RELY ON HORSE SENSE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’d rather be a HORSE. I could graze all day. I could get lots of rub downs. Someone else would clean up after me.”
PANCAKE FUNDRAISER: A pancake breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Upper Room, 1886 Broadway, Placerville. The proceeds will benefit the Community Resource Center. Breakfast cost is $5 per person. Kids, 5 and under, do not have to pay. The CRC provides services to the homeless folks and offers assistance to people at risk of becoming homeless.
ENJOY A SPECIAL WALK: Would you like to join Robert Mackler, volunteer naturalist at the American River Conservancy for a slow, short walk from 10 a.m. to noon May 11 in the chaparral/gabbro community in Cameron Park? The walking group will study plant and animal life in this special place. Responsible teens and adults welcome. For meeting location and to sign up, call 530-621-1224 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation is $5 for ARC members or $10 for non-members. Rain cancels trip.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following “Just Grins and Snickers:” “Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord, ‘God, what does a million years mean to you?’ The Lord replies, ‘A minute.’ Smith asks, ‘And what does a million dollars mean to you?’ The Lord replies, ‘A penny.’ Smith asks, ‘Can I have a penny?’ The Lord replies, ‘In a minute.’”
4-H CHILI COOK-OFF: The El Dorado County 4-H Chili Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, May 11, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chili tasting tickets are $5. A barbecue meal is available for $8. Tickets are available at the Windfall and 4CCE. There will be a cake auction, a silent auction, 4-H project demonstrations, and a craft fair. A free concert by Cynthia Rene and Acousticosta will be presented. For more information, call 530-621-5503. All proceeds will benefit 4-H Club activities.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: On Mother’s Day, May 12, Sunday, the Pollock Pines- Camino Community Center (2675 Sanders Dr.) will hold their annual “Mother’s Day Brunch” from 9 a.m. to noon. Adults pay $7. Children, 10 years old and younger, pay $3.50. Treat mom to eggs Benedict, hash brown potatoes or French toast, sausage patty and a fruit cup. Breakfast includes virgin or regular mimosas (for adults only), orange juice, coffee and hot tea. For more information, call 530-647-8005.
WE ALL HEARD THIS: Heidi Barron sent the following “I Still Can Hear My Mom Now!:” “My mother taught me about my ROOTS. ‘Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?’”
REMEMBER MOM’S DAY: Don’t forget that May 12, Sunday, is Mother’s Day. Mother Lode Lions’ See’s Candy Shack will close for the summer on May 17 and reopen in October. Lion members thank the community for their ongoing support of candy sales.
USED BOOKS IN POLLOCK PINES: Used books will be for sale at the Pollock Pines Library. Used books will be for sale for $5 per bag in the library foyer from May 14 to May 23 during regular library hours (Tues. from 12 to 7 p.m. and Wed/Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m). For more information, email email@example.com.
REMEMBERING BELLE BARSOTTI: The “Joan Barsotti Benefit Fund Barbecue” will take place on Saturday, June 8, at Kids Inc., 3205 North Canyon Rd., Camino. Tickets are $50 each. Please make check payable to: El Dorado Community Fund: Barsotti. Mail to c/o Kids, Inc., PO Box 722, Camino, CA 95709. Space is limited! Order tickets tooday All proceeds benefit the Joan Barsotti Memorial Fund. The Barsotti Family will match net proceeds! This event starts at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. For information, visit barsottijuice.com/bbqbenefit or call 530-306-6565. I miss this charming lady who devoted her life to helping and loving others.
BAYLEY HOUSE BARN SALE: Bayley House Barn Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. Reserve your space to sell your unused and unwanted household items. Space rentals are $20 outside and $25 inside the barn. To reserve a space, mail your check to FOBH, c/o PO Box 365, Cool 95614, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-887-8848. Bring your own tale, chairs and umbrella. Lunch items, such as hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Also, small children can enjoy the Bayley Barn playground equipment.
A DALAI DILLY: Visit the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following statement: “We cannot feel desire and hatred at exactly the same time toward the very same object. We can certainly have these feelings at different times, but not in the very same moment, which shows that these two attitudes function in contradiction to each other. When one of them increases in strength, the other decreases.”
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 1360 Broadway. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.