What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Meet the author
Sept. 27: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a book signing with Catriona McPherson from noon to 2 p.m. When a childhood friend turns up at Gloria’s door, she’s disturbed by his stories of a stalker who is challenging him to meet at the site of a long-ago suicide. She accompanies him to the meeting … where the dead begin to speak. “The Child Garden” has received several starred reviews.

Town hall meeting
Sept. 29: A Community Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85 (El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Wilson Way). The purpose of the meeting is to share with the EDH community a conceptual vision of how the old 98 acre golf course could be used to the greater benefit of the community. The meeting will serve as a presentation of ideas and a brainstorming session to define the desires of the local community.

Meet the ‘tall’ author
Oct. 2: Meet Adonal Foyle, former NBA player and author of “Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game!” at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Foothills Fall Festival
Oct. 3: This fundraising event in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4 to 7 p.m., benefits Team Donate Life and will include music from well-known band Fred McCarty and Company, wine and beer tastings, a barbecue dinner, a miniature Pumpkin Patch and decorating area, bean bag toss, face painting, balloon artist and more! Team Donate Life works to raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation, raise funds to assist those in need either before or after an organ transplant with medical expenses and loss of income from work and travel costs, as well as support critical medical research. For more information visit teamdonatelife.com.

It’s All About EqWINE
Oct. 3: Support All About Equine, an El Dorado Hills-based horse rescue, at its fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. The event includes wine tasting, appetizers, music, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information visit allaboutequine.org/events.

Casablanca in the Hills
Oct. 3: Child Advocates of El Dorado County hosts Havana Nights, a fundraiser for the program, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. For tickets and more information call (530) 6229882, ext. 205, or visit casaeldorado.org.

Book signing
Oct. 4: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a book signing with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of “The Weight of Feathers,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Readers of this imaginative, romantic, young adult novel will be spellbound. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

College fair
Oct. 5: Union Mine High School hosts the El Dorado Union High School District’s annual college fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a special military academy presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. Union Mine is located at 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. For more information visit sites.google.com/a/eduhsd.k12.ca.us/collegefair/home.

ORHS golf tournament
Oct. 5: The Oak Ridge High School Foundation will host its 16th annual golf tournament at Serrano Country Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with tee-off at noon. Proceeds will benefit ORHS science, technology,  engineering, arts and math programs along with new classroom technology and innovation. For more information visit orhsfoundation.com.

Book release party
Oct. 6: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a release party for Rick Riordan’s “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer,” 3 to 5 p.m. Celebrate with food, fun and a chance to win a free copy of the book. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Health family workshop
Oct. 7 through Nov. 11: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, will host a workshop series, “Healthy child, Healthy Family,” from 6 to 7 :30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11. The workshops are free. For more information call (916) 933-1441.

Honor our Troops
Oct. 8: The El Dorado County Association of Realtors hosts the annual Honor Our Troops Spaghetti Feed fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Proceeds support the care packages sent three times a year to the military service people serving in the war zones who are from El Dorado County or have family members in El Dorado County. For more information visit HonorOurTroops.us.

Harvest festival
Oct. 9: Silva Valley Elementary School hosts the HomeTown Harvest Festival fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. With more than 20 exciting games and attractions, including a the Haunted Hay Ride, this is sure to be a great time. The main stage will be filled with amazing acts, merchant vendors will be selling their goods and local food vendors will be there to feed the hungry. Pick up a pumpkin at the El Dorado Hills Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Outdoor movie night
Oct. 9: 
Enjoy a family friendly night out at El Dorado Hills Town Center and watch an outdoor movie, “Hook,” on a giant inflatable screen in the Steven Young Amphitheater.  Show begins at 6:30 p.m. and popcorn will be available. Bring your blankets and chairs. Movie viewing set-up begins at 5 p.m. The event is free. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.

Haunted Hills Asylum
Oct. 9-31:
Enter at your own risk as you journey through a terrifying psychiatric asylum open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. on Sundays at 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 134, El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $6 for a single tour or $10 for unlimited tours (same day only).  Beginning Oct. 1, tickets will be available for pre-sale at Face in a Book and the California Welcome Center. For more information visit eldoradohauntedhouse.com.

