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*** 2019 ***

FEBRUARY 2019

February 1

Dance Night * Shingle Springs * Held on the first Friday of each month at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Come to 4440 South Shingle Road at 7pm with a partner or by yourself for music and dancing. Light refreshments served or bring your own. Music by DJ Jamie Faw, $5 gets you in the door. More info: Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

February 1 - 24

Theater: 'Vanities' * Imagination Theater * Written by Jack Heifner and directed by Alisyn Gularte, 'Vanities' is a fast-moving comedy in three scenes chronicling the lives of three small-town women coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s. The storyline revolves around the evolution of each woman, developing from high school student to college sorority sister, and into adult. Starring Jody Klemens, Holly Slaverstine and Karen Wolfe. 'Vanities' performances are Thursdays-Sundays with evening and matinee times. For tickets and more info: imaginationtheater.net, and the Imagination Theater Box office at 530-642-0404.

February 2

Gardening Class * "Spring & Summer Vegetables" is the topic Zack Dowell, an El Dorado County Master Gardener, will cover, 9-Noon, at the Government Center Hearing Room, Bldg C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

February 2

Pine Needle Basket Class * Coloma Area * Learn the technique of coiling and how to start a basket out of pine needles in this one-day workshop, 9-4pm, led by basket-maker and ARC member, Nettie Fox. For all levels from beginning through advanced. All materials will be provided and space is limited. You'll get information on collecting, storing, and dyeing pine needles. You'll learn all about materials, embellishments, and a little history on the art of pine needle basket-making. Additional supplies will be available for purchase. Ages 12+ welcome, with adult supervision. Cost: $40/members, $50/non-members. More info and to sign up, julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 2

Mantra Night Kirtan * Placerville *Free on 1st Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30pm. Rest your heart and mind in sacred sound. Kids welcome. Refreshments provided. Placerville Kirtan Group held at Main Street Yoga, 447 Main St., Placerville. Contact: Terry, 530-391-0742.

February 3

Super Sunday Food Drive * The Youth Group of Faith Episcopal Church invites the community to tackle hunger at home on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. The youth group holds its annual food drive for the Food Bank of El Dorado County and encourages everyone to drop off non-perishable food donations prior to the big game. This food drive is among the largest single-day donation supporting the Food Bank. Members of the community are invited to donate canned and non-perishable food and attend the youth-led worship services at either 8am or 10am on Sunday, Feb. 3. Food can be dropped off in the church parking lot before and after the services at 2200 Country Club Dr, Cameron Park. More info: Faithec@faithec.org or 530-676-5348.

February 3

Hike the Cronan Loop Trail * Pilot Hill Area * Hike a challenging loop at the Cronan Ranch Trails, 8:30-11am (approx.), with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley. Come enjoy a variety of terrain, great views of the river, and the rolling prairie on this challenging 5-7-mile hike with some elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. (Amy is a community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info and to sign up, julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 9

Tai Chi-Qigong * Let the open space of Wakamatsu Farm enhance your overall wellness using movement exercises, 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Gigi Tze-yue Hu is a semi-retired Asian Studies educator and author. She offers easy Tai Chi – Qigong classes to select community groups. Ages 8+ welcome with adult. No prior experience is required. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area. Rain may change location). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. Sign up: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 9

Gardening Class * El Dorado County Master Gardeners teach this session "Open Garden Day w/ Emphasis on Straw Bale Gardening, Cold Frames and other Season Extenders." The Succulent Garden is also open. Open Garden Days occur every 2nd Saturday. Instructor Barry Wold & Team, plus Bobbie Handen, 9-11am, at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

February 9

Snowshoe Hike (or not) * Time & location TBD * Volunteer hike leader and board member Scott Vail will lead this outdoor excursion. Weather dependent, this will be in the snow, or not. Sign up for a mystery adventure that could take you just about anywhere in the Sierra. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 9

A Chocolate Affair ! * This fun and congenial annual event features tastings of delicious foods from local caterers and restaurants--including samples of chocolate confections, of course--and wine and beer tastings from local companies. Also auctions and raffles are part of the gala evening. The Soroptimist International Club of Placerville has sponsored this fun and exciting event for the past 20 years to raise funds for local educational scholarships and other community service projects. Place: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 6pm. Tickets will soon be on sale! More info: 530-344-1476, chocolateaffairedc@gmail.com

February 9

Saturday Concerts * Shingle Springs * This Concert Series is held the second Saturday of each month and hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7. Cost is $10. Each event features two local artists. Bring your own refreshments or something for the potluck to be shared. Located at 4440 South Shingle Road. Contact Jamie Faw at fawjames@aol.com for information on a specific evening's performance or call 530-626-6274.

February 13

Gardening Class * "Citrus from Tree to Table" is the topic of this 9-Noon workshop by the El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners and Preservers to be taught by P. Lee and J. Alexander at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

February 14

Valentine's Day Carriage Rides * Enjoy the romance of a Carriage Ride through the streets of Town Center in El Dorado Hills, 5-9pm. $15 per couple; $20 for 3; $25 for 4; $30 for a full carriage. Riders receive a special Valentine's Day rose. Place: El Dorado Hills Town Center Boulevard in front of Osteria Moto, a new Italian restaurant. Proceeds benefit 3Strands Global. More info: edhtowncenter.com.

February 16

Red Shack Trail Hike * aka Flume Trail * Red Shack Trail is a steep 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coloma that features the So. Fork American River. Volunteer Donna Orth will lead, 9am-Noon. Good for all skill levels, the trail offers a number of activity options. OK for dogs to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info and to sign up, julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 16

Crab Feed * Cameron Park Fire Dept. Fundraiser * Come enjoy delicious crab, listen to great music and participate in the raffle and silent auction all in support of the Cameron Park Fire Department. At the Community Center,  2502 Country Club Dr, in Cameron Park.  Doors open at 5pm. Ticket price TBA. More info: 530-677-2231 and www.cameronpark.org

February 16

Spaghetti Dinner & Dance * The annual fundraiser for improvements to the Shingle Springs Community Center at 4440 South Shingle Road. Dinner is served from 5 to 7pm and dancing is 7 to 9pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for children (5-12), children under 5 are free. Dine out is also available. Bring your own drinks. Coffee and tea provided. This has been a sold-out event, so get your tickets early. Contact Maria at 530-306-4614 for tickets.

February 16

Moonlight Hike * Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch. Enjoy this 3-5 mile hike, 5-7:30pm (approx.) through rolling green hills atop the Long Valley or Western Ridge trails. Amy Brinkley will lead this moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. Sign up: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 20

History Along the Tracks * Presentation in Coloma * Today's El Dorado Trail follows the railroad route to Placerville. The railroad line was built West to East and reached Shingle Springs in 1865 and Placerville in 1888. As you hike or bike the trail, or ride the El Dorado Western Railroad, have you ever wondered who and what was present before the railroad arrived? From 6:30-8pm, Dee Owens, a research volunteer at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, offers slides and will discuss El Dorado County history emphasizing the people and places along the railroad route from Shingle Springs to Placerville. Meeting location is Coloma area. Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info and to sign up, julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 23

Gardening Class * "Sustainable Organic Gardening" is the topic of this 9-3p workshop by the El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners to be held at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

February 23

Your Spice Rack = Your Medicine Chest * In this class, 10am-Noon, Candis will help you to understand the common spices as potent herbal remedies. You will learn how to make teas, honey blends, oils, tinctures and poultices. Also, the benefits of herbal baths will be covered, as well as how various herbs can be used for their aromas for calming and sleep. Candis Cantin has over 30 years practical experience as an herbalist, herbal and nutritional counselor, and teacher of holistic lifestyle principles. She has owned and directed the EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology located in the Sierra foothills where there are extensive organic botanical gardens to view. You can view her gardens at www.evergreenherbgarden.org. Ages 12+ w/adult welcome. Meeting location is Coloma. Fee: $10/members, $15/non-members. More info and to sign up, julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

February 24

It's a Wedding Affair * FREE! * Meet the area's most experienced wedding professionals and get all aspects of your wedding planned from bridal gowns, florists, honeymoons, MC/DJs, party rentals, photographers, videographers, catering, dessert tastings and more! This wedding show is Sunday at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr, Cameron Park, 10-2pm. The show is designed for brides of every style. Admission is FREE! Brides: please pre-register to be placed into the drawing. More info: 530-677-2231 and www.cameronpark.org

February 24

New Legacy Project * Join the El Dorado Community Church for this event, formerly the Blackwood Legacy Tour. Bring your friends for a wonderful night of music and fellowship starting at 6pm. Admission is free, but a love offering will be accepted. Seating is limited so come early. The church is located at 4701 Church St., in El Dorado. More info: 530-622-3657.

