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Heard over the back fence: UMHS crab feed March 10

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Take a look at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar and you will discover the following viewpoint: “A big step in becoming a more peaceful person is to have the humility to admit that, in most cases, you’re creating your own emergencies. Life will usually go on if things don’t go according to plan. It’s helpful to keep reminding yourself and repeating the sentence, ‘Life isn’t an emergency.’”

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The Union Mine High School Baseball Crab Feed is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m., at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville. Tickets are $40 per person. All proceeds benefit the baseball program at Union Mine High School. For tickets or more information, call Brett Robinson at 530-644-2296 or visit

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Jim and Carlyn White sent me the following Bob Hope quotation regarding Hope giving up his early boxing career: “I ruined my hands in the ring . . . the referee kept stepping on them.”

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 On Thursday, March 8, the Sons in Retirement group (SIRS) will meet at the 50 Grand Steakhouse at 6401 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. Guest speakers will be Mary Lynn Carlton and Jim Abercrombie. They will discuss EID operations. The fellowship hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. For more information, call 530-644-3809 or 530-644-1405.

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A BURNING QUESTION: How do you know if today is a burn day or not? The answer is, you don’t know unless you call 530-621-5897.

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 The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a dinner and dance festival on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at the St. Patrick Church hall, Sacramento and Fiske St., Placerville. Social hour will start at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dancing. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or by calling Pete Chavez at 530-626-3456 or Dick Pacileo at 530-622-2022. Tickets are $15 each. Dinner will be corn beef with all the trimmings.

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 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “My Health Insurance is killing me!”

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 The “After Five Club” is a free support group for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia or other chronic health conditions. The group’s goal is to share information and successful coping strategies and available options. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Senior Day Care Center,935A Spring St., Placerville. For more information, call 530-621-6180.

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 Researching Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar, I discovered the following ‘Accidental Explanation’:” “I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way.”

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The Arthritis Foundation “Walk with Ease” program will be presented on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from March 19 through April 27, at 10 a.m., in the Town Center Shopping Center, El Dorado Hills. Walkers will meet at the outside amphitheater near the Town Center pond. The program fee is $35. This program is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. This is a “rain or shine” walking program. Call 916-358-3575 to register.

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 On Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m., local author Guy Nixon will discuss the history of Native Americans of Northern Calif. He will speak at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Guy Nixon is the author of several books, including “Slavery of the West.” Speech topics will include “Singing Stones,” the Battle of Rock Creek and how the Indians used neurotic-tipped arrows to hunt. For more information regarding this free event, call 530-621-5540 or visit

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 The Ponderosa High School Foundation is presenting its seventh annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 23, at 6 p.m., at the Sequoia, 643 Bee St., Placerville. The guest speaker will be Pete Morell, who is currently serving as the head referee in the National Football League, and he is the principal at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton. Tickets are $50 per person and include a four-course dinner, student entertainment, auction items, including dessert. The fine wines of Ponderosa alumnus Scott Harvey will also be available. For tickets or more information, contact Dave Sargent at 530-621-1673 or at 144 tickets will be sold.

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 Check out the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar and you will discover the following observation: “It is easy to understand that you will lose out if you neglect everyone else due to overemphasizing yourself, and that you will gain greatly from valuing others as you cherish yourself.”

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.

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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