Rescue pumpkin patch
Oct. 10: The ninth annual Pumpkin Patch, Pancake Breakfast and Kids Costume contest will be held at Rescue Volunteer Fire Station 83, 5221 Deer Valley Road in Rescue. from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy pumpkin pancakes, or regular pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $5. Ages 6 and younger only $3. During breakfast, check out Model A Fords from Hangtown A’s Club and El Dorado County’s Incredible Wood Fueled Model T Ford. Costume winners will be announced at the breakfast. For more information call (530) 676-1125.

Twisted Carnival ball
Oct. 10: Join Hands4Hope for its sixth annual benefit dinner and costume ball, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. For tickets and more information call (916) 294-7426 or visit hands4hopeyouth.org.

Casino night
Oct. 10: Have fun and help a great cause at Casino Night to benefit the Ponderosa High School boys basketball team. The event is hosted by the Bruin Hoops Boosters organization from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. For more information visit phsbasketball.org.

Book signing
Oct. 11: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a book signing with Antoinette May, author of “The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein,” from 3 to 5 p.m. May’s historical novel brings to life a tragic story of love, betrayal and redemption — and a novelist whose renegade spirit was far ahead of her time. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Dine Out at Pizza Factory
Oct. 14: Head to Pizza Factory, 3421 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, from 5 to 8 p.m. and a portion of your purchase goes to supporting the Ponderosa Sober Grad Night; both dine in and take out apply. Tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. For more information visit phsSoberGradNight.org.

Chamber mixer
Oct. 14: Socialize, mingle and network from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Realty, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110, El Dorado Hills. There will be plenty of good conversation, delicious food and cocktails. Raffle drawing will be available with all proceeds going to the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship fund.

Rock and Gem Show
Oct. 17 & 18: The El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society presents the Rock and Gem show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Find more than 45 dealers featuring gems, jewelry, minerals, beads, petrified wood, fossils, opal, gold, carvings and lapidary material. Enjoy free activities and rocks for children, geode cutting, silent auction, bargain rocks and food right on the premises. For more information visit rockandgemshow.org.

Museum open house
Oct. 18: El Dorado County’s rich and colorful past comes to life as the El Dorado County Historical Museum hosts the public at a free open house from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 104 Placerville Drive, next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. For more information visit museum.edcgov.us.

Inside the Creative Mind
Oct. 22: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents Inside the Creative Mind – Culinary Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. Three renowned restaurateurs and chefs: Kurt Spataro, Molly Hawk, and Randy Aprill, will share their personal journey and participate in a panel discussion on their creative process. For more information visit sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org.

Hall of Fame dinner
Oct. 24: Enjoy a dinner, dancing and drinks fundraiser to benefit Ponderosa High School athletics and clubs. Through alumni we will reminisce about our past and honor past athletes at the Hall of Fame dinner. The community is invited to learn about PHS history, legacy and hopes.The event is hosted by PHS Bruin Den Boosters, a non-profit organization. For more information visit ponderosafootball.org.

BIG Autumn Auction
Oct. 24: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County presents its 13th annual BIG Autumn Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. at Blue Shield of California, 4203 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills For tickets and more information call (530) 626-1222 or visit bbbs-edc.org.

Paranormal Pages
Oct. 30: Four young adult and middle grade authors share paranormal fiction during this special event, 7 to 8 p.m., at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Meet authors Tracy Clark, Linda Covella, Angelica Jackson and Linda Joy Singleton. Costumes optional but welcome. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 31: 
The Halloween Spooktacular is an El Dorado Hills Town Center favorite and will feature trick-or-treating from 3 to 6 p.m. at all Town Center participating businesses. A costume contest for kids and dogs will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater with categories for Most Creative, Hero/Villain or Princess, Funniest and Best Group. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.

EDHCSD farmers market
Thursdays: Support local farms and vendors at the farmers market held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way.

Town Center farmers market
Saturdays: Stock up on fresh vegetables, fruit and more at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Town Center Boulevard.

Library events

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

Dragon Book Club
Oct. 2: Join the Dragon Book Club and explore great fantasy books for third- through fifth-graders from 3 to 4 p.m.

Rainbow loom class
Oct. 6 & 20: Join Bryce and learn to make bracelets and charms on the rainbow loom, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. We will provide looms and all the bands you’ll need. This class is for students 6 years and older. Space is limited; call (916) 358-3501 to reserve your spot.

See The Poodlums
Oct. 9: The Poodlums perform their popular show at 9:30 and to:30 a.m.

Ecocademy for Kids
Oct. 9: Children will learn about conservation and protecting the environment at a presentation from 4 to 5 p.m.

