The 24-second shot clock made its debut in the National Basketball Association on Oct. 30, 1954. This was viewed as a very important event for pro basketball. The game had become very dull or a foul fest depending on several scenarios. If one team got a big lead, it would just hold onto to the ball not giving the other team a chance or a team would start fouling making for games where free throws out numbered baskets. Either way the fans found the game dull. A guy named Danny Biasone came up with the idea of a shot clock forcing the action and it worked. A team got 24 seconds to shoot or lose the ball. To cut done on the excessive fouling the Board of Governors of the NBA limited the number of fouls per team per quarter, with each foul becoming a shooting foul after the limit was reached. The two rules are still working today. Maybe there should be a clock on the government to so it will work or take a page from hockey and initiate a plenty box.
Postal carriers from Coloma, Cool, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lotus and Pilot Hill are working to support the fifth annual Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 8. Customers can leave non-perishable food items near their mailboxes and the carriers will pick up the items to make for a happy holiday for those in need.
To celebrate Halloween the Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, is having folk and blue grass music by MerryGold on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 8-11 p.m. It will be a Masquerade Party with food and drink specials, costume contest with prizes and exceptional awesomeness. There is no cover charge. For more details call 530-621-4147.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is also having a Halloween Bash on Thursday, Oct 31 with Out of the Blue playing at 8 p.m. It is another chance to wear that favorite costume and enjoy some treats. To learn more call 530-626-1091.
Deals at the depot
Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is having a Porch Sale on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Be sure to check out the furniture, garden items, primitives, fabric and crafts. There will also be a collection of pocket change for the Food Bank of El Dorado. Nov. 9 is the rain date. Call 530-677-5542 with inquirers.
Madroña Vineyards and Winery, 2560 High Hill Road in Placerville, is happy the harvest is done and is having Harvestfest on Saturday, Nov. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate. Guests can taste great wines, have a delicious warm and comforting harvest luncheon of freshly made fettuccine alfredo, sausage, salad, bread and more) and learn about the up-to-date information on the new 2013 vintage. Tickets are $15 per person until sold out. Call the winery at 530-644-5948 to attend.
The Diamond Springs Art Association annual Fall Art Show and Sale is at the El Dorado County Government Center, building B, 360 Fair Lane, Monday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except Friday when it will close at 3 p.m. Vote for the People’s Choice Award and there will be a free drawing for a painting by a local artist. For more information call Bonnie Valentine at 530-672-2302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready for Christmas
The big Snowline Hospice Holiday Spectacular is coming up and donations of holiday decorations and unique items are needed. This is a really great sale with all kinds of fantastic things and your donations help to make it that way. The sale is Nov. 8, 9 and 10. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations. For the location nearest you call 530-621-7820.
The El Dorado Community Hall and Foster Awareness are having a coat drive for foster children and others in need. Just bring clean gently used coats and hoods in all sizes to Capital Sierra Insurance in El Dorado, the Irish Pub in Diamond Springs and Spanky’s Pizza or the Gold Panner in Placerville. The collection runs through November.