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SEPTEMBER 2021

September thru October

Farmers Market - El Dorado Hills * Come to the El Dorado County Farmers Markets on Sundays in El Dorado Hills Town Center on El Dorado Hills Blvd from 8-1pm. The market operates through October.

September thru October

Farmers Market - Placerville * Come to the El Dorado County Farmers Markets on Saturdays in Placerville at the Regal Cinemas lot from 8-Noon. The market is open through October.

September thru November

Wakamatsu Open Farm Days * Open first and third Saturdays, 10-2pm. Each day has special programming, so come often.See the site of the first Japanese colony in U.S., walk around the farm, visit the 1871 gravesite of Japanese girl Okei-san, vist the 1850s farmhouse, enjoy the lake and a picnic. For more information on activities at each Open Farm Day, check out ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu.

September 4

Gold Hill Music Festival * Nashville comes to the foothills! This event will showcase top regional entertainment and highlight a couple national headliners broadcast on Country radio stations across the USA. Eat, drink and be merry: local food vendors, wine and beers. See the Artists Row and Attractions. Noon to 10pm at Saureel Vineyards in Placerville, CA, @saureelvineyards. Tickets on sale starting in April 2021. Social distancing guidelines anticipated, so tickets may be limited. More info: goldhillmusicfestival.com

September 4

Live Music * Classic Rock by the Fabulous Liars Band at The Station Public House in Auburn, 6pm. Call before going, 530-919-8406.

September 7

Woodworking Meetings * Gold Country Woodcrafters has been meeting by Zoom each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Face-to-Face meetings are planned. Please call for update and details: John Brideson, president, Jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net or 916-933-0482.

September 9 - October 3

Coral Seas Exhibit * Sept. 9 - Oct. 3,. An exhibit featuring the heritage of our reefs. The coral reefs are truly one of the most majestic wonders of the underwater world. Explore these endangered treasures; the exhibit runs through Oct. 3, Noon-6 p.m., Thursday - Sunday. For Saturday Market, opens at 10am. Open till 10pm on Second Saturday, the Kennedy Gallery features work from over 20 resident artists inside three floors of open studios in the heart of Midtown’s entertainment district, 1931 L St., Sacramento. More info: 916-400-4272, galleryguy@yahoo.com.

September 11

Chili Cook Off & Classic Car Show * 20th Aunnual * Taste all the chili your stomach can handle while local chili cooks compete to earn your vote for 'Best Chili.' Live music while attendees explore beautiful classic cars, check out the prizes in the drawings and view/buy the one-of-a-kind artwork by the Something MORE artists. Drinks, hotdogs and face painting top off this fun event. Car show starts at 10 am; the chili is ready for tasting at Noon. Event is at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Proceeds for the fundraiser benefit adults with developmental disabilities served by MORE. Car Show entry is FREE. Chili Tasting is $10/Adult and $5/Children. For chili competition or car show entry forms, visit MORE's website: www.morerehab.org, or call: 530-622-4848.

September 17 & 18

Folsom American Fest * Concerts by Highways & Destinies honoring California's country music history, Folsom, 7-9pm. More info: www.folsomfest.org.

September 18

Music Festival & Car Show * Park Community Music Festival & Car Show invites the community to a fun summer day of live music, hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles, vendor booths, food trucks, raffles and kids activities from 11-3pm at Park Community Church in Shingle Springs. To show a classic or custom vehicle, the registration fee is $20 before Sept. 10, or $25 at the gate. A cash donation of at least $25 is the cost for vendor space. This is a family affair so please, no alcohol. The church is just off Hwy 50 and Ponderosa Road at 3901 Wild Chaparral Dr, Shingle Springs. Free admission and parking. More info: Sara at 530-652-4171. Download a show flyer, vehicle or vendor registration form at CarsandMusic.com

September 22

Chamber Business Mixer * The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly Breakfast at the Cameron Park Country Club every 4th Wednesday, 7-8:30am. The Country Club is located at 3201 Royal Dr, Cameron Park. The breakfast meetings feature guest speakers and the Chamber encourages local foothills businesses and members of the community to attend. Call Kathy at the Chamber for details and to RSVP (limited space). Request a pre-pay authorization form for event & breakfast, $20, 530-677-8000.

