What’s Happening in and around El Dorado Hills

Community events

Supernatural author returns
Jan. 31: R.J. Machado de Quevedo returns to Face in a Book to sign “Sanctuary of Fire,” the third book in her Deceiver Saga. The fate of humankind hangs in the balance in this supernatural thriller series as protagonist Melanie seeks out celestial artifacts before the enemy can acquire them. The author will be at the store, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills from noon to 2 p.m. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Crab & Tri Tip Feed
Jan. 31: The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills presents its 22nd annual Crab & Tri Tip feed at 6 p.m. at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. The event includes a no-host bar, silent auction and raffle, dessert auction and, of course, delicious, all-you-can-eat crab and tri tip. Tickets are $50 per person now through Jan. 15 and $55 per person after. Purchase tickets at Face in a Book, the California Welcome Center and EDH Fire Station 85 or online at edhcrabfeed.org.

Get help with your taxes
Feb. 1 through April 15: Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at the El Dorado Hills Library and other locations throughout El Dorado County. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to people age 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, provides this service to all ages. All returns are electronically filed at all locations. This method ensures that returns are processed faster and with fewer errors, providing for quicker refunds. Those desiring to use the Tax-Aide program should make an appointment to secure a date, time, and location convenient for them. Call (530) 303-7046.

Author visit
Feb. 7: Face in a Book hosts a book signing with local author Julie L. Grande, co-author of Heaven Sent, from 1 to 3 p.m. A powerful and moving story with a message of faith, “Heaven Sent” tells of a family’s experiences through loss and adversity — and of an unexpected image of heaven that appears in a Polaroid photograph. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Women, Wheels & Waffles
Feb. 7: Autotronics, 2544 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, hosts its fifth annual Women, Wheels & Waffles, a ladies-only event, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a $5 donation requested with funds going to the Food Bank of El Dorado County. This is an excellent venue for moms with daughters who are becoming new drivers, and a great opportunity for those who have been on the road a while to refresh basic working knowledge of vehicles and how to be safe on the road. While breakfast provided by Autotronics, women can walk around and visit the four education stations presented by ASE Certified Technicians: Changing A Tire, Ask the Technician, Checking Your Fluid Levels and Computers and Your Car. These stations will provide you with the fundamentals that are key for making vehicles safe and reliable. For more information call (530) 676-2200 or visit autotronicsrepair.com.

Women’s Connection lunch
Feb. 9: The El Dorado Women’s Connection hosts its monthly luncheon beginning at 11 :30 a.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch highlights will include tasting locally made Winterhill olive oil and speaker Kara Miller, a Desert Storm veteran. Reservations essential; cancellations required by Feb. 3. Call JoAn at (530) 626-6269 or Charlotte at (916) 719-0332.

Dine Out at Pizza Factory
Feb. 11: Have dinner at the Pizza Factory, 5 to 8 p.m., at 3421 Coach Lane in Cameron Park and a portion of your purchase supports the Ponderosa Sober Grad Night. Both dine in and take out apply. Tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. A gift card will be raffled off, so stop by to purchase your raffle tickets. For more information visit phsSoberGradNight.org.

Alzheimer’s planning workshop
Feb. 12: Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park is pleased to co-sponsor the Alzheimer’s Association’s Legal and Financial Planning seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Marshall Community Health Education building, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, Cameron Park. Elder law attorney Dustin MacFarlane will lead this interactive program, sharing important legal and financial issues to consider when dealing with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or similar dementia. Topics will include: legal plans that fit your needs; legal documents and what they mean; locating legal and financial help; long-term care strategies; tax issues; government programs that can help pay for care. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or email [email protected].

Oak Meadow Artwalk
Feb. 19: Come see the Oak Meadow Elementary student art show and support the Oak Meadow volunteer art program. Students will display art inspired by famous artists from around the world. The show takes place from 6 o 8 p.m. in the Oak Meadow Elementary multipurpose room.

Poetry and Prose Evening
Feb. 26: Stop by Face in a Book for an evening of readings by talented local writers including Anara Guard, author of the short story collection “Remedies for Hunger,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guests will to read from her collection and that of poet Marcene Gandolfo, who will read some of her moving and beautifully crafted poems from her book, “Angles of Departure.” For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Book signing
Feb. 28: Face in a Book hosts a book signing with Ann Ralph, author of “Grow a Little Fruit Tree,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Called a “thrilling read for the backyard farmer” by Publishers Weekly, Ralph’s guide offers the secrets to planting and pruning trees so that they thrive even in the smallest backyard. Get it now and decide what tree to plant this year. For more information call (916) 941-9401.

