What's Up In December: The Newest Awards, Events, and Announcements from El Dorado County to Roseville
[ People & Places in the News ]
Joe Gagliardi, CEO of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, was honored for his 25 years of service to the Greater Folsom Partnership and the community at a fun-filled celebration hosted at Julian's Pâtisserie and Café.
AARP Experience Corps, which is managed by United Way California Capital Region, is looking for volunteers living in Roseville who are 50 or older to teach children how to improve their reading. The experience is rewarding and gives community members the opportunity to be role models for young students. Learn more at yourlocalunitedway.org.
Placer Community Foundation granted $5,000 to the Downtown Lincoln Association—a group of merchants, citizens, and officials who wish to preserve the area’s history, beauty, appearance, and more.
Local author Connie McLennan was awarded a silver honor from the California Reading Association for her story The Forest in the Trees—a nonfiction picture book that inspires a love of nature within all its readers.
Folsom Auto Center changed ownership and is now Folsom Automotive Service. The new store is a “digital shop,” where technicians take photos to inspect vehicles—ensuring customers receive quality repairs. Additionally, warranties have increased to three years.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County partnered with El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) to start a Beyond School Walls program where “bigs” (adults) and “littles” (children) meet for lunch to build constructive and valuable relationships.
The Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving California’s railroad history, recently acquired a new locomotive. This was made possible due to generous donations from individuals, local businesses, and the Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento Railroad Association.
As part of an Eagle Scout project, Ryan Sumida is installing a granite path, building a bench, and painting the planter boxes for Golden Hills School’s gardening enrichment elective. The project will help the children to develop an appreciation for the outdoors. Stay tuned to see the finished product!
Members of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom participated in a Rise Against Hunger event where they packaged nearly 30,000 meals, in cooperation with Folsom Lake Rotary, the Interact Club of Folsom High School, Rotary Club of Folsom, and numerous volunteers from Intel and the surrounding community.
[ HAPPENINGS ]
The El Dorado Hills Town Center is hosting Community Performances from noon-3 p.m. on December 14 and 21 between Cold Stone Creamery and Mimosa House. Come support local youth dance groups, choirs, and nonprofits.
Visit Santa’s Enchanted Workshop in Rescue for the ultimate holiday experience! Presented by Benton Photography, each 60-minute session is filled with magic as children find their name on Santa’s nice list, share milk and cookies, play with snow, work with Santa in his workshop, and add an ornament to his tree. Visit santasenchantedworkshop.com for more info.
It’s Mountain Mandarin Season in Placer County and many mandarin growers host Orchard Days that are open to the public, as well as farm tours. Activities include local wine and ale tasting, Santa visits, u-pick mandarins, product sampling, craft vendors, and more. Visit mountainmandarins.com for more info.
The Historic Folsom Ice Rink is open all month from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. seven days a week. Skates are available to rent on site. Be sure to check folsomicerink.com for specific session times.
Head to The Strum Shop in Roseville on December 7 at 10:30 a.m. for their monthly Ukulele Strum-A-Long. All skill levels are welcome to play a variety of genres, including golden oldies, classic rock, and seasonal songs.
[ FOOD & DRINK ]
Dos Coyotes Border Café had its grand opening at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. The local chain is known for their fresh, Southwestern-style dishes that run the gamut from salads and tacos to burritos, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, too.
Chance’s Chicken is a new catering business in Folsom that specializes in mouthwatering comfort food, including fried jumbo chicken wings, mac & cheese, honey cornbread, and baked beans.
If you’re thirsty for healthy teas and shakes in a bevy of flavors, including Watermelon Jolly Rancher, Blueberry Muffin, and Pumpkin Cheesecake, then swing by Folsom’s new smoothie and juice bar, Nourish, sited at 401 Glenn Drive in Folsom.
Red Bus Brewing opened a new taproom at 815A Sutter Street. The Filling Station is modeled after a vintage gas station, and carries craft beer, bottles to go, small bites, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Santa Monica-based business, Pressed Juicery, known for their cold-pressed juice, plant-based soft serve, and power-packed shots, is opening early next year at Folsom’s Palladio at Broadstone.
[ New & Coming Soon ]
Willard Park in Rocklin just celebrated its grand opening. The park features rubberized ground, ramps, and musical components. A small free library is a new addition as well, which was designed by a local Eagle Scout.
Nevada-based BlueZone Sports is open at 392 Roseville Square. Stop by for ski and snowboard equipment, plus rentals for the whole family, in addition to other athletic apparel, footwear, and more.
My Trendy Trailer, owned by Karyss Bollen, who’s the designer and maker behind the brand’s stylish jewelry and other creative accessories, opened her first brick and mortar at 307 Riley Street in Folsom.
Local retailer Miosa Bride is slated to fill a 5,300-square-foot space between MAC and Torrid at Folsom’s Palladio at Broadstone. The shop is expected to open next month and will offer a wide range of beautiful designer wedding dresses and one-on-one appointments.
[ ARTS & CULTURE ]
Blue Line Arts hosts a Figure Drawing Session every third Thursday (December 19). From 1-3 p.m., learn to draw with a live model as a guide, and let your imagination take control as you learn to sketch without formal instruction.
The Painted Cork in Folsom hosts Open Studio sessions at noon on certain weekdays where you’re invited to paint anything you desire, with all supplies included. Visit paintedcork.com for more info.
Thru January 5, the Crocker Art Museum presents Journey of Hope, an exhibit that portrays stories of mental health struggles through art and writing and aims to inspire and give hope to all.