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Heard over the back fence: Veterans spaghetti fundraiser next Friday

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HOW TO BE HAPPY:
 The Placerville Emblem Club’s newsletter, the Nugget, offered the following gem: “Three things will make you happy when they happen to you: Someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.”

LOCAL VETERANS FUNDRAISER: 
The VFW 2680 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser for a Veterans Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. The dinner price is $8 per person and includes soft drinks and dessert. You can also order a take-out spaghetti dinner to go.

HELPING CHILDREN . . . NOW:
 Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County needs mentors to volunteer a few hours a month to make a difference in a child’s life. For more information, call Amber Henrichs at 530-626-1222 or email amber@mentors4youth.org.

MINING RESEARCH DAY:
 “Mining History Research Day” is scheduled for Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, 104 Placerville Dr. (next to the Fairgrounds). Do you have the name of a mine to research? A $2 donation is appreciated. Call or email in advance with specific questions. Call 530-621-5865 (ask for Bill) or email museum@edcgov.us.

COMPLIMENTING MOM:
 Carlyn White forwarded the following “Children Are Quick” statement: “TEACHER; Now, Simon, tell me frankly. Do you say prayers before eating? SIMON: No, Sir. I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”

BARGAIN PRICE PROM DRESSES:
 The Folsom Hospice Thrift Store, 616 East Bidwell St., is hosting their annual “A Prom to Remember” event on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a huge selection of prom dresses donated to the store. Each prom dress is offered for $20 with a student ID card or $25 without student I.D. card. Also, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories will be available. All high school students from El Dorado County are invited. For more information, call 530-621-7820.

FREE GUITAR LESSONS:
 Handsome Joe Wilson is providing free guitar lessons for beginners on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Lessons for advanced beginners is offered on Fridays at 1 p.m. Call 916-358-3575 for more information.

DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS:
 On Feb. 20, from 6:45 to 8 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The speaker will be Kathryn Moore, and her topic will be “Finding and Using Birth, Marriage and Death Records.” Visitors are always welcome. For more information, visit edhgs@yahoo.com.

NONSENSICAL SIGN:
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following sign language: “Please Do Not Laid The Whole Tongue On The Food.” – Sign taped to the salad bar at a Chinese buffet (thanks to Shannon Berger). If you understand this sign, call me at 530-344-5036.

ROTARY PEACE FORUM: 
Cameron Park Rotary Club informs us that a Rotary Peace Forum titled “Be Inspired to Serve” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The event will feature a welcome address from Rotary 5190 District Governor Sam Wilbanks, two panel discussions and keynote speaker Emily Jonas, an Ambassador and Response Team Member for Shelter Box International, who is actively involved in local and international service efforts. For more information visit cameronparkrotary.org or contact Bob Dorr at 916-933-1147 or visit red@directcom.net. Admission is free.

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: 
Cal State University, Monterey Bay, officials have informed us that Rebecca Ortega, daughter of Suzette and Charles Ortega of Placerville, has been named to the University’s Dean’s List. To receive this honor, a student must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 for a course load of at least 12 credits. Rebecca is a 2011 El Dorado High School graduate. Congratulations, Rebecca! We are always proud of our local students who succeed in college.

THANK YOU, ROTARIANS:
 The Rotary Club of Cameron Park recently received a “thank you” letter from Ray Boike, director of facilities for the Buckeye Union School District. Rotarians were thanked for the new retaining wall on the “Path of Literacy.”

FOUNDATION SPRING BANQUET: 
The Ponderosa High School Foundation is having their eighth annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 22, at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets, write Ponderosa High School Foundation, PO Box 1102, Diamond Springs 95619, or email Dave Sargent, co-president, at dwsarge@yahoo.com to order tickets. The guest speaker will be Gerald F. Uelmen. Mr. Uelmen was on the defense team for O.J. Simpson and Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers trials. For tickets or more information, call Dave Sargent at 530-621-1673.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar poses the following teaching: “It is through listening that your mind will turn with faith and devotion, and you will be able to cultivate joy within your mind and make your mind stable. It is through listening that you will be able to cultivate wisdom and be able to remove ignorance . . . . Listening is like a torch that dispels the darkness of ignorance. And if you are able to make your mental continuum wealthy through listening, no one can steal that wealth. It is supreme wealth.”

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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