What’s Happening in and around Cameron Park

Community events

Volunteer at Marshall
The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is recruiting new volunteers. Work with a wonderful group of volunteers, with many different jobs. If interested call for an interview at the auxiliary cottage at (530) 626-2643 or call Mary O’Brien at (530) 677-3543; leave a message and someone will return your call. Volunteers must be 21 years old or older.

Tax counseling
Through April 15: Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons ages 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board provide this service to all ages. Those desiring to use the service of the Tax-Aide program are encouraged to make appointments to secure a date, time, and location convenient for them. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. For appointments at the Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills libraries call (530) 303-7046.

MitoKids rummage sale
April 5: The Oak Ridge Interact Club its third annual rummage sale to benefit the local charity, MitoKids. Shop clothing, furniture, household items and more donated by students as well as community members. The rummage sale will be held at Oak Ridge High School’s upper parking lot, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MitoKids supports those who have been affected by Mitochondrial Disease. Started by Carol Pomares, a former teacher at Oak Ridge High, the 501(c) 3 nonprofit raises awareness about the disease, funds research and supports families affected by covering medical and travel expenses.

Dine Out at Papa Gianni’s
April 9:
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Papa Gianni’s, 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park, for lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., and a portion of your purchase goes directly to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Remember to tell your server you are there for the fundraiser. For more information visit phsSoberGradNight.org. Participation keeps prices affordable for high school seniors to have a safe celebration on graduation night.

Train rides
April 13 & 27: El Dorado Western Railway Foundation offers train rides on the historic Southern Pacific Placerville Branch rail line, weather permitting, from noon to 4 p.m. in Shingle Springs. Take Highway 50 to Ponderosa Road exit and take Mother Lode Drive east  to the freight depot on the left side of the road. A $5 donation is requested for riders ages 9 and older; $3 for ages 3 to 8. For more information call (530) 626-8688.

Women’s Connection lunch
April 14: The Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection hosts its month luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Guests will learn about A Ranch of Light, an organization that reaches out to at-risk kids, and speaker Lori Hartin will share a story. Reservations essential and all cancellations must be made by April 10. Call Barbara at (916) 806-8057 or JoAn at (530) 626-6269.

Mito Kids walk
April 26: Help Mito Kids hosts its annual 5k run/walk at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m. and walkers follow at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. For more information visit helpmitokids.org.

Spring Craft Faire
May 1: Join the Cameron Park Friends of the Library for the Spring Craft Faire, noon to 7 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library. Browse gift selections including: dried flower arrangements, quilts, gift baskets, decorated gourds, homemade soaps and lotions and many more gift items to honor women in your life. Money raised at the event will purchase books, e-books, audio books, equipment, furniture, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, CDs and provided funding for children, teen and adult programs.

Home & garden show
May 2-4: The 34th annual El Dorado Home & Garden Show takes place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The event features local vendors, bounce houses, workshops, food, wine and master gardeners. For more information visit edchomeshow.com.

Toast to Education
May 3: Buckeye Education Foundation hosts its annual Toast to Education fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Community Clubhouse, 2020 Clubview Drive in El Dorado Hills. Toast to Education is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the foundation, which supports the Buckeye Union School District’s seven schools. Tickets are available at $75 per person and can be purchased online at BuckeyeFoundation.org or at any of the district school campuses.

Blood pressure clinics
Fridays: Marshall Medical Center offers free blood pressure clinics from 9 a.m. to noon in the lab and imaging center, 3581 Palmer Drive.

Explore the universe
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:
 The Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center in Placerville, invites the public to let trained docents show them many celestial wonders of the universe through two 14-inch telescopes. The observatory is open to the public on weekend evenings (weather permitting). Drive to the El Dorado Center on Campus Drive, continue through the back parking lot to the left of the observatory gate.

Library events

Cameron Park Library
2500 Country Club Drive
(530) 621-5500

Storytellers Guild
Don’t miss out on this fun storytime at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Listen and participate in stories told by members of the El Dorado Storyteller’s Guild.

Paws for Reading
Tuesdays: Join our  furry friends from 4 to 5 p.m. and improve your reading skills. Registration is recommended.

Needle Arts Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays: All ages and sill levels welcome to join us for crocheting, knitting and meet new friends. Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month and 5 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays.

Library storytime
Wednesdays: Bring the little ones to the library at 10:30 a.m. for fun, songs rhymes, stories and age appropriate crafts.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays: Mother Goose on the Loose is a developmentally appropriate activity for little ones, 0 to 18 months, and their caregivers who engage in song, rhyming and reading for lots of fun. So turn your cell phone off, leave the laundry for later and come join us at this baby story time at 9:30 a.m.

2’s and 3’s On the Go
Fridays: Enjoy this interactive toddler storytime full of stories, songs and movement at 11:30 a.m.

Movie matinee
April 2: Enjoy a fun movie at 1:30 p.m.

Pajama storytime
April 3: Join Miss Meghan for a fun storytime and free book at 6 p.m.

Book Club
April 7: Join this club at 11 a.m. whether you’re reading fiction or non-fiction. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Doris 530-350-7596

Non-fiction Book Club
April 15: Join this unique book club and discuss nonfiction books of your choice from 2 to 4 p.m.

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