What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Where’s Waldo hunt
July: Face in a Book is once again sponsoring a Where’s Waldo treasure hunt in El Dorado Hills. For the entire month of July, kids can look for Waldo, the famous figure from the beloved children’s books, in Town Center businesses. Families should make their first stop at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, to pick up a Waldo passport. As they find a Waldo figure at each location, they can get their passport stamped. Those who find Waldo in 20 or more businesses will be eligible for a grand prize drawing (held on July 31; must be present to win). For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Author visit 
July 25: Susan Spann, author of the thrilling Shinobi Mysteries series, returns to Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills with her new mystery, “Blade of the Samurai.” Her novels, set in 16th-century Japan, offer a fascinating glimpse into an ancient culture wrapped in an intriguing whodunit. Susan, an attorney, is a student of Mandarin, Japanese, knife and shuriken throwing, archery and martial arts. She’ll appear at Face in a Book from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Backyard Kids Club
July 28-30 & July 30 through Aug. 1: Children are invited to enjoy crafts, snacks, Bible stories, games and more at the free Backyard Kids Club held at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way. The first three-day session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. The second session will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited. To register call (530) 350-6947 or visit newhopechurch.today.

Read to the dogs
July 31: Furry friends are the best listeners! Studies show that young readers can improve their reading skills by reading out loud to a patient, non-judgmental dog. Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills hosts Jim L’Etoile and his therapy-trained Corgis, who are eager to hear stories from beginning readers, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Wine in the Vines
Aug. 2: The Friends of Seniors present the third annual Wine in the Vines fundraising event at  Sierra Vista Winery in Placerville from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Guests will enjoy select Sierra Vista wines, appetizers by Diane Wilkinson, live music by Hickory Wind, drawings and a Giving Tree. All proceeds will benefit senior programs and services in El Dorado County. Send a check for tickets to Friends of Seniors at P.O. Box 564, Placerville 95667. For more information contact Clyda at (530) 626-8189.

Keep soldiers cool
Aug. 5: Join Sew 4 Vets in making simple, highly effective and needed neck and helmet coolers for our troops overseas. Our workshop is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Sew 4 Vets is sponsoring this event along with the American Sewing Guild, which is supplying material and thread. Bring your sewing machine, (we have a few loaner machines there, scissors and other sewing items you might need. If you are unable to sew, come help us do quality control, press, turn and mark the finished products. Lunch is provided for a $5 donation. Proceeds from the lunch buy materials for Sew 4 Vets to make lap and wheel chair quilts, walker bags, bibs and fidget aprons for the veteran hospitals and local veterans. RSVP to Karen Wilson at (530) 676-2022 or e-mail info@sew4vets.org.

Chamber lunch
Aug. 6: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Connect Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. The lunch will be catered by Fire Captains Anselmo and Ferlini. Sheriff John D’Agostini will speak. To register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Iron Hills Youth Triathlon
Aug. 9: The Iron Hills Youth Triathlon offers athletes ages 15 and younger the opportunity to cross between the sports of swimming, biking and running. All racers will receive a ribbon, T-shirt and race bag. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers for the 7 to 15-year-old age divisions, and all 6 and younger racers will receive a medal. Racers must bring their own equipment. Check in is a 7 a.m., race starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. (6 and younger starts at 9:30 a.m.). Registration fee is $40; call (916) 933-6624.

Human Concerns barbecue
Aug. 9: Join Holy Trinity’s Human Concerns Ministry for a barbecue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds go toward Human Concerns’ international projects in Africa and Haiti, as well as local projects. For tickets, stop by the Pastoral Center office or visit holytrinityparish.org.

Meet the Trojans
Aug. 9: Meet Oak Ridge High Schools football stars at this popular event starting at 4 p.m. in El Dorado Hills Town Center.

Women’s Connection lunch
Aug. 11: The El Dorado Women’s Connection hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Former Master Gardener Joann Perry will share information about lavender, its uses, varieties and more. Speaker Cindy Meyer will challenge guests to “look up” when life tries to get them down. Hanna Christiansen will sing. Reservations are essential and all cancellations required by Aug. 7. Call JoAn at (530) 626-6269 or Charlotte at (916) 719-0332.

