What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Get help with your taxes
Through April 15: Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at many locations throughout El Dorado County. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to people age 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, provides this service. All returns are electronically filed. This method ensures that returns are processed faster and with fewer errors, providing for quicker refunds. Those desiring to use the Tax-Aide program should make an appointment to secure a convenient date, time and location. Call (530) 303-7046.

EDH Chamber lunch
March 4: Connect with business owners and community leaders at the El Dorado Hills monthly Business Connects Luncheon at Cascada Restaurant Cantina, 2222 Francisco Drive in El Dorado Hills, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Haunting author visit
March 6: Face in a Book welcomes Lynn Carthage, author of “Haunted,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. The novel’s 16-year-old protagonist, Phoebe, has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. But from the moment she crosses the threshold, she senses something ominous. 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.

Faithful Stewards Wine & Dessert event
March 6: Support Faithful Stewards’ programs at home and abroad at the eighth annual Wine & Dessert Silent Auction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $30 each. Purchase tickets online at faithful stewards.net or call (916) 225-0130.

Dine Out at Los Pinos
March 11: Enjoy dinner at Los Pinos restaurant, 3420 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park, 5 to 8 p.m. and a portion of your purchase supports the Ponderosa Sober Grad Night. Tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. For more information visit phsSoberGradNight.org.

County Wide Jubilee
March 12: The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of commerce hosts an evening celebrating El Dorado County and what it has to offer. Guests will enjoy local wine and beer, live entertainment, raffles and a catered dinner at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Local elected officials will speak at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information call (530) 677-8000.

Business showcase
March 13: Meet the faces behind some of El Dorado County’s successful businesses at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Showcase & I Love Film event, 4 to 8 p.m. on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The free event will also feature food, beer and wine tasting. For more information call (530) 621-5885.

Friends of the Folsom Library book sale
March 13-15: Shop for incredible bargains in 1000s of gently used books, audio books, videos, CDs and much more in both children and adult materials at Folsom Public Library’s Georgia Murray Building meeting room, 411 Stafford St. All proceeds directly benefit the Friends of the Folsom Library. For more information visit foflib.org or call (916) 608-8743 or (916) 355-7374.

Food bank open house
March 20: The Food Bank of El Dorado County hosts a grand opening and community appreciation night at its new Cameron par facility, 4550 Business Drive, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Food Bank has partnered with the El Dorado Winery Association to showcase the new facility and say “thank you” to the community that made the charity what it is today. Featuring 20 local wineries, food and live music, this event will be the talk of the town; it is free and everyone is invited.

Mental Health First Aid
March 21 & 28: Free workshops addressing the mental health challenges facing adolescents will be held two consecutive Saturday mornings, beginning at 8 a.m. The workshop will help attendees increase their understanding of mental health; learn how to respond to youth in crisis; learn to assess for risk of suicide or harm; learn how symptoms of some disorders in youth look different from adults; learn the warning signs and risk factors of adolescent mental health challenges; and learn a five-step action plan to support an adolescent who displays symptoms of struggling with issues of anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse and more. For more information or to register e-mail [email protected] or call Rosie at (916) 215-1523. The class is open to the community-at-large and offered by El Dorado County Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with Holy Trinity Parish Health Education Ministry.

Spring Carnival
March 26-29: With more tan 40 years dedicated to the creation of fairs and festivals, Butler Amusements will once again bring its expertise back to El Dorado Hills. The carnival in the El Dorado Hills Town Center upper theater parking lot near Mercedes will include thrilling rides and numerous games.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Oak Ridge High School Basketball program in El Dorado Hills.  Pre-ticket sales available at California Welcome Center.  For information visit edhtowncenter.com.

Run for the Hills
March 28: Whether you walk, run or go piggy-back, you’ll always win at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation’s Run for the Hills community fun run, beginning at 8 a.m. in the EDHCSD pavilion parking lot. Register by March 15 to guarantee a T-shirt. Online registration, edhcshfoundation.org, closes at midnight on March 26.

Easter Eggstravaganza
March 28: Enjoy Easter from from 10 a.m. to noon, including an egg hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp, in the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater.  Candy and free gift coupon filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grass areas by the lake. After egg hunt, children may visit participating businesses to collect their free gifts. The event will also include a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny, magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and carnival games hosted by It’s Kids Time. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.

