What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Spring dinner
May 23: Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, 5 to 8 p.m. and help the Community Resource Center serve veterans, seniors, families and others who are homeless or in danger of losing safe housing. Cost is $15 per person. There will be raffle baskets and a dessert auction. For information or tickets call (408) 460-2061 or visit edcrc.org.

Wounded Veteran run
May 25: The fifth annual Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run fundraiser to benefit local injured veterans through the national Wounded Warrior Project and local veteran-support organizations will be held on Memorial Day at the Folsom Parkway Trail. Register online at woundedveteranrun.org.

A “happy” presentation
May 28: Village Life columnist and El Dorado Hills resident Bob Billingsley will share his insights into “How to be Happy in a Negative World” at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The presentation is free.

Benefit baby shower
May 30: Cornerstone Christian Church, 931 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills, hosts the Tea and Community Baby Shower from 1 to 3 p.m. to benefit Pregnancy Counseling Services in Placerville. Bring an unwrapped gift — clothing for infants to toddlers (no onesies please), diapers, wipes, baby shoes 0-4 and/or gifts for moms — lotions and pampering items and gently used or new maternity clothing would be great. For more information call (916) 933-5683 or visit cornerstoneedh.com.

Self-healing workshop
May 30: Life Enriching Communication will offer a workshop, The Power of Self-Compassion: Keys to Overcome Guilt and Shame, at Federated Church, 438 Main St., Suite E, in Placerville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is based on a sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register or for more information contact Eddie at (916) 409-0879 or [email protected].

Blood drive
June 1: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at El Dorado Hills Regal Cinema, 2101 Vie St., from 2 to 6 p.m. All participants will receive one free movie pass.  Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. For more information call 1-800-995-4420 x60039. For donor eligibility questions call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420.

Business Connects lunch
June 3: Join the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at EDH Fire Station 85. Firefighters will prepare the meal. Speaker TBA. To register call (916) 933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org.

Grants Gala
June 4: Women’s Fund El Dorado invited the  community to its Grants Gala, where the  recipients of more than $60,000 in grants and scholarships will be formally announced, at at  Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. will also include presentations from 2014 grant recipients. Tickets are $25 ($30 after May 28) and must be purchased in advance. Visit womensfundeldorado.org or call (530) 622-5621 for more information.

Meet author Angelica Jackson
June 6: Face in a Book hosts a reading and book signing with Angelica Jackson, author of “Crow’s Rest,” from noon to 2 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Blood drive
June 8: BloodSource and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District will host a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the EDHCSD pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. For more information call (886) 822-5663 or visit bloodsource.org.

BIG Benefest
June 12: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County invites everyone to the first BIG Benefest Concert at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park; Gates open at 6 p.m. Wonder Bread 5 will headline this festive evening that also includes wine tasting, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, vendor booths and more. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students; children 10 and younger get in free. Tickets are available at the door or online at bbbs-edc.org.

Meet local authors
June 13: Face in a Book hosts R.A. Gates, K.D. Blakely, and Cheryl Mahoney, authors of young adult fantasy novels that will transport you to different worlds, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Summer mosaic art classes
June 13, 20 & 27: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, hosts mosaic art classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $15 for all three classes; light lunch included. For more information or to register call (916) 933-1441.

Make Brush Bots
June 15: El Dorado Hills Library staff will visit Face in a Book from 11 a.m. to noon for a  free program for ages 8 and older. Learn how to build a robot with a toothbrush! Build them, name them, race them and take them home. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Meet the authors
June 21: Face in a Book hosts a book signing with Karen Sanders-Betts and Hannah Howerton, author and illustrator of “The Little Lemon That Leapt,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

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

Invention Club
June 1: Fourth- through eighth-grade students are welcome to participate in the brand new Invention Club (iClub), which meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free workshop just starting at the library.

Summer volunteer orientation
June 6: The El Dorado Hills Library is looking for high school students to help run the summer reading program. This is an open call to students ages 14-18 willing to commit to a two-hour shift once a week, June 12 through July 31. Find out more at orientation at noon.

Adult Book Club
June 10: Join the Adult Book Club for a discussion of “Defending Jacob” by William Landay, 6:15 to 8 p.m.

Poodlums perform
June 12: The Poodlums return to the library with their interactive musical performances that consist of original, eclectic music focusing on movement and following directions, learning letters, numbers, counting and body parts, English, Spanish and American Sign Language components plus a lot of imagination and creativity. They will perform two shows, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are required for all summer performers. Pick up your free tickets during library hours beginning June 5.

Summer reading kick off
June 13: 
Be a reading hero at the library this summer as part of the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program, free and fun for all ages. Try out the Super Hero Obstacle Course, make your own mask and cape, strike a pose in the photo booth and win special prizes at the kick-off celebration from 1 to 3 p.m.