September 23 - 26

2021 County Fair! * The El Dorado County Fair will reopen with a bombastic agenda of fun, music and stars, favorite fair foods, competitions and carnival. The theme is "Stars & Stirrups." Enjoy the traditional mutton bustin’, live interactive exhibits, musical performances, clown college, free train rides and a cake-eating contest! Mark your calendars. You won't want to miss this exciting County Fair reopening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, CA. More info: eldoradocountyfair.org

September 25

Fabulous Liars Band * Live music featuring classic rock at El Dorado County Fair, Placerville, Red Hawk Stage, 10:45am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. 530-919-8406.

September 25

Kids TRY-athlon * Join the first-time Walk with Austin TRYathlon 8am-Noon at the El Dorado Hills Community Park and Pool. Kids with special needs to 18 years invited to participate in this adaptive swim-bike-run event in any way they can. A finisher party is Noon to 1pm. Hosts are the EDH CSD, EDH Promise Foundation and Walk with Austin. Register by 9/17. Fee $50. More info: walkwithaustin@gmailcom.

September 29

Golf Tournament * Don't miss the annual El Dorado County Chamber Charity Golf Tournament at Apple Mountain Golf Resort. 7:30am check-in, $125 per person or $500 per foursome. More info: www.eldoradocounty.org, admin@eldoradocounty.org, or members@eldoradocounty.org

OCTOBER 2021

Until October 3

Coral Seas Exhibit * An exhibit featuring the heritage of our reefs. The coral reefs are truly one of the most majestic wonders of the underwater world. Explore these endangered treasures; the exhibit runs through Oct. 3, Noon-6 p.m., Thursday - Sunday. Saturday Market opens at 10am. On Second Saturday, the Kennedy Gallery is open till 10pm featuring work from over 20 resident artists inside three floors of open studios in the heart of Midtown’s entertainment district, 1931 L St., Sacramento. More info: 916-400-4272 galleryguy@yahoo.com.

Saturdays thru October

Farmers Market - Placerville * Come to the El Dorado County Farmers Markets on Saturdays in Placerville at the Regal Cinemas lot from 8-Noon. The market is open through October.

Sundays thru October

Farmers Market - El Dorado Hills * Come to the El Dorado County Farmers Markets on Sundays in El Dorado Hills Town Center on El Dorado Hills Blvd from 8-1pm. The market operates through October.

Ongoing thru November

Wakamatsu Open Farm Days * Open first and third Saturdays, 10-2pm. Each day has special programming, so come often.See the site of the first Japanese colony in U.S., walk around the farm, visit the 1871 gravesite of Japanese girl Okei-san, vist the 1850s farmhouse, enjoy the lake and a picnic. For more information on activities at each Open Farm Day, check out ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu.

October 1 - 10

Local Theater * Imagination Theater is back with Reader's Theater. For more info: www.itplacerville.org and 530-642-0404.

Oct 2 & 3

Art Studio Tour * The El Dorado Hills Art Studio Tour features 47 local and talented artists and members of the El Dorado Hills Art Association. They will show their work at 17 studios in El Dorado County and Folsom. View and purchase high-quality art: ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry and much more. Start at one studio and receive a brochure and map to the other locations, 10am to 5pm. Member artists from El Dorado Hills, Folsom and surrounding communities are participating. For detailed brochure, map and more info: edhaamail@eldoradohillsarts.com.

October 2

Thunder in the Park * Exciting the many foothills residents who have missed this event, the annual Thunder in the Park car show is back with all the fun of past years: restored vintage vehicles of pre-1974, vendor booths, food trucks, music with live DJ, raffle prizes and, did we say: FUN! Sponsored by the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Com merce, the event returns to Cameron Park Lake location; gates open at 7am, event is 10-4pm, awards ceremony at 3pm.Cost $5 to park in the CSD lot. To enter your car (free Thunder in Park T-shirts to early preregistered vehicles by 8/25) or to secure a booth, visit www.sscpchamber.org for form.

October 3

Niello Concours * at Serrano * The 17th annual featuring the Shelby Cobra & Celebrating the History of Sacrameto Auto Racing, 10-4pm, on the Green at the Serrano Visitors Center in El Dorado Hills, CA. Brought to the community by sponsors, advertisers, vendors and attendees. For entry information, Concours videos and all Niello Concours at Serrano videos, visit theconcours.net. For more info, BMoore@TheConcours.net MMoore@TheConcours.net or call the office 916-635-2445.