March 2019

March 1

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be performing at several venues in the next months. Tonight from 7-9pm, the group will entertain at Cante Ao Vinho in Rocklin. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

March 1

Dance Night * Shingle Springs * Held on the first Friday of each month at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Come to 4440 South Shingle Road at 7pm with a partner or by yourself for music and dancing. Light refreshments served or bring your own. Music by DJ Jamie Faw, $5 gets you in the door. More info: Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

March 1, 2, 8, 9 (dinner at 6pm)

Dinner & Show * Imagination Theater presents Reader's Theater Dinner & a Show featuring "Twelve Angry Jurors," directed by Elizabeth Zangari. After the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12-member jury member must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused. Personal issues soon surface, then conflict threatens to derail the delicate process of deciding guilt and the fate of the accused. Place: Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. Imaginationtheater.net | 530-642-0404

March 2

Gardening Class * "Propagation from Seed" is the topic of the class El Dorado Master Gardeners G. Fulbeck and D. Hillel will discuss 9-Noon at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 2

Plant Trail Walk * Join ARC's Stewardship and Outreach coordinator and naturalist Taylor Faye Benedict for a botany-minded breezy hike, 10-2:30pm. Gently stroll through the El Dorado ranch and explore and enjoy the vast array of botanical biodiversity. Naturalist guided, question-and-answer sessions encouraged. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (El Dorado). Suggested Donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 2

Mantra Night Kirtan * Placerville *Free on 1st Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30pm. Rest your heart and mind in sacred sound. Kids welcome. Refreshments provided. Placerville Kirtan Group held at Main Street Yoga, 447 Main St., Placerville. Contact: Terry, 530-391-0742.

March 2

Crab & Country Croonin' * Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County for its 2nd annual Crab & Country Croonin' event. This fun evening will be held at the Mark D. Forni Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 5-10pm. Tickets are available online starting January 15th. More info at www.bbbs-edc.org.

March 2

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be performing at several venues in the next months. Tonight from 6-9pm, the group will entertain at the Outbreak Brewing Co. in Placerville. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

March 3, 10 (dinner at 4pm)

Dinner & Show * Imagination Theater presents Reader's Theater Dinner & a Show featuring "Twelve Angry Jurors," directed by Elizabeth Zangari. After the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12-member jury member must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused. Personal issues soon surface, then conflict threatens to derail the delicate process of deciding guilt and the fate of the accused. Place: Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. Imaginationtheater.net | 530-642-0404

March 5

Garden Club Meeting * Come to a meeting of the El Dorado Hills Garden Club, a nonprofit philanthropic club. Meetings typically feature a horticulture speaker. The group holds an Annual Plant Sale with a drawing on the third Sunday in May, opening day of the Farmers' Market in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Proceeds are donated mainly to Head Start school families each year at Christmas. The club also contributes to other places in need. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month: September-May (except no meetings in Feb, July and Aug). Guests and prospective new members are welcome. More info: 916-358-5759.

March 7

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Taking Care of You. ' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions; certificates are presented upon completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

March 8

Dragon Claws from Georgetown * Tom Petersen, local author and avid hiker/biker, shares his unique hobby and art-in-nature pieces with the community from 6-8pm. Come hear the history and see the craft. These are unique and antique remnants from old growth Ponderosa pine trees. The trees are long gone, but these "pitch pine knots" remain, preserved for a thousand years and just waiting to be discovered. Today they're fun to carve but 100 years ago they were used to produce turpentine for street lighting and motor fuel. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area). Suggested Donation: $10-$15. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 9

Cell Phone Artistry * Betty Sederquist, local photographer and teacher, will guide you through a short, fun workshop to teach you the basics of phone photography, and for a peek at photo apps available, 1:30-5pm. Although iPhones are preferred, newer phones can work. Participants receive a list of apps to download the week of the class. 14-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville area). Fees (paid in advance): $55/members, $60/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 9

Gardening Class * El Dorado County Master Gardeners teach this session "Open Garden Day w/ Emphasis on Straw Bale Gardening." Also Spring & Summer Crops, Mulch, Compost & Fertilizer. The Succulent Garden is open. Open Garden Days occur every 2nd Saturday. Instructor Barry Wold & Team, plus Bobbie Handen, 9-11am, at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 9

American River Lichen Walk * As early as the mid-1800s, botanists became aware that lichens were becoming uncommon in areas within and around large towns and cities. They soon recognizee that air pollution emitted from urban areas was affecting the colonization and growth of the organisms. Come meet some of the lichens, nature's own "air pollution monitors," 10-Noon. Cheryl Beyer, retired botanist from the Forest Service, leads this walk to look at lichens in the Sierra foothills. Children 12+ w/adult supervision welcome. Rain or shine. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).Suggested Donation: $10-$15. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 9

Saturday Concerts * Shingle Springs * This Concert Series is held the second Saturday of each month and hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7. Cost is $10. Each event features two local artists. Bring your own refreshments or something for the potluck to be shared. Located at 4440 South Shingle Road. Contact Jamie Faw at fawjames@aol.com for information on a specific evening's performance or call 530-626-6274.

March 10

Beginning Birding * Interested in birding but unsure where to start? Naturalist and wildlife photographer Hayley Crews leads this class introducing the hobby of birding, 10-Noon. The group will briefly discuss basic terms and identifying tactics, then walk the state park to spot some common species. A photographic hand-out will be provided showing bird species likely to seen. Responsible teens+ welcome. Rain cancels. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area). Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 13

Gardening Class * "Back to Basics for Gardeners," taught by Sheri Burke, is the topic of this 9-Noon class by the El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners to be held at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 14

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress.' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions; certificates are presented upon completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

March 15

Women of Uncommon Courage * The Nancy Hart Militia * Author Sue Pearson, an Emmy award-winning journalist and public TV producer who lives in the foothills, shares this account of women who embraced the opinion that "the means justifies the end" when ensuring a just and peaceful outcome. The story weaves together the threads of romance, conflict, daring, and discovery. It tells how life can present an "unexpected call to live beyond one's safe and familiar boundaries." The event is 1-3pm at the Cameron Park Commmunity Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park, CA.

March 15

Commission on Aging * Seeks New Member * The El Dorado County Commission on Aging has a vacancy and is accepting member applications from interested residents of the county. Applicants are being sought from all areas of the county, including South Lake Tahoe. Preference will be given to individuals aged 60 years and older. Commissioners play an important advisory role in the provision of services to El Dorado County seniors. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to both the Area Agency on Aging and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on matters concerning senior residents of the county. The Commission focuses its efforts on such issues as development of community centers in strategic areas of the county to ensure accessible services to all senior residents, promotion of services that enable seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible and identification and prevention of elder abuse. The deadline to submit an application is March 15, 2019. For more information, and to obtain an application form, contact Yasmin Hichborn at 530-642-4833 or via email at yasmin.hichborn@edcgov.us.

March 16

Gardening Class * "Pests & Pollinators" is the topic Kit Veerkamp, an El Dorado County Master Gardener, will cover, 9-Noon, at the Government Center Hearing Room, Bldg C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 16

Spring Into Beauty * This is the 7th annual Spring Into Beauty event for women and teens to come together and learn practical skills that enhance their lives, 3-6pm. Attendees will rotate through a variety of hands-on stations that provide tips for enhancing the outward and inward beauty of a woman, including appearance, body care, creativity and the home. A fashion show and yummy treats cap the event. A single ticket is $15 or $25 for two, $10 for 16 and under. Bring a sister, daughter, granddaughter or friend to Cold Springs Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville. Register online at www.coldpsringschurch.net or contact 530-622-2171 or office@coldspringschurch.net

March 17

Cronan Moonlight Hike * Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch, 7pm. Come enjoy a 3-5 mile hike through rolling green hills atop the Long Valley or Western Ridge trails. Julie Andert leads the moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). More Moonlight Hikes: April 14 at 7:30pm, and May 17th at 8pm. Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 17

Green Day Hike * El Dorado Ranch * Wear your green attire for this St. Patrick's day hike with, yes, Patrick at the newly acquired El Dorado Ranch, 9-1pm. 1000+ acres of rolling hills, abundant wildlife, and the Miller homestead. Patrick Holmes, one of ARC's volunteer land stewards, leads this 5-7 mile moderate-strenuous hike with constant elevation change and views of the river (if time allows). High-clearance vehicles and drivers needed for carpool. Ages 12+ welcome. Rain cancels. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (El Dorado area).Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 21

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns.' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions; certificates are presented upon completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

March 21

Yoga in the Park * Free Yoga at the Nature Center, 5:30pm-sunset. This is a beginner level class, inspired by nature, designed to heal and restore. Explore the connection to ourselves and the natural world through simple breathing exercises and gentle yoga movements. Julie McKechnie is a CA Naturalist and lifelong hiker who has been studying, practicing, and teaching yoga for 15 years. All fitness levels welcome. Ages 10+ w/adult welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma). Next Yoga in the Park is May 16, 5:30pm-sunset. Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 22

Business Showcase * El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase & I Love Film Mixer will be held in the Mark D. Forni Building and Organ Room, 4-8pm. Exhibitors share the services unique to their companies. Earlier, the Business Awards Luncheon and the State of the County address will be held from 11-1pm in the Marshall Room. Cost for luncheon is $30 per Chamber member / $50 non-member. More info: eldoradocounty.org and 530-621-5885.

