Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Pumpkin contest Sunday

SKIP TO MY LOU: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in Retirement” recommendation: “Skip down the street rather than walk and see how many looks you get.” PUMPKIN CONTEST: The Front Yard Nursery has scheduled their pumpkin contest for Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Nursery at 5801 Mother Lode Dr., […]

Good jokes for a good cause

What: “An Evening of Laughter with Jack Gallagher” Who: Partners in Care Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $40, at the door $45 Information: 530-344-0700   Partners in Care strives to help those with serious illness, but when it’s your funny bone that needs […]

Heard over the back fence: Octoberfest in EDH

STRANGE PRIORITIES? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me!” quote: “How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?”  OKTOBERFEST TIME! Families are invited to join “good ol’ German” entertainment, dinner and contests. Tickets are $10 for adults and […]

Q and A on Forebay, other projects

Q. Tell me about the district’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the coming year? I understand the district is focusing on four major projects. A. El Dorado Irrigation District has a lot of assets in the ground — about $800 million worth, spread over 220 square miles. Assuming a 50-year life expectancy of these assets, […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘An Enchanted Tuscan Evening’ tix ready

ADVICE FROM A BARN: John Chapman gave me the following “Advice from a Barn” T-shirt statement: “Build a strong foundation * Think lofty thoughts * Keep stable * Stand the test of time * Make hay while the sun shines * Hold your horses * Don’t leave your barn door open!” ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISER: “All About Equine […]

Something old and something new

What: Placerville Antique Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: 530-672-3436   Vintage, old, antique, repurposed — whatever word you choose, you’ll be able to find an object to fit it at the Placerville Antique Faire, Sunday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. […]

Heard over the back fence: Buy your Lobster Palooza tickets now

PLAY THE COP ROLE: My friend Paul Chafer provided the following “How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in Retirement” quote: “At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars . . . Watch em slow down!” LOBSTERPALOOZA IS BACK! “Lobsterpalooza 2014″ will be held on […]

Snowshoe gets new look

The Snowshoe Thompson mural on the building at 248 Main St. in Placerville is being restored. First completed in the spring of 2003, it reached its 10 year anniversary last May and had begun to show signs of fading. Pat and Beverly Blackwell, owners of the Snowshoe Thompson Building, decided to fund and move forward […]

Heard over the back fence: Hitchcock movie on the lawn

STRAWBERRY ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Strawberry” T-shirt statement: “Blossom where you’re planted * Be tasteful * Drink in the sunshine * Keep close to the earth * Savor lifer’s sweetness * Let good ideas ripen * Jam with your friends!” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: On Oct. 4 at 7:45 p.m., you can […]

Heard over the back fence: Fall festival at library Sept. 27

ADVICE FROM AN APPLE: John Chapman dropped off the following “Advice from an Apple” T-shirt statement: “Be well rounded. Let your plans ripen. Hold on to core values. Savor variety. Eat healthy. Know when to let go. Take a bite out of life.” FALL HARVEST CARNIVAL: The “Fall Harvest Carnival” will be in the parking lot of […]

Roll out the barrels at Oktoberfest

Beer, wienerdogs, beer, hot dogs, beer, dancing — did I mention beer? It’s all part of Placerville’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 20 from 3-8 p.m. on Main Street. Oktoberfest in Munich, where the tradition began in 1810, is always in September, not October. A special beer, Marzen is served. Before refrigeration came along to […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a ride on the Wiser Line

RESPECT YOUR PARENTS: Paul Chafer dropped off the following quotation: “Respect your parents . . . They passed school without Google.” FREE STAGECOACH RIDES! On Sept. 20, from noon to 3 p.m., Davey “Doc” Wiser and Friends will offer free stagecoach rides at Fresh Pond. Enjoy your fun trip to our past. RAFTING: Join Foothill Conservancy Sunday, […]

Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

FOLSOM — The Mountain Democrat’s own Ken Deibert perhaps said it best when he described the third annual Italy on Wheels car, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle show at the Murer House Museum in Folsom as a “hidden gem.” An estimated 300-400 people of all ages filled the parking lot and park along with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, […]

Slow Ride rolls for a good cause

Just out of high school in Idaho years ago, Steven Poindexter landed a job as a gravedigger. He didn’t know he would soon be burying one of his buddies from school, killed in Vietnam. “That’s when I became patriotic,” said Poindexter, 61, of Pollock Pines, who three years ago decided to organize an event to […]

KVIE auction features local artists

Celebrating KVIE Public Television’s 33 years of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 2014 KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 250 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator, D Neath, has announced that several artists from Placerville, Cameron Park […]

American River Music Festival has it all

What: American River Music Festival Who: American River Music Festival organization Where: Henningsen Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12, 13 and 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Ticket packages vary and can be purchased on the Website at or by calling 530-622-6044 Information: or 530-622-6044   The American […]