Oct 8 - 10

Coloma Gold Rush Live * This 3-day community event is back for 2021, giving visitors a walk back in time. Explore the re-creation of an 1850 tent town and visit a mining camp, assay/claims office, gambling hall, general store, blacksmith, carpentry shop, laundry, bakery and more. Visitors will go back in time to learn about incredible journeys, discoveries and disappointments. You can register your claim at the Assay/Claims Office, procure supplies at the General Store or find a place to bunk down and eat at the Boarding House. Just come in from the mines? Then head on over to the Barber/Bath House to clean up, then pick up a fresh shirt at the Laundry before heading over to the Saloon. This event is made possible thanks to our partnership with the Gold Discovery Park Association. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle.The park is located in Coloma on Hwy 49 between Placerville and Auburn. More info: 530-622-3470.

October 8-10, 2021

Lake Tahoe Marathon+ * 26th Annual *The Lake Tahoe Marathon features three marathons and three half marathons around Lake Tahoe throughout three days, plus other shorter and ultra-events as well. More info: laketahoemarathon.com

October 9

Hike & Learn about Fuel Breaks * Join Rob DeSotle, Registered Professional Forester (RPF), and Placer Resource Conservation District project manager Allison Erny for a tour of Placer County's Auburn Shaded Fuel Break. They will lead a discussion on the role of fuel breaks and RPFs in protecting California communities and ecosystems. A 3-mile moderate hike with intermittent discussion breaks. 10am-Noon. Responsible teens+ welcome. Well behaved dog on leash OK. Meeting location Auburn area. FREE. A detailed email will be sent once you register online. https://app.donorview.com/qOwl7

October 9

Fashion Show and Luncheon * The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and the Placerville Elks #1712 presents a luncheon and fashion show of Chico's fashions. The 11am-3pm nonprofit event — to be held at the Placerville Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct in Shingle Springs — benefits the Foster Children of Western El Dorado County. Enjoy lunch, live auction and door prizes. Tickets: $20 or $140 for a table of 8. Call Angela at 916-804-3103 for more info or to purchase tickets. Tickets also can be bought through this paypal link: paypal.me/fosterkidsedc

October 13

Woodworking Meetings * Gold Country Woodcrafters has been meeting by Zoom each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Face-to-Face meetings are planned. Please call for update and details: John Brideson, president, Jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net or 916-933-0482.

October 15 & 16

Early Opry Tribute * Music Concerts. Dear Country With Love honoring California's country music history, Dan Russell Arena, Folsom, 7-9:20pm. More info: www.folsomfest.org.

October 16

Save the Graves * "Living History Cemetery Tours" presented by Buried History of El Dorado County on Saturday 10-4pm at the Placerville Union Cemetery on Bee St. in Placerville. Learn about local pioneer history by strolling the cemetery grounds. There you will meet notable historic figures of El Dorado County through living history performances. Each character is painstakingly researched and the performances are crafted to honor those interred. For more info: Buriedhistoryedc@gmail.com, www.buriedhistory.org.

October 16

3rd Saturday Artwalk * Historic Placerville with art demonstrations, music at the Belltower starting at 5pm with many stores and galleries open until 8pm. Excellent stores and galleries with excellent gifts for the holidays. More info, 530-303-8186, pdaonmainstreet@gmail.com, placerville-downtown.org

October 16, 17

El Dorado County Rock & Gem Show * Hosted by the El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society at the Fairgrounds in Placerville. Open to the public. Find displays, dealers and demonstrations.Free activities and rocks for kids. More than 50 World Class Dealers, Lapidary and Jewelry-making, and Rock Identification. Purchase a geode and have it cut open free to reveal "the surprise within!" The show has quality minerals, gems, jewelry, beads, fossils, Petrified Wood, Amber, Opal, Gold, Geodes, meteorites, fluorescents, spheres, carvings, slabs, rough and finished rock, lapidary supplies, equipment, tools, kits for kids, books, and unique gifts! Come one, call all: experienced rockhounds and those who want to learn about a great hobby. Food and refreshment available. Door prizes and a grand drawing. THERE WILL BE GREAT DOOR PRIZES and a GRAND DRAWING! Proceeds fund the group's Annual Scholarship Program for El Dorado County graduates who major in Earth Sciences or Lapidary Arts. More info: eldoradomineralandgem.org

