What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Coloring and Cocktails
April 23: We love the fabulous coloring books by Joanna Basford (“Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt” and “Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest”). Also, we love specialty cocktails! Put them together and you’ve got a perfect evening at the bookstore. Head to Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, for a cocktail and some coloring fun from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Superhero fun
April 24: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts Boys Wanna Have Fun … Superhero Style at the EDHCSD gym from 7 to 9 p.m. Dress up as your favorite superhero and join the fun, which includes superhero training, an obstacle course, snacks and more. Children ages 5 and older welcome. Cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required; visit edhcsd.org.

Home & Garden Show
April 24-26: The 35th annual El Dorado County Home & Garden Show will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. For more information visit edchomeshow.com.

Do Something walk
April 25: Support El Dorado County youth at the Do Something — Walk for Youth event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge High School stadium. This unofficial 5K glow-in-the-dark walk around the track will raise funds for local youth programs. More details to be announced soon.

Renew California Communities
April 25: Join the El Dorado Hills Community Services District at Community Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and help improve the park by spreading bark, planting bushes, plants and trees and more. For more information call Mike Cotrell at (916) 614-3215.

Hands4Hope donation collection
April 25: The Oak Ridge High School H4H Club Food Bank Committee will collect new and gently used donations of household items, toys, sports equipment and clothing in the upper Oak Ridge parking lot from 1 to 3 p.m. All clothing must be clean with no stains or holes. The items will be sold at the El Dorado Hills CSD Community Garage Sale on May 2 and all proceeds will benefit Hands4Hope’s food outreach programs. For more information contact Roisin Kenny at (916) 666-1683.
April “Pool’s” Day
April 25: No fooling, you’ll have a great time at the 2015 kick off of summer at the El Dorado Hills Community Pool from 1 to 3 p.m.. Bring the family to the pool and take the Marshall Medical Adventure Challenge on the new inflatable obstacle course. The event is free.

Meet author Lara Van Hulzen
April 25: Lara Van Hulzen’s “Get to Me” mixes danger and mystery with a great romance! Aimee, a witness to a crime, is in danger and in need of police protection…and the officer assigned to her, though he thought he’d sworn off women for good, falls hard for the fireball who has entered his world. Meet Van Hulzen at Face in a Book,, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Baby bird classes
April 25 & 28: Classes on volunteering for the Baby Bird Nursery will be held at Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road in Placerville. Volunteers need attend only one class to volunteer for the nursery, which will be open from approximately May 1 through July 31. Learn how enjoyable and rewarding it is to feed orphaned baby birds for a two-hour shift, on a daily, weekly or other time schedule of your choosing. Classes are free to SWR members; a $5 donation is requested from the general public.  Parking is limited, so make reservations well in advance by contacting Barbara at (530) 621-2650 or [email protected].

Meet author Bruce Henderson
April 26: Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bruce Henderson comes to Face in a Book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign his new book, “Rescue at Los Banos.” The incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, this exciting narrative history tells of the courageous civilian prisoners – most of them American men, women and children – held under brutal conditions in a Japanese POW camp, and of the daring paratroopers and guerrilla forces who rescued them. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Golf for Kids’ Sake
April 27: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County announces its third annual Golf for Kids’ Sake at Serrano. Enjoy a day of golf, get together with colleagues and neighbors, and make a direct positive impact on disadvantaged youth in our community. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information call (530) 262-1222.

General Plan Town Hall
April 29: Community groups will host a meeting about proposed El Dorado County General Plan amendments from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The event is sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Development in El Dorado Hills and Save Our County.

California Bookstore Day
May 2: Face in a Book celebrates California Bookstore Day with games and giveaways, readings, performances and exclusive merchandise created by authors and illustrators for this special day. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Toast to Education
May 2: The Buckeye Education Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser, 5 to 10 p.m., at the Club at Blackstone on Clubview Drive in El Dorado Hills.Tickets are now on sale. Visit buckeyefoundation.org for more information.

Boots and Bling
May 2: Bring the family and enjoy a barbecue, music and western dancing to celebrate All About Equine’s six year anniversary and raise funds to support AAE’s programs. The fundraiser will take place at Golden Hills School, 1060 Suncast Lane in El Dorado Hills. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Purchase them at allaboutequine.org or call Tammy Perry at (916) 220-2377.

Walk a Mile
May 3: WEAVE and its supporters host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes beginning at 10 a.m. on the Capitol Mall. The event includes a walk.run, live music and more. For more information visit weaveinc.donorpages.com/WalkaMile2015/.

Business Connects lunch
May 6: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EDH Community Services District pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. Sheriff John D’Agostini will speak about crime trends and more. To register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Community Clean-Up
May 9: Waste Connections and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District co-host the annual Spring Community Clean-Up Day event for El Dorado Hills residents. This free event gives El Dorado Hills residents the opportunity to clean up and clear out items in their homes and garages and dispose of yard waste or unwanted electronics. Bring everything to VPD, 4250 Town Center Blvd. West, across from the Town Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a list of items you can dispose of, as well as items we do not take, visit edhcsd.org. Voluntary donations are gladly accepted at the event for CSD scholarship programs that benefit children in our community.

Art & Wine Affaire
May 9 & 10: The El Dorado Hills Optimist Club in conjunction with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts the 12th annual Art & Wine Affaire at El Dorado Hills Town Center, 11 a.m.t o 5 p.m. Professional artists will have a variety of wares to choose from and $25 gives you a wine glass for unlimited wine tasting. Beer will also be available for purchase. Star 106.5FM will be there with plenty of giveaways. There will also be a “creation station” to paint your own works of art, dance performances and live music by the Clemons Charles Band and The Harley White Jr. Orchestra. For more information visit eldoradohillsartaffaire.com or call (530) 558-1336.

