What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Volunteer at Marshall
Now: The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is recruiting new volunteers. Work with a wonderful group of volunteers, with many different jobs. If interested call for an interview at the auxiliary cottage at (530) 626-2643 or call Mary O’Brien at (530) 677-3543; leave a message and someone will return your call. Volunteers must be 21 years old or older.

Author booksigning
April 25: Face in a Book hosts a booksigning with Jenny Lundquist for “The Princess in the Opal Mask” at 6 p.m. This author of middle-reader books “Plastic Polly” and “Seeing Cinderella” has ventured into the young adult genre with a page-turning novel about twin princesses separated at birth. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Mito Kids walk
April 26: Help Mito Kids hosts its annual 5k run/walk at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m. and walkers follow at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. For more information visit helpmitokids.org.

Drug Take-Back Day
April 26: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is participating in National Drug Take-Back Day by collecting unused and/or unwanted prescription medication, no questions asked, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off locations include the El Dorado Hills substation, 4354 Town Center Blvd., Suite 112, and the main office, 300 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Challenger Division game
April 26: The El Dorado Hills Little League has the honor of hosting a game for the Challenger Division at 4:30 p.m. at Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field.  The Challenger Division this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary and Little League is celebrating its 75th. The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for mentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. They play with the same equipment on the same fields. The players are joined in the outfield by “buddies,” parents, siblings all who give them a hand and cheer them on as they pull together as a team.

Town Center Criterium
April 27: The third annual Town Center Criterium, presented by Town Center Bike and Tri includes several  races throughout the day, starting at 8 a.m. Avid bike riders are encouraged to pre-register as category slots are expected to fill up quickly.  Racers will race around 90-degree turns, entering and exiting Town Center Boulevard, connected by the horseshoe-shaped corner of Post and Vine Streets. Medals and awards will be given to the top three finishers in all categories. Spectators are also welcome to cheer on Criterium competitors at Town Center. For information visit tcbikeandtri.com.

District 4 Candidate presentations
April 30: The eight El Dorado County District 4 supervisor candidates will appear at the Grange in Coloma, 319 State Highway 49. Meet and greet the candidates at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presentations start promptly at 7:30, after which candidates will field questions from the public. Appearing will be Scott McNeil, Tim Palmer, Lori Parlin, Howard Penn, Mike Pettibone, Winston Pingrey, Michael Ranalli, and Dave Souza.

Spring Craft Faire
May 1: Join the Cameron Park Friends of the Library for the Spring Craft Faire, noon to 7 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library. Browse gift selections including: dried flower arrangements, quilts, gift baskets, decorated gourds, homemade soaps and lotions and many more gift items to honor women in your life. Money raised at the event will purchase books, e-books, audio books, equipment, furniture, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, CDs and provided funding for children, teen and adult programs.

Underage drinking town hall
May 1: El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations and public agencies to host a forum on the topic of underage drinking during which youth will take a lead role. The meeting will take place from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-8482 or visit edhVisionCoalition.org.

Home show
May 2-4: The 34th annual El Dorado County Home Show will be held at the fairgrounds in Placerville. Admission on Friday is free; Saturday and Sunday adults pay $3 per person and children younger than 18 get in free. Visitors will find a great variety of home improvement products and services, crafts, yard art, great food and taste home brewed beer. The home show is pet friendly; please keep your pet on a leash and in control at all times and, of course, clean up after them. For more information call (530) 622-7166 or visit  edchomeshow.com.

California Bookstore Day
May 3: Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, celebrates California Bookstore Day with a day filled with special events, including book giveaways, drama performances, games and more. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Toast to Education
May 3: Buckeye Education Foundation hosts its annual Toast to Education fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Community Clubhouse, 2020 Clubview Drive in El Dorado Hills. Toast to Education is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the foundation, which supports the Buckeye Union School District’s seven schools. Tickets are available at $75 per person and can be purchased online at BuckeyeFoundation.org or at any of the district school campuses.

Ruff Road Race
May 4: Oak Ridge Track and Field hosts its annual Ruff Road Race in celebration of Josh Ruff beginning at 8 a.m. at Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Participants can run/walk the Ruff Road Mile or the 5k. For more information and to register visit ruffroadrace.com.

Scott Road Bike & Walk
May 4: In support of regional “2014 May is Bike Month,” Sacramento County, El Dorado County and the cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova are closing portions of Scott Road, White Rock Road and Placerville Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. These closures will provide bicyclists and pedestrians with an opportunity to travel on stretches of road — with no through motor vehicle traffic — that have rolling hills and impressive views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. For more information call (916) 874-7056.

Author visit
May 10: Author Erin Lindsay McCabe will be at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, at 5:30 p.m. McCabe wrote “I Shall be Near You,” the story of a strong-willed woman who poses as a man to fight beside her husband in the Civil War. This historical novel was inspired by letters written home by real women who fought during the Civil War. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Art & Wine Affaire
May 10 & 11: The El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Arts Council join forces to produce the 11th annual El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Nearly 100 fine-art artisans bring their creative wares and 25-plus wineries will be on site for tastings throughout the weekend. There will also be a craft beer area to add to the festivities of the event. Outstanding live entertainment will be featured both days at the center’s amphitheater. The event is free entry and parking with fees associated to wine tasting ($25 per person, per day) and tasting tickets for craft beer. For more information visit eldoradohillsartaffaire.com.

Tip A Cop
May 15: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department and Applebee’s Restaurant in Cameron Park will join forces with El Dorado Special Olympics for the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser at the restaurant. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Department will team up with local Special Olympic athletes at both the lunch and dinner services as they work for “special tips” that will help fund El Dorado Special Olympics’ 2014 sports and training program. All tips are tax-deductible and support sports training and competition.

