What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills
Volunteer at Marshall
Now: 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.
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 age 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.
Meet local authors
March 7: Mischief and Mayhem is the theme for two local authors, James L’Etoile and Brenda Pandos, appearing at the Face In A Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6 to 8 p.m. James writes crime fiction and will talk about his book “Little River,” a fast-paced human trafficking thriller set on the island of Jamaica. Brenda will speak about her latest release, “Glitch,” a time-travel, urban fantasy, where magic and zombies lurk around every corner.
Rotary Crab Feed
March 8: Crack crab for a good cause at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills annual Crab Feed & Dance at the EDHCSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills, beginning at 6 p.m. This event raises funds for local and international Rotary projects and programs. For tickets and more information visit edhcrabfeed.org.
Women’s Connection lunch
March 10: The Shingle Springs Women’s Connection hosts a “Fun Destinations” lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. El Dorado County’s Senior Center trip coordinator Star Walker will discuss upcoming adventures and breast cancer survivor Karen Penfold will share her story. Reservations essential; cancellations required by March 6. Call Barbara at (916) 806-8057 or JoAn at (530) 626-6269.
Face in a Book book club
March 10: Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, hosts a new Young Adult Book Club; the first meeting runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and readers will discuss the Patrick Ness book, “Knife of Never Letting Go,” a white-knuckle read that follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard. Book club participants who RSVP receive a 15 percent discount on the featured book. This book club will meet every second Monday of the month. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
Mental Health Services Act meeting
March 11 & 19: MHSA is hosting public meetings to gather input for the FY 2014-15 MHSA plan update. We encourage all clients/consumers, family members, educators, service providers and individuals interested in the health of our community to participate to learn more about MHSA. The meetings will be held at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Dine Out at Snooty Frog
March 12: Have dinner at Snooty Frog, 4 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 our fundraiser; reservations are requested. Snooty Frog is located in Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park. Visit phsSoberGradNight.org for more information. Participation keeps prices affordable for high school seniors to have a safe celebration on graduation night.
March 14: Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, invites kids (with their parents) to put on their PJs and their thinking caps for a pajama party from 7 to 8 p.m. We’re celebrating the book “Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal,” a book filled with kid-friendly math puzzles for bedtime fun. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
Spaghetti for seniors
March 16: Join Friends of El Dorado County Seniors for the third annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser, 1 to 5p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. A no host bar will be available. All proceeds will go to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council Senior Assistance Program, and will be used to create defensible space around senior citizens’ homes. MORE (Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises) or a designated contractor will perform the work. To purchase tickets, send a check to: Friends of Seniors P.O. Box 564, Placerville 95667.
March 18: The El Dorado Hills Newcomers CLub hosts a 5 p.m. welcome coffee for ladies interested in meeting new friends and trying new activities. RSVP to Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at edhnewcomers.com.
Third Thursday book-talk series
March 20: Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, introduces Third Thursday, a new wine and book-talk series. For our inaugural Third Thursday, we invite adults to join us for the topic of wine. We’ll sip wine, peruse our selection of wine books and journals and meet Roxanne Langer, author of Wine MBA. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
RUSD Cultural Festival
March 21: The Rescue Union School District hosts its third annual Cultural Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Middle School, 2540 Green Valley Road. The free event celebrates the district’s diverse cultural backgrounds with booths, dancing, food, artifacts and more.
Tri-County Job Fair
March 21: El Dorado County residents looking for work, or just interested in an opportunity to meet with local employers informally, are invited to attend the free Tri-County Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. in Folsom. Approximately 50 employers are expected at this event, which will include workshops on various job-seeking-related topics and a resume critique session. Red Hawk Casino and El Dorado County Connections – One Stop have collaborated to offer free limited transportation to the Job Fair from selected areas of El Dorado County. Since seating is limited, those interested in utilizing the free shuttle service must make a reservation by calling Connections – One Stop at (530) 642-4850 by Friday, March 14. For more information visit tricountyjobfair.org.
Spring book sale
March 21-23: Shop for incredible bargains — gently used books, audio books, videos, CDs and much more in both children and adult materials — at the Friends of the Folsom Library book sale in Folsom Public Library’s Georgia Murray Building meeting room, 411 Stafford St. For more information visit foflib.org or call (916) 608-8743 or (916) 355-7374.
The Spirit of Benny event
March 22: The Spirit of Benny organization hosts its third annual Spirit of Benny 10/5 K Run & Walk benefiting Partners in Care at 8 a.m. Participants will meet at the staging area, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville, and run/walk on the El Dorado Trail. Register online at thespiritofbenny.org.
Meet the authors
March 25: Face in a Book will host a booksigning for best-selling authors Allison Brennan and Brenda Novak from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. Brennan is the author of 20 novels, notably the Lucy Kincaid series. Novak’s nearly 50 novels have sold more than 4 million copies. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
March 27: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at Regal Cinema, 2101 Vine St. in El Dorado Hills Town center, from noon to 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. For donor eligibility questions call 1-800-995-4420. For more information visit bloodsource.org.