Pet reading partners
Oct. 9 & 23: Practice reading out loud with McCaffrey, Lola and Chuck, trained therapy dogs who love to hear you read, from 3 to 5 p.m. No reservations required.

Adult Book Club
Oct. 14: The Adult Book Club will meet at 6:15 p.m.

A Night @ the Library
Nov. 1: The Friends of the Library invite you to A Night @ the Library from 4 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library. Stroll through the stacks sipping wine and nibbling epicurean delights. Music to soothe, lovely artwork to behold and a drawing and silent auction await guests. Wineries, restaurants and artists from the area will be showcased and original art will be available for purchase. Emcee for the evening will be Dave Bender of KOVR and featured bands include Jazz Report and Island of Black and White. Tickets, which include a complimentary wine glass, are $30 each and available at the library and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce in Town Center. For more information call (916) 933-2130, e-mail [email protected] or visit eldoradolibrary.org.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: The El Dorado County Storytelling Guild returns to share great stories from 3 to 5 p.m.

Invention Club
Mondays: Inventors in fourth through eighth grade are welcome to participate in the brand new Invention Club (iClub). Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free weekly workshop, 5 to 7 p.m.

Erica’s Craft Class
Tuesdays: Crafters ages 10 and older are invited to join Erica every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a different exciting craft project. Supplies will be provided.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays: Join us for this baby lapsit storytime for ages 0 to 24 months at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is an early learning program that integrates elements of child development, best practices of storytimes for young children and the “Listen, Like, Learn” teaching approach.

Early Literacy Storytime
Early Literacy Storytime at 10 a.m. will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) along with the six early literacy skills (oral language, phonological awareness-ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge — what a child knows before entering kindergarten from his/her experiences with living and language).

2’s & 3’s On the Go
Fridays: This fun and interactive toddler storytime is just right for those busy 2- and 3-year-olds. Join us for stories, singing, and dancing fun at 10 a.m.

Senior events

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

Volunteer singer needed
Now: The El Dorado Hills Senior Fun Time Band is looking for a singer. The band is a volunteer organization and plays only for fun. The band plays monthly performances at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center and performs concerts at civic functions, senior retirement homes and senior library programs. The Fun Time Band mainly plays music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. The band practices at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center each Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call Band Director Al Kolthoff at (916) 933-3848.

Internet safety
Sept. 29: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts Doris Blatchford from Intel for the presentation Internet Safety for Silver Surfers at 1 p.m. Seniors will learn about banking online safely, dating websites, Facebook, how to set up strong passwords, how to eliminate popups and much more. Call to hold your spot.

Ballroom dance
Oct. 1-29: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a new beginning Ballroom Dance class on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. On the Thursday following the five-week class, a dance party will be held. Don Frankel will be instructing the class and says “If you can walk and tap your toes in time with music, you CAN dance.” Ballroom dancing is fun, good exercise and studies show it is also a great brain exercise. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot in this free class.

Smart phone class
Oct. 5: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts Smart Phone Camera and Texting Basics …  Snapping, Saving and Sharing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. You will learn camera (photography) and texting basics for any smart phone in this free session taught by Gail Lohmann of Visiting Angels and Abby Lee. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn camera and texting shortcuts that will help you connect to family and friends with ease. Call to hold a spot.

Conversational English class
Oct. 5 through Nov. 6: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a conversational English class on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. This seven-week class is free for those who want to improve their conversational skills in English. If the English language is not your native tongue, join this informal class where you will receive lots of individual attention from instructor Stuart Hinkle. Reservations are required by calling the Senior Center.

Guest speaker
Oct. 6: Join us at El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 1 p.m. to hear guest speaker Sarah Valentine, a health and wellness coach, and Carmill Surritt, a life coach, discuss the four basic desires that every human has: purpose, happiness, freedom and the means for which to enjoy the others. Learn what else is possible in life. Call the Senior Center to reserve a spot.

Oct. 9: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center and its Senior Support Council are holding their annual Oktoberfest beginning at 11 a.m. at the EDHCSD’s gym. Enjoy lots of good food, live entertainment with the Billy C. Haus Party Polka Band, door prizes and more. El Dorado County’s Senior Nutrition program provides the lunch for a cost of $3 for seniors ages 60 and older; $5 for others.  Make your reservation ASAP by calling the Senior Center.

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.

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’s new schedule
Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s Chess Club is moving to a new weekly schedule. The club is now offered weekly 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.

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.

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

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