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Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

From page B1 | April 23, 2014 |

THE POWER OF CHOCOLATE: Sarah St. John sent the following “Aunty Acid” quote: “Did you know chocolate makes your clothes shrink?”

LET’S GO FISHING: The American River Conservancy program is partnering up with the El Dorado chapter of Trout Unlimited to schedule a fishing night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill. Participants can learn or practice casting techniques, catch a few bass, and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake. All participants must have a California fishing license. This is an adults only event, rain or shine. Call 530-621-1224 to sign up and to obtain meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area). The cost is $10 for ARC members or $15 for non-members.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST: The Placerville Elks Lodge offers their “All You Can Eat Breakfast” on Sunday, April 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs. Breakfast includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. Adults pay $7.50. Children pay 1/2 price (over 3 years old). Children 3 and under are free.

TEA AND FASHION SHOW: On Saturday, May 3, the United Methodist Women’s annual “Tea and Fashion Show” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Foothills Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Rd., Rescue. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased through May 1st by calling 530-677-4910 or e-mail Your ticket includes a full tea luncheon and a fashion show provided by Off Broadway.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: At their luncheon meeting on May 5 at 11:15 a.m., the El Dorado County Republican Women will present the following candidates for Supervisor in the 4th Supervisoral District: Scott McNeil, Michael Pettibone, Winston Pingrey and Michael Ranalli. The meeting will be at the Golden Waffle Cafe, 1449 Broadway, Placerville.

ASK FOR DIRECTIONS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Grumpy Old Man” quote: “An old man and woman were married for many years. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard and the old man would shout, ‘When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!’ Even neighbors feared him. He died of a heart attack at 98. After the burial, the neighbors, concerned for the wife’s safety, asked her ‘Aren’t you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?’ The wife said, ‘Let him dig. I had him buried upside down. And I know he won’t ask for directions.’”

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: “My Time” is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed marriage and family therapist. The next meeting is Friday, May 2, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. For more information, call 530-621-6180.

NEW ELK ENERGY: Placerville Elks Lodge 1712 extends a warm welcome to new members William Blair, William Dougherty and Stephen Gibson. There are a whole lot of nice people in this lodge – have fun!

JAPANESE DRUMMING CLASS: On Saturday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., you can learn the art of Taiko (Japanese drumming). Ages 9 and up are welcome. The cost is $40 for American River Conservancy members or $45 for non-members. To register and for location information, call 530-621-1224.

OPEN COMPUTER TIME: Open session computer time is available to anyone 60 years old or older. This free time to use the computers is Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Computer users must be registered. For more information, call 530-621-6369.

RUN FOR MASON: A run/walk for Mason Kelly is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Folsom Point, Folsom. Mason is a youngster who battles neuroblastoma (Stage 4), a rare form of cancer. Registration cost is $35 until May 29. From May 30 to 31, registration is $40. Check-in and bib pickup time is 9 to 9:45 am. on race day. T-shirt size not guaranteed after May 15. Virtual participation is available for $25. E-mail your time to All proceeds from this event and fundraising campaign go directly to the family of Mason Kelly to help with growing expenses and costs related to Mason’s condition. For more information and to register, e-mail

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.” — Robert Henri

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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