Read to the dogs
March 28: Studies show that young readers can improve their reading skills by sharing a book with a patient, nonjudgmental dog. Jim and Ann-Marie L’Etoile and their therapy-trained dogs Tanner and Emma return to Face in a Book for a special read to the dogs hour, 2 to 3 p.m.Bring your young reader for a one-on-one session. 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.

Friends of Seniors spaghetti feed
April 12: Join Friends of Seniors for the fourth annual Spaghetti Feed Benefit Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. at the newly renovated Mother Lode Lions Hall at the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Seniors’ Emergency Fund that supports El Dorado County seniors in crisis. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, lemonade, coffee, tea and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (10 and younger). There will be a no host bar, fabulous raffle prizes and a giving tree. For more information contact Ruth Ann at (530) 644-8519, To purchase tickets or make a donation, send checks to Friends of Seniors P.O. Box 564 Placerville 95677.

Mito Kids walk
April 18: Support Help Mito Kids, a local non-profit helping families with children who suffer from mitochondrial disease, by lacing up and participating in the annual 5k walk/run in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. To register now visit helpmitokids.org.

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.

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.

Library events

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

Dragon Book Club
March. 6: Join the Dragon Book Club and explore great fantasy books for third- through fifth-graders from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each month we’ll discuss the chosen book, play a game or make a craft, and celebrate our favorite magical creatures. Members must register for the Dragon Book Club. Call Sandra Kelsey at (916) 358-3501 or e-mail at [email protected]

Daddy & Me Play to grow
March 7: Calling all daddies: It’s time again to play with us and set aside those pesky chores. You and your little one will enjoy exploring age appropriate activities while working on gross and fine motor skills, imaginary play, math (puzzles and shapes), art, music and books. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

Library honors
March 12: State Librarian Greg Lucas will join state and county officials to honor El Dorado County libraries for their innovative work and leadership in Early Childhood. The event will take place at the El Dorado Hills Library at 10 a.m. Preschool children, parents and the community are invited to celebrate this honor with us. The event begins  with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) story time followed by children’s activities. RSVP to [email protected] or call (916) 358-3502.

Lego Block Party
March 14: 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.

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

Enjoy life
March 3: Speaker Bob Billingsley will discuss positive life lessons learned from American Indians at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. These lessons can be powerful, especially when you apply them to your daily life. Call the center to hold your spot.

Stained glass class
March 5-19: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Create Your Own Stained Glass Mosaic. The class will be held on three Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Students will learn a fun and easy technique for creating unique, colorful mosaics. No prior experience is necessary. The supply fee of $30 is payable at the Senior Center and will hold your spot. All supplies are included. The registration deadline is Feb. 27. Call the El Dorado Hills Senior Center for information.

Guest speaker
March 6: Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center to hear Yuko Nagahashi-Lee (NaturalHealingHands.com) present “Say Good-bye to Stiff Ankles … .and Improve Your Balance” at 10 a.m. If you find your joints tight in the morning, or have noticed balance issues due to stiff ankles, join us to learn simple techniques that you can do at home.  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.

Potsticker class
March 6: Join El Dorado Hills resident Judy Chu Barnes as she teaches you how to make tasty homemade, healthy and delicious pot stickers, in our Let’s Make Delicious Pot Stickers class at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 4:45 p.m. This hands-on class includes recipes and one dozen pot stickers to take home. There is a $10 supply fee required to hold your spot in the class. Reservations are necessary. Call the Senior Center.

Fall prevention class
March 6-27: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a brand new Fall Prevention —  Be Safe and Stay Active class on Fridays at 10 a.m. This class will include lecture, group discussion and balance enhancing and muscle strengthening exercise sessions. Learn how to walk more confidently, apply safety precautions in your home, assess your personal risks and develop an action plan to make changes in your life. All ambulatory levels are welcome. Those using canes, walkers and wheelchairs are encouraged. The class will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in El Dorado Hills and led by Pam Farrell, personal coach. The class fee is $39 payable at the CSD registration office, (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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