What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills
March 1: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Builder Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EDH Community Services District pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. Sheriff John D’Agostini will speak about happenings in the community. For more information and to register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.
Meet the author
March 3: Sam Silvas, author of “Stanton, California,” will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. In his inspired debut collection, Silvas examines the claustrophobia that comes from growing up in a small town and the enigmatic search for happiness inside and outside of it. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
March 8: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Blender from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ServPro, 4821 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 150, in El Dorado Hills. RSVP not required. For more information call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.
March 11: The El Dorado County Office of Education is partnering with Brandman University to host an education hiring event for EDCOE countywide programs and school districts. Attendees will receive information and application instructions for certificated and classified positions, including substitute opportunities. Individual programs and school districts will be onsite to answer questions and meet face-to-face with potential new employees. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville, activity building L. To register and for more information visit 2017springeducationjobfair.eventbrite.com or edcoe.org (under Spotlight).
A ‘Bruncha’ Dreams
March 11: The Hands4Hope Youth Leadership invites everyone to A “Bruncha” Dreams, a brunch event benefitting The Sweet Dreams Foundation and the Hands4Hope Leadership Program, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The brunch is completely organized by youth. For more information or to purchase tickets visit hands4hopeyouth.org or call Joe Goulart at (916) 294-7426.
March 16: El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free employer presentation with Stanfield Systems from 10 a.m. to noon at county Child Support Services (Carlton meeting room), 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event Stanfield Systems representatives will share information about their organization and job opportunities. Participants should bring their résumés and dress professionally. Stanfield Systems is located in Folsom. For more information call (530) 642-4850. To reserve a seat visit bit.ly/2lswbeS.
Meet the author
March 25: Lynn Carthage, author of “Avenged,” will appear at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 2 to 4 p.m. In “Avenged,” the third and final book of The Arnaud Legacy, a one-time serving girl to the mistress of the mansion reaches from the past to try to save innocent lives. For more information call (916) 941-9401.
China trip meeting
March 30: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts an informational meeting about a unique opportunity to experience the Chinese culture, history and business during a special trip this October. The meeting will be held at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills’ Town Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A representative from Citslinc will attend the meeting to answer questions regarding the trip.
April 6-9: With more than 40 years dedicated to the creation of fairs and festivals, Butler Amusements will once again be bringing their expertise to El Dorado Hills. The carnival will include thrilling rides and fun for all ages at a new location this year — next to Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills. Starting March 20 pre-sale tickets will be available at California Welcome Center. For information visit edhtowncenter.com.
April 8: The annual Easter event runs from 10 a.m. to noon with the Egg Hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp in the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater. Candy and prize-filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grass areas by the lake. There will also be a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny, magic show, music, face painting and balloon artists, rain or shine. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.
Mito Kids Walk
April 22: Come out and run or walk to support Help Mito Kids nonprofit and the 4,000 children born every year with the genetically inherited mitochondrial disease. The event begins at 8 a.m. To register for this fun run or to find more information regarding mitochondrial disease visit helpmitokids.org.
April 29: Friends of Seniors invites everyone to its sixth annual spaghetti feed from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Seniors’ Emergency Fund. Adult tickets are $10 each and $5 for children younger than 10. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, lemonade, coffee, tea and dessert. There will be drawings, a giving tree and a no host bar. Mail your check to: Friends of Seniors, PO Box 564, Placerville 95667. For more information call (530) 334-6090 or email [email protected].
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 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.
El Dorado Hills Library
7455 Silva Valley Parkway
March 1: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
March 2: The library celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Circus of Smiles and the Dr. Seuss Silly Circus Show at 4 p.m. Enjoy a Seussical Scavenger Hunt and Cat in the Hat craft after the show. Free admission for all ages.
Poetry Off the Shelves
March 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.
Dragon Book Club
March 9: 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.
Lego Block Party
March 21: 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.
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.
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.
El Dorado Hills Gilmore Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
March 7: The new iPads are wonderful tools that can almost replace your PC. We’ll show you how to set up your iPad, browse the web, email, read books and how to incorporate into your daily life. If you are a beginner this class is for you. This class is restricted to the Apple iPad only. Bring your iPad, fully charged. Reservations are a must; we need to obtain important information from you.
March 10: Do you have a craft, hobby or fascinating collection that you’d love to show off? Are you interested in learning about handmade creations made by other seniors in the community? Showcase your hard work and talents at 1 p.m. at the senior center. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to hold your spot by March 1.
Spring Fever Tea Party
March 21: Kick off spring with a Tea Party hosted by Tea Xotics in El Dorado Hills Town Center at 10:30 a.m. We will enjoy tea tastings, as well as receive a Tea 101 lesson on the origin and brewing process of their teas. The party includes tastings, pastries and several tea samples to take home. Please note offsite location where the group will meet. Preregistration deadline March 7.
Step Back into History
March 24: Explore El Dorado County history and many other fun facts as we take a trip back in time. We will be taking a tour of the El Dorado County Historical Museum located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. After the tour we will enjoy a no-host lunch on Main Street. Registration deadline is March 10. The fee includes transportation. We will depart from the church parking lot across from the Gilmore Senior Center at 9:15 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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