What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Business Connects Luncheon
May 4: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon featuring Sheriff John D’Agostini at 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. Find out what’s happening in our community. Get up-to-date statistics on crime and staffing in El Dorado Hills and information on the sheriff’s facility. For more information or to register visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Candidate forum
May 4: The League of Women Voters and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District will host candidates for District 1 supervisor from 6 to 8 p.m. at the EDHCSD pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. The public is invited.

Community Garage Sale
May 7: Buy a space and sell your treasures or just come to shop at the Community Garage Sale in the EDHCSD parking lot, corner of Harvard Way and El Dorado Hills Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Women’s lunch
May 9: The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection hosts a Mexican Fiesta featuring speaker Helen Bozzo, who will share her story of receiving a second chance at life after a liver transplant. Hear her message of hope and freedom in our troubled world. The full-course lunch and program is open to all at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Cost is $18. Reservations must be made by May 2. Call JoAn at (530) 626-6269 or Kerri at (530) 644-7405.

Charity Golf Tournament
May 9: The Rotary Club of Cameron Park presents its second annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Cold Springs Golf and County Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. For more information e-mail Steve Long at[email protected].

Dine Out at Back Forty
May 11: Enjoy a meal at Back Forty Texas BBQ, 3977 Durock Road in Shingle Springs, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.and a portion of your purchase goes to supporting Ponderosa Sober Grad Night. Tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser; both dine in and take out apply.  For more information visitphsSoberGradNight.org.

Healthy aging seminar
May 11: Spirituality and Aging provides a safe, open environment to explore the many facets of spiritual evolution through the aging process and how it affects one’s physical health. This free seminar is led by Julie Interrante, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at 3581 Palmer Drive, Building 501, Cameron Park. Pre-registration is required. Call (530) 626-2990.

Hump Day
May 11: Bring your appetite and family as Food Trucks of the Foothills participants serve up delicious food at El Dorado Hills Community Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds support the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation.

Chamber mixer
May 11: Socialize, mingle and network at the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce’s mixer hosted by 36 Handles Pub & Eatery, 1010 White Rock Raod in El Dorado Hills, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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.

Outdoor movie
May 13: Enjoy a family friendly night at El Dorado Hills Town Center and watch “The Good Dinosaur” on a giant inflatable screen. The free movie begins at 8:15 p.m., weather permitting. Bring your blankets and chairs.  Movie viewing set-up begins at 6 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater.

Gardens of the Hills tour
May 14 & 15:
The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents its seventh annual Gardens of the Hills event and art tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information or to purchase tickets visit sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org.

Writers club guests
May 15: Seven authors from the California Writers Club, Sacramento branch, will visit Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their books range from fiction to children’s, gift books to sci-fi and thrillers. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Dudes & BBQs
May 20: Calling all dudes, ages 5 and older with dads. Join the El Dorado Hills Community Services District on the pool deck for bro-tastic fun from 6 to 8 p.m. — old fashioned, picnic-style games and swimming as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and tasty treats. Its the perfect night for dads to have a little quality time with their sons. Register by May 13.

Community Cleanup Day
May 21: Waste Connections and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District co-host the annual Spring Community Clean-Up Day event for El Dorado Hills residents from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at Rolling Hills Christian Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills. This free event provides EDH residents the opportunity to clean out garages, dispose of yard waste and unwanted items (see edhcsd.org for non-accepted items). Snowline Hospice will also be at this event to take gently used items that can be recycled and diverted from our landfills. Voluntary donations are gladly accepted at the event for CSD scholarship programs that benefit children in our community.

