What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Volunteer at Marshall
Now: The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is recruiting new volunteers. Work with a wonderful group of volunteers, with many different jobs. If interested call for an interview at the auxiliary cottage at (530) 626-2643 or call Mary O’Brien at (530) 677-3543; leave a message and someone will return your call. Volunteers must be 21 years old or older.

Tax counseling
Through April 15: Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons age 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, provide this service to all ages. Those desiring to use the Tax-Aide program are encouraged to make appointments to secure a date, time and location convenient for them. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. For appointments at the Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills libraries call (530) 303-7046.

EDH blood drive
April 14: BloodSource will hold an El Dorado Hills Community blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way. The Bloodmobile will park in the parking lot behind the pavilion. Participants earn MyBloodSource rewards which can be redeemed for great items like movie tickets and coupons for Baskin Robbins ice cream. For more information visit bloodsource.org or call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420.

Women’s Connection lunch
April 14: The Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection hosts its month luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Guests will learn about A Ranch of Light, an organization that reaches out to at-risk kids, and speaker Lori Hartin will share a story. Reservations essential and all cancellations must be made by April 10. Call Barbara at (916) 806-8057 or JoAn at (530) 626-6269.

Passover Seder
April 18: Temple Kol Shalom, a reform Jewish Congregation which meets near El Dorado Hills, invites the community to a community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Jewish people worldwide celebrate Passover to recall their release from slavery in ancient Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, led by Moses, as described in the Bible. Passover, which starts on April 15 this year and lasts eight days, is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. It begins with a special Passover meal called a Seder —  a dinner with family and friends where the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt is retold. A limited number of seats are available for the Temple Kol Shalom Seder.  For more information call (916) 221-4050 or email templekolshalom@gmail.com.

Spring Egg Hunt
April 19: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosts its annual egg hunt from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Promontory Community Park, 2700 Alexandra Way. Activities include the hunt, arts & crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Author at Peet’s
April 19: Tiffany Chen, author of “The Proverbs 31 Woman” will sign copies of her book at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 1290 E Bidwell St., Suite 110, Folsom from 1 to 3 p.m. Chen will share her personal struggle to be “The Proverbs 31 Woman,” proving that any woman following these simple principles will become a virtuous woman of God.

Author booksigning
April 25: Face in a Book hosts a booksigning with Jenny Lundquist for “The Princess in the Opal Mask” at 6 p.m. This author of middle-reader books “Plastic Polly” and “Seeing Cinderella” has ventured into the young adult genre with a page-turning novel about twin princesses separated at birth. Face in a Book is located at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Mito Kids walk
April 26: Help Mito Kids hosts its annual 5k run/walk at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m. and walkers follow at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. For more information visit helpmitokids.org.

Drug Take-Back Day
April 26: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is participating in National Drug Take-Back Day by collecting unused and/or unwanted prescription medication, no questions asked, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off locations include the El Dorado Hills substation, 4354 Town Center Blvd., Suite 112, and the main office, 300 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Town Center Criterium
April 27: The third annual Town Center Criterium, presented by Town Center Bike and Tri includes several  races throughout the day, starting at 8 a.m. Avid bike riders are encouraged to pre-register as category slots are expected to fill up quickly.  Racers will race around 90-degree turns, entering and exiting Town Center Boulevard, connected by the horseshoe-shaped corner of Post and Vine Streets. Medals and awards will be given to the top three finishers in all categories. Spectators are also welcome to cheer on Criterium competitors at Town Center. For information visit tcbikeandtri.com.

District 4 Candidate presentations
April 30: The eight El Dorado County District 4 supervisor candidates will appear at the Grange in Coloma, 319 State Highway 49. Meet and greet the candidates at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presentations start promptly at 7:30, after which candidates will field questions from the public. Appearing will be Scott McNeil, Tim Palmer, Lori Parlin, Howard Penn, Mike Pettibone, Winston Pingrey, Michael Ranalli, and Dave Souza.

Spring Craft Faire
May 1: Join the Cameron Park Friends of the Library for the Spring Craft Faire, noon to 7 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library. Browse gift selections including: dried flower arrangements, quilts, gift baskets, decorated gourds, homemade soaps and lotions and many more gift items to honor women in your life. Money raised at the event will purchase books, e-books, audio books, equipment, furniture, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, CDs and provided funding for children, teen and adult programs.

Underage drinking town hall
May 1: El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations and public agencies to host a forum on the topic of underage drinking during which youth will take a lead role. The meeting will take place from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. For more information call (916) 941-8482 or visit edhVisionCoalition.org.

Toast to Education
May 3: Buckeye Education Foundation hosts its annual Toast to Education fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Community Clubhouse, 2020 Clubview Drive in El Dorado Hills. Toast to Education is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the foundation, which supports the Buckeye Union School District’s seven schools. Tickets are available at $75 per person and can be purchased online at BuckeyeFoundation.org or at any of the district school campuses.