Chamber mixer
May 13: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly mixer at Dry Diggings Distillery, 5050 Robert J Mathews Parkway, Suite 850, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be plenty of good conversation, delicious food and cocktails. Raffle drawing will be available with all proceeds going to the chamber scholarship fund.

Local writers unite
May 16: Face in a Book hosts a book signing with Roberta Kludt Long, Wendy Schultz and Jan Thomas — past and present colleagues from the Mountain Democrat and Village Life — from 1 to 3 p.m. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Meet Sophia Rossi
May 17: Face in a Book hosts a book signing with Sophia Rossi, author of “A Tale of Two Besties.” Inspired by the friendship of real-life besties Rossi and Zooey Deschanel – and set in a hilarious insider’s version of Los Angeles – this YA story of a cool California girl and her awkward BFF will make you giggle and cry…and then tell you  how cute you look with runny mascara! Sophia will read, sign, handout gift bags and dish from from to 2 p.m. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Wounded Veteran run
May 25: The fifth annual Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run fundraiser to benefit local injured veterans through the national Wounded Warrior Project and local veteran-support organizations will be held on Memorial Day at the Folsom Parkway Trail. Register online at woundedveteranrun.org.

Summer mosaic art classes
June 13, 20 & 27: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, hosts mosaic art classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $15 for all three classes; light lunch included. For more information or to register call (916) 933-1441.

Library events

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

Book sale
April 24 & 25: The Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library host sale for members from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (stop by and become a member) and for the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the library.

Clarksville meeting
April 29: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will host its meeting at the El Dorado Hills Library at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Hodgin’s Oak Ridge High School history students will share local history presentations. Everyone is invited.

Lego Block Party
May 9: Families are invited to build and create using Legos and Duplo blocks, 1 to 3 p.m. in the community room. Completed projects will be put on display in the Children’s Library.

Adult Book Club
May 13: Join the El Dorado Hills Library’s club for a discussion of “Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan” by Del Quentin Wilbur, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Rainbow Loom Club
Mondays: A parent volunteer, along with her daughter, leads the Rainbow Loom Club from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Bring your own loom and bands. Share your projects, learn new patterns, teach others your favorite designs and meet new friends.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Enjoy stories with the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Who Code
Tuesdays: Girls in eighth through 12th grade are welcome to participate in this free club for interested future programmers from 5 to 7 p.m. No experience is necessary, so let the coding begin.

Invention Club
Tuesdays: Fourth through eighth-grade students are welcome to participate in the brand new Invention Club (iClub) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free weekly workshop. For more information e-mail the group leader at [email protected].

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays: Little ones (0-18 months) and their caregiver(s) will have lots of fun at this 30-minute baby storytime at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a developmentally appropriate, lap sit storytime, engaging child and adult in song, rhyming and reading fun!

Early Literacy Storytime
Thursdays: Join Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kathleen for a STEAM(ing) good time at 10 a.m.! This year we will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, as well as early literacy skills to become a reader! Open to children ages 3 to 5.

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Fridays: Join Ms. Debbie for this interactive, 30-minute storytime full of stories, songs and movement at 10 a.m. This storytime is geared towards 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

Senior events

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

Volunteer Singers, musicians needed
Now: The El Dorado Hills Senior Fun Time Band is looking for singers, a horn player (with the exception of a saxophone) and a keyboard player. The band is a volunteer organization and plays only for fun. The band performs monthly at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center and at civic functions, senior retirement homes and senior library programs. The Fun Time Band mainly plays music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. The band practices at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center each Thursday and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call Band Director Al Kolthoff at (916) 933-3848.

Spring Fling lunch
May 1: The El Dorado Hills CSD and the Senior Center’s Support Council  host their annual Spring Fling Luncheon at the EDHCSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. El Dorado County’s Senior Nutrition program will provide a tasty roasted pork lunch for a suggested donation of $3 for seniors age 60 and older. Entertainment by the fabulous River Bend Band, sponsored by the Senior Council and the Folsom Lake Concert Association, will start at 11 a.m. Reservations are required; call the Senior Center.

Ukulele lessons
May 4 through June 1: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers ukulele lessons with local instructor Lew Johnson on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Class fee is $42, Call the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD registration office; call (916) 933-6624.

Chess Club forming
May 6: People of all ages are invited to participate in a new Chess Club sponsored by El Dorado Hills Community Services District. The club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The club will be under the leadership of local resident Wil Brunet, former ranked player. If you already play chess, join us to recreate famous games, exchange playing ideas and have fun playing chess. Lessons are not available, so players need to be familiar with the game. The club will meet at Oak Knoll Club House, 3331 Alyssum Circle, off Bass Lake Road in the Hills of El Dorado. Reservations can be made by calling El Dorado Hills Senior Center.

Guitar  lessons
May 7-28: Come to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center for Intro to Guitar on Thursdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The class is taught by local college music instructor Lew Johnson and the fee is $42 for the four-week session. Call the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD registration office; call (916) 933-6624.

Bay Area bus trip
May 20: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center will host a bus trip to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for Seniors age 50 and older. This special day highlights the gardens within the park. We will tour the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. Your on-board tour guide will be former Golden Gate Park operations director and current EDHCSD General Manager,Brent Dennis.  The bus departs El Dorado Hills at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to return at approximately 8 p.m. The $89 fee includes transportation, box lunch,  entrance to the gardens and refreshments. Dinner will be no host at Cordelia Junction on the drive home. The registration deadline is May 1. Call the CSD registration office at (916) 358-3575 to sign up.

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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