Meet the author
May 21: Gaelyn Whitley Keith, author of “The Father of Hollywood,” will visit Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from noon to 2 p.m.  We all know the city where movie magic is created, but few know how Hollywood got its start. Keith tells the story of her great-grandfather, H.J. Whitley, and of his role in creating this landmark community. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Meet the author
May 22: Karin Salvalaggio, author of “Walleye Junction,” will visit Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. When an outspoken radio talk show host is kidnapped and murdered, everyone believes it’s the result of his show on far-right militia movements. But Det. Macy Greeley finds too many holes in the investigation. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Joint mixer
May 26: The El Dorado County and El Dorado Hills chambers of commerce host a joint Business Connects Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ponte Palmero, 3081 Ponte Morino in Cameron Park. Socialize, mingle and network with the El Dorado County and El Dorado Hills chambers. 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.

CRC fundraiser
May 28: Only Kindness Community Resource Center of El Dorado County is having an event at the Veterans Hall, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will include a corn hole competition, the Gold Rush Barbershop Quartet, an American fare buffet beginning with hot dogs, baked beans, chili mac and fruit salad and other fun activities. Tickets available at the door or online at edcrc.org.  For more information call (530) 344-1864.

Grants gala
June 3: The Women’s Fund El Dorado annual Grants Gala,  where more than $60,000 in grants and scholarships will be formally announced and attendees will hear from 2015 grant recipients, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Tickets must be purchased in advance at womensfundeldorado.org or call (530) 622-5621 for more information.

Spirituality of Healing and Caregiving
June 11: Holy Trinity Parish, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills, hosts this special presentation from 9 a.m. to noon. It is designed for anyone who faces the stressors of caring about or for others at any level —  from a distance, directly or indirectly, paid or unpaid, full time or part time. Seating is limited. Register no later than May 31 by calling (530) 677-3234.

Farmers market
Sundays: The El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities, and runs every Sunday. May 15 through Oct. 30.  Visitors will enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local area farms, as well as homemade honeys, jams, cheeses and other household favorites.

Library events

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

Invention Club
May 2, 9 & 23: Fourth- through eighth-grade students are welcome to use their imaginations to create amazing things from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Friends of the Library meeting
May 4: The public is invited to the Friends of the Library meeting from 3 to 5 p.m.

Genealogy meeting
May 4: Discover your history at the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society meeting from 5 to 7 p.m.

Poodlums perform
May 6: The Poodlums play great music for young children that not only rocks, but teaches valuable lessons in friendship, literacy and school readiness. The library hosts two shows at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Coloring for adults
May 10: Get in on the adult coloring book craze at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring gardens, ocean scenes and ornate patterns with other adults. Materials and refreshments provided.

Library talk
May 11: “The Name of the Wind” author Patrick Rothfuss will speak at 6:30 p.m.

Magical Moments for the Exceptional Child
May 11, 18 & 25: This storytime, play group and support group, which meets at 3:30 p.m., is designed especially for special children ages 3 to 5 years old with exceptional needs and their families. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing: Katie Rinehart at [email protected].

Mock interviews
May 12: Interviewing for a job is stressful, but we’re here to help from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Practice with professionals who conduct interviews in their field as well as peers who have applied for jobs. We’ll give tips on how to be professional and present your best self.

Ecocademy for Kids
May 13: Ecocademy for Kids teaches kids about the environment from 4 to 5 p.m.

Pet Partners
May 13 & 27: 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.

Lego Block Party
May 14: 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.

Read Around the World
May 17: Learning a new language happens easily before the age of 11 but acquiring new languages can occur at any age. To help children learn French and Spanish, Oak Ridge High School students are leading the way with language activities each month at the El Dorado Hills Library. Practice is fun during this interactive, multi-lingual storytimes that incorporate songs, crafts and games. Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Having fun and want more language practice? Online language instruction is available at the El Dorado Hills Library website. All you need is your library card. Go to eldoradolibrary.org and on the left side of the home page click on Free Online Resources. Scroll down to “Pronunciator” and click for instruction on French, Spanish and 78 other languages.

Genealogy meeting
May 18: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society meets at 6 p.m.

Clarksville  meeting
May 25: The Clarksville Region Historical Society meeting features speaker Author Ellen Osborn, who will present highlights of her book “Evolution of Highway 50 from Indian Trail to Today” at 6:30 p.m. in the library community room. This is a free event. For more information visit edhhistory.org or call (916) 933-3173.