Ruff Road Race
May 4: Oak Ridge Track and Field hosts its annual Ruff Road Race in celebration of Josh Ruff beginning at 8 a.m. at Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. Participants can run/walk the Ruff Road Mile or the 5k. For more information and to register visit ruffroadrace.com.

Spring dinner
May 24: The Community Resource Center hosts a fundraiser to help provide housing, supportive services and homelessness prevention. Celebrate Memorial weekend with us at the Vets Hall, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person; $5 for children younger than 10; kids younger than 3 eat free. We will have a pasta feast, silent auction, dessert dash and more. Tickets available at the door and at  edcrc.org. For more  information call (408) 460-2061.

Wounded Veteran Run
May 26: The fourth 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. This year, the Purple Heart Fund and the El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial Park have been added as additional beneficiaries. The run has a 9 a.m. start on the Folsom Parkway Trails located behind the Plaza at 25005 Blue Ravine Road, near the corner of North Parkway Drive and Blue Ravine Road. Register online at woundedveteranrun.org. Fees are 3K: $30; 5K and 10K: $35; and children 11 and younger (any event): $15. For more information contact Courtney Hvostal, president, Wounded Veteran Run, at (530) 683-5230 or courtney@woundedveteranrun.org.

Library events

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

Pajama Storytime & Teddy Bear Sleepover
April 16: Wear your comfy PJs and bring along your favorite teddy bear or plush friend for an evening of story fun at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library. Before you return home, you will tuck your teddy into bed. When you return the following morning to pick him up, we’ll have tales to tell about the teddy bears’ adventures during the night. Have juice and muffin with your teddy bear before taking him home.

Poodlums return
April 18: The Rollicking Poodlums are back for two programs, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library. Join us for live music from our favorite band. Families are welcome to come to sing, dance and learn.

Storytellers Guild
Mondays: Enjoy stories and songs with the El Dorado Hills Library’s wonderful storytellers at 3:30 p.m. A craft will follow most of the time. All ages are welcome.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays: Join our wonderful Mrs. Lurey as she shares songs, poems and stories with 3- to 5-year-olds. Preschool storytime happens at 11:15 a.m.

Creative Writers Club
Tuesdays: Do you love to write? Do you want to explore your ideas with others? Meet other high school age writers at the El Dorado Hills Library at 3:30 p.m.

Rainbow Loom Club
Wednesdays: Bring your loom and we’ll provide the rubber bands every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Share your projects, learn new patterns, teach others your favorite designs and meet new friends! Master rainbow loom makers and beginners alike from ages 7 and up are welcome to join us at the El Dorado Hills Library community room.

Early Literacy Storytime
Thursdays: Join Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kathleen for a fun-filled story time of stories, songs and craft at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. This Early Literacy Storytime focuses on five playful and simple ways to prepare your child to become a delighted reader. Ideal for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays: Mother Goose on the Loose is a developmentally appropriate activity for little ones, 0 to 18 months, and their caregivers who engage in song, rhyming and reading for lots of fun. So turn your cell phone off, leave the laundry for later and come join us at this baby story time at 9:30 a.m.

2’s and 3’s On the Go
Fridays: Join Ms. Debbie for stories, songs and movement at 10:30 a.m. This interactive toddler story time is geared towards 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

Fantasy Book Club
Fridays: Join us at 3:30 p.m. for a book club dedicated to reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy books, led by teen volunteer Alex. High School aged teens are welcome to join.

Senior events

El Dorado Hills Senior Center
990 Lassen Lane
(916) 358-3575

Lifetime accomplishments
April 17: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts a presentation by guest speaker Michael Brandt — “What’s on Your Bucket List?” — at 10 a.m. Learn to create your own list of things you want to accomplish in this lifetime. This is an interactive presentation, bring a list of two or three bucket list items for starters. Call the Senior Center to hold a spot.

Guest speaker
April 22: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts local resident Jo Ann Perry, a member of numerous area garden clubs, at 1 p.m. Jo Ann will speak about the history of Victorian floral bouquets (also known as “tussie mussies”). Each floral/herbal component of these small flower arrangements has a meaning. Participants will have a hands-on experience of constructing one of these “nose-gays” to take home. Reservations are a must! Call the Senior Center to reserve a spot.

Fun Time Band celebration
April 25: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center celebrates the eighth anniversary of its own Senior Fun Time Band with a special concert at 1 p.m. If attendees would like to come for Senior Nutrition Lunch prior to the concert, lunch is served at noon (check in 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.). The Senior Fun Time Band, under the direction of Al Kolthoff, began rehearsing at the Senior Center (prior to its official opening) in April 2006. The band performs a monthly concert for seniors, the last Friday of each month at 1 p.m

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
Mondays & Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers both Guitar and Ukulele Jam Sessions. Uke Jam is on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Guitar Jam is held on Thursdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The drop-in fee for each session is $5. Participants should know the basics of the instrument and not be brand new beginners (lessons are available for new beginners). These groups get together to increase playing skills and add songs to their repertoire. The instructor is local music teacher Lew Johnson. 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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