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.

Spring Carnival
March 26-29: With more than 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.

H4H carnival
March 27: The Hands4Hope Club at the Rolling Hills Middle School will host a Spring Carnival to raise money to buy socks for people in need in El Dorado and Sacramento counties. Enjoy the fun from 2:15 to 4 p.m. in the Rolling Hills multi-purpose Room. Tickets can be bought with money or with new sock donations. For more information call (916) 919-5695.

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. 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.

Mental Health First Aid
March 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.

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.

Shelter open house
March 29: El Dorado County Animal Services invites community members to a special grand opening celebration for its new Animal Services shelter facility. The celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the new shelter location, 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs. The event will include tours of the facility, animal demonstrations, educational booths from animal welfare groups, face-painting, refreshments and more. For more information call (530) 621-5795 or visit edcgov.us/animalservices.

Blood drive
March 31: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at EL Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX theater to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bloodmobiles will be located in the parking lot. Participants will receive one free movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. For more information contact Stephanie Kresse with BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420 ext. 60039.

Business Connects lunch
April 1: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce will host its next luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant 2292 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills. Visit eldoradohillschamber.org to register.

Free employer forum & hiring event
April 2: El Dorado County Connections – One Stop hosts a free employer forum at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. A representative from the Cameron Park Community Services District will share information about the organization and how to apply for job openings. Participants are advised to arrive promptly at 10:30 a.m., bring their resumes and dress professionally.  Interviews may be conducted on-site. Employer forums are open to the public and offered as a community service through Connections – One Stop, a program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency and a member of America’s Job Center of California. For more information call (530) 642-4850 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

Learn about hiking in El Dorado County
April 3: Hiking enthusiast William Finch will highlight the benefits of Desolation Wilderness during a special event at 10 a.m. at the Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St. The event is free. For more information call (916) 355-7374.

CSD egg hunt
April 4: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts the Spring Egg Hunt at Community Park. Celebration activities include: arts and crafts, visit from the Spring Bunny and an egg hunt at 10 a.m. sharp! Plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the park filled with candy and assorted goodies! Please have children bring their own baskets.

Swim for eggs
April 4: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts the Aqua Egg Hunt at 2;30 p.m. Plastic eggs will be drifting throughout the pool and can be redeemed for candy and assorted special goodies. Get a picture with the spring bunny. Cost is $8 per egg hunter; register at edhcsd.org. Spectators get in free.

Dine Out at Papa Gianni’s
April 8: Head to Papa Gianni’s Ristorante for lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or for dinner, 5 to 8 p.m., and a portion of your purchase will support the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Tell your server you are there for the fundraiser. Papa Gianni’s is located in the Bel Air shopping center at 3450 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park; (530) 672-2333. Your participation keeps prices affordable for high school seniors to have a safe celebration on graduation night. Visit phsSoberGradNight.org for more information.

Chamber mixer
April 8: Socialize, mingle and network from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Face in a Book 4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. 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. Cash bar provided by MORE.

Baby bird classes
April 11, 14, 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].

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.

Women’s lunch
April 13: The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection hosts Judy Bakke, who will share promising research, exercises and games meant to challenge your brain to keep it agile and mentally fit, during its next luncheon at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Also speaking will be Guadalupe Casillas, whose fear of civil war caused her to run. But it was not a place that finally took away her fear; it was a person. Music will be performed by singer George Weitemeyer. Seating opens at 11:30 a.m. and cost is $18. Reservations essential and all cancellations required by Tuesday, April 7. Call Jo-An at (530) 626-6269 or Charlotte at (916) 719-0332.

Blood drive
April 13: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District, along with BloodSource, will host a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the EDHCSD pavilion. Bring a photo ID and remember to eat and drink before donating blood. Childcare is available. For more information call (866) 822-5663.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Clarksville meeting
March 25: The Clarksville Region Historical Society welcomes retired El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Larry Fry, a wealth of historic information on the early days of El Dorado Hills and the the role our fire department played in its development. This meeting is open to the public. Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills library community room. For more information call (916) 933-3173.

