What's Happening

What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

By From page A4 | January 17, 2012

Community events

Through July 10: Rolling Hills Christian Church, 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, hosts this support group from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in Building B, Room 6. Register online at rollhill.church or just show up. Help and encouragement is available after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Led by caring people who have experienced grief and have rebuilt their lives, the group will walk with you on the path toward healing and hope for the future. Recovery includes a video, workbook and support group. You may begin attending at any point in the schedule. For more information call (916) 939-3527 or visit griefshare.org.

Sierra Wildlife Rescue hands-on baby bird training
Through July: Join us to learn all about your wild bird neighbors and how much fun it is to care for the babies and fledglings that need you. Volunteer training will be available every Wednesday at 5 p.m. All classes are held at SWR’s new Wildlife Center, 777 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs. (Note our address has changed). Classes are free to SWR Members; a $5 donation is requested from the general public, or you can join SWR as a member at the class. Please call Barbara at (530) 621- 2650 or email [email protected]

Farmers market
Through Oct. 29: The region’s most popular Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities than ever before, and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday. Shoppers can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms as well as homemade honey, jams, cheeses and other household favorites. For more information visit eldoradofarmersmarket.com.

Frentzen town hall
May 25: District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will host a town hall meeting to provide an update on county issues and the proposed expansion of El Dorado Transit services from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive.

Legislative reception
June 1: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce invite their members to a legislative reception to meet El Dorado County elected officials from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills.

Wakamatsu Kite Festival
June 3: This celebration honors the 148th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in America that arrived at Gold Hill on June 8, 1869. American River Conservancy honors these early pioneers during its Wakamatsu Open Farm Day. ARC is offering a kite festival, including food and beer for purchase, a raffle and light entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own single-lined kite or make a kite to fly at Wakamatsu Farm, 941 Cold Springs Road, Placerville. Picnics are welcome and bring along a chair. Proceeds from this event will be used to care for the historic Keyaki tree planted by the Wakamatsu colonists. Cost is $10 per car.

Meet the authors
June 3: Young adult authors Rachel Carter and Alex Liddel will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit get yourfaceinabook.com.

Wine at Town Center
June 3: The Rotary Clubs of El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park present Wine at Town Center from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring dozens of local wineries and great food as well as live music. For tickets and more information visit wineattowncenter.com.

EDH half-marathon
June 11: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce announces the Gold Country Half Marathon and 5k. This inaugural event will be the first major half marathon in beautiful El Dorado Hills. Starting and finishing in El Dorado Hills Town Center, the Gold Country Half Marathon and 5K will showcase what makes El Dorado Hills “one of America’s best places to live.” For more information call (916) 933-1335 or visit rungoldcountry.org. To register visit rungoldcountry.org.

Free Community Archery Day
June 24: All ages are welcome to explore the range and try archery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3321 El Dorado Hills Boulevard. No experience or equipment necessary.

Meet the author
June 29: Face Ina Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts an ice cream social and writer Amy Ettinger, author of “Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Library events

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

Penny’s Birthday Storytime
May 24: You’re invited to Penny’s Birthday Party from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories about guinea pigs, sing birthday songs and make a special craft inspired by Penny’s favorite thing: vegetables! All ages are welcome. If you’d like to bring a gift for Penny, she likes chew toys, packaged treats and gifts cards to a pet or grocery store.

Invention Club
Mondays: Create and innovate at the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn new skills and share ideas with other young inventors. This club is for students in fourth through eighth grade. E-mail [email protected] for more information.

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.

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.

Play and learn
Fridays: Join us in a fun pre-school like environment where children can play and learn and each week will feature child development information from community experts. To reserve your spot register online or call Katie Rinehart at (530) 919-6898.

Senior events

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


EDHCSD General Manager Update
May 23: Spend the afternoon with El Dorado Hills CSD General Manager Kevin Loewen at 1 p.m. He will go over the CSD’s Master Plan, give updates and answer questions. Call (916) 358-3575 to reserve your spot.

My Time support group
May 25 & June 29: 
Facilitated by Jillien Smith, Senior Day Care program supervisor, at 10:30 a.m. every month, this group is an upbeat but caring circle where each attendee is heard and validated and has the chance to share their concerns, experiences and ideas. If you are supporting another person who has chronic health conditions, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take this chance to join a group where you will be understood and able to gain from the experience of others.

Connect with your body
May 30: In the Stay Healthy by Listening & Connecting with Your Body class with Yuko Nagahashi-Lee, craniosacral therapist at EDPT class, students will learn and practice how to listen to their bodies to improve overall mind and body heath. The class starts at 1 p.m. Call the senior center to hold a spot.

Mobile dental info
June 1: When traveling to the dental office becomes a challenge, mobile dentists and hygienists bring the dental office into your living environment. Delivery of prevention based therapies in-the-home can reduce infection and inflammation while preserving quality of life and supporting optimal health. Learn about in-home dental and dental hygiene services at this 1 p.m. meeting. Call the senior center to hold a spot.

Smart Social Security Planning
June 1: Bill Corley, CFP, will discuss how transitioning to retirement requires careful planning to maximize Social Security benefits. When and how you elect benefits, and how you manage other income and savings, can make a big difference in the taxes you pay and the lifestyle you enjoy. The class runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call the senior center to hold a spot.

Improve Your Balance Through Exercise
June 1 through July 6: Stay on your feet. Remain vertical. Using the basic exercises from the evidence-based Matter of Balance training, Nora Kolthoff will teach you exercises to enhance your balance and stability at these Thursday classes, starting at 10 a.m. Registration deadline is one week prior to each session.

da Vinci exhibit trip
June 13: Join is for a trip to the California Aerospace Museum in Sacramento to see the Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion International Traveling Exhibit. Forty impressive machine replicas will be on special display, with all the hands-on machines based on Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary designs and innovative drawings. Registration deadline is June 2; call the senior center.

Starry, starry night
June 15: Enjoy a private docent-led tour of the local observatory. You will learn about special, high-powered telescopes and different star constellations. On a clear night you can observe up to 250,000 stars from Placerville’s Observatory. Registration deadline is June 1; call the senior center.

Caregiver support group
June 20: Sharing & Caring in El Dorado Hills is a monthly caregiver Support Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the senior center. Caring for a family member with  dementia or other illness can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Support groups can provide care giving strategies, education, resources, information and a shoulder to lean on. Respite available to qualified caregivers. Sponsored by the Greater Sacramento Area Office of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Send your announcements at least two weeks in advance to [email protected]

Noel Stack

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