What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Santa Run
Through Dec. 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 edhfire.com.

Photos with Santa
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.

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.

Glass Mosaic classes
Dec. 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.

Food bank holiday outreach
Dec. 19 & 20: The Food Bank of El Dorado County will host its annual Holiday Outreach Program at 4550 Business Drive in Cameron Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. To receive holiday assistance all recipients must be from low income households who are struggling to make ends meet and would otherwise go without a holiday meal for their family. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Star program will partner with the food bank to deliver to homebound residents. If you are homebound call (530) 621-9950 to arrange a delivery. No pre-registration is required. Eligible individuals should bring a photo ID and arrive at the scheduled pick-up time determined by the first letter of your last name: W, X, Y, Z — 10 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 19; S, T, U, V — 11 a.m. to noon on Dec. 19; P, Q, R — noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 19; M, N, O — 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 19; J, K, L — 10 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 20: G, H, I — 11 a.m. to noon on Dec. 20; D, E, F — noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 20; and A, B, C — 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 20. El Dorado County Public Health Nursing will administer free flu shots to recipients. For more information visit foodbankedc.org.

Hands4Hope cocoa & carriage rides
Dec. 20: Visit the courtyard at El Dorado Hills Town Center (just below the movie theater) and enjoy a festive evening of cocoa and a horse-drawn carriage ride benefitting Hands4Hope’s youth driven community service projects. Hands4Hope’s Team Hope, a service learning program for elementary-aged youth, hosts the hot cocoa stand from 5 to 8 p.m. with cocoa provided by Early Toast while the Oak Ridge and Folsom high schools’ Hands4Hope clubs run the carriage ride booth from 5 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the hot cocoa stand with benefit Team Hope’s Project Soldier Package; funds raised by the carriage rides will benefit the outreach projects being organized by the high school service learning clubs.

Blood drive
Dec. 26: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at Regal Cinema El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products. Bloodmobiles will be located in the parking lot from noon to 5 p.m. 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. For more information contact: Stephanie Kresse at 1-800-995-4420 ext. 60039. For donor eligibility questions call 1-800-995-4420.

Business Connects lunch
Jan. 7: Join the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce for its monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Guest speaker Dylan Wiseman of Littler Mendelson will discuss 2015 employment laws and how they will affect business. To register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Second Saturday fun
Jan. 10:
Kids 8 and younger are invited to a special story and craft hour, 11 a.m. to noon, at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. This month, we’re reading “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt and showing our support for the crayons with coloring activities. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Latrobe fire station open house
Jan. 10: The El Dorado Hills Fire Department invites the community to an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the recently annexed Latrobe Fire’s Station 91, 7660 South Shingle Road. Meet the firefighters, tour the station and enjoy a barbecue lunch. This event is a special thank you to Latrobe Fire Chief Couper and the Board of Directors for their service to the Latrobe community.

Chamber mixer
Jan. 14: Help celebrate the grand opening of the first store dedicated to sleep in El Dorado Hills. America’s Mattress, 4380 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100, El Dorado Hills, hosts the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerces’ Business Connects mixer and ribbon cutting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy plenty of good conversation, delicious food and a no-host bar provided by MORE. The raffle drawing’s proceeds will go to the chamber scholarship fund. No RSVP necessary.

Lifelong Learning
Jan. 15: As the result of local interest, members of the Renaissance Society Board associated with Sac State will be at the next meeting to answer questions about lifelong learning and how it can come to  El Dorado County’s west slope. The meeting is to gauge the interest of older/retired adults locally around participation and setting up a component of the Renaissance Society in El Dorado County. The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Folsom Lake College – El Dorado Center in Community Room C102 and is open to anyone interested in this program. For more information on the Renaissance Society visit csus.edu/org/rensoc. For questions about the meeting or to RSVP call Elder Options Inc. at (530) 626-6939.

Wine, yoga and books
Jan. 15: Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, welcomes local yoga instructor Vanessa Shin at 6:30 p.m. Shin will share her best tips for getting your year off to a healthy start. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Trails for Tails presentation
Jan. 15: Have you and your best hiking buddy resolved to get out and work off the extra upholstery added during the past winter? Has your doctor and his/her veterinarian said less is better? This event is for you … both. Dogs (well-behaved, of course) welcome. Debbi Preston, local author and dog-hiking enthusiast, will discuss the benefits and tips about hiking together from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, El Dorado Hills. Tips include warnings about other animals, ticks and biting insects. Information regarding the elevation, rattlesnakes, poison oak, trail courtesy, increased temperatures and water sources will be covered. Seating is limited. RSVP to (916) 358-3700.

Read to the dogs
Jan. 21: Jim and Ann-Marie L’Etoile and their therapy-trained Corgis, Tanner and Emma, will be at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, from 11 a.m. to noon for a special Read to the Dogs hour. Studies have shown that young readers can improve their reading skills by sharing a book with a patient, nonjudgmental dog. Youngster are invited to have short one-on-one session with Tanner and Emma, who are eager to hear stories!

Crab & Tri Tip Feed
Jan. 31: The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills presents its 22nd annual Crab & Tri Tip feed at 6 p.m. at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. The event includes a no-host bar, silent auction and raffle, dessert auction and, of course, delicious, all-you-can-eat crab and tri tip. Tickets are $50 per person now through Jan. 15 and $55 per person after. Purchase tickets at Face in a Book, the California Welcome Center and EDH Fire Station 85 or online at edhcrabfeed.org.

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 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

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.

Play to Grow
Dec. 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.

Winter craft workshop
Dec. 20: Join the Youth Executive League at the Library for a winter wonderland of crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. We’ll make ornaments, holiday cards, snowmen and more. This event is free and for all ages.

Dragon Book Club
Jan. 2: 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.

Daddy & Me Play to Grow
Jan. 3: Calling all daddies: It’s time again to come play with us and set aside those pesky chores. You and your little one (0-2) will enjoy exploring age appropriate activities, while working on gross and fine motor skills, imaginary play, math (puzzles and shapes), art, music and books beginning at 10 a.m. Of course, mommies are always welcome.

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 your 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

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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