Friday, November 28, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade Sunday

MODESTY IS BETTER: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Unless you’re an owl, stop tooting your own horn.” DON’T FORGET THE PARADE: The annual Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, on Broadway and Main Street, Placerville. Come early and get a good spot. Don’t forget your lawn chair! YES, YOU CAN […]

Heard over the back fence: Have breakfast with Santa

A QUESTION FOR DOCTORS? John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “How come doctors get paid for practicing?” BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. This free event will feature a […]

Heard over the back fence: Huey to join Christmas Parade

LEFTIES PREVAIL: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m left handed — What’s your super power?” PARADE HELICOPTER: The Sons of the American Legion, Post 119, El Dorado and Placerville, are sponsoring a 1966 Huey Vietnam Helicopter for the parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at on BVroadway and Main Street, Placerville. Veterans and […]

Homes for the Holidays dazzles

What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes and a business in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger Information: Get into the Christmas spirit with the fifth annual Assistance League of Sierra […]

Parade favorite returns

If you’re on the fence about going to this year’s Hangtown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 7, Chaco has some great advice: Get off your … donkey and get on down there! Chaco the white burro will be there with his pal Sherian Kutzera, making the trip from Shingle Springs to star as one of […]

Heard over the back fence: Get Frenchified Dec. 5

A TAD OBSESSIVE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt quote: “I’m not obsessive. I’m compulsively awesome.” NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN: The “French Social Club” meets on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The French Club meets to practice the language, share heritage, […]

Light up the night in Placerville

What: Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association and El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: or call 530-672-3436 Main Street will be closed and filled with expectant faces — waiting for Santa, waiting for hot chocolate, […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade is Dec. 7

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Monika and I wish all of you a fun-filled Thanksgiving Day. This is the perfect day to count your blessings and to give thanks to your family and friends. REMEMBER THE PARADE! Our annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. on Broadway and Main streets, Placerville. Of course, I’ll […]

Camino continues to care thanks to youth

When did you first start to give back? Was it when you were in your 20s or 30s? When your family was grown and you had the time and resources to get involved? How about when you were 16, like Nick Van Gilder of Camino or 14-year-old Jessica Combrink? The Camino Cares Giving Program has […]

Time to step up for the kids

Help the Hendersons — they’ve been helping us for the past seven years so it’s time to step up. Sue and Hollis Henderson saw a need seven years ago to become involved in the local Marine Corps-sponsored Toys for Tots program and their involvement likely has kept the highly successful and appreciated holiday program going. […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time

THE SMILE THAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following “29 Lines to Make You Smile” quote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Many volunteers are needed for the very successful “Toys for Tots” program. Wouldn’t it feel great to help make sure that needy kids have […]

‘Oliver!’ transcends time

The works of Charles Dickens are often associated with the Christmas holidays, but that’s not why Imagination Theater veteran Director Lanny Langston chose “Oliver!” for its winter performance. “I directed this show 16 years ago for Theatre El Dorado and I’ve wanted to do it again ever since,” said Langston, who then turned to call […]

2014 Grand Marshal is having a rockin’ good time

A parade grand marshal is the person who has the honor of leading the parade and it is often a celebrity or community leader. The 2014  Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Davey “Doc” Wiser, is a local celebrity that almost everyone knows from the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express re-ride, stagecoach rides on Main Street and […]

Heard over the back fence: The full quotes and nothing but the quotes

 To give myself and our readers a break, this column will not deal with dates, fundraisers or dog parades. I hope you enjoy the change of pace. OVER THE HILL QUOTES:
 The “Over the Hill and on a Roll” book by Bob Phillips provides the following quotes:
 “Show me a […]

Heard over the back fence: Coat giveaway Saturday

THE CATS RULE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans.” FREE COATS AVAILABLE:
 Foster Awareness Network will have their Coat Drive Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Building, 4095 Cameron Park Dr. […]

