Back Fence 1108

By November 7, 2010

I’ll bet he won’t lay an egg

Attention, chicken/egg lovers! Master Gardener and local poultry grower Thorne Barrager will discuss raising chickens on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. For more information about this free event please call 530-621-5540 or visit

My pal John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following alibi T-shirt statement: “Often confused with my evil twin.”

Our son, Mark Billingsley, placed second in a celebrity stock car race at the Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway and we were able to witness it! Congratulations, Mark! Mother Monika was too worried to enjoy the race.

The Rotary Club of Cameron Park’s newlsetter, “Gear Up,” noted that Rotary member Mike Collom has returned to Rotary meetings after a recent battle with health problems. Mike, Monika and I are happy to hear that you are doing fine now. Give Chris a hug from us.

A new moms’ support group has been created. This free group meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at 3080 Sacramento St., Placerville. This group’s focus is “sharing the practical and emotional concerns of navigating the overwhelming feelings of new motherhood.” The group is designed for expectant mothers and mothers with babies, up to 12 months old. The group sessions are free, and babies are welcome. For more information, call Gail Healy, ACSW, at 530-919-7377 or e-mail [email protected] or

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce informs us that Frank Kenny will present two classes on Nov. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., at the Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville, Building B, Room 2. The cost is $25 for each class. RSVP today by calling 530-621-5885. Frank will discuss how to maximize your social media Web presence.

Are you curious to know more about the new Federal Health Care bill? The AAUW and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a program titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Bill.” The presentation will be on Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. Two experts will be available to answer your questions. This is a free presentation. Donations for scholarships will be accepted from those who can afford it. For more information please call Barbara Smiley at 916-813-6281.

On the third Thursday of each month. from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Caregiver Support Group meets at the Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Room 205, in Placerville. The next meeting will be on Nov. 18. All are invited to these free meetings that are facilitated by Darlene Westphal, Green Valley Community Church, and Wanda Demarest, program supervisor of the Senior Day Care Center. Free respite care for your loved one is available while you attend the meetings (advanced notice of your respite need is appreciated). Call 530-621-6151 to arrange respite care.

A new class titled “Cosmology: A Three-Act Play,” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills, at 12:45 p.m. Participants will learn about the history of our understanding of the universe. Come on out and enjoy this fun, role-playing experience. The class presenter will be Frank Dibbell of Placerville Observatory. To reserve your spot please call 916-358-3575.

Early holiday special gifts: The Holiday Gift Affair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3251 Cessna Drive in Cameron Park. This event will feature arts and crafts, cards, photography, sculpture and crafts by Betsy Christ and aprons, bags and jewelry by Michelle Flood. Some 10 percent of all proceeds will benefit the Women’s Fund El Dorado. Also, there will be a special sample sale of clothes, jewelry and bags from the Mellie J. showroom of San Francisco.

Children’s books for a dime! The Cameron Park monthly used book sale is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, 2500 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. If you would like to donate books for the sale please drop them at the book sale or at the front desk of the library.

Are you ready to write the Great American novel? Our local library in Placerville is issuing a challenge to encourage writers to write a 50,000 word novel in November. The library will hold “write-ins” every Saturday in November at the library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Bring your laptops, typewriters, journals and reams of paper. Sessions will be on Nov. 13 and 20 from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information please call 530-621-5540 or visit

Veterans alert! On Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. all veterans are invited to share their experiences and memorabilia at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Local author Bev Moglich will discuss her book, “Memoirs of a Navy Brat,” which is based on her recall of being 7 years old and living in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. For more information please call 916-358-3575.

A Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night fundraiser will take place at Kobe Sushi and Grill, 3300 Coach Lane No. C1 in Cameron Park. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, stop by for lunch or dinner in Burke Junction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sober Grad Night event. This is great food for a great cause!

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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