What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Workforce seminar
Nov. 21: The El Dorado County Connections – One Stop Workforce Development and Business Resource Centers will host an informational sessions for unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County from noon to 5 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The sessions will highlight free services available through Connections and information on training programs and/or on-the-job training through the Workforce Investment Act. The session is  offered free of charge. For more information call (530) 642-4834 or (530) 642-4882.

Book signing with Margie Yee Webb
Nov. 21: Margie Yee Webb comes to Face in a Book from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to sign “Not Your Mother’s Book … on Cats,” an anthology of short pieces by cat owners and cat lovers. Margie, the author of “Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings,” a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and a supporter of several animal welfare organizations and shelters in Northern California, was purrfectly suited to edit this volume of delightful and poignant stories about our furry friends. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Glass Mosaic classes
Nov. 21, Dec. 5 & 19: Learn how to make your own beautiful glass mosaic from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. All ages are welcome; a $10 donation is requested for materials. To reserve a spot call (916) 933-1441.

Book signing with Cindy Sample
Nov. 22: Cindy Sample comes to Face in a Book from 1 to 3 p.m. to celebrate the publication of “Dying for a Dude,” book four in her humorous romantic mystery series. We loved “Dying for a Date,” Dying for a Dance” and “Dying for a Daiquiri.” Now we’re looking forward to the further adventures of Laurel McKay and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Det. Hunter. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Blood drive
Nov. 26: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at Regal Cinema El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater, 2101 Vine St., to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products. Bloodmobiles will be located in the parking lot.  All participants will receive one free movie pass. Whole blood donations must be eight weeks (56 days) apart. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. The blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource Parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. For more information  visit bloodsource.org.

Photos with Santa
Nov. 28 through Dec. 24: Meet the jolly man in red and share your Christmas List with him during this holiday season. Santa will be at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. For more information call (916) 933-1335.

Tree lighting
Nov. 29: The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 4 to 8 p.m., in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills CSD. The first 150 kids to arrive at the tree lighting will be invited to play the “Stuff Your Stocking” game. Enjoy live entertainment with the music of Five for Dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. The Holiday Caroling Contest will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. while families wait for Santa’s arrival on his traditional EDH fire truck to light the tree with magic glitter.

Chamber holiday luncheon
Dec. 3: Celebrate the holidays with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at its annual Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 to 1 p.m., at Sienna, 3909 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Cookies with Santa
Dec. 5: Visit Santa Claus at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym, 1021 Harvard Way, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration fee is $5 per person; children younger that 2 are free. Day of event, fee is $10 per person (if space available). For more information call (916) 933-6624 or visit eldoradohillscsd.org.

Holiday tree lighting
Dec. 5: Gather ’round the El Dorado Hills Community Services Ditrict tree (corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way) for the annual Holiday Lights in the Hills event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow the tree lighting. For more information call (916) 933-6624 or visit eldoradohillscsd.org.

Outdoor movie
Dec. 5: Bundle up the kids in their pajamas and blankets and bring them out the El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Steven Young Amphitheater for “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair
Dec. 5 & 6: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts its second annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair at the CSD pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. More than 20 vendors will have their wares on display and for sale — a perfect place to find unique holiday gifts. For more information call (916) 933-6624 or visit eldoradohillscsd.org.

Homes for the Holidays
Dec. 6 & 7: The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents its annual Homes for the Holidays tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Purchase tickets at Pottery World, the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center, Caffé Santoro in Cameron Park, the Folsom Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce in Placerville or online at sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org.

Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 12 & 13: The 2014 Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour features nine charming historic sites decorated for the holidays, a lovely art and hand-crafted holiday gift boutique at the Murer House, musical entertainment and an opportunity to enjoy the season as you step back in time. Tickets are $20 per person. Call the Folsom History Museum for ticket availability status at (916) 985-2707.

Blood drive
Dec. 15: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts a blood drive at the CSD pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot. Donors should eat and drink before going blood and bring a photo ID.

Santa Run
Dec. 15-20: Santa and Mrs. Claus will once again team up with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the annual Santa Run through local neighborhoods with a grand finale beginning at 6 p.m.  on Saturday, Dec. 20, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. For more information and to see if Santa’s coming to your neighborhood visit edifier.com.