Pastel show winners announced

What: The Sierra Pastel Society’s annual Fall Pastel Exhibit Who: Sierra Pastel Society Where: Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville When: Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Dec. 5, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon-6 p.m. and on Third Saturday Art Walk, Nov. 15 from 3-8 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: Paul Harman at 530-889-0549 or […]

Heard over the back fence: Wakamatsu tours offered

BEING A FATHER ROCKS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Being a father is the only thing that lives up to the hype. When I’m with my daughter — when we’re doing homework together or hanging out watching a movie or kicking a soccer ball around or doing any of the things […]

Everybody is happy when these guys get the blues

El Dorado Hills has got the blues … and that’s a good thing. On Saturday, Nov. 15 blues greats Alvon Johnson and The Used Band will bring down the house at the fifth annual Blues and Brews concert hosted by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills. The concert will raise funds for the planned […]

Heard over the back fence: Poetry confab Nov. 15

BURNT TOAST LOGIC? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?” POETRY READ-AROUND: “Poetic License” is a poetry read-around scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Placerville Senior […]

Heard over the back fence: Gamers contest at EDH Library

OBEY THE VET’S ORDERS: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life in Signs” quote: “In a veterinarian’s waiting room: ‘Be Back in 5 Minutes. Sit! Stay!’” A BRAWL AT THE LIBRARY: A gaming tournament titled “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” will take place at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 29, from […]

Follow the yellow brick road

What: “The Wizard of Oz” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: ORHS theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23 at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $13 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students […]

Heard over the back fence: Try bird watching

HOW TO IDENTIFY WEEDS: Paul Chafer gave me the following “Ponderism:” “Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.”  BIRD WALK AND MORE: The American River Conservancy […]

Farm Bureau reins handed over

The new El Dorado County Farm Bureau executive director has agricultural roots that trace back to the southern fields of Arkansas and to a ranch in Central America that supplied coffee beans to Folger’s. Reneé Hargrove’s grandmother was the one who had the coffee ranch, while her great-grandfather raised crops and critters not far from […]

Heard over the back fence: Airpark holiday boutique planned

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPER: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.” HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: Lynn Riordan informs us that the “Sew 4 Vets” group will have a booth set up at the annual “Airpark Holiday Boutique” at 3239 Baron Ct. in the Cameron […]

Fast-paced ‘Rumors’ is hilarious

What: “Rumors” Who: Ponderosa High School Drama Department Where: Ponderosa High School Theater, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: Nov. 6-8 and 13-15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Cost: $10 general for admission and $8 with student body card Information: 530-677-2281, ext. 2318 When’s the last time you laughed so much your cheeks started […]

Heard over the back fence: Bowling for kids

BE ADAPTABLE: A review of the “Bits and Pieces” magazine reveals the following quote: “Flexible people never get bent out of shape.” BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. This bowling event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, at Knotty Pine Lanes in Pollock […]

Heard over the back fence: Go the extra mile

HURRY SLOWLY: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the best way to attend to any problem is to hurry slowly.” — Age 68 GO THE EXTRA MILE: In connection with “Extra Mile America,” Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen has declared Nov. l as “Extra Mile Day.” . […]

‘Carrie’ presents an important message

What: “Carrie: the Musical” Who: Drama students at El Dorado High School Where:  Black Box Theatre, Studio 81, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 with 8 p.m. curtain times also on Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8, Nov. 13, 14 and 15. A special matinée performance is set for 1 p.m. Nov. […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Happy Halloween versus Hollywood horror

The countdown to Halloween is on, and Halloween means horror movies — a genre driven by the concept of people making bad choices. They make sure that creepy guy with the blank eyes and the bad teeth knows they’re heading for that old cabin in the woods. They move into that foreboding house nobody else […]

