What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Chamber lunch
Sept. 2: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion. For more information or to register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Chamber trip information meeting
Sept. 8: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce welcomes people to discover and explore upcoming trip packages —  Southern Charm, March 2016; Eastern Canada, September 2016; San Antonio, December 2016; and Spain, March 2017 — at a free event from 6 to 7 p.m. at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills. No RSVP necessary.

Chamber mixer
Sept. 9: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and BI Design host the monthly mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the design studio, 1004 White Rock Road, Suite 200, in El Dorado Hills.

Meet the author
Sept. 11: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a book signing with Megan Woolsey, contributor to “It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery: A Collection of Stories from Girth to Birth,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These hilarious and heartwarming tales about pregnancy, labor and delivery will leave you laughing, nodding and rushing to get a copy for your pregnant best friend.

Fall Community Garage Sale
Sept. 12: Buy a space and sell your treasures or just come to shop at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Community Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon in the EDHCSD parking lot on Harvard Way.

Women’s Health Expo
Sept. 12: The Marshall Women’s Health and Wellness Expo and 5K returns to Town Center. The run starts at 8 a.m. and the expo immediately follows from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Marshall Medical experts will be providing health demonstrations and health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, core strength/flexibility, body fat/weight measurement and pulmonary function.  Cost is $20 and includes T-shirt. For more information visit marshallmedical.org.

Dementia workshop
Sept. 12: Holy Trinity Parish hosts Laura Wayman, “The Dementia Whisperer.” The free presentation, A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, will be held in the parish’s social center, 3111 Tierra de Dios in El Dorado Hills, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Reservations required by Sept. 9. Call (530) 677-3234.

Mental health workshop
Sept. 13: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in El Dorado Hills welcomes mental health advocate Diane Mintz, author of “In Sickness and in Mental Health,” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This workshop is intended for those who want to better understand someone who struggles with mental illness and those who deal with mental illness personally. Meet others who desire mutual support and connection with others in the Christian community. RSVP for lunch at (916) 933-1441 or e-mail [email protected].

Women’s luncheon
Sept. 14: The El Dorado Women‘s Connection guests will learn about Habitat for Humanity and listen to speaker Bonnie Parrett at the next luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Bonnie, a furniture restoration expert, formerly a confirmed atheist, tells us how her life was “restored.” Learn how to donate gently used items and about the volunteer opportunities available at the ReStore in Diamond Springs. The music portion of the program will feature Marleen Wheelden and Ruth Sinclair. The program is open to all at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Cost is $18. RSVP to JoAn at (530) 626-6269 or Kerri at (530) 644-7405.

Newcomers coffee
Sept. 18: Are you new to El Dorado Hills or looking to reconnect with the community? The EDH Newcomers Club is hosting a welcome coffee for ladies wanting to make friends and participate in new activities at 10 a.m. If you are interested contact Gail McKay at [email protected] by Sept. 11. Additional information about the Newcomers Club is available at edhnewcomers.com.

Touch A Truck
Sept. 19: Foothill United Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Road in Rescue, hosts its third annual Touch A Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event includes different types of vehicles, food, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, a raffle and more. For more information call (530) 677-4910 or (916) 933-6682.

Handshakes & Eggs
Sept. 23: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly breakfast mixer at 7:30 a.m. Early Toast Mimosa House in El Dorado Hills Town Center. To register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Meet the author
Sept. 27: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a book signing with Catriona McPherson from noon to 2 p.m. When a childhood friend turns up at Gloria’s door, she’s disturbed by his stories of a stalker who is challenging him to meet at the site of a long-ago suicide. She accompanies him to the meeting … where the dead begin to speak. “The Child Garden” has received several starred reviews.

Foothills Fall Festival
Oct. 3: This fundraising event in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4 to 7 p.m., benefits Team Donate Life and will include music from well-known band Fred McCarty and Company, wine and beer tastings, a barbecue dinner, a miniature Pumpkin Patch and decorating area, bean bag toss, face painting, balloon artist and more! Team Donate Life works to raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation, raise funds to assist those in need either before or after an organ transplant with medical expenses and loss of income from work and travel costs, as well as support critical medical research. For more information visit teamdonatelife.com.

It’s All About EqWINE
Oct. 3: Support All About Equine, an El Dorado Hills-based horse rescue, at its fundraiser from 6 to p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. The event includes wine tasting, appetizers, music, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information visit allaboutequine.org/events.

Health family workshop
Oct. 7 through Nov. 11: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 10001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, will host a workshop series, “Healthy child, Healthy Family,” from 6 to 7 :30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11. The workshops are free. For more information call (916) 933-1441.

Rescue pumpkin patch
Oct. 10: The ninth annual Pumpkin Patch, Pancake Breakfast and Kids Costume contest will be held at Rescue Volunteer Fire Station 83, 5221 Deer Valley Road in Rescue. from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy pumpkin pancakes, or regular pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $5. Ages 6 and younger only $3. During breakfast, check out Model A Fords from Hangtown A’s Club and El Dorado County’s Incredible Wood Fueled Model T Ford. Costume winners will be announced at the breakfast. For more information call (530) 676-1125.

EDHCSD farmers market
Thursdays: Support local farms and vendors at the farmers market held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way.

Town Center farmers market
Saturdays: Stock up on fresh vegetables, fruit and more at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Town Center Boulevard.

Library events

El Dorado Hills Library
7455 Silva Valley Parkway
(916) 358-3500

PapaHugs Music
Sept. 3: The PapaHugs world is a place where imagination and music takes you anywhere you want to go. Children, their parents and grandparents are invited to laugh and sing along to the songs of David Sharpe and the PapaHugs Band at 10 a.m.

