What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Giving tree
Through Dec. 9: Stop by Snap Fitness, 2203 Francisco Drive in El Dorado Hills, and donate to its Giving Tree, which will benefit the Center for Violence-free Relationships. Members and non-members are welcome to participate.

Photos with Santa
Through Dec. 24: El Dorado Hills Town Center’s original Santa Claus is back spreading cheer. Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take purchased photos. Meet Santa in the California Welcome Center on Post Street next to Cold Stone Creamery.  For more information on Santa Photo hours visit edhtowncenter.com.

Meet the author
Dec. 10: Illustrator and children’s author Jan Brett comes to Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills, at 5 p.m. For more information call Face in a Book at (916) 941-9401.

Dance studio open house
Dec. 12: The El Dorado Dance Academy, 3921 Standstone Drive, Suite 4, El Dorado Hills, hosts an open house at 6 p.m. For more information call (916) 933-0034.

EDH Fire Santa Run
Dec. 12-17: The El Dorado Hills Fire Department and Santa Claus have again teamed up for the annual Santa Run through El Dorado Hills, Latrobe and Rescue. Check out the rout maps online at edhfire.com/santa-run/santa-routes. The grand finale will take place at 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hills Town Center, complete with cookies, hot cocoa and fireworks.

Joint chamber mixer
Dec. 13: The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce joins the El Dorado Hills and El Dorado County chambers at a joint mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Henry’s Steakhouse inside Red Hawk Casino.

Dine Out at Caffé Santoro
Dec. 14: Stop by Caffé Santoro, 3392 Coach Lane and 2531 Merrychase Drive, for coffee, hot chocolate, sandwich or treat from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Ponderosa High School’s Sober Grad Night. Visit phsSoberGradNight.org for more information.

Wild Nights/Holiday Lights
Dec. 16: Join the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and head down to Folsom Zoo Sanctuary to enjoy the wild animals and festive lights. The evening includes a pizza dinner, a unique opportunity to see the zoo animals after dark, an enchanted forest of 50 lit trees, animal presentations by zoo docents, Santa Claus and Santa Paws, rides on the Starlight Express, carolers and more. Call (916) 933-6624 for more information.

Meet the author
Dec. 16: Mystery/thriller writer James L’Etoile comes to Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Small Shop Holiday Boutique
Dec. 17: Local, mom-created brands come together for a special holiday shopping event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5088 Hillsdale Circle in El Dorado Hills. About 10 shops are participating, including a cake baker who will be selling her cupcakes. There will also be a local photographer who will have a holiday themed backdrop for a quick photo shoot for families or for kids, as well as offering discounted packages for future family photo shoots.

Meet the author
Dec. 21: “Food52: Genius Recipes” author Kristen Milgore comes to Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Grant writing workshop
Jan. 10 & 17: The El Dorado Community Vision Coalition presents a two-part grant writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at EDH Fire Station 85, 1051 Wilson Blvd. in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-8482.

Library events

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

Coloring for grown-ups
Dec. 13: Get in on the adult coloring book craze at the library at this event from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring gardens, ocean scenes and ornate patterns with other adults. Materials provided.

Lego Block Party
Dec. 20: 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.

Winter Workshop
Dec. 22: Get crafty and make gifts for your friends and family while you enjoy a sweet treat at this event at noon, free for all ages. The workshop is by the Youth Executive League at the Library.

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 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.

Play 2 Grow
Tuesdays: Join this play group 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

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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