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What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Newcomers coffee 
Oct. 6: Are you new to El Dorado Hills or looking to reconnect with the community? The El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club hosts a welcome coffee for ladies wanting to make friends and participate in new activities at 10 a.m. If you’re interested contact Kelly at [email protected] by Sept. 29. Additional information about the club is available at edhnewcomers.com.

Harvest Carnival
Oct. 14: Bring lawn chairs, blankets and all the family to William Brooks’ 20th annual Harvest Carnival at William Brooks Elementary, 3610 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the spooky alley, giant inflatables, pumpkin patch, dancing, board breaking, face painting, crafts, games, prizes, music, food and more at this community event.

Night in the Vineyard
Oct. 15: KCRA meteorologist Eileen Javora will emcee this festive event, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., featuring local wineries, local brews, a silent and live auction, live music, dancing and delicious food and desserts at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Proceeds benefit Hands4Hope. Early bird pricing discount available through Sept. 15. Full tables and sponsorships also available. For more information or to purchase tickets visit hands4hopeyouth.org or call (916) 294-7426.

All About EqWine
Oct. 15: Support All About Equine’s operations and programs at this event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, music and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 per person. Must be 21 or older.

Farmers market
Sundays: The El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities 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
eldoradolibrary.org

Dragon Book Club
Oct. 6: This club is for third- through fifth-graders who love fantasy and science fiction books. Registration is required. Space is limited. Club meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.mTo sign up for the new school year e-mail Sandra Kelsey at [email protected].

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Tuesdays: This interactive, hands-on program at 9:30 a.m. is perfectly suited for toddlers ages 2 and 3 years old. Sing songs, discover new books and explore the many ways in which to build a solid early literacy foundation in your child.

Early Literacy program
Wednesdays: Build your child’s pre-reading skills with this engaging and interactive program designed to support your child’s early literacy development for a lifelong love of reading and learning. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and is suitable for children ages 3-5 with their parents and caregivers.

Magical Moments for the Exceptional Child
Wednesday: This storytime, play group and support group from 3 to 4 p.m. is designed especially for special children ages 2-5 years old with exceptional needs and their families. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing: Katie Rinehart ([email protected]) or Debbie Arenas ([email protected]).

Mother Goose on the Loose
Thursdays: Jump-start your child’s brain development with this award-winning program that combines music, movement and literature. Choose from the 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. class.

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 Gilmore Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
(916) 358-3575

Hospice speaker
Sept. 27: The Gilmore Senior Center hosts guest speaker Harpal Aukalh of Snowline Hospice at 1 p.m. to discuss Care Through It All. This discussion centers around end-of-life care and will discuss the many choices available. We will also discuss the new end of life option that was recently signed into law. To hold a spot call the senior center.

Support group meeting
Sept. 29: My Time — El Dorado Hills is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the last Thursday of the month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center and is facilitated by Jillien Smith, program supervisor for Senior Day Care Services in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (530) 621-6180 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga
Beginning Sept. 30: The Gilmore Senior Center offer two new yoga classes which will be held at Get Fit EDH, 5009 Windplay Drive, and taught by Sue Spencer. Four week Chair Yoga will be offered Tuesdays, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Oct. 4-25. Students will safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. The Chair Yoga class fee is $30. Yin Yoga is a slow,restorative style of yoga that focuses on slowly stretching the connective tissue. Most postures are done lying down or seated. Guided meditation and positive affirmations are included to increase your sense of peace and calm. Yin Yoga is scheduled on four consecutive Fridays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Sept. 30 through Oct. 21. The class fee for Yin Yoga is $35. No yoga experience is required for either class. Pre-registration is necessary and available at the CSD registration office. Call (916) 933-6624 or visit edhcsd.org.

Painting class
Oct. 1: In the Paint and a Splash Too! class you will complete a whole painting in just two hours. Students will receive step-by-step instruction in painting a Paris scene, using acrylics on canvas, from 10 a.m. to noon. The registration fee is $30 and can be paid by calling (916) 933-6624 or going online at edhcsd.org. All materials are included and no art skills are required. Local residents Terri Haverty, Maggie Bosch and Sherry Pavloff, of Paint & A Splash Too! look forward to having you.

Qi Gong classes
Beginning Oct. 6: The Gilmore Senior Center is excited to announce Qi Gong classes. Qi Gong is often called Chinese yoga. It is a gentle and holistic practice that is part exercise, part moving meditation to increase mental clarity, range of motion, flexibility and improve overall wellbeing. The upcoming four-week 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 session is $37 payable online at edhcsd.org , at the CSD registration office by calling (916) 933-6624 or at the senior center. There is an optional $10 drop-in fee per class.

Guest speaker
Oct. 6: Guest speaker Deepak Gilra will present Mind and Meditation at the Gilmore Senior Center at 1 p.m. Meditation and breathing practices are effective tools to rejuvenate us physically, mentally and emotionally. Benefits include reduced stress, better sleep, increased happiness, relaxed mind and enhanced focus and concentration. Call the senior center to make your reservation. A follow-up, four-week class will be held in October and November to learn different meditation techniques. Details are available in the CSD Activity Guide, or online at edhcsd.org.

Practical Spirituality
Oct. 6 through Nov. 10: The El Dorado Hills Gilmore Center is offering a Practical Spirituality class on Thursdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Julie Interrante, author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart” and Sacramento City College adjunct professor is leading the six-week course. While conversation and exploration are a vital part of the spiritual journey, they are only part of it. The group will study the book “Tattoos on the Heart’ by Gregory Boyle. The registration deadline is Sept. 29. To register call the CSD registration office 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.

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.

Party Bridge play
Wednesdays: Bridge players gather at the El Dorado Hills Gilmore Center to play casual Party Bridge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Reservations are not required. This program is not for beginners as lessons are not offered.

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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