Game tournament
March 28: Test you gaming skills at the El Dorado Hills Library. The $10 entry fee gets you a slice of pizza and a chance to win $100 grand prize. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Players 12 and older welcome; brackets are chosen at random.

Dragon Book Club
April 3: 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].

Spring Carnival
April 4: The El Dorado Hills Library hosts the second annual Spring Carnival, 1 to 4 p.m., at the library. The event will feature live music performed by The Poodlums, a petting zoo, carnival games, food and more.

Adult Book Club
April 8: Join the El Dorado Hills LIbrary’s club for a discussion of “The House on the Strand” by Daphne du Maurier, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Lego Block Party
April 11: 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.

Book sale
April 24 & 25: The Friends of the El Dorado Hill Library host sale for members from noon to 7 p.m. Friday (stop by and become a member) and for the public from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the 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

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.

Show and Share
March 26: Do you have family treasures, toys from your childhood, a special collection or family heirlooms? Bring your items to Show and Share with your peers at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. This new program, an informal offering, will be a time of sharing and reminiscing. Refreshments will be served. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot.

Make jewelry
March 28: Learn to make a simple beaded necklace at El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s Bead-azzle it! class on from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Local jewelry artist Nora Kolthoff will teach students to make a necklace and matching earrings (or a bracelet and earrings). All supplies are provided. Please bring a $20 cash supply fee to the Senior Center to hold your spot. Call the Senior Center to register.

Caregiving class
March 30: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center will host Caregiving and Aging with Senior Legal Attorney Diana Steele and Jason Clarke from Green Valley Mortuary. Diana will discuss the need for wills, trusts and powers of attorney and how to minimize and simplify your life as a caregiver by having legal documents in place. Jason will share information to better help you understand how to plan for a funeral, personalize a tribute and various options and trends. Even if you are not a caregiver, this is valuable information for everyone. Join us from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot.

Skype 101
March 31: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center will host Seeing Friends and Family from the Comforts of Home — Skype 101 at 1 p.m. Staff from Visiting Angels Home Care will teach seniors how to set up a  Skype account which enables you  to have free voice and video calls over the Internet (to anywhere in the world). Would you like to see your family and friends from far away? Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera and we will teach you how. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

Better Business Bureau presentation
April 2: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts guest speaker Danielle Spang of the Better Business Bureau at 10 a.m. Ms. Spang will present Scams Targeted Towards Seniors. Attendees will hear the latest information on recent scams including IRS scams, Medicare scams as well as computer, banking and lottery scams. New scams are popping up all the time; keep yourself current and keep yourself safe. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

California Telephone Access Program
April 7: At 1 p.m., the El Dorado Hills hosts guest speaker Alma Ortiz from the CTAP Program. The California Telephone Access Program offers free specialized phone equipment to all California residents who have any level of difficulty with hearing, vision, mobility, speech of cognitive processing. There are no age, income or insurance restrictions to participate. CTAP phones keep you independent by making phone calls easier to hear, dial and answer. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot.

Clarksville history program
April 9: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts Mike Roberts and Madeline Mosely of the Clarksville Regional Historical Society to share Clarksville history at 1 p.m. Learn about the town of Clarksville, which predates El Dorado Hills by a century and still stands as a ghost town immediately east of Town Center. You will hear about Clarksville’s role as a would-be commerce center, first by wagon, then train, then auto. The Lincoln Highway ran smack through the middle of Clarksville. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

Guitar lessons
April 9-30: Intro to Guitar for Seniors will be offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, April 9-30. Students will learn chords, strums, picks and songs. No experience is necessary. Taught by local instructor Lew Johnson, the class fee is $42. The required  book is Step One: Teach Yourself Guitar (Hal Leonard). Call the CSD Parks and Recreation Registration office to register and obtain information 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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