Wednesday, January 28, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Heard over the back fence: Plant seeds for garden

RECLINERS ARE LOYAL: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “My recliner and I go way back.” SEED STARTING BASICS: A class titled “Seed Starting Basics” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Class will cover seed selection, what to plant when, soil […]

IT takes two in ‘Red, White and Tuna’

What: “Red, White and Tuna” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 Cost: Tickets $15 Information: 530-642-0404 or imaginationtheater.net Brilliant writing, sterling actors and an effervescent director — along with an absolutely hilarious plot line — guarantee you’ll forget your troubles for a while as you dive […]

Heard over the back fence: The keys to your success

WHISKEY LOVE: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “Puns for Educated Minds” quote: “She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.” TENNIS ANYONE? Do you want to play a little tennis at Lions Park in Placerville? Keys to the tennis courts can be purchased at the Recreation Dept. at 549 Main St., Placerville, for $20. […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance night at Shingle Springs

NEIGHBORLY UNLOVE? My buddy John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “God Bless Everyone, Except My Neighbors.” DANCE NIGHT FUN! On Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., you can dance at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. DJ Jamie Faw will provide the music. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation […]

Tribute artist strives for perfection

What: Elvis Tribute Concert with Johnny Reno Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $13 each, two for $24 or $15 at the door Information: 530-677-2231 Johnny Reno started singing Elvis songs because he loved […]

Heard over the back fence: Chocolate Affair next week

WHY? Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Ever Wonder Why” questions: “Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?” “Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?” “Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?” CHOCOLATE AFFAIR: The “Winter Funtastic” magazine of calendar events notes the following “Chocolate Affair” information: “A Chocolate […]

Stumpy Meadows: Bathymetric survey plumbs reservoir

Two small spending projects were approved by the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its Jan. 13 meeting. A contract with Andregg Geomatics was approved for $17,960. The contract will pay to conduct a bathymetric survey of the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. Because of damage to the Pilot Creek Watershed following the King Fire, […]

Reliving our golden history

What: Gold Discovery Day Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma When: Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Parking $8 per vehicle Information: 530-622-3470   If you’ve ever wondered what the man who discovered gold in 1848 […]

Heard over the back fence: Car info for women

TELL MY WHY: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Susan Grote” quotes: “Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pen to the counter?” and “Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveway and junk in the garage?” WAFFLES AND FLAT TIRES:
 The annual “Women, Wheels, and Waffles” event […]

Take paws to enjoy Jewels and wine

What: Fifth annual Reds, Whites and Jewels Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information: 530-677-2231   Don’t drink so much that you need the hair of the dog … but please drink enough to show you […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘I hear the train a-coming’

LEARN TO LISTEN: My pal John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “My wife says I never listen to her. At least that’s what I think she said.” ALL ABOARD! The El Dorado Western Railroad runs on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Feb. 1 train will be at the El Dorado Station located next […]

Heard over the back fence: Hike planned Jan. 24

HEEL KARMA: Received from Jewel-Blair Smith: “Life In Signs” — “In a Podiatrist’s Office: Time wounds all heels. ” HIKING IN THE HILLS: A hike near Forest Hill is scheduled for Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the hike you will visit a mine, a wire bridge and the “lost” grave of an […]

Students create holiday dolls

Once again, shoppers on Main Street got to enjoy the dolls entered into the Placerville Holiday Doll Contest. The clever dolls graced many stores and brought smiles and admiration from the viewers during December. The doll contest was open to first through fifth graders. All contestants receive a ribbon and a bag of candy. First, […]

Epicurean adventures await in El Dorado County

January is California Restaurant Month and El Dorado County is celebrating in a big way on Sunday, Jan. 25. El Dorado Epicurean is presented to showcase the creative chefs and outstanding dining establishments throughout the county. Organized by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Authority, the early evening of dining features seven different adventures […]

Heard over the back fence: Health Career Day Jan. 19

NO LAPTOP ZONE: Received from Paul Chafer: “Laughter Is Medicine:” — “On a coffee shop sign: ‘NO – We do Not have Wi-Fi. Talk to Each Other!’” DO YOU WANT A MEDICAL CAREER? “Health Career Exploration Day” is a great opportunity to gain insight into the medical field. You can spend Monday, Jan. 19, with medical […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Drive smart’ CHP program offered in EDH

PAY YOUR BILL! Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life In Signs” quote: “At the electric company. ‘We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be.’” DRIVE SMART PROGRAM: On Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., you can attend the new CHP’s “Age Well, Drive Smart Program” at the El Dorado […]