March 23

Gardening Class * "Tomatoes from Seed to Table" is the topic Dowell, Young and Suburg (not a CPA firm), El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardener, will cover, 9-Noon, at the Government Center Hearing Room, Bldg C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 23

Hike + History * El Dorado Ranch * Annie Walker, botanist and ARC land steward, leads a unique hike to an old mercury and cinnabar mine, and the Fanny Creek cemetery, 10–4pm (approx.). An easy, slow-paced hike of 4+ miles, including two creek crossings, so wear appropriate shoes. Great photo opportunity at the Miller Ranch house, a rest and regrouping stop before heading back. This season see beautiful green pastures and oak trees; a list of many of the plant species will be available upon request. Ages 10+ welcome. Rain cancels. High-clearance vehicles and drivers needed for carpool from El Dorado. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (El Dorado). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 23

Bluegrass and Brew * The Placerville Shakespeare Club invites the community to an afternoon of music and fun featuring the very talented bluegrass band the "Quartz Mountain Ramblers." As a side highlight, the Highway 50 Brewery will be offering complimentary beer tasting. This musical event's doors open at the Placerville Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Avenue at 3pm with a Social Hour. A no-host wine and larger beer bar are available. Music begins at 4pm. Tickets are $20 and available in advance and at the door. Seating is limited. More info and tickets: www.placerville-shakespeare.com and, Alice 530-622-3504.

March 24

Hikes * Cronan Ranch * Hike a challenging loop at the Cronan Ranch Trails with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley, 8:30-11am. Come enjoy a variety of terrain, great river views, and the rolling prairie on these moderate-challenging 5-7-mile hikes with some elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Amy is a community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Next Cronan hikes: April 28 and May 19. Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 24

Capturing Wakamatsu * Poetry Walk & Workshop * Taylor Graham, El Dorado County’s first Poet Laureate, and award-winning Sacramento-area poet Katy Brown will lead an exploration of farmhouse, barn, and surroundings, Noon-2pm. Participants will be invited to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced. Any who wish may share their poems with the group and ARC. Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested Donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 27

Bridge Party * ' Let's Make A Deal ' * The Placerville Shakespeare Club Annual Bridge Party will begin at 10am at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. The community is invited to a day of Brilliant Bridge, Fabulous Food and Delightful Door Prizes. Men and women bridge players are welcome. $40 for two includes a morning snack, lunch, cash prizes as well as door prizes. Partners will play together the entire day. Call Sari 530-409-1729 or Andi 530-387-7470 for reservations or more information. www.placerville-shakespeare.com

March 28 - 30

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 7pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

March 28

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Communicating in Challenging Situations.' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions; certificates are presented upon completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

March 29

Travel Workshop * Escape with travel expert extraordinaire Betty Albert who shares travel advice, resources, safety tips, destinations, culural events, cuisine and more at 1pm at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Travel Workshop is held regularly the last Friday of the month. Sponsored by the Sierra Renaissance Society. More info: srsedc.org and bettyalbert@earthlink.net.

March 29

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "The Aristocats," directed by Becca Kaldunski. This is a true Aristocats adventure; the richest cats in Paris find themselves in trouble when Edgar, the butler, tries to get rid of them after discovering that the owner, Madame, is leaving all of her money to the cats. Imagination Theater is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheather.net | 530-642-0404 in Placerville.

March 29 - April 20

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "The Aristocats," directed by Becca Kaldunski. This is a true Aristocats adventure; the richest cats in Paris find themselves in trouble when Edgar, the butler, tries to get rid of them after discovering that the owner, Madame, is leaving all of her money to the cats. Imagination Theater is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheather.net | 530-642-0404 in Placerville.

March 30

Gardening Class * "Success w/ Cacti & Succulents" is the topic Rady & Marshall, El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardener, will cover, 9-Noon, at the Government Center Hearing Room, Bldg C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

March 30

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 1pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

March 31

Easy Tai Chi in Open Space * Let the open space of Wakamatsu enhance your overall wellness via movement exercises, 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Gigi Tze-yue Hu is a semi-retired Asian Studies educator and author who conducts Tai Chi – Qigong classes to community groups. Ages 8+ welcome with adult. No prior experience is required. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area. Rain may change location). Next sessions: April 27 and May date TBD. Suggested Donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

March 31

Poppy Walk * Robin Center and neighbors--Barbara and David Thomas, longtime ARC supporters and Coloma river-view property owners--lead this annual one-of-a-kind Poppy Walk, 2-5pm. A rare chance to see glowing orange fields overlooking the crystal water of the South Fork of the American River, and the stunning contrasts and vibrant colors. The river trail is steep in places but has a good flat bed. Hiking to the flowers takes about 15-20 minutes, or continue onto the river trail with views of some of the earliest land that ARC protected around Triple Threat Rapid. Healthy snacks and punch await hikers return to the house. Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma/Lotus area) and to sign up. Backup date April 14. Cost: $30/adults, $15/child under 16. Donations aid the Bill Center Memorial Fund supporting river frontage and trails. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 2019

April 2

Garden Club Meeting * Come to a meeting of the El Dorado Hills Garden Club, a nonprofit philanthropic club. Meetings typically feature a horticulture speaker. The group holds an Annual Plant Sale with a drawing on the third Sunday in May, opening day of the Farmers' Market in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Proceeds are donated mainly to Head Start school families each year at Christmas. The club also contributes to other places in need. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month: September-May (except no meetings in Feb, July and Aug). Guests and prospective new members are welcome. More info: 916-358-5759.

April 4

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Learning From Our Emotions.' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions; certificates are presented upon completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

April 4 - 6

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 7pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

April 5

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band can be heard on radio at KFOK-FM 95.1, Georgetown station, 9-10pm. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

April 5

Dance Night * Shingle Springs * Held on the first Friday of each month at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Come to 4440 South Shingle Road at 7pm with a partner or by yourself for music and dancing. Light refreshments served or bring your own. Music by DJ Jamie Faw, $5 gets you in the door. More info: Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

April 6

Community Yard Sale * Cameron Park * Spring-clean your garage, attic and closets and sell your items at the Community Yard Sale while making some extra money. Drop by the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr, Cameron Park, to reserve your space, or call 530-677-2231. Vendor spaces cost $30 in advance. The event is 8-Noon and will feature all kinds of household items for sale. Admission is free and annually held at the Cameron Park Community Center. The Yard Sale is held outside in the parking lot,rain or shine, so come prepared. More info: 530-677-2231 and cameronpark.org.

April 6

Open Farm Day * Site of the first Japanese colony in America. A self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm can include a stroll to Okei-san's 1871 gravesite and Charles Graner's original 1850's farmhouse, 10-2pm. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax. On-site interpreters can share information and answer questions about the Farm's human and natural history. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors, reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain. Seasonal produce may be available for purchase. Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure. Manage your own trash and leave the land better than you found it. Steady rain or temperatures over 100° cancels. Check ARC's event calendar for updates. Located at: 941 Cold Springs Rd. Placerville, CA. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Buses and large vans are $5 per person. Proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm. Next Open Farm Day: May 4. For private tours, call 530-621-1224. Find out more at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

April 6

Community Concert * Set A Fire * Enjoy live music by Set A Fire, a great Christian band entertaining in a family-friendly atmosphere, El Dorado Hills, on Saturday, 7pm-8:30pm, at the Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater. Bring your blankets and chairs. More info: www.facebook.com/SetAFire.org and edhtowncenter.com.

April 6

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 1pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

April 6

Mantra Night Kirtan * Placerville *Free on 1st Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30pm. Rest your heart and mind in sacred sound. Kids welcome. Refreshments provided. Placerville Kirtan Group held at Main Street Yoga, 447 Main St., Placerville. Contact: Terry, 530-391-0742.

April 9

Woodcrafters Meeting * The Gold Country Woodcrafters monthly meeting is at 7pm at Park Community Church, 3991 Wild Chaparral Dr, Shingle Springs. Open to all levels of woodworkers, hobbyists, and professionals. Next meetings: May 14 and June 11. Call John Brideson for more info: 916-933-0488 or jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net.

April 10

Showcase & Luau * Cameron Park * The annual Community Services Showcase and Luau at the Pool features a Community Job Fair & Resume Writing Assistance, Showcase of Community Non-profit Services and Businesses, Music, Food & Beverages, plus Raffle Prizes. This is a great family event and admission is FREE at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr, Cameron Park. Booth space available: Business Booths: $25 plus a raffle prize; Non-profits FREE. Event held at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., 5-7pm. Presented by Cameron Park Community Services District, in partnership with the Cameron Park Rotary, Cameron Park Community Foundation and the Shingle Springs /Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce. More info: 530-677-2231 and cameronpark.org.

April 10

Gardening Class * The El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners are holding this class on the topic "Gardening in Small Backyard Spaces" at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Instructor is Mike Pavlick. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

April 11

LunaFest Film Festival * Come celebrate the unique, touching and inspirational roles of women in local, national and international communities through eight short films all by, for and about women. Tickets are $20 General, and $10 Students (age 16+ advised). Beverages and food available for purchase. Complimentary desserts, plus raffle prizes and drawings. Bring your friends for a social evening and unique thought-provoking films sponsored by LUNA®. Hosted by Soroptimists Cameron Park-El Dorado Hills. Doors open 6pm; films start at 7pm. Tickets at EDH Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St, Cameron Park Vitamins, 3342 Coach Ln in Cameron Park; at the door on event night and online. More info and tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/lunafest-cameron-park-ca-tickets-54773912246.org, and information about event w/ film trailer: www.lunafest.org/screenings/cameron-park-ca-041119.