March 28: Enjoy a family friendly night out as Town Center hosts Outdoor Movie Night in the Steven Young Amphitheater, featuring “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Show begins at dark, around 7:30 p.m., and popcorn will be available. Bring your blankets and chairs. The event is free.
Gold Country Gran Fondo Cycling event
March 29: Town Center Bike and Tri will host its first Gran Fondo, a cycling event featuring rides ranging in distance from 30 to 102 miles. Event will feature George Hincapie, one of the most recognized riders in the world with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories, including 17 Tour de France appearances. Cyclists will meet in the Steven Young Amphitheater for an 8 a.m. start, and will return to the amphitheater for food, drinks, music and giveaways. For more information visit tcbikeandtri.com.
Children’s clothing/equipment sale
March 29: El Dorado Mothers of Multiples hosts its semi-annual sale of gently used children’s clothes, toys, shoes, books, equipment, maternity clothes and more from 9 to 11 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (half-price sale) at Marina Village Middle School, 1901 Francisco Drive in El Dorado Hills. For more information visit edmoms.org.
Picture book author visit
March 30: Face in a Book will host a booksigning for Jen Barton, author of “If Chocolate Were Purple,” from noon to 2 p.m. at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. Barton’s picture book tells of a world where chocolate is purple and roller skates grow on trees. All things are topsy-turvy, but a little one can still count on a parent’s love. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
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.
April 10-13: Butler Amusements will once again bring their expertise back to El Dorado Hills Town Center for the El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival, which will include thrilling rides and games and as well as food and drinks from 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 pm. Saturday and non to 10 p.m. Sunday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Oak Ridge High School Basketball program in El Dorado Hills.
April 12: Town Center presents the Easter Eggstravaganza and Town Center Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (hunt at 10:30 a.m.). Candy and prize-filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grassy areas surrounding the Steven Young Amphitheater. The Easter Bunny will stop by for pictures and memories. Event will include a magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and carnival games hosted by Its Kids Time.
El Dorado Hills Library
7455 Silva Valley Parkway
Mondays: Enjoy stories and songs with the El Dorado Hills Library’s wonderful storytellers at 3:30 p.m. A craft will follow most of the time. All ages are welcome.
Tuesdays: Join our wonderful Mrs. Lurey as she shares songs, poems and stories with 3- to 5-year-olds. Preschool storytime happens at 11:15 a.m.
Creative Writers Club
Tuesdays: Do you love to write? Do you want to explore your ideas with others? Meet other high school age writers at the El Dorado Hills Library at 3:30 p.m.
Rainbow Loom Club
Wednesdays: Bring your loom and we’ll provide the rubber bands every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Share your projects, learn new patterns, teach others your favorite designs and meet new friends! Master rainbow loom makers and beginners alike from ages 7 and up are welcome to join us at the El Dorado Hills Library community room.
Early Literacy Storytime
Thursdays: Join Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kathleen for a fun-filled story time of stories, songs and craft at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. This Early Literacy Storytime focuses on five playful and simple ways to prepare your child to become a delighted reader. Ideal for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.
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: Join Ms. Debbie for stories, songs and movement at 10:30 a.m. This interactive toddler story time is geared towards 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers.
Fantasy Book Club
Fridays: Join us at 3:30 p.m. for a book club dedicated to reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy books, led by teen volunteer Alex. High School aged teens are welcome to join.
El Dorado Hills Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
Humor IS Important
March 4: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Humor IS Important: A Seminar at 1 p.m. Did you know humor in your life can help fight the blues? Learn how important it is both physically and mentally to socialize with others and include humor in your life. Call the Senior Center to hold your seat – HA! Get it?
March 6-27: Intro to Guitar is now offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Four-week sessions are scheduled at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Taught by local instructor, Lew Johnson, the class fee is $39. There is a required music book. Call the CSD Parks and Recreation Registration office to register and obtain information on the music book, (916) 933-6624.
Hay fever and allergies speaker
March 7: Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center to hear Yuko Nagahashi-Lee (NaturalHealingHands.com), present Say Good-bye to Hay Fever and Allergies at 10 a.m. Are you tired of allergies? Want to breathe normally without taking medications? Learn how massage pressure points and eating naturally can enhance your natural healing power to reduce allergies. Yuko provides hand and neck massages to seniors on the second Monday of the month at the Senior Center. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot in this free presentation.
Get to Know Your Digital Camera
March 14: El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers the Getting to Know Your Digital Camera workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. This class is for novice photographers and those whose cameras live in a box. Bring your camera, extra batteries and camera manual. Instructor Bob Gouine will show you how to take great photos. Class fee is $29. Preregistration is necessary by calling 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.
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.
Jammin’ at the Senior Center
Mondays & Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers both Guitar and Ukulele Jam Sessions. Uke Jam is on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Guitar Jam is held on Thursdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The drop-in fee for each session is $5. Participants should know the basics of the instrument and not be brand new beginners (lessons are available for new beginners). These groups get together to increase playing skills and add songs to their repertoire. The instructor is local music teacher Lew Johnson. For more information call the Senior Center.
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!
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
Fridays: 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.
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