Volunteer orientation
May 31: Learn how you can make a difference at the library this summer. This orientation,for students entering ninth grade and older, will be held at 3:30 p.m. No registration required. If you have any questions contact Sandra Kelsey at [email protected].

Storytelling Guild
Enjoy stories with the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Erica’s Craft & DIY Class
Tuesdays: Join Erica every Tuesday after school for a different project from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Supplies provided.

Early Literacy Storytime
Wednesdays: Early Literacy Storytime at 10 a.m. will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) along with the six early literacy skills (oral language, phonological awareness-ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge — what a child knows before entering kindergarten from his/her experiences with living and language).

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays: Join us for this baby lapsit storytime for ages 0-24 months at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. This program helps parents develop their children’s early literacy skills in a fun and joyful environment.

YELL and the library
Wednesdays: Youth Executive League at the Library, a group of high school volunteers who plan community events and fundraisers for the El Dorado Hills Library and Oak Ridge High School Library, meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The club is open to all high school students who love the library and want to make a difference.

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Fridays: This fun and interactive toddler storytime is just right for those busy 2- and 3-year-olds. Join us for stories, singing and dancing fun at 10 a.m.

Senior events

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

Movie of the Month
May 2 & 16: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts a free movie (with popcorn) on the first and third Mondays of every month at 1 p.m. On May 2 we will show “Bridge of Spies.” On May 16 we will show “Daddy’s Home.” Join us for Senior Nutrition Lunch at noon before the movie.

El Dorado Hills history discussion
May 6: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s monthly local history discussion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Local history buff Mike Roberts offers a program each month highlighting topics of interest regarding local history. May’s topic is Park Village (now Brooks) Elementary School, pool and gym. Did you know the school gym was El Dorado Hills’ first gym, second CSD office and first senior center? The format will be interactive and casual.

Grief Support Group
May 10: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers the monthly Grief Support Group which provides a safe, supportive place to explore your thoughts, feelings, questions and concerns.  We hope you will join us. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is facilitated  by Julie Interrante, MA, who has more than 25 years experience working with people who are  dying and their families.  Julie is the author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart.” This program is generously sponsored by Green Valley Mortuary.

Photo organization class
May 13 & June 10: Do you have boxes, bags and albums full of family photos and memorabilia that need to be sorted, organized and scanned? Bring them to the Gilmore 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 1 to 3:30 p.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 at the Senior Center. Preregistration is necessary; call the Senior Center.

Photography class
May 14: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers the Photo FUNdamentals Workshop for you and your camer  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stop taking pictures and to start taking photographs. Learn camera basics, composition, lighting, types of lenses, tripod use, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Students will practice on portraits, landscapes, using the timer and even touch on macro-photography.  Bring your camera, extra batteries and camera manual and instructor Bob Gouine will show you how to take great photographs. The class fee is $52. Bring a lunch; drinks will be provided. Registration deadline is May 5. Preregistration is necessary by calling the CSD registration office at (916) 933-6624 or going online to edhcsd.org.

Tamale making
May 14: The El Dorado Hills Senior center offers a hands-on tamale making class, Tamales … Sí, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Students will learn to work the masa, prepare the meat, clean the corn husks and roll, steam and cook tamales. You will make and take your own creations. Reservations are a must; this class fills quickly. A cash $20 supply fee will hold your spot in the class.

Watercolor class
May 19 through June 23: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Watercolor Painting on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon for adults age 50 and older. Taught by local professional artist Jimmie Claire Grann, the fee for this six-week class is $55. Students will learn basics such as wet in wet, dry brush,  lifting color, mixing colors, staining, values and more. A supply list is available upon registration. Preregistration is required by May 9. To register call the CSD registration office at (916) 933-6624 or go to edhcsd.org.

My Time support group
May 26: 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. 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.

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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