April 11

Caregiver Series * Powerful Tools to Employ * This six-week educational series titled "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" starts March 7 from 2-3:30pm and will be held each Thursday afternoon through April 11 at the Placerville Senior Center. The series provides the caregivers of older adults with tools and strategies to assist them in handling the unique challenges they face. Today's topic is ' Mastering Caregiving Decisions.' The training series is comprehensive and evidence based. Participants who have attended all six sessions receive a certificate of completion. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required. The training series is offered at no cost; donations are accepted. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 530-621-6192 or 800-510-2020 to register or for questions. For more information about services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx

April 11 - 13

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 7pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

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April 12

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be performing at several venues in the next months. Tonight from 5:30-8:30pm, the group will entertain at Gold Hill Vineyard in Placerville. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

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April 13

Gardening Class * El Dorado County Master Gardeners teach this session "Open Garden Day w/ Emphasis on Soil, Cover Crops, and Companion Planting." The Succulent Garden is also open. Open Garden Days occur every 2nd Saturday. Instructors are Barry Wold & Team, plus Bobbie Handen, 9-11am, at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

April 13

Easter Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt * Eggs filled with candy and free gift coupons will be collected by excited children at El Dorado Hills Town Center in the grass areas by the lake and the Steven Young Amphitheate, 10-Noonr. The 5 egg zone areas are for ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12. After the egg hunt, children may visit participating businesses to collect their free gifts. Special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny for pictures and memories. The event includes a magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and a raffle for a Giant Easter Gift. More info: edhtowncenter.com.

April 13

Hike * Salmon Falls Ranch * Hike an area of the Salmon Falls Ranch near the lower American River, 9:30am-2:30pm, where old ranch roads afford views of the Sierra and Coast Ranges. The verdant hillsides and wild flowers are a photographer's delight. A 4-mile hike to be led by Bill Jensen, a naturalist, ARC docent and stewardship volunteer. Fit 9-year-olds+ welcome. Steady rain cancels. Meeting site in Pilot Hill area; contact ARC for details and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 13

Live Music * Mamma Mia * Musical * The hit musical based on the songs of ABBA! A Studio-81 production to be performed at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Show times: 1pm. Tickets at studio81arts.com.

April 13

Girls Night Out * in Placerville * Hollywood Glam is the theme, so dust off your bling, save the date, and join the fun. The Placerville downtown merchants will host party games with prizes and event specials. Make the most of your event evening by pre-purchasing your Bling Bag and event booklet featuring coupons and special offers; they'll be available starting March 23 at Ambiance or Mattywags on Placerville's Main Street. This will be a bigger and better event over former years with a full street closure and entertainment up and down the street; 4-9pm. More info: www.placerville-downtown.org/2019/04/13/1411/2019-placerville-girls-night-out/

April 13

Saturday Concerts * Shingle Springs * This Concert Series is held the second Saturday of each month and hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7. Cost is $10. Each event features two local artists. Bring your own refreshments or something for the potluck to be shared. Located at 4440 South Shingle Road. Contact Jamie Faw at fawjames@aol.com for information on a specific evening's performance or call 530-626-6274.

April 14

Spring Bird Walk * Kanaka Valley * Join Tim and Angela Jackson, 7:30am-Noon, on an easy hike through oak grasslands to look and listen for songbirds and raptors. This area explodes with wildflowers this time of year, and nesting birds are vocal and plentiful. The walk is on accessible open-to-the-public BLM land (not the restricted access to Pine Hill preserve.) Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Cameron Park area). Suggested donation: $5-$10. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 14

Cronan Moonlight Hike * Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch, 7:30pm. Come enjoy a 3-5 mile hike through rolling green hills atop the Long Valley or Western Ridge trails. Julie Andert leads the moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation changes. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Next Moonlight Hike: May 17th at 8pm. Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 18

Showcase of Community Services & Poolside Luau * Music, food and beverages, raffle prizes, and more for a fun early-eve event! Booths for non-profit groups are free. Business booths available, This is a great event for the entire family. ADMISSION IS FREE. Presented by the Cameron Park Community Services District in partnership with the Cameron Park Rotary, Cameron Park Community Foundation and the Shingle Springs / Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., from 5-7pm. More info: 530-677-2231 and www.cameronpark.org

April 19

Bunco & Dinner * Shingle Springs * A fun evening of good food and games to benefit the Shingle Springs Community Center. Dinner features a variety of hearty appetizers and desserts. Game and door prizes will be awarded. Variety of raffle prizes to win! Dinner is at 5:30pm; Bunco starts at 6:30. Cost is $20. Call Maria Brugger for tickets: 530-306-4614.

April 20

Tour Wakamatsu * Tour the site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869 and learn its history, 10am-Noon. This 272-acre property features Okei-san's historic gravesite, an 1850's farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. The site is riich in cultural and natural resources. Visit the native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm is open to the public only for scheduled events and tours, such as this public tour. Led by trained docents, the 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors. Mature children 10+ are welcome. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815. Check ARC's event calendar for updates. Contact julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224 to RSVP or to schedule a private tour held year-round. Cost: $10/Adults, $5/10-17 years old. Proceeds benefit Wakamatsu Farm. More at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

April 20

Easter Egg Hunt * It's the 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cameron Park. The Easter Bunny arrives at Rasmussen Park at 10am and the Egg Hunt begins at 10:20am. Individual age groups are 0-3; 4-5; 6-7 and 8-10. Admission is FREE! After the Hunt the Easter Bunnies will be available for pictures. Face painting and bounce house available for a nominal fee. Vendors: to arrange for vendor space, contact the CSD office. More info: CSD, 530-677-2231 and www.cameronpark.org

April 20

Spring Plant Sale * The El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners are holding their annual spring sale at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 8-3pm, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

April 26 & 27

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "Reader's Theater" Dinner & Show. Dinner is at 6pm. The show is "Greater Tuna," a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna.Texas's third smallest town has wacky inhabitants -- men, women, children and animals -- all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at breakneck speed and use inventive voicework. Directed by Lanny Langston. Location: the Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheather.net | 530-642-0404.

April 27

Plein Air Paint Out * Join artists of all kinds for art on the Wakamatsu Farm. Bring your paints, camera, pencils, oils, 10am-1pm. With over 200 acres of serene ponds, a picturesque barn, dairy and house, and beautiful gardens to choose from, your inspirations will be limitless. Ages 10+ welcome. Rain cancels. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area). FREE but donations always welcome. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 27

Gardening Class * The El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners are holding this class on "Backyard Composting Basics." Instructors are Young/Hale/Hillel (not a law firm) at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 9-Noon, FLC - El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. More info: 530-621-5512, mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.

April 27

MITO Kids 5K Walk / Run * Join this event Saturday, 9-11am, and Run or Walk to support the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and the 4,000 children born every year with the genetically inherited mitochondrial disease. The Walk/Run will be held at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater. To register for the fun run or to get more information about mitochondrial disease, visit helpmitokids.org.

April 27

Easy Tai Chi in Open Space * Let the open space of Wakamatsu enhance your overall wellness via movement exercises, 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Gigi Tze-yue Hu is a semi-retired Asian Studies educator and author who conducts Tai Chi – Qigong classes to community groups. Ages 8+ welcome with adult. No prior experience is required. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area. Rain may change location). Next session: Call for May date. Suggested Donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 27

Earth Day Celebration * Join other community members on the green at the Placerville Library 10-4pm for this annual free family event to celebrate the Earth. Live music, local knowledge about our Earth, and children's activities including a visit from Smokey the Bear. Also face painting, local arts and crafts, and great food for purchase. No alcohol or dogs please. To reserve a booth space or to get more info: text 530-391-1085 or call 530-620-6659.

April 27

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be performing at several venues in the next months. This afternoon from 3-6pm, the group will entertain at the HWY 50 Brewery in Camino. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

April 27 & 28

Garden Tour * The Folsom Garden Club's annual Garden Tour will be held this weekend and include a bake sale and plant sale. For ticket info and details, visit folsomgarden.org.

April 28

Authors' Day * The Placerville Shakespeare Club presents its annual "Authors' Day" featuring author presentations, question & answer period, book sales, book signings, door prizes and light refreshments. Authors appearing: Duncan MacVean, D.V.M. and author of nonfiction animal stories; Darby Patterson, author of mysteries; Amy Rogers, M.D.,Ph.D., author of science thrillers; Wendy Stevens, poet. Doors open at Noon; program begins at 1pm at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave, Placerville. Tickets $10. Event proceeds fund scholarships for local students. Tickets/information: Bonnie 530-626-5451 or Rosie 530-626-5103. Tickets will also be available at the door. More info: www.placerville-shakespeare.com

April 28

Hikes * Cronan Ranch * Hike a challenging loop at the Cronan Ranch Trails with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley, 8:30-11am. Come enjoy a variety of terrain, great river views, and the rolling prairie on these moderate-challenging 5-7-mile hikes with some elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Amy is a community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Next Cronan hike: May 19. Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

April 28

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "Reader's Theater" Dinner & Show. Dinner is at 4pm. The show is "Greater Tuna," a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna.Texas's third smallest town has wacky inhabitants -- men, women, children and animals -- all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at breakneck speed and use inventive voicework. Directed by Lanny Langston. Location: the Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheather.net | 530-642-0404.

