Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Tour Main Street with the Historical Society

 My pal John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I meant to behave, but there were too many other options.”

 Guided tours of historical Main Street, Placerville, are offered by the El Dorado Historical Society. Groups can schedule a tour by calling Marilyn Ferguson at 530-626-0773, Wednesday through Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tours can be booked for any day. The tour lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. The tour is free. Donations to the Fountain-Tallman Museum are appreciated at a suggested rate of $2 per adult or $5 per family.

 Andy Peters of El Dorado has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. Congratulations, Andy! Andy is also a vice president in the Mother Lode Lions Club. Wherever he goes, he becomes a leader.

 The El Dorado County Chamber of Business Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Grand Ball Room at the Sequoia restaurant, 643 Bee St., Placerville. The cost is $30. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-621-5885. A “State of the County” address will be presented.

 Thanks to Carlyn White, we present the following “British Humor Is Different.” “Classified ad which was placed in U.K. newspaper: ‘FREE PUPPIES. Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd. Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.’”

 On March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering a class titled “Rehabbing Rabbits.” This class is for prospective rehabbers. The class will be at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Reserve your spot by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or visit

Richard “Rick” Clarke was recently inducted as the newest Mother Lode Lions Club member. He was sponsored by Mitzi Stockel. Welcome aboard, Rick!

 Spencer Bruttig of El Dorado will graduate this coming June from the UC Santa Barbara with a double degree in cinematography and film history. Spencer co-produced a film titled “No Otter Zone,” that explores sea otter issues. He was invited to present his film at the Golden Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Feb. 22-24. Congratulations, Spencer! We hope to see your name on future films!

On March 19, at 1 p.m., the Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society will meet at the Family History Center in the Church of Latter Day Saints building, 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville. Glenda Lloyd will offer a presentation titled “Obituaries: The Dead Said.” She will offer suggestions on how to use obituaries for research purposes. Guests are always welcome to these meetings. For more information, call Paul Hodel at 530-622-3299.

 Guess what? The Marshall Community Health Library has reopened at their new location, 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 101, Cameron Park (first building to the right as you enter the upper campus). They are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A grand opening is scheduled for March 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

 The Spring 2013 Art Film Series will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. only, at the Placerville Stadium 8 Regal Theaters, 337 Placerville Dr. On March 19 and March 20, the movie titled “The Impossible” is showing. The movie depicts a family caught with thousands of strangers in the worst catastrophe of our time. The film is described as “epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting.”

 A glance at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar reveals the following unimportant days:
- March 1: National Pig Day and Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
- March 5: Multiple Personality Day.
- March 13: Open an Umbrella Indoors Day.
- March 31: Bunsen Burner Day.” – Official designations for the month of March

PJ Storytime is offered at the Placerville Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 3 to 5 and their adults are welcome. Stories, songs and craft activities will be available. For more information, call 530-621-5547. Bring the little ones on March 27.

HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA PART 1: A new class titled “The Remaking of Southern Calif. . . . 16 Million Years Ago” will be presented on Tuesday, March 26, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Resident geologist Eric Phillips will discuss how a “bump” broke up and remade our state from San Diego to Santa Maria. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”

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. 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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