Fall is coming! And Local Happenings…
Fall has long been my favorite season for so many reasons. Something about a chilly morning is so exhilarating to me. I love the feeling of a fresh start, like somehow we are starting out on a new beginning with new wisdom and positive energy.
Starbucks released all their pumpkin lattes and pastries, all the stores are fully stocked with cozy sweaters and adorable boots. It’s officially FALL in my book, but only the weather doesn’t agree. I’ve been wanting to wear my sweaters, boots, and scarves for a few weeks now, but it’s just been too hot. While it may not feel much like fall right now, this Wednesday is the official Autumnal Equinox. Hopefully today (101°) will be the last of the heat. I’ve been working on my calendar page and I added all the fall fun, new library story times and local events. There are so many fun and free things going on in our area everyday for all ages!
Here is a sample of what’s happening this week and a few highlights from the rest of the month:
Monday, September 21st 5-7pm – Invention Club at the El Dorado Hills Library for 4th thru 8th grade students. Use your imagination to create amazing things at this free weekly workshop just starting up at the library.
Tuesday, September 22nd 10:30m – Toddler Time! at the Folsom Library. This storytime program includes short stories, movement songs and fingerplays planned for toddlers ages 2 and 3. Join the fun!
Wednesday, September 23rd 11am – Book Babies at the Folsom Library. Lapsit program for babies ages birth-24 months, caregiver participation required. Program includes nursery rhymes, songs and playtime.
Thursday, September 24th 5:30pm – Live on the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Thursday night concert series just got better with a special bonus performance added on September 24th from 5:30-7:30pm, featuring Dawn & Hawkes (as seen on The Voice). Concerts are festival style seating so bring your blankets and chairs. Concert set-up begins at 5pm.
Friday, September 25th 3pm – Pet Partners at the El Dorado Hills Library. Join Pet Partners the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month! Practice reading out loud with McCaffrey, Lola, and Chuck, trained therapy dogs who love to hear you read!
Saturday, September 26th 5pm – Folsom LIVE! on Historic Sutter Street. Folsom Live will rock on September 26, 2015. There’s sure to be music for everyone! This is a ticketed event, coordinated by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce and Hope Productions Foundation. For more information the website.
Sunday, September 27th 7:30am – Latrobe Breakfast Special Train Ride. Latrobe Breakfast Special starts and ends at the Hampton Station with a stop in Latrobe for a pancake breakfast! Tickets are $28 / $15. Visit the website for more information and to buy tickets.
Mark your calendar – Future Events:
10/3 – FOOTHILL FALL FESTIVAL – Enjoy local wine and beer tastings, a barbecue dinner and live country music from well-known band Fred McCarty and Company. Activities for kids include a miniature pumpkin patch and decorating area, bean bag toss, face painting, balloon artist and more! Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds for the event benefit El Dorado Hills non-profit, Team Donate Life, an organization focused on raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation.
10/9 – Outdoor Movie Night – HOOK! – Enjoy a family friendly night out at Town Center and watch an outdoor movie featuring, Hook, on a giant inflatable screen. Show begins at 6:30pm and popcorn will be available. Bring your blankets and chairs. Movie viewing set-up begins at 5pm. Event is free.
10/9-10/31 – Hands4Hope Haunted Hills Asylum – Enter at your own risk as you journey through a terrifying psychiatric asylum! Benefitting Hands4Hope.
10/16 – Campfire and Stories at Maidu Park – Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years. Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. We’ll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event. Museum doors open at 7pm. Program starts at 7:30pm.
10/17 – Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA – Families attending the annual harvest festival will enjoy: Magic Show with Trevor Wyatt, A Harvest Maze, Face Painting,Family Games, Raffles, Live Entertainment, and More! Wear your costume for the parade!
10/21 – Folsom Food Truck Safari – Delicious Food and Family Fun Bring your appetite … bring your family … bring your friends! Live music, bounce houses, and other activities weather permitting.
10/23 – Scarecrow Contest at EDH CSD – Have you always wanted to create your very own scarecrow? Here’s a chance to let your imagination run wild, and compete for fun prizes in the process. Gather up your supplies and enter the EDHCSD 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest! There is NO entry fee, and you can use supplies scavenged from the barn or storage shed. Borrow Grandpa’s old straw hat, maybe Grandma’s old apron… even the dog’s bandana… just be sure to ask first! Youth groups, classrooms, service clubs, organizations, families, individuals and businesses are invited to participate. Application Due Date: Wednesday, October 14th Contact Mike Cottrell for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
10/23 – 29th Annual Safe & Super Halloween: Pirates at Fairytale Town in Sacramento – Avast ye! Join yer favorite pirates for three nights of trick-or-treating and family fun! Davy Jones, Jack Sparrow and the cursed treasure take center stage. Duels, games, 17 candy stations, hands-on activities, a costume parade and more pirate shenanigans await! Tickets go on sale September 1. Advance tickets are $7-$10 per person. Beginning October 23, tickets are $12 per person. Puppet show tickets are $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored by Smile Business Products.
10/24 – Night of 1000 Pumpkins in Historic Folsom – All ages welcome! ADMISSION: One carved pumpkin per child. Hours: 6pm to 9pm. This one of a kind event features a large display of lit up carved pumpkins thanks to our community and Intel, trick or treat at local merchants and family friendly Halloween movies outside under the stars on a giant movie screen!
10/24 – Fall Festival Celebration at the Palladio in Folsom – Enjoy hay rides, cookie decorating, Pumpkin Palooza with Whole Foods Market, and more!
10/30 – Boo at the Sacramento Zoo – Two nights of ghoulish family fun, Friday or Saturday rain or shine. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.
10/31 – Pumpkin Splash Patch at EDH CSD Pool – Begin your quest for the perfect Halloween pumpkin at the Pumpkin Splash Patch at the CSD Community Pool. Children 3 to 10 years of age should come wearing their swimsuits for this holiday hunt. Participants will hunt for their perfect pumpkin in the heated pool, decorate it and take it home. In addition, there will be open swim and the Marshall Medical inflatatable will be available. Price includes a pumpkin, decorating supplies, swim pass for the day and a special Trick-or-Treat goodie bag. Pre-registration is required.
10/31 – Halloween Spooktacular at Town Center EDH – The Halloween Spooktacular is a Town Center favorite and will feature trick-or-treating from 3-6pm at all Town Center participating businesses. A costume contest for kids and dogs will begin at 5:15pm in the Steven Young Amphitheater with categories for Most Creative, Hero/Villain or Princess, Funniest and Best Group.