Friday, December 19, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Learn to play bridge

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return today, Jan. 5. While he is preparing columns for the new year. Ken Deibert has provided this last is pinch-hitting column for Bob.  A MIGHTY ARMY: “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” — George Herbert LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE: A program titled “Bridge – Lessons and/or Play” is […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn East Coast swing dancing

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Happy New Year from Ken and Bob. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject […]

Heard over the back fence: Advance to ‘Go’ and take a ride on the railroad

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  TO HAVE AND […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a little poetry

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.” SECRETS OF SUCCESS: […]

Heard over the back fence: Work off the turkey gravy

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  CALL THE REAL […]

Heard over the back fence: After the holidays time to lose weight

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Merry Christmas from Ken and Enid Deibert and Bob and Monika Billingsley. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael […]

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Heard over the back fence: Help sponsor the Food Bank

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  THE VANISHING BRAIN: Jewel […]

Heard over the back fence: Salmon expert featured at trout confab

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  CALL THE REAL […]

Coloring contest winners wow judges

The winners in the 2014 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest used imagination and great skill with crayons, pens, glitter and other decorative elements to capture the judges’ votes to take home prize money, gift certificates and goody bags. The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op co-sponsored the contest for the fourth year. The talented winners and their families attended […]

New game plays in Old West

It’s one of those things where you say, “Why hasn’t anyone come up with this before?” Once you see Hangtown the board game, it’s obvious that this is going to be great. Great to give as a gift, great to receive as a present, great to just get one for yourself. Trouble is, the game […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your basketball teams together

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  BLAME THE GRAPES: My […]

Horses and riders connect

It became clear from the start that the beautiful dark bay Arabian horse had a real connection with 11-year-old Timothy Moss when the mare was added to the family five years ago. Little did they imagine, however, that by the summer of 2014 the youngster would be standing by his beloved Sami holding a ribbon […]

Heard over the back fence: Donate blood, get a movie pass

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat,net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  “BIT OF FUN […]

PAA announces art winners

The Placerville Arts Association’s Fall Member Art Show is on display at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, Dec. 12  from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The show is a collection works in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, digital art and mixed media in categories of seascape, landscape, portrait, […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa Claus coming to Gold Bug Mine

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat.net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  ARMLESS WIT: John […]

Dance brings calm from ‘Chaos’

Union Mine Dance Production presents its winter show “Chaos” Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11 through 13 at the Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. The show features a mix of music and dance that includes swing, modern and jazz with choreography created and performed by the talented Union Mine dance students. This […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up for Heroes Night

CURED HAM QUESTION: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we have the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “What disease did cured ham actually have?” HEROES NIGHT: Kick off fundraisers for 2015 by honoring “Heroes” for all three Western Slope locations of the Boys and Girls clubs Jan. 10 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Social hour and […]

Heard over the back fence: Join Heroes Night for Big Brothers and Sisters

CURED HAM QUESTION: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we have the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “What disease did cured ham actually have.?” HEROES NIGHT: Kick off fundraisers for 2015 by honoring “Heroes” for all three Western Slope locations of the Boys and Girls clubs Jan. 10 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Social hour and […]

Student elves make magic

The commotion and happy chatter amidst the buzzing of drills inside the wood shop at El Dorado High School couldn’t be any louder at the North Pole, even at this time of year. The 125 students in Lance Gunnersen’s classes have been as busy as any respectable elf cranking out wooden train sets that will […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Ultimate Crooner’ at Cold Springs lunch

A LOUD ARRIVAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith we offer the following “Life In Signs” quote: “Outside a muffler shop: ‘No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.’” NEWCOMER CROONER: Have lunch 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Cold Springs Country Club and be entertained by Bob Rawleigh aka the “Ultimate Crooner. The event is the Placerville Fellowship […]

It’s a wonderful play

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Art sings to the season

What: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Who: Gold Country Artists Gallery Where: 379 Main St. in Placerville When: Until Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights Information: 530-642-2944 or visit the Website at goldcountryartistsgallery.com Gold Country Artists Gallery is featuring a gallery-wide special exhibit for the holiday season inspired by the Christmas carol, “The […]

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! HOLLY FAIR: Episcopal Church […]

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: sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org 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: placerville-downtown.org 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

QUOTES ONLY FOR ENTIRE COLUMN:
 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 […]