Heard over the back fence: Courgarfest Feb. 23

By From page B1 | February 20, 2013

 Thanks to Carlyn White, we have the following “Children Are Quick” statement: “TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’ MILLIE: I is . . . TEACHER: No,
Millie . . . Always say, ‘I am.’ MILLIE: All right … ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’”

The annual “Cougarfest” dinner and dance is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. All El Dorado High School fans and alumni are invited. The evening will feature an “Old West” theme, a great BBQ dinner, silent and active auctions and dancing to the tunes of the Mother Mayhem Group. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased from El Dorado Coaches or on-line at or by mail to EDHS Boosters, PO Box 44, Placerville 95667. Must be 21 or older to attend. This event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

 The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” program takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This program is designed for children, ages 3 to 5. A free book is given to the first 30 families. March 2 is the next class.

 On Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m., the Placerville El Dorado County Republican Women will meet at the Golden Waffle Cafe, 1449 Broadway, Placerville. Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the speaker at 11:15 a.m. He will address the gun issues facing our county. Also, Ivy Larsen, speech writer and staff member of former Sen. Jim Demint, will be speaking. Reservations are a must. Call 530-676-3788 to reserve your spot.

Marshall Medical is offering a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” on Thursday, March 7, in Placerville. The following topics will be discussed: Carbohydrates and diet, meal planning, managing your weight, tips for dining out. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

Look at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar and you will see the following definition: “Soccer is like chess but without the dice.” — Soccer player Lukas Podolski

 The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is presenting their annual crab feed and dance on Saturday, March 9, at the EDH CSD gym at 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Tickets on sale at EDH Fire Sta. #85, Wilson Way at El Dorado Hills Blvd., and at Welcome Center, 1085 Vine St. in Town Center. For information, visit 

 Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and State Sen. Ted Gaines will speak at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, Town Center, El Dorado Hills.

 Keith Hunderfund, member of Pioneer Lions Club, Somerset, is seeking a power-lift reclining chair for a lady who needs it badly. If you are willing to donate one or know where one might be available, please contact Keith at 530-620-6705.

A class titled “Local Wildlife in El Dorado County” is being offered on Friday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class presenters will be volunteers from Sierra Wildlife Rescue program. They will discuss their wildlife rescue operations, how to get along with wildlife in your backyard, how to build nests, and more. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

 The El Dorado County Historical Society needs a membership secretary. For more information, call Mary Cory at 530-621-5828.

 Marshall Medical is offering a “Super Sitters” class for ages 11 to 15 years old. This class is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Placerville. The class fee is $50 per child. This fun, informative class prepares young people to become competent, responsible babysitters. Class topics will include “child development, first-aid and safety techniques, problem solving, marketing baby sitting services, role-playing and age-appropriate play/care activities (CPR NOT included). Bring your lunch. Snacks will be provided.” Preregistration is required. For exact location information and to register, call 530-626-2990.

The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following observation: “All of the different religious faiths, despite their philosophical differences, have a similar objective. Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion has more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.”

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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