Dragon Book Club
Sept. 4: Join the Dragon Book Club and explore great fantasy books for third through fifth-graders graders from 3 to 4 p.m. Each month we’ll discuss the chosen book, play a game or make a craft, and celebrate our favorite magical creatures.

Adult Book Club
Sept. 9: Join the Adult Book Club for a discussion of “The Martian” by Andy Weir from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ecoacademy for Kids
Sept. 11: Ecocademy for Kids is a series of interactive presentations to teach kids about the environment from 4 to 5 p.m.. Especially in this drought, it is great for kids know the importance of conservation, and Ecocademy for Kids aims to do that while still promoting fun. This free program for children ages 6 to 12 is designed and presented by a teen volunteer.

Pet reading partners
Sept. 11 & 25: Practice reading out loud with McCaffrey, Lola and Chuck, trained therapy dogs who love to hear you read, from 3 to 5 p.m. No reservations required.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Sept. 16 & 23: Join us for this baby lapsit storytime for ages 0 to 24 months at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is an early learning program that integrates elements of child development, best practices of storytimes for young children and the “Listen, Like, Learn” teaching approach.

Early Literacy Storytime
Sept. 17 & 24: 
Early Literacy Storytime at 10 a.m. will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) along with the six early literacy skills (oral language, phonological awareness-ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge — what a child knows before entering kindergarten from his/her experiences with living and language).

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Sept. 18 & 25: This fun and interactive toddler storytime is just right for those busy 2- and 3-year-olds. Join us for stories, singing, and dancing fun at 10 a.m.

Card making class
Sept. 19: Learn to make gorgeous folded cards with pop ups and moving parts at 1 p.m. Teen volunteer Nishita will teach participants to make beautiful cards for any occasion.
All supplies will be provided. A $5 donation goes toward Helping Hands.

Play to Grow
Sept. 30: The meeting room transforms into an age-appropriate play center better known as Play to Grow at 9:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for families to ignore the chores and spend some quality playtime together, as well as mingle with other parents and children.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Beginning on Sept. 14 the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild returns to share great stories from 3 to 5 p.m.

Erica’s Craft Class
Tuesdays: Crafters ages 10 and older are invited to join Erica every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a different exciting craft project. Supplies will be provided.

Fiber Arts Club
Wednesdays: Bring a project and join us every week, 2 to 4 p.m., to crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch, felt, quilt, sew, weave or any other type of needle craft. Share tips and favorite techniques and chat with fellow fiber artists.

Senior events

El Dorado Hills Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
(916) 358-3575

Local history forum
Sept. 4: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center presents a new program. Local history buff Mike Roberts will highlight topics of interest regarding local history each month. The forum will be offered on the first Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Sept. 4 topic is “In the beginning.” See rare video footage of El Dorado Hills founder Alan Lindsey laying out his vision for a town of 75,000 people. Del Haven, who opened the 76 gas station is invited. Coming up on Oct. 2 – “Ranch Families” and Nov. 6 – “Clarksville then and now.”

Photobooks class
Sept. 10: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Tell a Story with Photobooks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. We will show you how to turn your own images into a special story using your pictures, add your comments on the pictures and use illustrations. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot in this free class.

Ukulele lessons for seniors
Sept. 14 through Oct. 5: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers beginning ukulele lessons, Let’s Uke!, on Mondays from 1 to 1:45 p.m.  Taught by local music teacher Lew Johnson, students will receive instruction in basic ukulele playing. No experience is necessary. Info sheets on instruments (no baritones please) and the required book are available upon registration. The class fee is $42 for the four-week session. Call the CSD registration office to register at (916) 933-6624.

Painting class
Sept. 15 through Oct. 29: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Painting with Oils on Tuesdays from  12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This class is for beginners to advanced beginners and will include types of canvas and paints to use, how to make a medium and more. Students can paint still life, figurative, portrait or landscape — your choice. A required supply list is available upon registration. Taught by Judy Fratus, the class fee is $68 for six classes. Preregistration is a must To register, call the CSD registration office at (916) 933-6624.

Beginning computer lessons
By appointment: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers free beginning computer lessons for seniors. Taught by volunteer instructors, three one-hour lessons are offered to seniors ages 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. To schedule your free lessons call the Senior Center.

Fun Bingo
Mondays & Thursdays: Fun Bingo is played at 12:30 p.m. (immediately following Senior Nutrition Lunch) at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Players receive two Bingo cards for $3 and can win $5 gift cards from Raley’s and Nugget Market.

Mexican Train Dominoes
Wednesdays: El Dorado Hills Senior Center participants play Mexican Train Dominoes weekly, immediately following Senior Nutrition Lunch. This casual group meets at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. If you don’t know this great game, we’ll teach you; it’s so simple and fun!

Evening cribbage
Wednesdays: Gold Country Cribbers of El Dorado Hills hosts cribbage at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Play is sanctioned by the American Cribbage Congress and results are tabulated within the western United States. Interested players can contact Roy Martin at (916) 402-0411.

Grand’s and Great’s Gazette
Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center for Grand’s and Great’s Gazette. Led by Terry Provenza, this group shares grand-parenting stories, jokes and trials and tribulations, then produces a bi-monthly newsletter. Join us on the third Friday of each month at 1 p.m. Articles for submission are welcome any time; you don’t have to attend the meeting! Call the Senior Center for more information or to hold your spot.

Send your announcements at least two weeks in advance to [email protected].

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