Oct 17

Cancer Fundraiser * Join Marshall Medical Center's team at Making Strides Agains Breast Cancer, a fundraiser on the West steps of the State Capitol, 1315 10th St in Sacrameto, to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The research arm of ACS is facing a $200 million deficit due to the impacts of Covid and the economy. More info: main.acsevents.org/goto/MarshallMedicalCancerCenter.

October 21 - 24

Hangtown Music Festival * Four nights of music and camping at the 10th annual festival of fun in the Sierra foothills. Features host band: Railroad Earth. Emcc Joe Craven. Bring the family for attractions and activities including yoga, pumpkin carving, a kid zone, food and drink, and more. $20-$200. More info: Hangtownfestival.com

October 22

Halloween Boo Bash * The Cameron Park CSD Community Center invites the public to this event starting at 6pm. More info: www.CameronPark.org, 530-677-2231.

October 27

Chamber Business Mixer * The Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly Breakfast at the Cameron Park Country Club every 4th Wednesday, 7-8:30am. Each breakfast features a guest speaker. The Chamber encourages local foothills businesses and members of the community to attend. The Country Club is located at 3201 Royal Dr, Cameron Park. Call Kathy at the Chamber for details and to RSVP (limited space). Request a pre-pay authorization form for event & breakfast, $20, 530-677-8000.

Oct 29- Nov 13

Local Theater * Imagination Theater is back and presenting "My Way" For more info: www.itplacerville.org and 530-642-0404.

October 30

Halloween Cemeteries Walking Tour * Join a group visiting four historic cemeteries: Smith Flat cemetery, old "Upper" cemetery, old "City" cemetery then end up at Saint John's historic church with its tiny cemetery behind the Nature Center in historic Coloma (near the "said-to-be" haunted Vineyard House!). Enjoy close-up views of downtown Placerville while the group investigates gravestone markers dating back to the 1850s. Keith Atwater is a long-time ARC member and has taught Humanities, history and religion at high school, community college and university levels. Responsible 10-year-olds+ welcome. Meeting location in Placerville area. Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. A

NOVEMBER 2021

Ongoing thru November

Wakamatsu Open Farm Days * Open first and third Saturdays, 10-2pm. Each day has special programming, so come often.See the site of the first Japanese colony in U.S., walk around the farm, visit the 1871 gravesite of Japanese girl Okei-san, vist the 1850s farmhouse, enjoy the lake and a picnic. For more information on activities at each Open Farm Day, check out ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu.

November 6

Bluegrass & Brews * The Placerville Shakespeare Club invites the community the Bluegrass & Brews concert featuring the Quartz Mountain Ramblers. Join in on the fun for an afternoon of great music, brew tasting, wine and beverages. Concert tickets ($20) include beer tasting and popcorn. No host wine, beer and beverages will be available. Concert will be held at the Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave, Placerville, 4-6pm. Doors open at 3pm. Call Cherie at 916-337-5045 for advance reservations. Tickets can be bought at the door, but seating is limited.

November 6 & 7

Wine Harvest Festival * The Fair Play Wineries Harvest Festival celebrates the harvest at more than 20 wineries in the Fair Play area. Starts Saturday at 11am, ends Sunday 4pm. Enjoy food, music, games and, of course, wine tasting as you explore the region. More info: www.fairplaywine.com

November 9

Woodworking Meetings * Gold Country Woodcrafters has been meeting by Zoom each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Face-to-Face meetings are planned. Please call for update and details: John Brideson, president, Jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net or 916-933-0482.

