What’s Happening in and around Cameron Park

Community events

A Blanket & Coat Drive
Dec. 8: Bring your donations of new or gently used blankets and warm coats to Green Valley Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, or 311 Meder Road in Shingle Springs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to support the church, the county’s nomadic shelter and families in need this holiday season.

Meet the author
Dec. 10: Illustrator and children’s author Jan Brett comes to Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills, at 5 p.m. For more information call Face in a Book at (916) 941-9401.

Train rides
Dec. 11: The El Dorado Western Railroad offers rides on restored Fairmont track inspection cars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, with the last ride departing at 2:30 from the Shingle Springs Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive. For more information call (530) 409-8473.

Joint chamber mixer
Dec. 13: The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce joins the El Dorado Hills and El Dorado County chambers at a joint mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Henry’s Steakhouse inside Red Hawk Casino.

Dine Out at Caffé Santoro
Dec. 14: Stop by Caffé Santoro, 3392 Coach Lane and 2531 Merrychase Drive, for coffee, hot chocolate, sandwich or treat from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Ponderosa High School’s Sober Grad Night. Visit phsSoberGradNight.org for more information.

Chamber luncheon
Dec. 14: The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park and El Dorado County chambers of commerce host a gift basket auction and holiday lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Henry’s Steakhouse inside Red Hawk Casino. For more information call (530) 621-5885.

Quilters meeting
 Gold Nugget Quilters is welcoming new members. This small group meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Come for a visit or call for information: Carol (530) 622-7388 or Leslie (916) 337-5616.

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 in Cameron Park.

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

Basket auction
Through Dec. 16: Cameron Park Friends of the Library are running a Silent Night Auction of gift baskets to raise funds. Stop by the library to view baskets and make a bid.  Winners will be notified on Friday, Dec. 16.

Early Literacy Storytime
Dec. 6 & 13: Build your child’s pre-reading skills with this engaging and interactive program at 3:30 p.m. designed to support your child’s early literacy development for a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Paws for Reading
Dec. 6, 13, & 20: Join our furry friends from 4 to 5 p.m. and improve your reading skills. Registration is recommended.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Dec. 9 & 16: Jumpstart your child’s brain development with this award-winning program that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development at 10:15 and 11 a.m.

Book Sale
Dec. 10: The Cameron Park Friends of the Library host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.

Christmas crafts
Dec. 10: Make crafts that make great Christmas gifts from 10 a.m. to noon.

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Dec. 12: This interactive, hands-on program at 10:30 a.m. is perfectly suited for toddlers ages 2 and 3 years old. Sing songs, discover new books and explore the many ways in which to build a solid early literacy foundation in your child.

Bookfair for Cameron Park Library
Dec. 16: Make a purchase at the Folsom Barnes & Noble, 280 Palladio Parkway, and 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the Cameron Park Library. Make sure to mention participation in the Bookfair for Cameron Park Library prior to the transaction’s start for their purchases to count. Barnes & Noble will also donate a percentage from online and Nook sales as well. Friends of the Library is also requesting volunteers to wrap gifts that day, as 100 percent of donations for doing that go directly to the non-profit. Visit eldorado.lishost.org/volunteering/ for more information on volunteering.

Non-fiction Book Club
Dec. 20: Join this free book club and discuss nonfiction books of your choice from 2 to 4 p.m.

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