There will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all the stars. Then on Monday to Tuesday there will be a total lunar eclipse and the Moon will be a spectacular mottled reddish ball for 78 minutes while in the shadow of the Earth. The total lunar eclipse starts at 11 p.m. in El Dorado County and should be worth staying up for.
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Good food and good cause
To get in the mood for the eclipse a good red-sauce Italian dinner might be just the thing. Ponderosa High School’s Sober Grad Night committee is having a fundraiser at Papa Gianni’s, 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park, on Wednesday, April 9. A portion of the bill for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or dinner from 5-9 p.m. will go directly to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Remember to tell the server you are there for the fundraiser. To learn more about the safe graduation night event visit phsSoberGradNight.org.
Friday night on Placerville’s Main Street will offer a whole bunch of activities that appeal to women from 6-9 p.m. The seventh annual Girls Night Out will feature a Fabulous Fifties theme with merchants staying open late to showcase all the great things they have. Check in at the Belltower to pick up a program and a scavenger hunt card and then get ready to check the activities, entertainment, games, trunk shows, prize drawings, health and beauty specials, massage, restaurant specials, dance demonstrations, sales and promotions, food, chocolate, olive oil samplings and more. The night is sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association and for more specifics call 530-672-3436.
The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op is having a Spring Rummage Sale at 2900 Cold Springs Road in Placerville on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Farmer’s Market EBT program. Donations are welcome at the co-op on Placerville Drive in Placerville and spaces are available for those with a lot of stuff for $20. Contact Melisa Clark for all the details at 530-621-3663.
HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Greenwood is having its big, annual fundraiser — Compassionate Choices Breakfast on Saturday, April 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a biscuits and gravy cook-off, vegan option, scrambled eggs, strawberry shortcake and more at Northside School in Cool. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and are available at Cool Feed and Ranch Supply or at the door. To learn more call 916-303-0334.
Explore the outdoors
On Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the American River Conservancy is having a KKD-Outdoor Play and Exploration event. This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a day of unstructured outdoor play and exploration. The ARC folks invite everyone to come and join ARC’s Education Team for a brief morning discussion and activity and then they will loan-out exploration backpacks, complete with some handy nature tools (e.g. critter collection boxes, magnifiers, nets, binoculars, field guides, etc.) so participants can embark on a self-guided nature walk through the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park letting the experience of being outdoors be the guide. Return to the nature center when ready and share what you saw or what you heard and then a record will be kept and updated each time this program is conducted. Call 530-621-1224 for meeting location.
The El Dorado County Legal Professional Association is having its wonderful Seafood Feast on Saturday, April 12 from 6-10 p.m. at the Fireman’s Hall in Diamond Springs. There will be music, no-host beer and wine, dinner and fun. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling Cheryl Pintar at 530-644-0620.