Outdoor movie
May 16: Families are invited to pull up a chair or blanket and enjoy “How to Train Your Dragon” outside in the Steven Young Amphitheater at El Dorado Hills Town Center. The movie is free and will begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.).

Blue Star Moms fundraiser
May 17: The Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms Chapter CA-27 hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser at the Folsom Veterans Hall, 1300 Forrest Way in Folsom. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, great company and an opportunity to win fantastic raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit Blue Star Moms’ mission to provide assistance to all service members, active and retired and their families. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 12 years old and free for children 2 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets e-mail 1stvp@rollinghillsbluestarmoms.org or stop by the veterans hall.

Spring dinner
May 24: The Community Resource Center hosts a fundraiser to help provide housing, supportive services and homelessness prevention. Celebrate Memorial weekend with us at the Vets Hall, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person; $5 for children younger than 10; kids younger than 3 eat free. We will have a pasta feast, silent auction, dessert dash and more. Tickets available at the door and at  edcrc.org. For more  information call (408) 460-2061.

Wounded Veteran Run
May 26: The fourth annual Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run fundraiser to benefit local injured veterans through the national Wounded Warrior Project and local veteran-support organizations, will be held on Memorial Day. This year, the Purple Heart Fund and the El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial Park have been added as additional beneficiaries. The run has a 9 a.m. start on the Folsom Parkway Trails located behind the Plaza at 25005 Blue Ravine Road, near the corner of North Parkway Drive and Blue Ravine Road. Register online at woundedveteranrun.org. Fees are 3K: $30; 5K and 10K: $35; and children 11 and younger (any event): $15. For more information contact Courtney Hvostal, president, Wounded Veteran Run, at (530) 683-5230 or courtney@woundedveteranrun.org.

Library events

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

Book sale
April 25 & 26: The Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library host the monthly book saleMembers enjoy a presale from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. You can join for $10. Everyone is welcome to the Saturday sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the library and its programs.

Clarksville meeting
April 30: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Library community room. Our program for the April meeting will be film by Marilyn Gillman and history of the 160-plus year old Pleasant Grove house on Green Valley Road, which is in danger of being torn down. The public is invited. For more information call (916) 933-3173.

Theater at the library
May 6: Come see the popular national children’s theater group perform “Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights“ with all the thrills and excitement of John Grisham’s bestselling children’s book of the same title. Starring a 13-year-old amateur attorney on trail for stealing the Bill of Rights,  the live performance takes place at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library. This show is for children ages 8 and older. For more information call the library (see number above) or Face in a Book at (916) 941-9401.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Enjoy stories and songs with the El Dorado Hills Library’s wonderful storytellers at 3:30 p.m. A craft will follow most of the time. All ages are welcome.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays: Join our wonderful Mrs. Lurey as she shares songs, poems and stories with 3- to 5-year-olds. Preschool storytime happens at 11:15 a.m.

Creative Writers Club
Tuesdays: Do you love to write? Do you want to explore your ideas with others? Meet other high school age writers at the El Dorado Hills Library at 3:30 p.m.

Rainbow Loom Club
Wednesdays: Bring your loom and we’ll provide the rubber bands every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Share your projects, learn new patterns, teach others your favorite designs and meet new friends! Master rainbow loom makers and beginners alike from ages 7 and up are welcome to join us at the El Dorado Hills Library community room.

Early Literacy Storytime
Thursdays: Join Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kathleen for a fun-filled story time of stories, songs and craft at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. This Early Literacy Storytime focuses on five playful and simple ways to prepare your child to become a delighted reader. Ideal for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays: Mother Goose on the Loose is a developmentally appropriate activity for little ones, 0 to 18 months, and their caregivers who engage in song, rhyming and reading for lots of fun. So turn your cell phone off, leave the laundry for later and come join us at this baby story time at 9:30 a.m.

2’s and 3’s On the Go
Fridays: Join Ms. Debbie for stories, songs and movement at 10:30 a.m. This interactive toddler story time is geared towards 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

Fantasy Book Club
Fridays: Join us at 3:30 p.m. for a book club dedicated to reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy books, led by teen volunteer Alex. High School aged teens are welcome to join.

Senior events

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

Guest speaker
April 22: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts local resident Jo Ann Perry, a member of numerous area garden clubs, at 1 p.m. Jo Ann will speak about the history of Victorian floral bouquets (also known as “tussie mussies”). Each floral/herbal component of these small flower arrangements has a meaning. Participants will have a hands-on experience of constructing one of these “nose-gays” to take home. Reservations are a must! Call the Senior Center to reserve a spot.

Fun Time Band celebration
April 25: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center celebrates the eighth anniversary of its own Senior Fun Time Band with a special concert at 1 p.m. If attendees would like to come for Senior Nutrition Lunch prior to the concert, lunch is served at noon (check in 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.). The Senior Fun Time Band, under the direction of Al Kolthoff, began rehearsing at the Senior Center (prior to its official opening) in April 2006. The band performs a monthly concert for seniors, the last Friday of each month at 1 p.m

Painting class
May 6 through June 10: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is offering a new  art class,  Painting  with Oils, on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This class will include the use of gesso, types of canvas and paints to use, how to make a medium and more. Students can paint still life, figurative, portrait or landscape — your choice. A required supply list is available upon registration. Taught by Judy Fratus, the class fee is $65 for six weeks of lessons. Preregistration is a must! This small class only holds four students. To register call the EDHCSD registration office at (916) 933-6624.

Guitar lessons
May 8-29: “Intro to Guitar” is now being offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Four-week sessions are scheduled Thursdays at 1 p.m. Taught by local instructor Lew Johnson, the class fee is $39. There is a required music book. Call the CSD registration office to register and obtain information on the music book 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.

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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