Blood drives
Aug 11 & 14: BloodSource will hold two community blood drive to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products. The first event will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way. The second drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in the Regal Cinema El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater parking lot, 2101 Vine St. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register for Be the Match through BloodSource. For more information call (916) 453-3039.  For donor eligibility questions call (866) 822-5663.

Chamber mixer
Aug. 13: Socialize, mingle and network at the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce’s mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd. 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. No RSVP necessary.

Candidates forum
Aug. 14: The Shingle Springs Community Alliance invites all interested parties to a District 2 supervisor candidates forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive. For more information visit ShingleSpringCommunityAlliance.com.

Wine for Words
Aug. 17: The Placerville Friends of the Library hosts the ninth annual Wine for Words fundraiser at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features wine tasting, catered dinner, silent auction/raffle and an author presentation by Nancy Herman, writer of “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party.” Tickets are $50 per person; Purchase them at the Placerville, Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills libraries. For more information visit eldoradolibrary.org.

Celebration dinner
Oct. 2: Women’s Fund El Dorado hosts a members’ celebration dinner open to members and nonmembers alike from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Forni Building in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Enjoy a stimulating evening of pre-holiday cheer and learn more about the Women’s Fund, a collective giving organization open to all that awards more than $50,000 each year to local nonprofits. The $20 ticket price includes a buffet dinner. For more information visit womensfundeldorado.org or call (530) 622-5621.

CSD farmers market
Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers Market is open the first Thursday in June and continues each Thursday through end of September, 8 a.m. to noon. A large variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads, nursery items, honey, eggs, flowers and so much more will be for sale between the community swimming pool and ball fields in the El Dorado Hills Community Service District parking lot.

Town Center farmers market
Sundays: El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, gifts and more at the event on Town Center Boulevard.

Library events

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

Daddy & Me Play to Grow
July 26: Daddies come play with us from 9:30 to 11 a.m. “Play to Grow” is for you and your little one (0 to 2) to enjoy a time of play and exploration. Our meeting room is transformed into an Early Literacy Play Center focusing on both gross and fine motor skills, imaginary play, math (blocks, shapes and puzzles), music, art, and books.

Harry Potter birthday celebration
July 31: It’s our favorite wizard’s birthday! Join us for the celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. as we decorate cupcakes, mix potions and play Hogwarts-inspired games. Try your hand at some Harry Potter trivia for the chance to win prizes.

Friends of the Library meeting
Aug. 6: Join the Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library at the 3:15 p.m. meeting.

Genealogy meeting
Aug. 6: Explore your family’s history with the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society from 5 to 7 p.m.

Time to rock
Aug. 7: Does your little ones have the music in them? Join us at 10 a.m. for the Early Childhood Program Rock City presented by Bach to Rock — America’s Music School. Ms. Melissa and her friends will have the kids a rockin’ and a rollin’. No registration is required.

Guitar Hero tournament
Aug. 9: Rock out for the chance to win $100! The $10 entry fee includes a slice of pizza. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. Contestants ages 10 to 8 are welcome; bring your own guitar or us one of ours.

Adult Book Club
Aug. 13: The club will discuss “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Rainbow Loom Club
Aug. 18 & 25: A parent volunteer, along with her daughter, lead 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 you favorite designs and meet new friends.

Book sale
Aug. 22 & 23: The Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library hosts its monthly sale from 4 to 7 p.m. (members only; come and join) on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (everyone welcome) on Saturday at the library.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Aug. 27: 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
Aug. 28: 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
Aug. 29: 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.

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays: Come to the El Dorado Hills Library for fun activities from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday this month: Custom Kicks (July 29).

Techie Tigers Robotics Club
Tuesdays: Are you a student in seventh through 12th grade interested in technology, engineering, computers and robotics? Join the Techie Tigers, a competitive robotics club getting ready to take robot Mild Sauce to competition. Meet with the team at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about what they do and become a member.

Art Wednesdays
Wednesdays: Explore your inner artist during these great summer events beginning at noon: STEAM Lab (July 30).

Senior events

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

Volunteer musicians needed
Now: The El Dorado Hills Fun Time Band is looking for sax, clarinet and keyboard players. The band is an all-volunteer organization and plays for fun. The band performs monthly at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center and plays concerts at civic functions and other senior facilities. The music the band plays is from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. The Fun Time Band practices year-round at the Senior Center on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call Al Kolthoff, band sirector, at (916) 933-3848.

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.

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!

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.

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