Teen Tuesdays
June 16, 23 & 30: Ages 11 and older are invited to Teen Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. Each week, a new event will keep youth engaged: Art & Robaotis (June 16), Zumba (June 23) and Slam Poetry & Open Mic (June 30).

Art Wednesday
June 17 & 24: Art exploration for all ages is offered during this free program with three open sessions: 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.

Magic show
June 18: Brian Scott is our favorite magician. Don’t miss his hilarious and dazzling show at 10 and 11 a.m. Tickets are required for all summer performers. Pick up your free tickets during library hours beginning June 13.

Lego Block Party
June 20: Families are invited to build and create using Legos and Duplo blocks, 1 to 3 p.m. in the community room. Completed projects will be put on display in the Children’s Library.

Mad Science
June 26: We know you have always wanted to figure out how planes fly. This is the show that can teach you. Children will be amazed at the awesome properties of air pressure and what they can do to a roll of toilet paper. What will happen when they can’t take apart a ball no bigger than a softball? Amazing answers await within the Up,Up and Away Show and 10 and 11 a.m. Tickets are required for all summer performers. Pick up your free tickets during library hours beginning June 19.

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 your favorite designs and meet new friends.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Enjoy stories with the El Dorado County Storytelling Guild at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Who Code
Tuesdays: Girls in eighth through 12th grade are welcome to participate in this free club for interested future programmers from 5 to 7 p.m. No experience is necessary, so let the coding begin.

Invention Club
Tuesdays: Fourth through eighth-grade students are welcome to participate in the brand new Invention Club (iClub) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free weekly workshop. For more information e-mail the group leader at [email protected].

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

Senior Stampers
May 22: If you collect stamps, are interested in doing so or just want to learn more about stamps, join us for Senior Stampers at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Bring your stamps, albums, collections and ideas and resources for sharing. Senior Stampers meets monthly on the fourth Friday at the Senior Center. Call the Senior Center for more information.

Get a massage
May 25: Yuko Nagahashi-Lee, Certified Massage Therapist, of Natural Healing Hands will offer 15-minute hand or head/neck massages at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is a $10 suggested donation. Appointments will be scheduled in advance at the Senior Center and walk-ins will be accepted if there are open slots. Yuko specializes in holistic and relaxation massage as well as deep tissue massage and energy work. She has a practice in El Dorado Hills, NaturalHealingHands.com. Call the Senior Center to make an appointment.

Memoir writing class
May 26 through July 14: Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center for the free eight-week class, “Thanks for the Memoirs,” from 1 to 4 p.m. This fun class led by Geri Haskins is about your special memories. Everyone shares and then discusses others’ works. Preregistration is necessary and space is limited. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

Digital camera class
May 29: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers the Getting to Know Your Digital Camera workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. This class is for novice photographers and those whose cameras live in a box. Learn on your own camera. Bring your camera, extra batteries and camera manual; instructor Bob Gouine will show you how to take great photos. Class fee is $29. Preregistration is necessary by calling the EDHCSD registration office at (916) 933-6624.

New book club
June 1: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is sponsoring a newly organized book club, the TAS (Teens and Seniors) Book Club,  being coordinated by ORHS student Kyoko Lee. The kick off meeting will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center. This unique program offers teens and seniors a chance to explore literature.  The book club will meet monthly on the first Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Face in a Book. Call the Senior Center to let us know you will attend.

Drive Smart program
June 2: Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 1 p.m. for the brand new CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart Program. This three-hour classroom program will get you thinking about experiencing functional changes or medical conditions that can affect your ability to drive safely. By carefully monitoring changes, such as your vision or reflexes, and by working with your doctor, you have the ability to change your driving habits or take other corrective steps that allow you to stay safe on the road. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the Placerville office of the California Highway Patrol says warning signs and solutions are the keys to aging well and driving smart. Reservations are a must; call the Senior Center.

Fused glass class
June 4: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a new Fused Glass Plate Class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Students will make a beautiful 8-inch by 8-inch weaved glass plate using fusible glass.Your piece can be a plate, candle/jewelry holder or anything your heart desires! The glass pieces will be kiln-fired by instructor Debra Trapasso, and available for pick-up at the Senior Center at a later date. Beginners are welcome; no experience is necessary. The class fee is $30 payable at the EDHCSD registration office. call (916) 933-6624. There is an additional $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 28.

Caregiver workshop
June 27: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, Visiting Angels Home Care, Gold Country Retirement Community and Marshall Medical Foundation are bringing Julie Interrante, MA, local professor, counselor, pastor and author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart” to facilitate a new workshop: What Happened to My Life – Healing From and Prevention of Compassion Fatigue. Caregivers will learn about compassion fatigue, how to help deal with it and prevent it. Join us at this caregiver “oasis” to begin the journey of authentic self-care. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch following. The $35 registration fee includes lunch and can be paid online at JulieInterrante.com. The registration deadline is June 1, but we anticipate it filling before that. For more information call 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.

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.

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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