What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Daddy & Me Valentine Dance
Feb. 5 & Feb. 12: It’s a tradition with two dances to choose from. Dads and daughters get dressed up for a night full of memories complete with dancing, photos and a dessert bar at the EDHCSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Pre-registration is required; call (916) 933-6624 or visit edhcsd.org.

Dine Out at Pizza Factory
Feb. 10: Enjoy dinner at Pizza Factory, 3421 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, from 4 to 8 p.m. and a portion of your purchase will support Ponderosa Sober Grad Night. Both dine in and take out apply. Tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. For more information visit phsSoberGradNight.org.

Speed Date with Books
Feb. 12: Find your perfect book-match at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Owner Tina and staffers Jenn and Janis will entice you with exciting books, new and old, in round-robin presentations. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Meet the authors
Feb. 13: Children’s authors Linda Joy Singleton and Danna Smith will be at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, from noon to 2 p.m. Guests will a read-along, treats and crafts. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Chocolate Affair
Feb. 13:
Soroptimists of Cameron Park/ El Dorado Hills and Placerville present A Chocolate Affair, a wine, food and dessert tasting event with silent and live auctions from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. For more Information call (530) 344-1476.

Valentine making
Feb. 14: Children 8 and younger (and their big people!) are invited to make their own kitty valentines based on Deborah Underwood’s delightful new book, “Here Comes Valentine Cat!,” from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Dog Day
Feb. 27: Bring your well-behaved pooch to the free Dog Day presentation at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St. in El Dorado Hills, at 10 a.m. Author Debbi Preston will share a slide show that explores local dog friendly hiking trails. After the trails presentation (at approximately 11 a.m.) Debbie McMurdie will give a talk about essential oils, the herbs they come from and their benefits to our pets. Dog cookies and human cookies will be served, along with water and coffee. RSVP by calling (916) 358-3700.

Spring banquet
March 4: The Ponderosa High School Foundation presents its 11th annual Spring Banquet with featured speaker Dr. George Rutherford, a world-renowned researcher on viral infectious diseases. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road. For tickets and more information contact Dave Sargent at (530) 621-1673 or [email protected]

Library events

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

Rainbow loom class
Feb. 16: Join Bryce to learn the basics of rainbow loom from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited to five students. Contact Sandra Kelsey at (916) 358-3501 to reserve your spot.

Adult coloring
Feb. 9: Get in on the adult coloring book craze at the library. Enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring gardens, ocean scenes and ornate patterns with other adults from 5 to 7 p.m. Materials and refreshments provided.

Magical Moments for the Exceptional Child
Feb. 10, 17 & 24: This storytime, play group and support group is designed especially for special children ages 3 to 5 years old with exceptional needs and their families. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing Katie Rinehart ([email protected]) or Debbie Arenas ([email protected]).

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

Family Read Night
Feb. 25: We’re extending hours for one night only. Wear your pajamas, bring a blanket and enjoy the library with your family for two extra hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Get to know your library by completing the Library Scavenger Hunt and enjoy a behind the scenes tour.

Storytelling Guild
Enjoy stories with the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild from 3:30 to 4 p.m. (No story on Feb. 15 as the library will be closed)

Invention Club
Mondays: Fourth- through eighth-grade students are welcome to participate in the Invention Club (iClub). Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free weekly workshop from 5 to 7 p.m.

Erica’s Craft & DIY Class
Tuesdays: Join Erica every Tuesday after school for a different project from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Supplies provided.

Early Literacy Storytime
Wednesdays: 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).

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays: Join us for this baby lapsit storytime for ages 0-24 months at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. This program helps parents develop their children’s early literacy skills in a fun and joyful environment.

YELL and the library
Wednesdays: Youth Executive League at the Library, a group of high school volunteers who plan community events and fundraisers for the El Dorado Hills Library and Oak Ridge High School Library, meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The club is open to all high school students who love the library and want to make a difference.

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Fridays: 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.

Senior events

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

History discussion
Feb. 5: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s monthly local history forum is scheduled at 10 a.m. Local history buff Mike Roberts offers a program each month highlighting topics of interest regarding local history. February’s topic is The 76 Station. Hear original owner Del Haven’s recollections about the 28 cents per gallon gas in 1964, how he hand delivered Union Oil credit cards to all 50 homes in El Dorado Hills and more. The format will be interactive and casual.

Painting class
Feb. 8: In the Paint and a Splash Too! class students will complete a whole painting in just two hours, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students will receive step-by-step instruction in painting “February Love” using acrylics on canvas. The registration fee is $30 and can be paid by calling the CSD at (916) 933-6624. All materials are included and no art skills are required. Join us for refreshments in a comfortable atmosphere as you paint away with friends. Local residents Terri Haverty, Maggie Bosch and Sherry Pavloff, owners of Paint & A Splash Too!, look forward to having you.

Ukulele lessons for seniors
Feb. 8 through March 7: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers beginning ukulele lessons 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 to register at (916) 933-6624.

Guest speaker
Feb. 11: Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center to hear Yuko Nagahashi-Lee (NaturalHealingHands.com) present “What is Craniosacral Therapy? … and How Does it Work” at 10 a.m. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on healing therapy. It is an alternative medicine intended to relieve pain and tension. Yuko also 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.

Valentine’s Luncheon
Feb. 12: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center and the EDH Senior Support Council invite you to their annual Senior Valentine’s Day Luncheon at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.) at the EDHCSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way. This fun-filled event includes live entertainment with Da Regular Guys from Placerville, great food and door prizes. Lunch is provided by the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program for a cost of $3 for seniors age 60 and older; $5 for all others. Reservations are a must. Call (916) 358-3575 to hold your spot.

Photography class
Feb. 13: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a new Photo FUNdamentals Workshop for you and your camera from 9 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. Learn camera basics, composition, lighting, types of lenses, tripod use, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Students will practice on portraits, landscapes, using the timer and even touch on macro photography.  Bring your camera, extra batteries and camera manual. Instructor Bob Gouine will show you how to take great photographs. The class fee is $49. Bring a lunch; drinks will be provided. The registration deadline is Feb. 5. Preregistration is necessary by calling the CSD 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.

Ukulele and guitar jam
Mondays: Join us from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center for our new combination ukulele and guitar jam sessions. If you already play the uke or guitar to some degree (have taken our classes or the equivalent), join us. We will get together to increase our skills and add songs to our repertoire. All levels (except new beginners) are invited to participate.

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.

Chess club
Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s Chess Club meets on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. The club is 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. The club meets at Oak Knoll Club House, 3331 Alyssum Circle off of Bass Lake Road in the Hills of El Dorado. Reservations can be made by calling the Senior Center.

Falun Dafa
Fridays: Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice that improves mental and physical wellness through a series of easy-to-learn exercises and meditation. Benefits include stress and anxiety reduction, increased energy and improved health. Falun Dafa movements are simpler than Tai Chi. Free Falun Dafa classes are offered  at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call the senior center to hold your spot.

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