Spring arrives in El Dorado County with the vernal equinox at 4:02 a. m. on Wednesday, March 20. Spring brings more daylight hours, new growth on plants and more daylight time to do fun things. Equinox is from Latin meaning “equal night” so the days and nights are approximately equal on this day. There are two equinoxes during the year – one in March and the other in September. Obviously when spring starts in the northern hemisphere it is fall in the southern portion of the Earth.
To celebrate the season El Dorado Hills Town Center is having an El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival. The carnival is a benefit for the Oak Ridge High School basketball program and is on Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, March 22 from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, March 23 from noon to 11; and Sunday, March 24 from noon to 10 p.m. Butler Amusements will be bringing rides, games and food and drink options to the Regal Theater parking lot.
Town Center is also presenting the Spring Fling with a Town Center Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can hunt for eggs filled with candy and free prizes from Town Center businesses in the grass areas by the lake. One lucky child will find a golden ticket and win the Town Center Spring Fling Basket. There will be a special guest appearance by the Town Center Bunny, face painting, balloon artist, and Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road show from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy an early spring ride in the Sierra Foothills while supporting El Dorado County’s abused and neglected children. The Folsom HOG Chapter 1787 is sponsoring a fun ride to raise money for CASA El Dorado on Saturday, March 23. The pre-run party, early registration and complimentary barbecue are Friday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Folsom Harley-Davidson, 115 Woodmere Road in Folsom. The Saturday ride starts at Folsom Harley-Davidson. To get all the details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group the Mapletones is playing at Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, on Friday, March 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. during Endless Pizza and Salad and Lobster night. Enjoy the fabulous pizzas with all kinds of great toppings and salad. Friday is also live Maine lobster night and the lobster is simply fantastic. Each lobster is 1 1/4 plus pounds. Call 530-620-3467 to reserve a lobster.
The Ponderosa High School Foundation is having its eighth annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 22, at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Gerald F. Uelmen, a member of the defense team for O.J. Simpson and Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers trials. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets or more information call Dave Sargent at 530-621-1673.
Jim Mills, singer and song writer from Memphis, Tenn., will be playing at Findleton Winery, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. He will get things rocking with a repertoire of gospel to country and blues to rock — all paired with Findleton wines. For more information call Findleton at 530-622-4018.
Placerville, Pioneer and Mother Lode Lions clubs are having a community-wide fund-raising event to safely dispose of e-waste and shred unwanted documents on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Club, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. All donations will be used to support the recovery of Jimi Lee Rogers, a young man hit by a hit-and-run driver. The services are donated by Argosy E-cycling. Accepted Items include: TVs (all sizes), monitors, computers, computer peripherals, cell phones, printers, copiers, fax machines, audio and video equipment , microwaves and more.
Aimee Rebmann, acrylic artist at Creative Juices Events, is back at Lava Cap Winery, 2221 Fruitridge Road in Placerville, to help artists paint an amazing work of art on Saturday, March 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. This is really a fun time with painting, sampling wine and visiting with friends and new acquaintances. The featured artwork is a scene of the Italian countryside with red poppies. To sign up call 530-621-0175.
Uncommon Ground will be putting on a CD release show at the Cozmic Café, 592 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, March 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Uncommon Ground has a great sound for listening and dancing. There is a $7 cover charge that also buys the new album. For more details call 530-642-8481.