What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Haunted house
Through Oct. 31: 
Scare4Hope hosts the Twisted Fairytale Haunted House in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 134. Prepare for a night of horror and terror as you are taken on a trip through your favorite fairytales and worst nightmares. Admission is $6 per person; $5 with a canned food donation. For more information visit scare4hope.com.

Silva Valley Harvest Festival
Oct. 21: Join the fun at Silva Valley Elementary school, 3001 Golden Eagle Lane in El Dorado Hills, at the There’s No Place Like Silva Valley Harvest festival, 5 to 9 p.m., featuring carnival games, inflatables, activity booths, food, music and more. Admission is free.

Spirits mixer
Oct. 27: The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and Dry Diggings Distillery host a mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 5050 Robert J Mathews Parkway in El Dorado Hills. Learn how Dry Diggings makes spirits, taste, network and more. MORE will provide a no-host bar and guests will also enjoy free hot dogs courtesy of Solis Collision Center.

Pumpkin Patch Splash
Oct. 29: Begin your quest for the perfect Halloween pumpkin at the Pumpkin Splash Patch at the EDHCSD community pool from 2 to 4 p.m. Children ages 3 to 10 should wear their swimsuits so they cam jump in, select their pumpkin, decorate it and take it home. For more information visit eldoradohillscsd.org

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 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, Cutest, Scariest and Best Group. This year a photo contest will be held as well. For more information visit edhtowncenter.com.

Chamber lunch
Nov. 2: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Norm Rowett Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. This month’s lunch is sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and features speaker Jan Melnicoe, who will discuss how mental health is good for business. To reserve a seat call (916) 933-1335.

Oak Meadow Harvest Festival
Nov. 4: Oak Meadow Elementary School, 7710 Silva Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, invites the community to its first Harvest Festival, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring food trucks, a hay maze, community booths, games and activities, a fortune teller, bingo for books, a book fair, scarecrow raffle, tile painting and more.

Outdoor movie night
Nov. 4: Enjoy a family friendly night out at Town Center and watch an outdoor movie featuring “Elf” on a giant inflatable screen at 6:15 p.m. Bring your blankets and chairs. Event is free and popcorn will be served For more information on movie visit edhtowncenter.com.

Meet the authors
Nov. 5: Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center welcomes authors Lori Mortenson and Danna Smith from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special storytime and book signing.

Wag ‘n’ Whine
Nov. 5: El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue hosts it annual fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at Total Wine and More, 2765 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom. Guests will enjoy a private wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and a raffle. For tickets and more information visit edcgsr.com.

Blues and Brews
Nov. 5: The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hils repsents Blues and Brews for Vets featuring Tia Carroll at Lakehills Church in El Dorado Hills. This fun event is a fundraiser supporting veterans’ projects and programs. For tickets and more information visit edhblues.com.

Free memory screening
Nov. 6: El Dorado County Adult Day Services is providing free memory screenings from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Adult Day Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. To reserve an appointment for a screening call (916) 358-3565. The event is held in recognition of National Memory Screening Week, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Chamber mixer
Nov. 9: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly mixer hosted by The Mansour/Nagle Partnership. Come out to socialize, mingle and network from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No RSVP required.

Blood drive
Nov. 14: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts a community blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Norm Rowett Paviolion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Eat and drink before donating and don’t forget your photo ID.

Farmers market
Sundays: The El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities every Sunday through Oct. 30. Visitors will enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local area farms, as well as homemade honey, jams, cheeses and other household favorites.

Library events

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

Magical Moments for the Exceptional Child
Oct. 19 & 26: This storytime, play group and support group meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. is designed especially for special children ages 2-5 years old with exceptional needs and their families. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing: Katie Rinehart ([email protected]) or Debbie Arenas ([email protected]).

Harry Potter Halloween party
Oct. 20: The party starts with a magic show at 5 p.m. followed by Hogwarts themed crafts and games for the whole family. Wear your costumes and bring your goodie bags.

Paper craft class
Oct. 25: Personalize any gift card you give by making your own gift card holder at this event for teens and adults from 5 to 7 p.m. Customize your design by choosing the perfect color and pattern to present your gift.

Mansour legacy presentation
Oct. 26: The Clarksville Region Historical Society presents an evening with Tony Mansour, the man whose vision defined modern-day El Dorado Hills, at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library. Tony will describe his acquisition of the failed “new town” project in 1981 and the planning effort that went into the 1988 specific plan, which provided a blueprint for modern-day El Dorado Hills and the mechanisms to fund the requisite infrastructure.

Book sale
Oct. 29:
The Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library host a book sale at the library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Together We Grow
Mondays: First 5 El Dorado and El Dorado County Office of Education invites you to spend time with your child playing, creating and making new friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Katie Rinehart at (530) 919-6898.

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 us 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.

Play 2 Grow
Tuesdays: Join this playgroup that meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more information contact Katie Rinehart at (530) 919-6898.

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

Memory speaker
Oct. 18: Denise Davis from The Greater Sacramento Alzheimer’s Association will speak at the El Dorado Hills Gilmore Senior Center at 1 p.m. The topic, “Maximizing Your Memory: Tips and Strategies,” will cover how memory works, the difference between normal and abnormal memory loss and tips for increasing your memory. You will also learn the three keys to maintaining brain health. Call the center to make your reservation.

Senior speed dating
Oct. 19: A speed dating event for ages 70 and older will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Folsom Senior Center. Based on the recently premiered documentary, “The Age of Love,” speed dating is a safe and fun way for seniors to meet others their own age who are seeking friendship and companionship.  The women’s registration is currently on a wait list basis and more men are needed to obtain an equal number of participants. The program fee is $10 with registration being accepted at Folsom Senior Center. Call (916) 355-7285.

Classic movie
Oct. 20: Do you remember when? Join host Bill Ho as we step back into the time of movies with good, clean fun. We will watch the classic “Oklahoma,” starring Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones, at 1 p.m. at the Gilmore Senior Center. The first 20 people who sign up will be entered into a special prize drawing. Join us for popcorn and special fun. For more information, or to sign up to attend, call the center.

Wine 101
Oct. 22 & 29: The El Dorado Hills Gilmore Senior Center offers a two-session Wine 101 class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class topics include growing the grapes, harvesting, factors that affect the taste of wine such as fermentation, sugars, aging, and bottling, tasting room etiquette and more. The first session will be held at Gilmore Center. The second classroom and tasting session is off-site at Total Wine, 2765 E. Bidwell  in Folsom. Preregistration is necessary. The supply fee is $15 and payable at the second class. Call the center to hold a spot.

Work with clay class
Oct. 28 and Nov. 18: The Gilmore Senior Center in El Dorado Hills offers a brand new two-part Clay Polymer Charms and Trinkets class on Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. These tiny creations would make great hand-made gifts for all ages. Local teen Erica Aguilar will  instruct and assist seniors with learning this skill. You can even sign up your grandchildren to attend with you. No art experience is required. All materials are included in the $35 class fee. The preregistration deadline is Oct. 17.

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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