Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Top musicians at library

 Favorite bumper sticker for April: “My driving skills are scary.”

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The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra is offering the following free music programs at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane:
 Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. – Elizabeth Coronata: Flute.
Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. – Susan Lamb Cook, assistant principal cello.
Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. – Tom Derthick, principal bass of the orchestra.
The series will end with a youth concert, “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra’s Wolf-Gang on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library.

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The annual El Dorado Special Olympics “Tip a Cop” fundraiser will take place at Applebee’s Restaurant in Cameron Park on April 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics program in our county. For more information, call Jack Sirard at530-642-1355.

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 We just received notice that the Placerville Branch of the American Association of University Women is holding a bridge party on April 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Foothill United Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Rd., Rescue. Lunch, snacks, drinks, and cash prizes will be provided. Sign up with a partner by calling Jan Ives at 530-295-8170. You must sign up today!

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 My wife, Monika, is recovering nicely from her second hip replacement surgery. We would like to thank everyone who provided prayers, food, cards, telephone calls and visits. A special thanks to our daughter, Shellie Bohannon, our “Angel of Delight.”

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The League of Women Voters is presenting a moderated forum for supervisor candidates for District 2 at 1 p.m., and candidates for District 3 at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, at the Pleasant Valley Grange, located 100 yards west of Newtown and Pleasant Valley Roads, Placerville.

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Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following unusual definition: “A hurricane is a breeze of a bigly size.”

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A special “Servers Night,” to benefit Camino School, is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Rd., Camino. Tips from the servers benefit Camino School. Volunteer servers are needed. For more information or to volunteer, call 530-644-7421.

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 Debbi Preston, author of “48 Dog Friendly Trails” and “Dog Friendly Trails for All Season,” will conduct a photo presentation on dog-friendly local trails. On Thursday, April 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., she will be at the Pampering Pickle, 320 Main St., Placerville, and will provide tips for hiking with your dog. She will also bring her signed books. For more information regarding this free event, call Theresa Corley at 530-344-7451.

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 The Spring Antique, Craft and Garden Show will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Antique, garden and craft vendors are needed! The booth fee is $55 for a 10×10 spot – $10 extra for electricity. Registration deadline is April 18. For more information or to register, call 530-677-2231 or visit

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 The annual El Dorado Center Patrons Club Scholarship Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, April 27, at noon, at the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. Lunch tickets are $12. There will be a raffle, a silent auction, and great college entertainment. Proceeds will provide scholarships for local students to attend Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, Placerville. Tickets may be purchased from the Dorado Center Administration Office (upstairs) at 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. For more information, contact 530-621-0907 or 530-622-5021.

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Tomorrow, the Trout Unlimited group will meet at the El Dorado National Forest Supervisors Office, 100 Forni Rd., Placerville, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Rob Grasso and Julienne. They will discuss Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) issues. Members and non-members are welcome. For more information, call Ron Zigelhofer at 530-644-4220 or visit

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 The AARP Mature Driving Classes will be held on Saturdays, May 5 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $12 per person for AARP members or $14 for non-AARP members. Registration must be completed 10 days before class starts. For more information or to register, call 530-621-6255.

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 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presents the following thought: “World peace through hatred and force is impossible.”

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 in Placerville. You may call Bob Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Wednesday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure there will be space available for your important announcement. First and last name of contact person are required. 

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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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