What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Harry Potter release party
July 30-31: Galloping gargoyles, Harry Potter returns! Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center celebrates the publication of the special rehearsal edition of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hone up on your Harry Potter trivia and put on your best costume; we’re celebrating with games, treats and prizes. If you purchase your copy in advance, your name will be placed in a drawing for a complete boxed set of Harry Potter books (must be present to win). For more information call (916) 941-9401 or visit getyourfaceinabook.com.

Chamber lunch
Aug. 3: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Saloon & Grill, 879 Embarcadero Drive. Congressman Tom McClintock will speak. to register call (916) 933-1335.

Learning presentation
Aug. 3: Emily Diehl, director of Professional Learning and Curriculum Design for Mindset Works, a venture that helps people grow and reach their full potential, will speak at 6 p.m. at the Oak Ridge High School performing arts theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Through a lively and research based session, parents and students will gain a keen understanding of how to develop a strong growth mindset and the importance of doing so to maximize learning potential.

Blood drive
Aug. 9: BloodSource will hold a community blood drive at El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 and IMAX Theater, 2101 Vine St. The Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information call (916) 453-3039.

Hump Day
Aug. 10: Food Trucks in the Foothills presents the final Hump Day event at Community Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation.

Chamber mixer
Aug. 10: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Steve’s Pizza, 3941 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills. There will be plenty of good conversation, delicious food samples, free beer and wine samples and more. No RSVP required.

Middle schoolers party
Aug. 11 & 18: The Teen Center is throwing a free Welcome to Middle School Party for all incoming El Dorado Hills sixth graders from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Meet the Teen Center staff and walk through the Teen Center as you enjoy free food and lots of fun.

Iron Hills Youth Triathlon
Aug. 13: 
Iron Hills Youth Triathlon offers athletes the opportunity to cross between the sports of swimming, biking and running. Racers must bring their own equipment. Check in is at 7 a.m. at Community Park and the race starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. (6 and younger start at 9:30 a.m.). For more information and to register visit eldoradohillscsd.org.

Meet the Trojans
Aug. 13: Meet and greet the Oak Ridge Trojan football team as they prepare to kick off the 2016 season from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Players will be introduced and cheer and dance teams will perform their latest routines. Walk the Oak Ridge Hall of Fame while players sign autographs. Event concludes with a hot dog eating contest between players and coaches.

Spaghetti feed
Aug. 27: Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Veterans Hall, 1300 Forrest St. To purchase tickets call Jody (916) 837-4283 or Robin (916) 847-5572.

Doggy wash
Sept. 11: St. Stephen’s Church hosts a dog wash from noon to 3 p.m. at the church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. Proceeds will benefit Foothill Dog Rescue. For more information call (916) 933-1441.

Health event
Sept. 23: In partnership with Marshall Medical Center, Holy Trinity Parish’s Health Education Ministry will host a free wellness event for the public where participants may enjoy healthy food bites and wine tasting, Tai Chi and yoga presentations, free health screenings and more from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call (530) 677-3234 or visit holytrinityparish.org.

All About EqWine
Oct. 15: Support All About Equine’s operations and programs at this event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, music and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 per person. Must be 21 or older.

Farmers market
Sundays: The El Dorado Hills Town Center Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities runs 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

Poetry off the Shelves
Aug. 2: 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.

Coloring for grown-ups
Aug. 9: Get in on the adult coloring book craze at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring gardens, ocean scenes, and ornate patterns with other adults. Materials and refreshments provided.

Adult crafts
Aug. 16: Stamp your own designs to make personalized bookmarks from 3 to 4 p.m. Due to limited materials, registration is recommended. This class is limited to 20 people.

Teen Tuesday
Tuesdays: Students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to the El Dorado Hills Library for special activities at 2 p.m.

Art Wednesday
Wednesdays: Open ended art exploration for all ages is offered in two sessions, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library.

Summer storytime
Thursdays: Join Miss Deb and Miss Paula for summer storytime at 10 a.m.

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 Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
(916) 358-3575

Tamale making
July 30: Learn how to make tamales at the senior center’s Tamales … Si class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Students will learn to work the masa, prepare the meat, clean the corn husks and roll, steam and cook tamales. You will make and take your own creations. Reservations are a must as this class fills quickly. The registration deadline is Monday, July 25. Your $20 cash supply fee, payable at the senior center, will hold your spot in the class.

History discussion
Aug. 5: Join local history buff Mike Roberts at 10 a.m. for his final El Dorado Hills history presentation. This month’s topic is The Voice of the Village. Hear how this well-read local newspaper evolved from a small monthly newsletter produced by El Dorado Hills Community Services District staff. Actual Voice of the Village newsletters from years past will be displayed and should trigger some great memories of the early days of our community.

Photo organization class
Aug. 12: Do you have boxes, bags and albums full of family photos and memorabilia that need to be sorted, organized and scanned? Or maybe files and folders on your laptop/iPad? Bring them to the senior center where you will learn to organize them and you can even scan photos in on the high-speed scanner at our Get Your Photos Out of Chaos! class from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Laptops are welcome and bring a flash drive too. You can also work on scrapbook pages if you prefer. Judy Bujold of Captured Moments is our memorabilia-sorting expert. There is a $25 supply fee payable upon registration at the Senior Center. Pre-registration is necessary. The registration deadline is Aug. 9. 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.

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
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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