Heard over the back fence: Fundraiser for Ginny Saturday

ADVICE FROM A TREE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Tree” T-shirt statement: “Stand tall and proud * Sink your roots into the earth * Be content with your natural beauty * Go out on a limb * Drink plenty of water * Remember your roots * Enjoy the view!” FUNDRAISER FOR GINNY: The Camino […]

Apple Hill time

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Heard over the back fence: Learn fly casting

WATCH OUT FOR AWESOME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I need a new hobby. Being awesome is exhausting.” I guess this is not a T-shirt for modest people? LEARN FLY FISHING: A “Fly Casting” class for ages 13 and up is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cameron Park Lake. […]

Group helps people learn to grieve

“Grief does us; we don’t do grief,” said Julie Interrante. The author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart” and facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s upcoming Grief Support Group said because we live in a culture that doesn’t often talk about dying, people who have lost a loved one struggle to pick […]

Heard over the back fence: Nature’s Wonderland — Pollock Pines to ponder sign

T-SHIRT WARNING: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Ammo is expensive. Don’t expect a warning shot.” If you see someone with this T-shirt — walk away from them — quickly. WELCOME TO POLLOCK PINES: On Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at the Pollock Pines Elementary School District multi-media […]

Evil and good face off

What: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: September 5-28 Cost: $12 Information: or 530-642-0404 El Dorado County’s Imagination Theater begins a 14-show run of Jessie Braham White’s classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Sept. 5-28. Directed by Peter Wolfe, the non-musical version […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Touch a truck’ in Cameron Park

I NEED SUPERVISION: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I am currently unsupervised. I know, it freaks me out too. But the possibilities are endless.” I have many bosses at the Mountain Democrat. Whenever Susie is absent, I feel lost, afraid and alone! TOUCH-A-TRUCK FUN: On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., […]

Smith memorial service draws large crowd

The last day of August, a Sunday, was the public memorial for Jeepmaster Mark A. Smith (1926-2014) at Henningsen Lotus Park. Smith had been president of the Georgetown Rotary in 1959 and the 2014 Rotary placed chairs and EZ ups in advance. Judge Eddie Keller was first to speak and gave an outline of Smith’s […]

Italy on Wheels due Sept. 13

FOLSOM — Located just off Forrest and Fong Street near the intersection of Forrest and Folsom Boulevard at 1125 Joe Murer Court, the Murer House Museum holds four events every year as fundraisers. In about two weeks on Sept. 13 the third annual Italy on Wheels event which features Italian cars from Ferraris to Fiats, Ducatis […]

Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life Sept. 7

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I have to stop saying, ‘How Stupid Can You Be?’ SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT AS A CHALLENGE!” RELAY FOR LIFE TIME: The Relay fr Life festival for cancer survivors will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

Heard over the back fence: Chamber of Commerce tee time

FUN AND GAMES WARNING: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “It’s all fun and games until the police show up.” TAIL GATE SALE — A “Special Ladies Event” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Bring your gently used jewelry […]

Heard over the back fence: Big quilt show in Cameron Park

DISAPPEARING MONEY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an OUT-OF-MONEY EXPERIENCE.” ANNUAL QUILT SHOW: The Gold Bug Quilters’ annual Quilt Show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services Gymnasium, 2502 Country Club Dr., on Sept. 5, 6, and 7. Show hours on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, are 10 a.m. to […]

Employer job forum set for Sept. 3

El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Target will share information about the organization, what they look for in […]

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Heard over he back fence: It’s time to buy tix for Lobster on the River

PREVENTING INSANITY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “In medieval times, it was believed that owning a cat could help cure insanity.” LOBSTER ON THE RIVER: Placerville Rotary invites all of us to join them for the “Lobster on the River” fundraiser to benefit local community projects. The fun will take place on Saturday, […]

‘When I’m 64…’: Pebble Beach Concours shows it’s got muscle

Anyone would agree that Ferrari is a muscle car and this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show winner was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by former Microsoft president Jon Shirley of Medina, Wash. Shirley has owned the car since 1995 and it has gone through two restorations, an initial two-year […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire Benefit Aug. 22

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . DELAY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I will take care of my procrastination problem . . . Just You Wait and See!” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Georgianne Knight joins county ed board

During its regularly scheduled Aug. 14 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Education provisionally appointed Georgianne Knight to the vacant board position, representing District 1. Her appointment expires in November. She is the only candidate running for the seat on the November ballot. Knight has worked for the California Department of Education for 18 […]

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

The Hangtown Gold Bug Park Development Committee, in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept., is offering special tours of the seldom seen Priest Mine over all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Priest Mine traces its origins to the peak of the Gold Rush, about 1850, and is seldom open to […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire benefit Friday

ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST: Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statement: “Ask your doctor if medical advice from a TV commercial is right for you.” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]

New county counsel starts in September

Following a late afternoon closed session July 15, El Dorado County Supervisors announced their appointment of Robyn Truitt Drivon to the position of County Counsel. Drivon is currently the County Counsel of Yolo County in Woodland since 2006 and is very experienced, said outgoing County Counsel Ed Knapp after he made the official report of […]