May 2019

May 1

Trucks and Tunes * Enjoy an evening at Christa McAuliffe Park with live music, beverages, food items from Food Trucks in the Foothills, and activities for kids, 5-8:30pm at 2400 Merrychase Dr, Cameron Park. Bring chairs and picnic blankets to this fun family event! More info: 530-677-2231 and www.cameronpark.org

May 2, 3, 4

Shakespeare Club Rummage Sale * The Placerville Shakespeare Club's annual Giant Spring Rummage Sale will be held Thursday from 9-4pm; Friday from 9-4pm and Saturday 9-2pm at 2940 Bedford Ave. This year's spring sale will feature a large selection of jewelry, housewares, decorative items, garage items, books, toys, clothing and many other treasures. In addition, a Saturday only plant sale starts at 8am. There will be something for everyone! Come early and bring a really big shopping bag. www.placerville-shakespeare.com

May 3

Nominations Accepted * Chamber Queen & King * The nominee must live in El Dorado County, be between the ages of 15 and 25 and have some type of inspirational story that will inspire other youth in the community. Nominees will be invited to attend the Chamber’s Grand Openings, mixers, community events, and to be highlighted in local media to represent the community, plus ride a float in the Historical Placerville Christmas Parade. Nominate by May 3. Sponsored by the Shingle Springs / Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. More info: Chamber 530-677-8000, membership@sscpchamber.org.

May 3

Dance Night * Shingle Springs * Held on the first Friday of each month at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Come to 4440 South Shingle Road at 7pm with a partner or by yourself for music and dancing. Light refreshments served or bring your own. Music by DJ Jamie Faw, $5 gets you in the door. More info: Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

May 3

Outdoor Movie Night* Enjoy a family-friendly night out and watch an outdoor movie on a giant inflatable screen at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steven Young Amphitheater. Movie to be determined. Bring your blankets and chairs. Event is free and popcorn will be served, donated by Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills 14 & IMAX. Weather permitting. For more information on movie, visit edhtowncenter.com.

May 3 & 4

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "Reader's Theater" Dinner & Show. Dinner is at 6pm. The show is "Greater Tuna," a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna.Texas's third smallest town has wacky inhabitants -- men, women, children and animals -- all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at breakneck speed and use inventive voicework. Directed by Lanny Langston. Location: the Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheather.net | 530-642-0404.

May 4

Plant Sale at the Shakespeare Club * The Placerville Shakespeare Club's annual Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday from 8-11am in the front yard of the clubhouse at 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. There will be a large selection of perennials, vegetable plants and tomatoes galore. Also featured will be garden and yard art available for purchase. Come early for the best selections. www.placerville-shakespeare.com

May 4

Open Farm Day * Site of the first Japanese colony in America. A self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm can include a stroll to Okei-san's 1871 gravesite and Charles Graner's original 1850's farmhouse, 10-2pm. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax. On-site interpreters can share information and answer questions about the Farm's human and natural history. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors, reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain. Seasonal produce may be available for purchase. Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure. Manage your own trash and leave the land better than you found it. Steady rain or temperatures over 100° cancels. Check ARC's event calendar for updates. Located at: 941 Cold Springs Rd. Placerville, CA. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Buses and large vans are $5 per person. Proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm. For private tours, call 530-621-1224. Find out more at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

May 4

Kids' Expo * FREE event * Hands-on activities and chilren's performances at this 34th annual event, 10-2pm. Sponsored by Choices for Children, whose mission is to be "Your Child Care Expert," helping parents find and pay for child care, helping providers get licensed to offer quality in-home child care. Expo is at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Information for parents and fun for children. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities. 530-676-0707, choicesforchildren.org

May 4 & 5

Gardens of the Hills * Tour and Fundraiser * In El Dorado Hills and vicinity, tour the natural beauty of private gardens and unique specialty gardens. Enjoy refreshments, the wares of local craftsmen and the signature raffle featured by the Assistance League Sierra Foothills; Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 11-4. Tickets: Adults $25, Children 12 and under $10 at www.assistanceleague.org/sierra-foothills. Sponsored by the Assistance League Sierra Foothills. More info: Sue Nelson, 916-317-7862.

May 3 & 4

Local Theater * Imagination Theater presents "Reader's Theater" Dinner & Show. Dinner is at 4pm. The show is "Greater Tuna," a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna.Texas's third smallest town has wacky inhabitants -- men, women, children and animals -- all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at breakneck speed and use inventive voicework. Directed by Lanny Langston. Location: the Smith Flat House in Placerville. Reservations are required. More info and tickets: Imaginationtheater.net | 530-642-0404.

May 4 & 5

Gardens of the Hills Tour & Fundraiser * Throughout El Dorado Hills and vicinity, tour the natural beauty of private gardens and unique specialty gardens, and enjoy refreshments, craftswares by local artists, and ALSF's signature raffle. Sponsored by the Assistance League Sierra Foothills on Saturday, 10-5pm, and on Sunday, 11-4pm. Tickets: Adults $25, Children 12 and under $10 at www.assistanceleague.org/sierra-foothills. More info: Sue Nelson, 916-317-7862.

May 5

2019 Kennedy-Roosevelt Dinner * Hosted by the El Dorado County Democratic Party at the Cameron Park Community Center, 3-7pm. More info at www.edcdems.org or email info@edcdems.org. Also, Twitter: @EDC_Democrats

May 11

Hike El Dorado Ranch * Hike ARC's newly-acquired El Dorado Ranch, 9–1pm. 1000+ acres of rolling hills, abundant wildlife, and the Miller homestead. Dillon Brook, ARC's stewardship manager, leads this 5-7 mile moderate to strenuous hike of constant elevation change and views of the river (if time allows). High-clearance vehicles and drivers needed for carpool from El Dorado. Ages 10+ welcome. Rain cancels. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (El Dorado area). Suggested donation: $5-$10. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 11

Live Music * A Taste on Main Street * EDHS Music Department's annual fundraiser is 1-4pm by the Bell Tower on Main Street with delicious selections of food and wine from local restaurants. The school's award-winning musicians will perform alongside local bluegrass band Red Dirt Ruckus. Silent auction, raffle and delightful tidbits for sale. Admission for food $25; for alcohol $15; for both $40. Pre-buy because on the day of the event, the price increases by $5 each. Tickets: www.edhsCougarMusic.com, directly from an El Dorado High School band member, or at either Bean Barn location in Placerville. More info: www.edhsCougarMusic.com

May 11

Boots and Bling * Join All About Equine Rescue Inc. this year to celebrate 10 years of successful horse rescue. Enjoy BBQ dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing. Boots & Bling funds a large portion of AAE's annual budget that ensures the saving of and serving of horses and humans throughout the year. Contact lindsay@allaboutequine.org if you are interested in event sponsorships or table sponsorships. Contact dani@allaboutequine.org if you'd like to make a Live or Silent Auction donation. Donations must be in by 4/21/19. Also, volunteers are needed to help with event set-up, clean-up, dinner prep or service, auction support, or anywhere needed. Contact wendy@allaboutequine.org. Boots and Bling opens the doors at 3pm at the Western States Horse Expo: Murieta Equestrian Center, 7200 Lone Pine Dr, Rancho Murieta. Tickets: $35. Or $45 after March 31. More info: wendy@allaboutequine.org

May 11

Saturday Concerts * Shingle Springs * This Concert Series is held the second Saturday of each month and hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7. Cost is $10. Each event features two local artists. Bring your own refreshments or something for the potluck to be shared. Located at 4440 South Shingle Road. Contact Jamie Faw at fawjames@aol.com for information on a specific evening's performance or call 530-626-6274.

May 11

Concert * Tapestry of Love * Cantare Chorale brings its spring concert "Tapestry of Love" to the foothills and invites the community to come. The concert celebrates humankind's most powerful emotion: love. The concert features three significant works in three languages. A variety of accompaniments, including string quartet and oboe, add depth to Cantaré's rich choral sound. Unique to this concert are artists who will be creating works of art live as the concert is being performed. The completed works of art will be sold at the Evening of Music & Art Auction, a benefit to fund Cantare's new Aspiring Musicians Scholarship. Concert is 7pm at the Harris Center in Folsom. Tickets go on sale soon. More info: 530-957-4600 or admin@cantarechorale.com

May 11 and 12

EDH Art, Beer & Wine Festival * This is the 16th annual event and will be held from 11-5pm at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, featuring over 80 artists displaying their fine-art along the thoroughfare. 25+ of the region's wineries and craft breweries will be pouring paid tastings Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and tasting kits can be purchased on the following website. Presented by and benefiting the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce. For more info or to purchase tasting kits, visit eldoradohillsartfestival.org/

May 14

Woodcrafters Meeting * The Gold Country Woodcrafters monthly meeting is at 7pm at Park Community Church, 3991 Wild Chaparral Dr, Shingle Springs. Open to all levels of woodworkers, hobbyists, and professionals. Next meeting: June 11. Call or email John Brideson for more info: 916-933-0488, jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net.

