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Heard over the back fence: Time for your dog to meet Signon the Dotted Lion

By From page A2 | March 25, 2011

YOUTH STRANGENESS: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “Youth is stranger than fiction.” Did this statement come from the parents of a teenager?

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BRING YOUR DOG AND SIGN ON THE DOTED LINE: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is presenting its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, May 14, at Schnell School/El Dorado Trail, Placerville. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Dogs and people start their walk at Schnell School for the 2.5-mile course. You must register by April 14 to receive a free T-shirt. This fun day also includes a dog costume contest, a Frisbee return contest, and an owner and dog look-alike contest. The highest sponsored dog of the overall event will be the grand-prize winner and designated publicity dog for 2012. All donations and donation forms must be turned in at the walk on May 14 to qualify for Top Dog Honor and prizes. The registration fee is $16. For registration form and any other information, call 530-626-6715.

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JUDY MATHAT SPEAKS OUT: On Monday, April 4, the El Dorado County Republican Women Federated will hold their luncheon meeting at Denny’s Restaurant, 99 Fair Lane, Placerville. Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. for the $11 lunch. Judy Mathat will be the guest speaker, and she will talk about the “Green Cross.” The meetings are open to all Republicans. To reserve your spot, call Denice Stein a 530-676-3788.

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DRESSES FOR NEEDY GIRLS: A Sewing Bee is scheduled for April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Participants will learn how to make a dress using a simple pillowcase. The dresses will be donated to Hope 4 Women to support their Dress A Girl Around the World campaign. To learn more about the campaign, visit dressagirlaroundtheworld.webs.com. If you do not sew, you can help cut out the patterns for ironing. See a librarian to register and to receive a supply list.

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STORY TELLERS’ DELIGHT: The El Dorado Story Tellers Guild Storytime program takes place on Mondays, at 10:30 a.m., on April 4, 11, and 25. Infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers can share songs, tales and fun with the adult story tellers. The fun happens at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive.

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GETTING A LEG UP: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Sports Speak:” “Sports announcer: Jerry Remy then hit an RBI single off Hass’s leg, which rolled into right field.”

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THE STORK IS ON THE WAY: A new series of classes titled “Childbirth Education” is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 31 through May 5 in Placerville. Class topics will include labor, delivery and postpartum, relaxation, breathing techniques, Caesarean birth, medical intervention, pain relief options and the role of the birth partner. The class fee is $100. First 5 El Dorado provides scholarships to help pay class tuition. For exact location, information and to register, call 530-626-2990.

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REDEVELOPMENT TALK: Cleve Morris, Placerville’s new city manager, will discuss Placerville redevelopment on Thursday, March 31, at Denny’s Restaurant, 99 Fair Lane, Placerville, from noon until 2 p.m. The public is invited to this free presentation. For more information, call 530-626-7813.

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A REAL MEAL DEAL: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, on the first, second and third Sunday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adults pay $5 and kids pay $2. The public is warmly invited to attend. All proceeds go toward maintenance of the Veterans Memorial Building. Support our veterans while you satisfy your appetite.

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LIVE FOR RIGHT NOW: A review of the Zen calendar resulted in the following observation: “To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.” – Robert M. Pirsig.

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MANAGING THOSE CARBOHYDRATES: A class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. April 6 at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. The Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program is sponsoring this class, which will help you with meal planning and help you manage your weight. The cost for this class is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with MD referral. For more information or to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

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A DALAI DILLY: My “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar noted the following thought: “If we use violence in order to reduce disagreements and conflict, then we must expect violence — every day.

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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