Heard over the back fence: Empty Bowls fundraiser coming

ADVICE FROM A BUTTERFLY: John Chapman dropped off the following “Advice from a Butterfly” T-shirt statement: “Let your true colors show * Get out of your cocoon * Take yourself lightly * Look for the sweetness in life * Take time to smell the flowers * Catch a breeze * We can’t all be monarchs!” EMPTY […]

Lane closures due Hwy 50 in EDH

Beginning Tuesday night, Oct. 28, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency  will be implementing full one-directional closures of Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. Oct. 28-29: • Westbound lanes from Bass Lake Road to El Dorado Hills Boulevard will be closed from […]

Confab aims at conserving water

Innovative water technologies that help conserve and protect California’s water resources was the main topic at a conference held Oct. 15 in Folsom. Sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and underwritten by Parjana Inc., a long list of speakers covered diverse topics, including groundwater management, climate change, small-scale hydropower opportunities and conjunctive water use. Volatile rainfall […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a magical mystery wine tour

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPER: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we offer the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.” MYSTERY WINE TOUR: A “Mystery Wine Tour” is available for ages 21 and older. “Let ‘About Time Limousines’ take you to three or four wineries right in your backyard. […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball hits its stride

The Hangtown Halloween Ball returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 with a muscular lineup chock-full of spleen-splattering funk, gut-bucket soul, hoedown Americana and pure jam. This year’s edition features an expanded schedule, an unpredictable emcee, increased local […]

Heard over the back fence: Drive-through flu clinic planned

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPER: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we have the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m.. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.” DRIVE-THROUGH FLU CLINIC: A Drive-Through Flu Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at […]

8 vie for Cameron Park CSD

Four positions on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District will be filled by voters in November. Three of the spots are for four-year terms and one is to fill a two-year spot. Running to fill the two-year term are Amy Blackmon and Gerald Lillpop. Lillpop said the reason he wants to serve on the […]

Heard over the back fence: Spooky time at the EDH Library

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.” SPOOKY LIBRARY: On Thursday, Oct. 30, the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, will be haunted from 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Dedication unites two kindred spirits

They died 139 years apart, but as of Sunday, Oct. 12, the legacies of two women were joined for as long as a granite monument and a marble headstone can withstand the march of time. Friends and family of the late Joan Barsotti, author and philanthropist, gathered on a sun-washed hill overlooking the small Gold […]

Heard over the back fence: Arts Council moving to Fausel House

BRING TWO BLANKETS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin” quote: “This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.” ART COUNCIL MOVING: The following “moving” announcement is provided: “After five years at 459 Main St., the El Dorado Arts […]

Festival celebrates art and wine

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 for wine tasting, no cost for designated drivers and art strollers Information: or 530-672-3436   Artist Geoff Boyd, who died in 2011, no doubt would appreciate the fact that the art he so […]

Art and Wine Festival participating wineries

Beemer’s Winery Bumgarner Winery Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Colibri Ridge Winery Crystal Basin Cellars David Girard Vineyards DiVittorio Winery Drytown Winery Fiddletown Cellars Grace Patriot Wines Gwinllan Estate Winery Hart2Hart Wines Holly’s Hill Vineyards Honey Bear Ranch Winery It’s Personal Wines Karmere Winery Lava Cap Winery Madroña Vineyards Mais Fica Winery Miraflores Winery Nello Olivo Oakstone […]

Sac State is hosting Hornet Day

What’s life like at California State University, Sacramento? Prospective college students can find out how great it is to be a Hornet during the free Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, students and their families can tour the campus, see and hear firsthand from current students about some of Sac State’s dynamic […]

Eden Vale Inn sees red

Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status. The Red Chair is being welcomed at inns and B&B’s throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers. From Oct. 8 through 14 the chair made a visit to Eden Vale Inn, […]

Heard over the back fence: Elks to offer breakfast deal

CHURCH BULLETIN SMILES: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “Church Bulletin Announcement:” “For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.” BISCUITS, GRAVY AND MORE: The Placerville Elks’ Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. The cost […]