What’s Happening in and around Cameron Park
April 6-9: With more than 40 years dedicated to the creation of fairs and festivals, Butler Amusements will once again be bringing their expertise to El Dorado Hills. The carnival will include thrilling rides and fun for all ages at a new location this year — next to Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills. Starting March 20 pre-sale tickets will be available at California Welcome Center. For information visit edhtowncenter.com.
April 8: The annual Easter event runs from 10 a.m. to noon with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp in the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater. Candy and prize-filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grass areas by the lake. There will also be a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny, magic show, music, face painting and balloon artists, rain or shine. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.
Wine Country Cat Show
April 8-9: Cats are coming to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville for the 12‐ring TICA All Breed Championship and Household Pet Cat Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information visit winecountrycatclub.org.
April 9, 23 & 30: The El Dorado Western Railroad offers rides on restored Fairmont track inspection cars at the Shingle Springs Depot on Mother Lode Drive, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, with the last ride departing at 2:30 p.m.
April 14: California’s likely water future will be discussed at a presentation covering the proposed water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The event is hosted by the Sierra Renaissance Society.
April 20: The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly mixer at the Cameron Park Community Services District, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mito Kids Walk
April 22: Come out and run or walk to support Help Mito Kids nonprofit and the 4,000 children born every year with the genetically inherited mitochondrial disease. The event begins at 8 a.m. in El Dorado Hills Town Center. To register for this fun run or to find more information regarding mitochondrial disease visit helpmitokids.org.
Boots and Bling
April 22: All About Equine hosts Boots and Bling, a fundraiser benefitting the animal rescue organization, at 5 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way. For tickets and more information call (916) 520-4223 or visit allaboutequine.org.
April 26: The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waterfall Buffet inside Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway. Heath Wakelee from The American Red Cross will speak. To register call (530) 677-8000.
Community service fair
April 27: The College Planning Center hosts a free community service fair for high school students looking for volunteer opportunities. THe fair will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 250 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1311, Folsom.
Hangtown Hold ’em
April 29: The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce hosts its 11th annual Hangtown Hold ’em poker tournament at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information call (530) 621-5885 or visit eldroadcounty.org.
April 29: Friends of Seniors invites everyone to its sixth annual spaghetti feed from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. All proceeds will benefit both the Friends of Seniors’ Emergency Fund. Adult tickets are $10 each and $5 for children younger than 10. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, lemonade, coffee, tea and dessert. There will be drawings, a giving tree and a no host bar. Mail your check to: Friends of Seniors P.O. Box 564 Placerville 95667. For more information call (530) 334-6090 or email [email protected]
Wednesdays: 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.
Cameron Park Library
2500 Country Club Drive
Early Literacy Storytime
April 4, 18 & 25: 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.
Together We Grow
April 5 & 12: Join us at 10:30 a.m. in a fun preschool-like environment where children can play and learn. Each week will feature community experts who will share child development information as well as local resources available to families. To reserve a spot register online at eldoradolibrary.org or call Jesus Cordova at (530) 295-2456.
April 6: Get comfy in your jammies for an evening of stories, songs and an activity with the PAWS dogs at 6 p.m. This event is for children ages 3-5 and their loved ones.
Mother Goose on the Loose
April 7 & 21: 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.
April 8: The Cameron Park Friends of the Library hosts a book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hawks, Honkers & Hoot
April 10: HH&H brings owls, falcons and hawks to their 1 p.m. presentations to share what makes local birds of prey so amazing. Guests will have an opportunity to get close to the critters and get tactile experiences with items on the discovery table.
Pet Loss Grief Support
April 11: Francesca Winters, psychotherapist, will talk about grief support for the loss of a pet from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sierra Wildlife presents “Scat & Tracks”
April 13: Scat? That’s right — animal poop! Sierra Wildlife experts will be at the library at 1 p.m. to share some scat and help guests learn how to identify animal tracks in their backyard.
Bohart Museum and Insect Show
April 14: Can you say “entomology”? How about “ewwww!”? You won’t want to miss this fascinating show presented by UC Davis at 1 p.m.
2’s & 3’s On the Go
April 17 & 24: 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.
Non-fiction Book Club
April 18: Join this free book club and discuss nonfiction books of your choice from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tails from the Trails
April 20: Welcome Debbie Preston, author of “Tails from the Trails,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Discover the enjoyment and fun in exploration, learn how to take cues from your dog and, most of all, have fun in the journey.
Singing Their Way to Literacy Success
May 1: Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills. Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs and enjoy singing and laughing with folk songs, storytelling and original tunes by Alan Candee at 10:30 a.m. Expect pantomime, puppetry and compulsory silliness.
Cameron Park Book Club
May 1: Join us at 11 a.m. to discuss good reading from classics to current bestsellers. For more information call Doris Folk at (530) 350-7596.
Win the Battle Over Electronic Screens at Home
May 2: Children exposed to unlimited amounts of video games, television, movies and computer screens are more likely to suffer from symptoms of ADD, obesity, diabetes, nearsightedness, poor social skills and limited academic performance. Learn simple tips to eliminate battles, put parents in control and promote quality family time. Mindful Media Management’s Alan Candee provides insights at this 6 p.m. event. This is a family program for all ages.
Paws for Reading
Tuesdays: Join our furry friends from 4 to 5 p.m. and improve your reading skills. Registration is recommended.
Wednesdays: It’s a month of midweek movies — “creature features” — every Wednesday in April at 1:30 p.m.