Hula is a hip dance

It’s so hip to hula. Not only do the hips express a language all their own, but the flowing arms and gentle finger movements tell their stories as well. And the fast-paced Tahitian dances tell the tale in double-time, exuberance and joy punctuating each staccato stamp of tiny, bare feet. Three youngsters took to the […]

Heard over the back fence: Champagne and Jewelry show in Cameron Park

LOGICAL SUBSTITUTE: My neighbor Paul Chafer provided the following “Proofreading Is a Lost Art” quote: “Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over. (What a guy!).” CHAMPAGNE AND JEWELRY: The Reds, Whites and Jewelry Show takes place on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Enjoy an […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up for classes now

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: From Jewel-Blair Smith: “Life In Signs” — “On a septic tank truck: Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels” EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY: Overall, more than 750 classes are being offered at the El Dorado Center in Placerville, the main Folsom campus, Rancho Cordova Center, and online. Full-semester classes start the week of Jan. 17 and run […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun games in Cameron Park

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley is in the office on his regular, but abbreviated, schedule. While Bob is preparing column items for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week. THE HAIRY APE: Received from Jewel Blair-Smith: “Questions That Haunt Me” — “If people evolved from apes, why are […]

Pollock Pines film maker works to make a difference

Quietly toiling away at his home surrounded by towering trees in Pollock Pines, a 38-year-old film maker is working hard to try to change the world. He just might do that, since he already has written, directed, edited and co-produced a remarkable film that has received numerous awards for its humanitarian message and laudable art. […]

Judy Muetz keeps them in stitches

All those gorgeous ladies in their fabulous vintage dresses vying each year to become El Dorado Rose always seem to be smiling and laughing. That’s because for 25 years Judy Muetz of Placerville has kept them in stitches. Muetz, 66, has voluntarily given her time to the task of clothing the El Dorado Rose candidates […]

Heard over the back fence: Mental health info offered

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley is in the office on his regular, but abbreviated, schedule. While Bob is preparing column items for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week.  A NEW YEAR: We will open a new book, it’s pages are nothing but blank. Each of us will […]

Baby Trevor’s legacy lives on … and saves a life

Swim team brought the Kott and Lenzi families together six years ago, but it was baby Trevor Kott’s story that bonded the two families for life. Trevor was diagnosed with congenital acute myeloid leukemia soon after birth in 2006 and died when he was only 6 months old because a bone marrow match for him […]

Putting the magic in life

Richard Aylward didn’t make the tableware disappear on their first date a little over four years ago — but he could have, according to fiancée Kelly Greene. “I don’t know how he does it,” said Greene, after Aylward performed a trick during a recent demonstration that defied all logic and laws of nature. The magician […]

Happy holidays = happy year

Artist Lorrene Baum-Davis flipped through the pages of the accounting books at Gold Country Artists Gallery on Main Street in Placerville, then broke into a pleased smile. “Oh my gosh,” said Davis, then “Oh my gosh!” as she kept seeing ever more impressive numbers. She stopped at one particular page, glanced up and said, “What […]

An adventurous journey of learning

She had blisters on top of blisters, tore through four pairs of shoes, walked two days and 20 miles on a sprained ankle and endured rain, snow, 100 mph winds and 110 degree temperatures. But if you ask Vicki Clift of Somerset whether she would hike 2,400 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail again, she’s […]

Tibetan Monks’ January schedule

Jan. 2-15 — Cozmic Café, 594 Main St., Placerville, Mandala Room is open for viewing 9 a.m.-6 p.m. most days, except Mondays (café closed) and where noted differently in schedule. Friday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m. — Opening ceremony for Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala Friday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m. — Vajravadaran Healing Ritual, according to Tibetan Buddhism the colorful ritual of Vajravidarana is […]

Tibetan Monks return to county

El Dorado County has a very special tradition to begin the new year with, a tradition now in its 12th year and perhaps unique in the nation. Here in the foothills, backed by snow-covered Sierra Nevada peaks, residents begin each year with a two-week visit by the Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery. With its […]

Wood shop becomes toy shop

Thirty children from Pinewood Elementary School entered the “Toy Shop” at El Dorado High School on Monday, Dec. 15 for a special evening. The wood shop classroom had been transformed into a toy wonderland, where they played with many amazing handmade wooden toys built by “student elves.” The toys in the shop ranged from a giant marble […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to play bridge

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return today, Jan. 5. While Bob is preparing columns for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week. 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 described […]

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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  BLAME THE GRAPES: My […]


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '<<' (T_SL) in /www/newspaperfoundation.org/html/wp-content/themes/broadsheet/footer.php on line 101