May 16

Yoga in the Park * Free Yoga at the Nature Center, 5:30pm-sunset. This is a beginner level class, inspired by nature, designed to heal and restore. Explore the connection to ourselves and the natural world through simple breathing exercises and gentle yoga movements. Julie McKechnie is a CA Naturalist and lifelong hiker who has been studying, practicing, and teaching yoga for 15 years. All fitness levels welcome. Ages 10+ w/adult welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 17

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be appearing in Rocklin at the Cante Ao Vinho at 7-9 tonight and agazine on June 7, same time, same place. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

May 17

Cronan Moonlight Hike * Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch, 8pm. Come enjoy a 3-5 mile hike through rolling green hills atop the Long Valley or Western Ridge trails. Julie Andert leads the moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation changes. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 19

Gold Country Half Marathon and 5K * On Sunday, 7am-Noon, in El Dorado Hills Town Center, Gold Country Run & Sport returns with the first major half marathon in El Dorado Hills. Starting and finishing in El Dorado Hills Town Center, the Gold Country Half will showcase the running event managed by the Sacramento Running Association's world-class race operations team. It will feature "the flattest and fastest course in the foothills," with beautiful scenery, participant services, and an exciting finisher's party in El Dorado Hills Town Center featuring beer, wine, food, music and fun for the whole family. More info: runsra.org/gold-country-run//

May 18

Tour Wakamatsu * Tour the site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869 and learn its history, 10am-Noon. This 272-acre property features Okei-san's historic gravesite, an 1850's farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. The site is riich in cultural and natural resources. Visit the native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm is open to the public only for scheduled events and tours, such as this public tour. Led by trained docents, the 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors. Mature children 10+ are welcome. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815. Check ARC's event calendar for updates. Contact julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224 to RSVP or to schedule a private tour held year-round. Cost: $10/Adults, $5/10-17 years old. Proceeds benefit Wakamatsu Farm. More at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

May 19

Hikes * Cronan Ranch * Hike a challenging loop at the Cronan Ranch Trails with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley, 8:30-11am. Come enjoy a variety of terrain, great river views, and the rolling prairie on these moderate-challenging 5-7-mile hikes with some elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Amy is a community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 19

Concert * Tapestry of Love * Cantare Chorale brings its spring concert "Tapestry of Love" to the foothills and invites the community to come. The concert celebrates humankind's most powerful emotion: love. The concert features three significant works in three languages. A variety of accompaniments, including string quartet and oboe, add depth to Cantaré's rich choral sound. Unique to this concert are artists who will be creating works of art live as the concert is being performed. The completed works of art will be sold at the Evening of Music & Art Auction, a benefit to fund Cantare's new Aspiring Musicians Scholarship. Concert is 4pm at Placerville Seventh Day Adventist Church. Tickets go on sale soon. More info: 530-957-4600 or admin@cantarechorale.com

May 19

Plant Sale * The El Dorado Hills Garden Club is holding its Annual Plant Sale with a drawing for fun-filled baskets. No charge, 8-1pm at El Dorado Hills Town Center. More info, 916-358-5759, leroycarol@sbcglobal.net

May 19 - October 27

Farmers Market * El Dorado Hills * Find fresh fruits and vegetables from area farms, as well as homemade honeys, jams, cheeses and other culninary favorites every Sunday, 8-1pm, on Town Center Boulevard in El Dorado Hills. This Farmers Market offers produce and commodities through Oct. 27. More info: edhtowncenter.com

May 20

7th annual Golf for Kids Sake * Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County is having its 7th annual at the beautiful Serrano Golf Club. This event has sold out the last two years so be sure to register early! For more information, contact the office at 530-626-1222 or visit www.bbbs-edc.org.

May 21

Art Exhibit Entry Deadline * National Mother Lode Show * Artists are invited to enter the 53rd National Mother Lode Art Exhibition sponsored by the Placerville Arts Association to be held at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Juror/Judge of awards is Folsom Lake College art professor Margaret Welty. Anticipated awards valued at $3,000. Enter by today. For entry guidelines: www.placervillearts.com/paa-mother-lode-show

May 25

Plant Trail Walk * Join ARC's Stewardship and Outreach coordinator and naturalist Taylor Faye Benedict for a botany-minded breezy hike, 10-2:30pm. Gently stroll through the El Dorado ranch and explore and enjoy the vast array of botanical biodiversity. Naturalist guided, question-and-answer sessions encouraged. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (El Dorado). Suggested Donation: $5-$10. More info: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 29

Fashion Show * Cherry Blossom Time * In celebration of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm 150th Anniversary, the Placerville Shakespeare Club has titled its annual Spring Fashion Show "Cherry Blossom Time." The latest spring and summer fashions will be featured from Chico's, Khakis, My Martha Design Boutique, Off Broadway, and Sole Desire. An exciting Silent Auction will be held as well as delightful door prizes presented. The event will be at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville, starting with a Social Hour at 11am, followed by the luncheon at Noon. A popular show and luncheon, the event is always a sell out so purchase your $30 tickets early from Betty at 530-409-8188 or Liz 530-622-0887. Reserved tables for 8 are available for $240. More info: www.placerville-shakespeare.com

May 31

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be performing at several venues in the next months. Tonight from 6-9pm, the group will entertain at Cielo Estate in Shingle Springs. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

June 2019

June 1

Community Pancake Breakfast * The Shingle Springs Community Center quarterly Breakfast will be serving up pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, and juice from 8-11am at the local community center, 4440 South Shingle Rd, Shingle Springs. Have a relaxing morning, enjoy a tasty meal and meet some of your neighbors. Donations are welcome with proceeds to go toward improvements to the center.

June 1

Health & Safety Fair * 2nd Annual South County Health and Safety Fair. Learn CPR, get free health checks, attend fire evacuation and home protection clinics, see Sheriff's bomb squad demos. Prizes and raffles. 10am to 2pm at Middle Creek School, 6860 Mt. Aukum Road (E-16), Somerset. Free. For questions: marynelsontran@yahoo.com

June 2

Concert * Tapestry of Love * Cantare Chorale brings its spring concert "Tapestry of Love" to the foothills and invites the community to come. The concert celebrates humankind's most powerful emotion: love. The concert features three significant works in three languages. A variety of accompaniments, including string quartet and oboe, add depth to Cantaré's rich choral sound. Unique to this concert is artists who will be creating works of art live as the concert is being performed. The completed works of art will be sold at the Evening of Music & Art Auction, a benefit to fund Cantare's new Aspiring Musicians Scholarship. Concert is 4pm at the Harris Center in Folsom. Tickets go on sale soon. More info: 530-957-4600, 530-677–6964, or admin@cantarechorale.com

June 6,7,8,9

WakamatsuFest150 * American River Conservancy, based in Coloma, CA, is planning a huge festival. Titled WakamatsuFest150, the event will celebrate 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The 4-day festival will feature food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, and merchandise unique to Japanese American culture. Guides will tell stories about the first Japanese colonists who established their tea and silk farm on Placerville property. Locals, farmers, historians, and naturalist will share knowledge and experience honoring the past, present, and future of Wakamatsu Farm and surrounding El Dorado County. Each day, festival-goers will be treated to the world premiere live play of the Wakamatsu Colony story. WakamatsuFest150 will showcase music and theatrical artists, special guests and dignitaries, and the history of Japanese American contributions over the past one-and-one-half centuries, 10-4pm. More info and tickets: ARConservancy.org/wakafest150 or 530-621-1224.

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June 7

Highway 50 Wagon Train * The Highway 50 Association and the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center are hosting the 70th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train Family Fun Day. The event commemorates the Great Western Migration, recreating the pioneers' journey. Participants of all ages will make their way from Stateline, NV, to Placerville, CA. Around noon, the Wagon Train stops in Pollock Pines at CVS on Pony Express Trail. See a ‘hold-up’ by marauding bandits and watch the Hangtown Marshals recover the ‘gold.’ Next stop: the Community Center about 1pm: Wagon rides, gold panning, mountain men demos, a poker tournament, crafters and vintage vendors. Chuck wagon serves up BBQ steak, ribs and more. Beer and wine garden. Music by three bands throughout the day and into the night, plus dancing. For kids: watermelon and pie eating contests, face painting, magicians, balloons, pony rides, ice cream, sno-cones. Admission is free. 12 noon to 10pm, Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr, Pollock Pines, CA. More information: Joyce Harris, 530-417-18211 sassywap@comcast.net.

June 7

Dance Night * Shingle Springs * Held on the first Friday of each month at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Come to 4440 South Shingle Road at 7pm with a partner or by yourself for music and dancing. Light refreshments served or bring your own. Music by DJ Jamie Faw, $5 gets you in the door. More info: Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

June 7

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be appearing in Rocklin at the Cante Ao Vinho at 7-9 tonight. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

June 8

Mustangs, Music & Merlot * This fundraiser features Country Music legend Lacy J. Dalton appearing live in concert at Windwalker Vineyard, 7360 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play, CA. Doors open at 3 pm. Live Concert starts at 5:30pm. Event includes Live Concert, dinner, silent auction. Wine tastings as well as wine and beer purchasing available. Fundraiser proceeds benefit the rescued horses and healing programs of The Medicine Horse Project, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Tickets or more info: www.medicinehorseproject.org, or 916-896-9992.

June 8

Saturday Concerts * Shingle Springs * This Concert Series is held the second Saturday of each month and hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7. Cost is $10. Each event features two local artists. Bring your own refreshments or something for the potluck to be shared. Located at 4440 South Shingle Road. Contact Jamie Faw at fawjames@aol.com for information on a specific evening's performance or call 530-626-6274.

