DON’T BE GULLIBLE: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “If you say gullible slowly it sounds like oranges.”
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“ALL ABOUT EQUINE” FUNDRAISER: We just received information that the 2nd annual “Enchanted Tuscan Evening” to benefit the “All About Equine” group is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Enchanted April Inn at 5950 Salmon Falls Rd., Pilot Hill. Tickets are $40, and approximately 20 tickets are left. Music will be provided by the Tritones. There will also be Italian wine tasting and light Italian appetizers. To obtain your ticket, call Jessica Booth at 916-220-9160.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Mother Lode Lions is presenting their free annual “Halloween Carnival” on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, corner of Missouri Flat Rd. and Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. This fun night will offer games, prizes, hot dogs, a costume contest plus lots of candy!
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The Shingle Springs Community Center continues to host a dance night on the first Friday of each month. The Nov. 1 dance will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. in Shingle Springs. Light refreshments will be available. A $5 donation is appreciated. For more information, call Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.
WARM COATS FOR WINTER: The El Dorado Community Hall and “Foster Awareness” group are sponsoring a coat drive for foster children and others in our community. Clean, gently used coats and hoodies of all sizes , for babies, kids and adults, are needed. You can drop off coats at Capital Insurance in El Dorado, the Irish Pub and the Windfall in Diamond Springs, and Spanky’s Pizza and the Gold Panner in Placerville. Coats will be collected until the end of November.
BE THERE FOR BEN: Six-year-old Ben Yurkovic has been diagnosed with cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, in his spine. Ben is currently unable to attend school and is receiving treatment at Sutter Memorial Hospital. A fundraiser to help Ben and his family fight against cancer and to help ease the financial burden on the family is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, at Pinewood School, Pollock Pines, from 5 to 8 p.m. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be offered for $5 or $20 for a family of 5 or more.
WHICH LEGACY WILL PREVAIL? John Bruno provided the following quote: “I’ve found the greatest legacy is not what we leave for people, but what we leave in people.” — Joel Osteen
BOOK PUBLISHER TO SPEAK: On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., Ted Savas from Savas Beatie LLC will discuss how to publish your book. He has been in the publishing business for decades. His speech topics will include niche publishing, working with authors and developing manuscripts. This presentation will be at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5540.
CREATE A HOLIDAY WREATH: Would you like to create a holiday wreath from pine cones and all natural materials? Syd Whittle will help you with your creation. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 4. The class is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A $10 supply fee holds your spot. To register, call 916-358-3575.
HOW TO AVOID BOREDOM: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that I have never been bored in the presence of a cheerful person.” — Age 63
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The 15th annual Holiday Craft Fair will feature 30 local crafters. Items for sale will include apparel, home and holiday decor, jewelry and quilted items. Come on out to the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local church mission projects. For more information, call 530-622-9049.
HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: The Snowline Hospice Holiday Spectacular is scheduled as follows: Placerville 455 Placerville Dr., Friday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Placerville “Just off 50″ 3961 El Dorado Rd., Saturday Nov. 9 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; same day at Cameron Park 3300 Coach Lane 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and also in Cameron Park, Green Valley 2650 Cameron Park Dr. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Folsom 616 East Bidwell St. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Camino 3550 Carson Rd., Sunday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hundreds of holiday items will be for sale. Light refreshments and music will be available.
VETERAN’S TRIBUTE: A “Veteran’s Tribute” to celebrate our veterans is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Back by popular demand will be Lt. Cdr. Ted Robinson, USNR. Veterans and their families are invited to share recollections and memorabilia of their service to our country.
HOW TO LOOK YOUNGER: Neil Pfafman of Placerville forwarded the following suggestion: “The preservatives in chocolate make you look younger.”
VOLUNTEER NURSE NEEDED: The Senior Nutrition Program is seeking a volunteer nurse to conduct blood pressure checks at the Placerville Senior Center. Blood pressure checks are scheduled once a month from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 530-621-6160.
BREASTFEEDING EXPERIENCE: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “The Breastfeeding Experience” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Placerville. Information will be provided to help you understand lactation and to learn basic latch-on and positioning. It’s best to attend this class during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The class fee is $25. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to assist with class tuition. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-626-2990.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “Brain development is important, but the bigger piece of intelligence is your heart.”
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.