What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

EDH Newcomers Club welcome event
Jan. 17: Are you new to El Dorado Hills or looking to reconnect with the community? We are hosting a welcome event for ladies wanting to make friends and participate in new activities from 5 to 7 p.m. If you’re interested contact Kelly at [email protected]. Additional information about the Newcomers Club is available at edhnewcomers.com.

Toastmasters meeting
Jan. 18: Distinguished Toastmaster and keynote speaker Jane Taff will discuss “New Year, New You. Creating a Personal Development Plan for 2017.” The Statement Makers Toastmasters Club in El Dorado Hills meets the third Wednesday of each month inside the Raley’s event center from noon to 1 p.m.

Democrats meet
Jan. 18: The Sierra Foothills Democratic Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Steve’s Pizza, 3941 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills (same shopping center as Raley’s) to greet friends, welcome newcomers and elect officers for 2017. All are welcome and invited to join us. For more information contact Pat Kriz at (916) 933-0850 or [email protected].

Car seat inspections
Jan. 19: The El Dorado Hills Fire Department hosts free car seat inspections from 2 to 4 p.m. Call (916) 933-6623 to make an appointment.

Celebrating teachers
Jan. 19: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center will celebrate teachers with a special event featuring authors B.H. James and Elizabeth James, who wrote “Method to the Madness: A Common Core Guide to Creating Critical Thinkers Through the Study of Literature,” from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Employer presentation
Jan. 19: El Dorado County Connections – One Stop will host a free employer presentation  from 10 a.m. to noon at the county Child Support Services building in the Carlton meeting room, 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the presentation, representatives from the California Franchise Tax Board will share information about their organization, job opportunities, exams and how to apply for current job openings. This event will also provide an opportunity to speak to recruiters directly and ask questions. Participants of the event should bring their resumes. The California Franchise Tax Board is located in Sacramento. For more information call (530) 642-4850.

Community needs forum
Jan. 19: Women’s Fund El Dorado will host a community needs forum from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Addressing the theme, “Determining and Measuring Community Needs,” El Dorado Community Foundation Executive Director Bill Roby will provide insight on our community’s needs, nonprofit resources and the funding gaps between these needs and services. Purchase tickets at womensfundeldorado.org. Cost is $30.

EDH Rotary Crab Feed
Jan. 21: The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills hosts its annual Crab & Tri Tip Feed at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Doors open at 6 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat at this fundraiser that will also feature a silent and live auction, dessert auction, raffle and dancing. Proceeds go toward the Rotary Club’s service projects and programs that benefit local youth and the community. Purchase tickets online at edhcrabfeed.org or at one of the ticket outlets: Face in a Book or the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center and EDH Fire Station 85 at the corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Wilson Way.

Art & Wine Festival
Jan. 21: The Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Art and Wine Festival will take place 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. There will be wine from local wineries, brews from local breweries, food from many restaurants, auction items, art, music and prizes. Tickets are available at the MORE office, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville. For more information call Susie Davies at (530) 622-4848.

Hiring event
Jan. 24: El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free hiring event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library meeting room, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Representatives from Wollborg Michelson Recruiting will share information about their organization, job opportunities and how to apply for current job openings. They will also be available to answer questions. Participants should plan to bring their résumés and dress professionally. Preliminary interviews may be conducted on-site. Wollborg Michelson Recruiting is a company located in Sacramento that provides staffing services in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. The company is recruiting for open positions including customer service representatives for employers located in El Dorado Hills and Rancho Cordova. For more information call (530) 642-4850.

Gold Discovery Day
Jan. 24: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma, commemorates the day gold was first discovered in Coloma with Gold Discovery Day. The festivities at the annual event will be historical demonstrations, gold panning, tours, cooking, speakers, entertainment and Gold Rush music to remember the discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill. The public is invited to all activities. The museum and visitor center open at 10 a.m. For more information call (530) 622-3470 or visit marshallgold.com.

Meet the author
Jan. 28: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts local author Bob Hazy, who wrote “McGhee in the Gloaming,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

SWR open house
Feb. 12: Sierra Wildlife Rescue hosts an open house at its new home, 777 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs, from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Activities will include displays on numerous species of wild animals, visits with SWR’s beautiful and fascinating hawk and owl “ambassador birds,” wild bird care demonstrations, tours of the new wildlife center and delicious refreshments.

Carriage rides
Feb. 14:
Enjoy a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the streets of El Dorado Hills Town Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Riders will receive a special Valentine’s Day rose. Sign-ups and loading will take in place in front of Bistro 33. Proceeds benefit 3Strands Global. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.

Meet the author
Feb. 19: Author Cindy Sample will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 1 to 4 p.m. to launch her new book. “Dying for a Diamond.” For more information call (916) 941-9401.

EDH marathon
June 11: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of 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 all of 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.

Library events

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

Lego Block Party
Jan. 17: Families are invited to build with Legos at the library at 5 p.m. All the building blocks needed to create masterpieces for the Lego Museum in Children’s Library are provided.

Folsom Makers meet
Jan. 19, 24 & 26: Tech enthusiasts and designers, high school students and adults only, are invited to join this growing community of makers at 5:30 p.m. Folsom Makers will host a series of free workshops: WiFi module (Jan. 10), Beginning Blender for 3D Printing (Jan. 19), Basic Design with Fusion 360 (Jan. 24), TBD (Jan. 26). RSVP and find more info at meetup.com/Folsom-Makers.

Book Sale
Jan. 20 & 21: The Friends of the Library host a used book sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday (Friends members only; you can join that night) and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (open to the public).

Clarksville meeting
Jan. 25: The next Clarksville Region Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the EDH Library community room will feature the history of one of the first commercial wineries in California. Mike Skinner of Skinner Winery will give a presentation of his great-great-grandfather, who came as others did with the Gold Rush. He stayed to build the second winery around the late 1850s in the town that became known as Rescue. The winery building still stands today. Join us on this fun and informative night. For more information call Betty at (916) 933-3173.

Adult craft class
Jan. 31: Explore your creative side at this free craft class at 5 p.m. for high school students and older.

Dragon Book Club
Feb. 2: Third- through fifth-grade fantasy lovers are invited to read and discuss fantasy and science fiction, classic and modern, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Poetry Off the Shelves
Feb. 7: Calling all poetry lovers. Read poems by your favorite poet, a poem of your own, or just come to listen from 5 to 7 p.m. Poetry can be fun for the whole family.

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.

Senior events

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

Intro to guitar for seniors
Jan. 23 through Feb. 13: Learn chords, strums, picks and songs in this class taught by Lew Johns on on Mondays, 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Pre-register by calling the EDHCSD at (916) 933-6624.

Oil Painting class
Jan. 24 through Feb. 28: Join us on Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., for the basics of oil painting in this fun and casual class. Learn how to stretch canvas, how to use gesso for basics, color mixing and more. Work at your own pace on portraits, landscapes or still life, all in the loose style of impressionism. Students receive individual attention in these small classes. A required supply list is available upon registration.

My Time – El Dorado Hills
Jan. 26: The My Time – El Dorado Hills free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Gilmore Senior Center. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The group is facilitated by Jillien Smith, program supervisor for the Adult and Senior Day Care Services in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 358-3560 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.

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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