June 9

Evening of Music & Art Auction * Cantare Chorale sponsors this benefit event to fund their Aspiring Musicians Scholarship. The original art works created during their Tapestry of Love concerts will be sold during the event's silent auction. This event is open to all concert attendees and interested community members. No tickets necessary. The event will be held at Milestone Restaurant in Old Town, El Dorado Hills, 4-7pm. Those wishing to dine are encouraged to make reservations at 916-934-0790.

June 10 - June 20

Pony Express Re-Ride * Galloping from St. Joseph, MO, the riders will be coming through the foothills of El Dorado County the morning of Thursday, June 20. Total territory covered by riders from St. Jo to Sacramento is 1,966 miles. Down the hill, a stop will be made on Thursday at the Folsom Museum at 11:30am, with the final stop in Old Sacramento, 4:30pm.The Pony Express operated less than 7 months in 1861. To catch a glimpse of the re-riders, search online for Pony Express Re-ride schedule.

June 11

Woodcrafters Meeting * The Gold Country Woodcrafters monthly meeting is at 7pm at Park Community Church, 3991 Wild Chaparral Dr, Shingle Springs. Open to all levels of woodworkers, hobbyists, and professionalss. Call or email John Brideson for more info: 916-933-0488, jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net.

June 13-16

El Dorado County Fair * Don't miss the 2019 fair for your favorite fair foods, favorite carnival rides, favorite home arts and favorite agricultural activities by FFA and 4-H at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Every year, plan on attending the fair, held every Father's Day weekend in June! More Info: 530-621-5860 and http://eldoradocountyfair.org/fair.html

June 13 to September 12

Live on the Boulevard * The ever-popular Thursday night concert series promises a line-up that will "get you out of your seat and dance." Entertainment for the entire family, 7-9pm. Concerts are festival-style seating so bring your chairs. Concert set-up starts at 5:30pm. More info: www.edhtowncenter.com.

June 14

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be appearing tonight at the El Dorado County Fair in Placerville at three performances: 7pm, 8:15pm and 9:30pm. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

June 15

Rotary Wine & Live Music * One of the hallmark social events in the area, showcasing the fine wineries, breweries and numerous local restaurants of El Dorado, Amador and San Joaquin counties. Place: El Dorado Hills Town Center at the Steven Young Amphitheater and Sandra's Rose Garden, 6-9pm. Live music and an array of items in the silent auction. More info: wineattowncenter.com.

June 18

Crowning of Queen & King * 4th annual Crowning Event by the local Chamber of Commerce, celecbrating El Dorado County's youth in overcoming significant challenges and achieving personal success. Public invited for dinner, music and wine tasting, 6-8pm at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Lane. Nominees live in El Dorado County, and are between the ages of 15 and 25 who have achieved personal success while overcoming significant challenge(s). Sponsored by the Shingle Springs / Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. More info: Chamber 530-677-8000, membership@sscpchamber.org. Tickets: bit.ly/crowning2019.

June 28

Live Music * The Fabulous Liars * The Fabulous Liars Band will be appearing in Roseville at the Bar 101 from 9:30 to midnight. More info: www.facebook.com/The-Fabulous-Liars-Band-155563807843095/

June 29

Summer Spectacular * Don't miss Cameron Park CSD's largest event of the year with a kids carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft vendors, exhibitors, and live music. End the evening with the amazing fireworks show, even a low-level display. *Please no ice chests larger than a 6-can cooler, no alcohol or fireworks. Get pre-sale entrance tickets at Cameron Park Bel-Air, Cameron Park Shingle Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Cameron Park CSD office or online at www.showclix.com. Advance kids carnival wristbands are at the Cameron Park CSD office for $20 or $25 day of. Event at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd, Cameron Park. Gates open 2pm at Lake and Baron Court (Airpark). 530-677-2231 or www.cameronpark.org.

July 2019

July 4

4th of July * Family Blast at the Fairgrounds * The gates open at 4pm, the Fireworks start once it's dark (coordinated with Placerville Speedway Races). FREE kid's activities include Hay Mazes plus contests and games. Live Music from 6-10pm. Food and Beverage are available for purchase or bring your own propane BBQ. (No outside alcohol allowed). More info: http://eldoradocountyfair.org/blast.html

July 16 - August 4

Art Exhibition * National Mother Lode * The public is invited to the 53rd National Mother Lode Art Exhibition sponsored by the Placerville Arts Association and held at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center . Juror/Judge of awards: Folsom Lake College art professor Margaret Welty. Anticipated awards valued at $3,000. Deadline to enter: May 21. For entry guidelines: www.placervillearts.com/paa-mother-lode-show

August 2019

September 2019

September 28

BIG Autumn Auction * Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County is having its 17th Big Autumn Auction, their premier event of the season. More info at 530-626-1222 or visit www.bbbs-edc.org.

October 2019

October 11-13, 2019

Lake Tahoe Marathon * 24th year and still running. 3-days of running Fun that includes these events: 5K, 10K, 16.4M, 72M-Ultra, 4-person Marathon Relay, Optimist Kids Free Pumpkin Races, Carnelian Bay Half + Nevada Half + Emerald Bay Half = Tahoe Trifecta, Cal Neva Marathon + Lakeside Marathon + Lake Tahoe Marathon = Tahoe Triple, plus Cal Neva-Lake Tahoe Double Marathon. More infor: www.laketahoemarathon.com/

November 2019

November 9

Crab & Chowder Gala * Dinner features Dungeness Crab, clam chowder, bread, salad, and pasta. Dance the night away to live music. Doors open at 6pm; dinner at 7pm at the Mark D. Forni Building, El Dorado Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr, in Placerville. Fundraiser benefits the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, a registered 501c3 nonprofit. More Info: 530-621-5860 and http://eldoradocountyfair.org/gala.html

December 2019

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Apple Hill - Fall season - Some Ranches Open Year-Round

Orchards of fruits and nuts in season; some of the 55 family ranches are open to the public year-round. Apple Hill also includes vineyards & wineries and forest land. Watch for cherries in May/June; other stone fruit in June/July/August; garden vegetables in summer; apples and nuts in fall; pumpkins & squash in October; Christmas trees after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. It's a scenic drive through the Sierra foothills from ranch to ranch; enjoy meeting the friendly growers! 530-644-7692.

Christmas Tree Hunting - November thru December

At Apple Hill in Camino, Christmas trees available at ranches from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Enjoy a scenic drive through Sierra foothills as you hunt for your tree; enjoy meeting the friendly growers! 530-644-7692.

Snow Skiing in Season

Heavenly, 1-530-586-7000, www.skiheavenly.com * Kirkwood, 209-258-6000 * Sierra-at-Tahoe * 530-659-7453, www.sierratahoe.com * Soda Springs, 530-426-1010, www.skisodasprings.com. Cross country: Camp Richardson, 800-544-1801 * Royal Gorge, 530-426-3871, www.royalgorge.com. Snow & road conditions (from Kirkwood) 877-547-5966. CalTrans road conditions: 800-427-ROAD.

Observatory - View the Stars!

The Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory offers free viewing (donations welcomed) to the public on the campus of the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Dr., in Placerville (from Highway 50, go north on Missouri Flat Road). See www.Community Observatory.com.

Forests

Eldorado National Forest, 586,000 acres, fishing, boating, white-water rafting, hiking, riding trails, snow skiing, summer swimming. Desolation Wilderness area includes hiking, camping, picnic sites. For information, 530-644-6048; 573-2600.

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Fishing

In season . . . Jenkinson Lake in Pollock Pines - Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Bigmouth Bass, Mackinaw, 644-2545. Cameron Park Lake, Cambridge Rd - trout, angler bass, Bluegill, 677-2231. Folsom Lake - trout, Kokanee, bass, perch, catfish, 916-988-0205. Lake Natoma (downstream from Folsom Dam) - bass, Rainbow trout, 916-988-0205. Go to dfg.ca.gov for more info.

Hiking, Backpacking

Forest Service trails in the Sierra: Leg-stretching hikes less than one-mile include Rainbow, Tallac Historic Site, Trail of the Washoe, Forest Tree, Smokey's Lake of the Sky. Longer, more challenging are Fallen Leaf, Mt. Tallac, Glen Alpine, Clark Angora Lakes, Hawley Grade, Meiss, Echo Lake (1/2 mile to 6 miles). Call Forest Service, 530-644-6048.

Nature Hikes

Free. Meet at Nature Center in Coloma, first Saturday of month, 9-11 am, Hwy. 49, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Call first to sign up, 530-621-1224.

Sierra Wildlife Rescue

Rehabs orphaned wildlife and educates volunteers in how to do this. Classes open to all from May to July. The "Baby Bird Nursery" hands-on classes are Wednesdays, 5pm. Walk in to 3030 Newtown Rd, Placerville. More info: Barbara, 530-621-2650, bsb@d-web.com.

Nature Center & Bookstore

Open to the public and located in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Hwy 49 in Coloma. Learn more about the American River watershed, the flora , and the critters around here. The center is kid friendly, free and open Wed-Sun 11-3pm. 530-621-1224. (Tell them you heard about it from Around Here Magazine!)

