What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Blood drive
June 27: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District parking lot, corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants can redeem MyBloodSource rewards for a California State Fair ticket or limited editions Giant’s T-shirt. For more information call (916) 453-3039.

4th of July event
July 3: El Dorado Hills Town Center presents the Fireworks and Freedom Concert featuring a kids zone from 7 to 9 p.m. and Apple Z performing in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 8 to 11 p.m. plus a fireworks show by Pyro Spectaculars at 9:30 p.m. The event is free.

Blood drive
July 5:
BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 &IMAX Theater from 1 to 6 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot. 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 1­-800­-995-­4420.

Chamber luncheon
July 6: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon will take place at Cascada, 2222 Francisco Drive, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Ron Simms will discuss how to “Re-Vitalize Your Business.” Call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org to register.

Meet the author
July 10: Roger Lederer, author of “Beaks, Bones & Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior,” will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Hump Day
July 13: Food trucks in the Foothills is back at Community Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the El Dorado Hills CSD Foundation.

Chamber mixer
July 13: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Back to Health Chiropractic, 3840 El Dorado Hills Blvd. Socialize, mingle and network at this free event.

Meet the author
July 22: Mary Volmer, author of “Reliance, Illinois,” will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Meet the author
July 24: Booksigning with Amy Avanzino, author of “From the Sideline,” will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Harry Potter release party
July 30-31: Galloping gargoyles, Harry Potter returns! Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center celebrates the publication of the special rehearsal edition of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hone up on your Harry Potter trivia and put on your best costume; we’re celebrating with games, treats, and prizes. If you purchase your copy in advance, your name will be placed in a drawing for a complete boxed set of Harry Potter books (must be present to win). For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Spaghetti feed
Aug. 27: Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Veterans Hall, 1300 Forrest St. To purchase tickets call Jody (916) 837-4283 or Robin (916) 847-5572.

Farmers market
Sundays: The El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities runs every Sunday through Oct. 30. Visitors will enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local area farms, as well as homemade honey, jams, cheeses and other household favorites.

Library events

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

The Hoots show
July 1: The Hoots, a popular local band that performs for the young and the young at heart, will play at 10 a.m. Get your tickets at the library in advance.

July 5: El Dorado Hills Martial Arts will teach self-defense for teens at 1 and 2 p.m a for adults from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library.

Lego Block Party
July 9: Show off your master building skills at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. All creations will be put on display in the Children’s Library.

Coloring for grown-ups
July 12: 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.

Teen Tuesday
Tuesdays: Students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to the El Dorado Hills Library for special activities at 2 p.m.

Art Wednesday
Wednesdays: Open ended art exploration for all ages is offered in two sessions, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library.

Pet Partners
Fridays: Practice reading aloud with trained therapy dogs from 3 to 5 p.m. McCaffrey, Lola and Chuck are all ears and love to hear a good story.

Senior events

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

Instructors needed
Now: If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share contact El Dorado Hills Senior Center and request a class proposal form. Are you talented in art, want to start a specialized group, like to play a certain game or share your knowledge about a particular subject, we need you. Both volunteer and independent contractor instructors are utilized at the center. Planning is under way for the EDHCSD’s Fall Activity Guide which encompasses September through December. For more information call the Senior Center.

Genealogy presentation
June 28: Join John Hansen at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center  at 1 p.m. as he discusses researching your family history. You will learn about websites, census records, how to index records and more. Hear about the local, free Family Search Library. Who knows? You may be able to find some ancestors right during class. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot.

My Time support group
June 30: Those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease are invited to the My Time free support group that meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. For more information call Senior Day Care Services at (530) 621-6180 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

Qi Gong classes
July 7-28: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is excited to announce brand new Qi Gong classes. This gentle and holistic practice is part exercise, part moving meditation to increase mental clarity, range of motion, flexibility and improve overall well-being. The next session will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays. Classes will be instructed by local acupuncturist Wendy Stedeford. The fee for the four-week session is $37 and payable online at edhcsd.org or at the CSD registration office; call (916) 933- 6624. There is an optional $10 drop-in fee per class.

Photo organization class
July 8: Do you have boxes, bags and albums full of family photos and memorabilia that need to be sorted, organized and scanned? Or maybe files and folders on your laptop/iPad? Bring them to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center where you will learn to organize them and you can even scan them in on the high-speed scanner . This program will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Laptops are welcome and bring a flash drive, too. You can also work on scrapbook pages if  you prefer. Judy Bujold of Captured Moments is our memorabilia-sorting expert. There is a $25 supply fee payable upon registration. Preregistration is necessary. The registration deadline is July 1. For more information call the senior center.

Guest speaker
July 8: Join us at El Dorado Hills Senior Center to hear Yuko Nagahashi-Lee  present Chakra Self-Care … Balancing Your Chakras at 1 p.m. Learn about the seven chakras with special focus on the heart chakra. The phrase “a broken heart” is true. Yuko also provides hand and neck massages to seniors on the second Monday of the month at the center by appointment. Call the senior center to hold your spot in this free presentation.

Senior bus trip
July 17: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center sponsors a day trip to Harvey’s and Harrahs in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. Family and friends are welcome. The bus will depart from EDH Raley’s at 9:15 a.m. and return at approximately 7:15 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and leave the driving to us. The trip fee is $44 and includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, $20 machine vouchers and $7 in food vouchers or free buffet brunch at Harrah’s upon arrival (must have Harrah’s/Harvey’s Players Card; we can obtain one for you if necessary). Seating is limited. Sign up now at the CSD Registration office; Call (916) 933- 6624. Registration deadline July 1 or when the bus is full.

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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