What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

H4H haunted house
Through Oct. 31: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Hands4Hope opens its haunted house, Temple of Terror, at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Haunting hours are 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m on Sundays. Travel the most treacherous spots of the ancient universe, escaping ominous danger all around including snakes, spiders, mummies and more; solve devious puzzles and avoid deadly traps. The cost is $8 per person Friday and Saturdays and $6 Sundays. A $12 wristband is available for unlimited entries per day. The Temple of Terror is recommended for visitors ages 10 and older. For more details visit hands4hopeyouth.org.

Sober Grad Night pie sale
Through Nov. 9: ORHS Sober Grad Night is offering delicious, ready-to-bake pies and treats for the holidays freshly made to order by Grandpa’s Cellar in Apple Hill. Items are delivered unbaked and frozen — ready for your freezer, to pop in the oven or to give as holiday gifts. Pie pick up will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Oak Ridge. To order, visit orhsgradnight.org.

New member orientation
Oct. 29: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts this informal presentation designed to help people get the most out of their membership. The orientation is open to all members and will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St. in El Dorado Hills. Visit eldoradohillschamber.org to register.

Read to the Dogs
Oct. 30: Young readers can improve their skills by reading to a patient, non-judgmental dog. Jim and Annmarie L’Etoile and their therapy-trained Corgis will be at Face in a Book from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a special Read to the Dogs evening. Children will love this chance to read out loud to a furry friend. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 31: The Halloween Spooktacular is a Town Center favorite and will feature trick-or-treating from 3 to 6 p.m. at 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.

Two author visit
Nov. 6: It’s double the fun when authors Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark Huntley Parsons come to Face in a Book from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Random House authors have been crossing the country on their “He Said, She Said” tour, sharing writing tip, dealing with agents and publishers, the book-to-movie experience,and the general non-stop fun of having two writers in one family. Wendelin is the author of the popular young adult novel “Flipped,” the highly entertaining Gecko and Sticky books and the Edgar Award-winning Sammy Keyes mystery books for middle readers. Mark is on tour for his exciting new young adult book “Road Rash.” Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Glass Mosaic classes
Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 & 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.

Help Mito Kids fundraiser
Nov. 12: Enjoy a Ladies Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. at Casa Ramos, 2023 Vine St,, Suite 200, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The event will include vendor booths, a raffle and a special food and drink menu. Proceeds benefit Help Mito Kids. For more information call (916) 833-6587.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake
Nov. 15: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County hosts Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Knotty Pine Lanes in Pollock Pines. We will have two lane times. First will be from 10 a.m. to noon and the second is from 1 to 3 p.m. Bowl For Kids’ Sake is a fun way to raise money and make a difference in a child’s life. It doesn’t cost you to bowl or rent shoes, you just ask people to sponsor you (the minimum to raise is $500 per team). Join a pre-existing team or be a team captain and gather four to six friends, family members or colleagues. Register your team by calling Laurie at (530) 626-1222 or go to our website, bbbs-edc.org, and click on the Bowl For Kids’ Sake logo.

Empty Bowls Supper
Nov. 15: Enjoy bread, beverage and a hearty bowl of home-made soup served in handmade ceramic bowls donated by local potters and students at the annual Empty Bowls Supper from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Placerville. Keep the bowl as a reminder that hunger exists.  Start your holiday shopping with the silent auction and fair trade vendors. Live music is provided by Coloma Celtic. Suggested donation is $15 up to as much as you can give, per person. Children younger than 10 are admitted free but do not receive a bowl.  For more information, check us out on Facebook at Empty Bowls Placerville.

Rescue fundraiser
Nov. 15:
El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue hosts the Wag ‘n Whine wine tasting fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at Total Wine, 2765 E Bidwell St. in Folsom. This private wine tasting event will also feature hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Must be 21. Tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets visit edcgsr.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Crab & Chowder Gala
Nov. 15: The El Dorado County Fair Association hosts the ninth annual Crab & Chowder Gala at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the Forni Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. In addition to all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, Old Town Grill will provide Clam Chowder, also served will be pasta, green salad and bread. Guests will be entertained by local band Rebel Stoke, enjoy a no-host bar and may participate in silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $45 per person and available at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at eldoradocountyfair.org or at Cool Feed and Ranch Supply in Cool.

Surviving the holidays after the loss of a loved one?
Nov. 16: In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement … but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety, depression or dread. You are not alone. At the GriefShare Surviving the Holidays Event, you will connect with support, encouragement and advice to survive the holidays. This short gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rolling Hills Christian Church will help you discover stress-reducing ideas and why it’s still possible to celebrate this holiday season. The church is located at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills. Contact Tricia Mobbs at triciamobbs@gmail.com or (916) 220-8590 for information and registration.