American River Water Education Center

Folsom Dam -- Learn more about the American River and water conservation in a self-guided tour of the Center's displays and interactive exhibits. The Education Center brings to life the rugged canyons and life-giving waters of the American River; open free during afternoon hours on most weekdays. Guided tours of Folsom Dam may be arranged for students (grades 2-8). For more information, call 916-989-7275. (Tell them you heard about it from Around Here Magazine!)

FARMERS MARKETS

Placerville Certified Farmers Market, Saturdays mid-May through mid-October, 8am-noon, Ivy House Parking area, corner of Cedar Ravine & Main Street, 530-622-1900.

Cameron Park Certified Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8am-noon, Burke Junction on Coach Lane (across from Food 4 Less), 530-622-1900.

El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers Market (2 locations) generally open early-June through mid-October; Thursdays, 8-noon at the Community Center on El Dorado Hills Blvd.; Sunday market is 9-1pm at the Town Center in front of MamaAnn's Deli, 8-12:30pm, 530-622-1900.

Folsom Certified Farmers Market, Sundays, early-June through mid-September, 8am-noon, Historic Folsom behind the Chamber of Commerce grounds by the railroad turntable, 916-985-2698.

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Wine Tasting

Sierra Nevada Foothills Wineries, family-owned & operated. Scenic drive through Sierra foothills from winery to winery. Award-winning wines, hospitable winemakers! 800-306-3956.

Sunday Breakfasts at Elks Club

Sunday breakfasts are open to the public at the Elks Lodge, featuring eggs to order, fresh-cut fruit, fruit juice, coffee, cereals for the kids, ham, bacon or sausage, home fried potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and sometimes, omeletes, Belgian waffles, or breakfast burritos; held one Sunday a month, usually the last; contact djstack@sbcglobal.net and 530-672-9322.

Cantare Chorale

Auditions are held every Monday night at the Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode Dr, Placerville, 7 pm, for new members from the foothill community who can read music and love to perform. To schedule an audition, please contact Ruth O'Shea, 530-677-6964 or CantareChorale.com.

Gold Rush Quartet

Every Tuesday eve, 7:15-9:45pm, a group of congenial men, ages 16-90, meet to sing as a chorus and as quartets. The number one goal is to have a fun time. Guests are invited to join in song. Meeting is at the First Christian Church, 2687 Andler Rd, Placerville. The group also has a strong youth outreach program to encourage youth to sing, and a youth chorus that meets on Monday nights in Cameron Park. 530) 644-4151, keitheckhardt@comcast.net, www.goldrushchorus.org.

Jazz & Blues in the Plaza

Tentative schedule: July - October, every other Saturday, afternoons, Fountain Plaza, 312 Historic Main Street in Placerville -- in the courtyard behind the Cary House Hotel; free; for specific information, call before going: 530-622-4900.

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Kazual Kountry Music & Dance

First Saturday of every month, 7-10pm, country music, Hangtown Grange, 2020 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. All ages welcomed. Refreshments served. $7, 530-333-9515, 622-6988.

International Folk Dancing

Every Tuesday (year round), 7-8pm beginners ($3); 8-10pm intermediates ($6); IOOF hall, 467 Main St., Placerville, side door from parking lot, 2nd floor. Dance to music around the world. You'll be taught the waltz, tango, cha cha, two-step; singles and couples welcome; 530-622-7301, 530-644-1198.

Square Dance Classes

Thursdays, hosted by Main Street Strollers, 7-9:30pm, IOOF Hall, 2nd floor, 467 Main St., Placerville; small fee, 530-642-9685.

Square Dance Classes

Apple Jacks & Jills Square Dance Club meet to dance every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Hangtown Grange, 2020 Smith Flat Rd, Placerville. Come and check it out. The first 2 Wednesday classes are FREE. Call about new dancers classes. Some line dancing instruction also. More info: Connie, 530-622-8550.

Placerville Art Walk

Monthly, third Saturday, Placerville Art Wal, 5-9pm. Historic Downtown Placerville. Main Street galleries and merchants host changing art shows and late night shopping. Demonstrations, refreshments, music and more. More info from Placerville Downtown Assn: 530-672-3436, or El Dorado Arts Council: 530-295-3746.

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Embroidery Meetings

Hanging By a Thread chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., fosters the excellence in the needle arts. Programs cover a wide range of stitching techniques. Stitchers of all levels/types/ages are welcomed and encouraged. Meets monthly each 2nd Monday, socializing at 6pm, meeting at 6:30pm at the Planning Commission Room in the EDC Government Center Bldg. C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville. More info: 530-621-2639, 530-672-2375, 916-515-0058, rice@d-web.com and www.d-web.com/sunshine/EGA/index.html.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

Much to see, including tiger exhibit, barnowl barn & flight aviary, house & cat garden for feral cats, the wild canid exhibit housing wolves, coyotes and wolf-dog hybrids, the Macaws and parrots. Regular admission: General (13-54) $4; Children (2-12) $3; Seniors (55+) $3; Children under 2 years free. Located in Folsom Lions Park, Natoma & Stafford streets, 916-351-3527; www.folsomzoofriends.org.

Gold Bug Park & Mine

Open last week of March thru October. Park grounds are open daily from 8:30-5pm for park use and hiking trails. Gold Bug Mine, Stamp Mill, museums and Hattie's Gift Shop are open from 10-4pm daily. Self-guided tours of the mine are enhanced by audio equipment, featuring tapes in English, German, French and Japanese. Group tours available. Located one mile north of Hwy 50 on Bedford Ave. in Placerville, 530-642-5207, www.goldbugpark.org.

El Dorado County Historical Museum

Exhibits on gold and the Gold Rush. Free admission, donations accepted. Group tours upon request. Museum is at 104 Placerville Dr, Placerville, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Open W-Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun noon-4 pm. 530-621-5865.

Fountain-Tallman Museum

"The Biggest Little Museum in the West," owned and operated by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Open Wed - Sun, 10am - 4pm. Free. Located at 524 Main Street in Placerville, 530-626-0773.

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Marshall Gold Discovery Museum

Artifacts of the Gold Rush period, open daily from 10am to 4:30pm. Parking fee charged per vehicle; located in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma, 530-622-3470.

Folsom History Museum

Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 823 Sutter St, Folsom, 916-985-2707.

El Dorado Musical Theatre

Call 916-941-7464, or visit www.edmt.info for coming performances.

Imagination Theater

Located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. For coming performances, 530-642-0404, or www.imagination-theater.org.

Olde Coloma Theatre

Preserving Olde Tyme Melodrama, 380 Monument Road in Coloma off Hwy 49. Call for show lineup and to make reservations, 530-626-5282.

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Placerville Speedway Races

Races are every Saturday at Placerville Speedway, 100 Placerville Dr, Placerville; typically, the pits open 3:30pm, gates open 5pm, qualifying 6:30pm, but call for update, cost for tickets and parking; 530-626-3680, www.placervillespeedway.com and www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com.

Lap Swim - Open to Community

The Western Slope Aquatic Center at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, is open for Lap Swims from Sept. 1 through May 31, 2010, on Mon., Tue., Thurs. & Fri. 5:30-7:30am, and Sat. 7-9am. The sessions are operated by the YMCA; cost is $40 mo. Steve: 530-626-1467.

Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Hosts annual regional & national rowing regattas, water ski tournaments & special events. Open to the general public. Offers leisure adult classes; summer youth programs & camps; picnic tables, barbecues, boat docks, beach front access. Located next to Nimbus Dam at Hwy 50 & Hazel Ave., www.sacStateAquaticCenter.com, 916-278-2842, 916-985-7239.

Tennis
The Hangtown Women Tennis Club meets Wednesday mornings at El Dorado High School in Placerville. Open to ages 18 to 80-plus. Just $30/yr. Call Julie, 530-626-4452, or Maggi 530-295-8074.

Community Recreation
Recreation through theCommunity Services District (CSD)-- Activities, classes, sports leagues and lots of fun are available through the CSD. Call the individual communities for latest schedules: Cameron Park - 530-677-2231; El Dorado Hills - 916-933-4540.

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Master Gardening Classes

Gardening classes held throughout the year by the Master Gardeners in concert with the University of California Cooperative Extension at the Ag Center, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville. Call for latest schedule, 530-621-5512; http://ceeldorado.ucdavis.edu/

Master Food Preservers Classes

Food preserving classes held throughout the year by the Master Food Preservers in connection with the University of California Cooperative Extension at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Call for topics, time, etc. 530-621-5506 or see http://ceeldorado.ucdavis.edu

Pinochle & Canasta

Join us on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday nights at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Ln, El Dorado Hills. For time & more info: 916-358-3575.

Retired Public Employees Association

Retired Public Employees, Chapter 82 (El Dorado & Amador counties), hold public meetings at Dennys, 99 Fair Lane, Placerville, on the 3rd Monday of March, May, July, September and November 2011. All PERS are invited to attend.

Bingo

Tuesday Nights at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center; doors open at 5pm for a nice dinner served at 5:30pm for $4-$7; bingo games start at 6:15pm. The center is located in the Pony Express Village Center, 2675 Sanders Dr. in Pollock Pines; visit www.pollockpinesca.org or call 530-647-8005.

Rotary Flea Market - April to October

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club sponsors a Community Flea Market in the El Dorado Savings parking lot
from April to October on the third Saturday of each month. Buyers and sellers invited; 530-903-8039, www.pollockpines-caminorotary.org.

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