Holiday mixer
Dec. 16: Mingle and spread some holiday cheer with the El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park/Shingle Springs and El Dorado County chambers at Henry’s Steakhouse inside Red Hawk Casino from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy drink specials, food and great raffle prizes. For more information call (916) 933-1335.

Coconut Club fundraiser
Jan. 31: The Oak Ridge High School Music Boosters presents their eighth annual The Coconut Club dinner show and silent/live auction fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills. Spend an elegant evening back in time to a 1940’s night club dinner show where you will enjoy an amazing meal and be entertained by the band and choir students of Oak Ridge High School. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1 through Jan. 23. Don’t miss out on the early bird ticket price of $45 good through Dec. 18. Purchase tickets at the California Welcome Center, The ORHS Counseling Center or El Dorado Hills Music. For more information contact Melanie Wilson at (916)761-3590.

Library events

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

Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Nov. 29: It’s game tournament time! This time we’re playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl on Nintendo Wii. A $10 entry fee earns players a slice of pizza and the chance to win the $100 grand prize. Registration beings at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Players may bring their own controllers or use what the library has on hand; choices are limited. This tournament is recommended for ages 12 and older. Younger players will be admitted but opponents will be chosen at random with no consideration for their age.

Dragon Book Club
Dec. 5: Third- through fifth-graders are invited to join the Dragon Book Club and explore great fantasy books. We’ll meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Storytelling Room. Each month we’ll discuss the chosen book, play a game or make a craft and celebrate our favorite magical creatures. The first 15 members to join will be provided a copy of each month’s book. Additional members must provide their own copy. To register, call Sandra Kelsey at (916) 358-3501 or e-mail sandra.kelsey@edcgov.us.

Creative Writing & Fantasy Book Club
Dec. 10 & 17: High School students are invited to join this club that meets from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. most Wednesdays. This youth-led club encourages creative writing and celebrates fantasy books. Each meeting will include individual writing exercises, peer reviews and group book discussions.

Adult Book Club
Dec. 10: The El Dorado Hills Library’s Adult Book Club will host a holiday social and discuss picks for the New Year at 6:15 p.m.

Play to Grow
Dec. 12 & 19: Come to the El Dorado Hills Library for imaginary play, puzzles, fine motor and gross motor exploration, an art activity and social networking, beginning at 3 p.m. Meet other families and interact with your little one while you put away your phones and ignore the chores.

Santa Storytime
Dec. 18: Guests of all ages are invited to come to the library at 4 p.m. and enjoy a special afternoon storytime and activity with the jolly man in red.

Rainbow Loom Club
Mondays: A parent volunteer, along with her daughter, leads 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.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Enjoy stories, with the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild at 3:30 p.m.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays: Join our wonderful volunteer, Mrs. Lurey, as she shares songs, poems and stories at 11:15 a.m. This storytime is appropriate for children ages 3 to 5.

Classic Story Hour
Tuesdays: Listen to your favorite children’s stories read aloud from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids will be invited to help read character voices and recap previous chapters. Limited copies of each book will be available to read along.

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.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays: 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
Thursdays: 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
Fridays: 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.

Senior events

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

Higher purpose speaker
Dec. 4: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts guest speaker Judy Bakke at 10 a.m. Judy’s presentation, The Rewards of Living a Purposeful Life, will discuss the latest scientific attention given to “having a higher purpose in life.” Physiological and cognitive benefits are being cited that may increase brain health and help protect you from cognitive decline. What’s your purpose? Call the Senior Center to reserve your spot.

Senior Christmas luncheon
Dec. 5: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center and the EDH Senior  Council invites you to their annual luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the EDHCSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way. This fun-filled event features music performed by the Oak Ridge High Jazz Band, great food (including banana splits provided by the El Dorado Hills Rotary) and more!  Lunch is provided by the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program for a cost of $3 for Seniors age 60 and up. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. Call the Senior Center by Dec. 2 to hold your spot.

Make a plate
Dec. 9: A new class titled Make a Fused Glass Plate is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. The class fee is $30. You will learn how to create a beautiful 8-inch by 8-inch weaved-glass plate, which can serve as a functional plate or a candle/jewelry holder. A supply fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at the class. Call the Senior Center by registration deadline of Dec. 2.

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
Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Guitar and Ukulele Jam Sessions at 2 p.m. 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. This new programs runs through December. 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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