November 10

Preserving Rivers & Land * Join Elena DeLacy, ARC's executive director, and special guests from CapTrust Community Foundation, for this virtual storytelling session, 4:30-5:30pm. Listen to the inspirations and motivations of ARC's Legacy Circle members. Why did they bequeath their gifts of land and other assets to ARC? How did they plan their gifts? Besides stories, testimonies and general information, a portion of the session will answer your questions. All are welcome to this virtual program. FREE. A detailed email will be sent once you register online: https://app.donorview.com/kPpKx

November 13

Tai Chi-Qigong and Dance * Learn selected Tai Chi-Qigong movements and transform them into gentle dance expressions with music segments, 10-11am. Movements will promote qi circulation to your physical, mental and spiritual self during autumn and help promote the wellness of your lungs, intestines and lymphatic system. Join this session led by Dr. Tze-yue Gigi Hu, a semi-retired Asian Studies educator and author. She teaches therapeutic Tai Chi and Qigong to selected communities. See her website, calmhappytaiji.com. Ages 8+ welcome. Meeting location is Gold Hill area. Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. A detailed email will be sent once you register online athttps://app.donorview.com/v6r59

November 20

Christmas Craft Faire * The Cameron Park CSD will hold its annual Old Fasioned Christmas Craft Faire at the Community Center. Vendors are encouraged to sign upnow for a booth, and the public is invited to attend. More info to come at: www.CameronPark.org, 530-677-2231.

November 20

3rd Saturday Artwalk * Historic Placerville with art demonstrations, music at the Belltower starting at 5pm with many stores and galleries open until 8pm. Excellent stores and galleries with excellent gifts for the holidays. More info, 530-303-8186, pdaonmainstreet@gmail.com, placerville-downtown.org

November 21

Knickerbocker Creek Bird Walk * Tim and Angela Jackson typically lead a bird walk here in the spring. Join them from 8-Noon during fall as they return to the same location to see what songbirds, raptors and water birds are there now. Tim maintains a website (eldoradobirds.com) on birdwatching in El Dorado County. Angela is a local writer and photographer. This is a slow-paced, easy-moderate hike of 3-4 miles. Quiet, mature children 8+ welcome. Meeting location is in Cool area. FREE. A detailed email will be sent once you register online. https://app.donorview.com/yW3gr

DECEMBER 2021

December 3

Christmas Tree Lighting * The Cameron Park CSD will hold its 5th annual Tree Lighting at Christa McCauliffe Park. More info to come at: www.CameronPark.org, 530-677-2231.

December 3 - 19

Local Theater * Imagination Theater is back and presenting Disney's "Frozen Jr." For more info: www.itplacerville.org and 530-642-0404.

December 4

Christmas Tree Lighting * Festivities for the El Dorado Hills Town Center 2021 Tree Lighting start at 5pm. The tree lighting will be at 6:30pm. Before going, be sure to get an update at the website for festivities and any regulations due to COVID: www.edhtowncenter.com.

December 4

Rummage Sale * Previously Enjoyed Treasures * The Placerville Shakespeare Club is hosting a special rummage sale featuring festive holiday decorations and many under-the-tree gifts such as books, toys, puzzles and games. The one-day sale will also have warm winter clothing including coats, jackets and sweaters. The event is 9am-4pm at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave, Placerville. Come early for the best bargains and bring your really large shopping bag. More info: www.placerville-shakespeare.com and kkmeyer1968@yahoo.com.

December 4

Santa Swim * Sign up for this Community Center event at the Cameron Park CSD. More info to come at: www.CameronPark.org, 530-677-2231.

December 4 & 5

Homes for the Holidays Tour * Sponsored by the Assistance League Sierra Foothills, the community is invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays. Proceeds help disadvataged and homeless children in the community. More info at resource@alsierrafoothills.com.

December 5

Christmas Parade * The annual Hangtown Christmas Parade is scheduled for today, a celebration wending through downtown Historic Placerville, starting at 1pm and lasting until about 3pm. Before you go: verify the date/time at HangtownChristmasParade.com.

December 7

Woodworking Meetings * Gold Country Woodcrafters has been meeting by Zoom each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Please call for update and details regarding Face-to-Face meetings and the annual Christmas dinner: John Brideson, president, Jkbrideson@sbcglobal.net or 916-933-0482.

December 18

3rd Saturday Artwalk * Historic Placerville with art demonstrations, music at the Belltower starting at 5pm with many stores and galleries open until 8pm. Excellent stores and galleries with excellent gifts for the holidays. More info, 530-303-8186, pdaonmainstreet@gmail.com, placerville-downtown.org

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ONGOING and SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

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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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