Tahitian” is scheduled on Thursdays, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $40 for Cameron Park residents or $45 for non-residents. To reserve your spot, call 530-677-2231.

POETS UNITE! The “Poetry off the Shelves” group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. You can read your original poetry or read from your favorite poet or simply come to listen.

NEED A MASSAGE? A new class titled “Hand and Neck or Shoulder Massage” is available on the second Monday of each month, for 15-minute appointments, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. There is a $10 donation requested. Call the Senior Center at 916-358-3575 to schedule an appointment.

POOCH PLUNGE TIME: EDDOG (El Dorado Dog Owners Guild) informs us that the “Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16, at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd. There will be a 5K run, starting at 8 a.m., and a walk at 9 a.m., with your furry dog. Afterwards you can let them cool off in the Pooch Plunge event, starting at 10 a.m.

FARMERS MARKET TIME! The Placerville Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ivy House parking lot, off Main St., Placerville.

EDH FARMERS MARKET SCHEDULE: The El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers Market is available on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the EDHCSD parking lot at 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills.

50+ EXPO: Are you interested in a 2015 50+ Expo? This would be an expo specially designed for those 50 years old or older. There will be a meeting to discuss this issue on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the “A Helping Hand” facility located at 6092 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. This meeting will help tell Pete Messimore how many people are interested in having this event and helping to make this event a reality.

A ZEN ZINGER: Look up the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following quote: “An eager young seeker went to a Zen master and said: ‘If I work really hard, how soon can I be enlightened?’ The Zen master studied the young man, and said: ‘Ten years.’ ‘No, listen,’ the young man said, ‘I really plan to work hard — ‘ ‘Sorry,’ the master said, cutting him off. ‘I misjudged you. Twenty years.’ ‘Wait! You don’t understand —’ ‘Thirty years,’ the master said.” — Zen Mondo

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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