Book signing with Margie Yee Webb
Nov. 21: Margie Yee Webb comes to Face in a Book from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to sign “Not Your Mother’s Book … on Cats,” an anthology of short pieces by cat owners and cat lovers. Margie, the author of “Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings,” a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and a supporter of several animal welfare organizations and shelters in Northern California, was purrfectly suited to edit this volume of delightful and poignant stories about our furry friends. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Book signing with Cindy Sample
Nov. 22: Cindy Sample comes to Face in a Book from 1 to 3 p.m. to celebrate the publication of “Dying for a Dude,” book four in her humorous romantic mystery series. We loved “Dying for a Date,” Dying for a Dance” and “Dying for a Daiquiri.” Now we’re looking forward to the further adventures of Laurel McKay and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Det. Hunter. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Tree lighting
Nov. 29: The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 4 to 8 p.m., in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills CSD. This year, the event will feature a Holiday Caroling Contest as part of the entertainment, with three groups chosen to perform live onstage.  Groups of all ages are asked to submit entries via YouTube to marketing@tcmgroupinc.com.  The song must be a recognizable holiday carol with a length of no more than 5 minutes. Groups should have a minimum of two individuals and a maximum of eight. Musical instrument playing is optional and a band will be provided at the live performance. The deadline for entry is Monday, Nov. 10.  Winners will be announced on Nov. 14. The first 150 kids to arrive at the tree lighting will be invited to play the “Stuff Your Stocking” game. Enjoy live entertainment with the music of Five for Dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. The Holiday Caroling Contest will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. while families wait for Santa’s arrival on his traditional EDH fire truck to light the tree with magic glitter.

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 Nov. 1 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.

Town Center farmers market
Sundays: El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, gifts and more at the event on Town Center Boulevard.

Library events

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

Creative Writing & Fantasy Book Club
Oct. 29 and Nov. 19: High School students are invited to join this club that meets from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. most Wednesdays. This youth-led club encourages creative writing and celebrates fantasy books. Each meeting will include individual writing exercises, peer reviews and group book discussions.

Lego Block Party
Nov. 8: Show off your master building skills from 1 to 3 p.m. Everything made will be put on display in the Children’s Library.

Dragon Book Club
Nov. 14: 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. Our first book will be Cornelia Funke’s, “Dragon Rider.” 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.

Night at the Library
Nov. 16: The Friends of the Library invite you to A Night at 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 you. 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 are $30 each and include a complimentary wine glass. Purchase tickets at the El Dorado Hills Library and El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce in Town Center. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the El Dorado Hills Library. For additional information call (916) 933-2130, e-mail smbmsw@Comcast.net or visit the website.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Nov. 29: It’s game tournament time! This time we’re playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl on Nintendo Wii. A $10 entry fee earns players a slice of pizza and the chance to win the $100 grand prize. Registration beings at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Players may bring their own controllers or use what the library has on hand; choices are limited. This tournament is recommended for ages 12 and older. Younger players will be admitted but they’re opponents will be chosen at random with no consideration for their age.

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 you 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. (beginning Sept. 9). 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 with.

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

Guitar lessons
Oct. 30 through Nov. 20: Join us for our next Intro to Guitar class specifically for seniors taught by local college music instructor Lew Johnson. This four-week class has a $42 fee. Guitar lessons are held on Thursdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Call the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD Registration Office at (916) 933-6624.

Holiday leftover cooking class
Nov. 1: Let’s do something different with holiday leftovers. How about turkey quiche with leftover stuffing for the crust! Also get tips and ideas with what to do with leftover mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and even cranberry sauce. You will receive recipes and sample a collection of after-feast favorites. Taught by local college professor Nancy Porter of Nutrition by Nancy, class will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Your $20 cash supply fee is required to hold your spot. Registration deadline is Oct. 24. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

Ukulele lessons
Nov. 3-24: Ukulele lessons will be held for four weeks on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Taught by local college music instructor Lew Johnson, this four-week class has a $42 fee. Call the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD Registration Office at (916) 933-6624.

Wreath making class
Nov. 6: Taught by local resident Syd Whittle, the El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts Wreath Making … Au Naturale!,  a wreath making class featuring wreaths made of pinecones and natural materials. This class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A $5 (cash) materials fee will hold your spot in the class. Call the Senior Center to reserve your spot by Oct 30.

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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