Library events

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

Book sale
Jan. 30 & 31: The Friends of the El Dorado Hills Library host a book sale at the library for members from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday (join at the event for $10) and for the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Dragon Book Club
Feb. 6: Join the Dragon Book Club and explore great fantasy books for third- through fifth-graders from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each month we’ll discuss the chosen book, play a game or make a craft, and celebrate our favorite magical creatures. Members must register for the Dragon Book Club. Call Sandra Kelsey at (916) 358-3501 or e-mail at [email protected]

Daddy & Me Play to grow
Feb. 7: Calling all daddies: It’s time again to play with us and set aside those pesky chores. You and your little one will enjoy exploring age appropriate activities while working on gross and fine motor skills, imaginary play, math (puzzles and shapes), art, music and books. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

Ready to the Rhythm party
Feb. 7: The library staff is celebrating the Winter Reading Club with a special event from 1 to 3 p.m. Play guitar hero, make maracas and bongos from recycled materials, get your face painted and go on a scavenger hunt for prizes.

Adult Book Club
Feb. 11: Join us at 6:15 p.m. as we discuss “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

Valentine craft time
Feb. 12: We will provide all the paper, glitter, stickers and glue you need to make cards for all your friends, family and secret crushes. The fun begins at 2:30 p.m. and is for children in 5th grade and older.

The Poodlums perform
Feb. 13: The Poodlums’ interactive musical performances 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; and imagination and creativity. Join the fun at one of two shows, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Arrive early; these shows fill up fast.

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.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays: Join our wonderful volunteer, Mrs. Lurey, as she shares songs, poems and stories at 11:15 a.m. This storytime is appropriate for children ages 3 to 5.

Classic Story Hour
Tuesdays: Listen to your favorite children’s stories read aloud from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids will be invited to help read character voices and recap previous chapters. Limited copies of each book will be available to read along.

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

Nutrition guest speaker
Jan. 27: Did you know that certain foods can boost our brain power, and others weaken it? Join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 1 p.m. to hear guest speaker Sarah Valentine, health and wellness coach, discuss this very topic. We think of nutrition for our bodies, but how many of us realize it is just as important for our brains? Learn ways you can strengthen your brain, memory and learning capabilities through the food choices we make every day. Call the Senior Center to reserve a spot.

Digital camera class
Jan. 31: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a Getting to Know Your Digital Camera workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. Did Santa bring you a new camera? 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 and instructor Bob Gouine will show you how to take great photos. Class fee is $29. Preregistration is necessary by calling the CSD registration office at (916) 933-6624.

Jewelry class
Feb. 3: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a new Fused Glass Jewelry class from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Students will use different types of specialty glass to make two original and unique pendants. 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 CSD registration office, (916) 933-6624. There is an additional $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 26. Call the Senior Center for additional information.

Learn about the EDH taxi
Feb. 5: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosts Robin Vanvalkenburg from El Dorado Transit at 10 a.m. Robin will explain and introduce the all new Taxi Voucher Transportation Program coming to El Dorado Hills. Low cost taxi rides within El Dorado Hills boundaries will be available to seniors and the disabled soon. This program will run seven days per week. Join us to learn all the details regarding this great new transportation offering. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.

Guitar lessons
Feb. 5-26: Guitar lessons are held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Classes are four weeks long with a class fee of $42. Contact the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD registration office; call (916) 933-6624. The class is taught by local college music instructor Lew Johnson.

Ukulele lessons
Feb. 9 through March 9: Ukulele lessons are held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Mondays. Classes are four weeks long with a class fee of $42. Contact the Senior Center for information on the necessary music book. Registration by credit card is accepted at the CSD registration office; call (916) 933-6624. The class is taught by local college music instructor Lew Johnson.

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
Thursdays: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers Guitar and Ukulele Jam Sessions at 2 p.m. 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. This new programs runs through December. 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.

Send your announcements at least two weeks in advance to [email protected].

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