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Heard over the back fence: ‘Wild’ time planned for Belltower

From page B1 | May 14, 2014 |

A LOGICAL SIGN: Paul Chafer forwarded the following sign on a store door:
”PUSH: If that doesn’t work, PULL: If that doesn’t work we must be closed”

LET’S GET WILD! “May-Be Something Wild” will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and the wild rumpus begins at the Main St. Belltower in Placerville at 4 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. May 17. There will be wild music, wild movement (Ecstatic Dancers), wild murals on merchants’ windows, wild gallery art, a masquerade and wild men. For more details about this event, contact Moira Magneson at the El Dorado Arts Council: or 530-295-3496.

MOVE THE LADDER: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t push your luck. Play it safe and move the ladder.” — Age 79

SUPPORT OUR VETERANS: Our veterans and Sew4Vets team are offering a $5 breakfast, which includes eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, ham and sausage, coffee, milk and juice, on Sunday, May 18, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial building on Placerville Drive. Also, from 8 to 11 a.m., you can shop for items created by the Sew4Vets group. Stop by for a great breakfast and some fun shopping.

LUNCHEON FASHION SHOW: The “Tinsel Town Homecoming” fashion show produced by the Placerville Shakespeare Club will take place at the club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville, at 11 a.m. May 28. Spring and summer fashions from Off Broadway, Renfro’s, Sharon’s Cottage, and Leah Marie’s will be shown. You can purchase your $25 tickets by calling Margi at 530-344-9253.

IS THIS TRUE? Wild Bill Schultz sent the following sign, which was hung at a public restroom: “Men to the left because women are always right.”

STORYTELLERS ENTERTAIN: On Mondays, at 3:30 p.m., “Storytellers Guild” members read stories and sing songs at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Craft activities are available, too. Bring the little ones for a fun session.

LEARN TO LET GO: The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following thought: “Keeping scores of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping always makes you less than you are.” — Malcolm Forbes

NEWCOMERS GET TOGETHER: Because I was on vacation, I just received information that the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club luncheon will be tomorrow, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Club House Dr., Placerville. Folk guitarist Ken Craig will provide entertainment. For more information, call 530-622-9262.

LOCK YOUR CAR! Reviewing the “Crime Log” and “Crime Watch” columns, it’s clear that an awful lot of theft from cars and trucks occur because the vehicles were not locked. Lock’em up, folks.

SPRING FLING FUNDRAISER: The Dogwood Garden Club and Pollock Pines Friends of the Library invite you to the “Spring Fling Tea” fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, May 23, at noon at the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Rd., Placerville. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Becky McIntyre at or phone 530-306-4405. Ticket price is $35 per person. Make checks payable to PPFOL and mail to Rebecca McIntyre, 6395 Pony Express Tr., Pollock Pines 95726. For more information, go to

BRING YOUR HAT: The “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar reminds us that the hailstorm capital of the USA is Tulsa, Okla.

REMEMBER MEMORIAL DAY: On May 23 at 1 p.m., a “Memorial Day Is About Remembering” presentation will be made at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Local resident Kathy Harrie will offer personal accounts she has learned from family members regarding World War II. She will show displays and newspapers from 1939 to 1945. Bring photos of yourself in uniform, if you’d like.

SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: Because I was on vacation last week, I just received information that the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night has arranged a fundraiser at the Back Forty Texas BBQ Restaurant at 3977 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs, Today, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., lunch or dinner, a portion of your purchase goes directly to the Sober Grad Night committee for both dine-in and carry-out. 

BREASTFEEDING CLASS: Because I was on vacation, I just received information that a class titled “The Breastfeeding Experience” will be offered tomorrow, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cameron Park. Information regarding location, latch on and positioning will be offered. The class fee is $25. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to assist with class tuition. For exact location information and to register, call 530-626-2990.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar noted the following recommendation: “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” — James Dean

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.



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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