- August 16, 2018
If you have children, and you attend our annual Fireworks & Freedom Concerts you probably know about the “Kids Zone” area of the event. The Kids Zone is a place where kids of all ages can play games, bounce on bounce houses, get their face painted, buy light up toys and enjoy carnival style snacks. We love that families of all sizes are able to enjoy this area year after year, however most that attend don’t know that the organizers of this area are actually all young adults from our local non-profit organization – Hands4Hope!
Hands4Hope is a group that provides service learning education and community engagement programs for students in the El Dorado County. Hands4Hope looks to develop all students’ leadership styles by allowing them to take the lead on projects and events while the adults coach and offer advice through the process. Each year, a hand full of students volunteer for the Kids Zone to either take a leadership or team member role. This is one of their larger events so a leadership role is a coveted position and a great learning opportunity. In order to be in a leadership role students must apply for a leadership internship then interview with an adult panel before starting, much like a job interview.
Each year in April five student committees organize and attended several planning meetings to decide who is in charge of which section, choose and contact vendors, research product prices compared to last year’s event, assemble sponsorships, manage their budget and much more. This year they even held a panel of children of different ages to test the glow toys to determine which toys would sell best.
On the day of the event all leadership arrives early to set up and to review all responsibilities. The rest of the volunteers arrive later on for training and dinner with the group before the event starts. This year’s Student Lead Allison, said that the most students want to volunteer for the Fireworks & Freedom Concert because it allows them to build real work experience and have fun at the same time.
After the event all leadership and their adult mentor meet again to debrief on what went well and what can be adjusted for the following year. All wristband, toy and food sales goes to their Youth Development budget to help fund their yearlong program. 2018 was their best year yet making over $9,000! We are very proud of the students that volunteer for this event and if you attend the Fireworks & Freedom Concert thank you for coming and supporting non-profits like Hands4Hope!
- June 7, 2018
Every year on July 3rd thousands of people from all over the region come to celebrate Independence Day at Town Center. This year live music by Apple Z and Lost in Suburbia will fill the streets as the entire Boulevard turns into one big party. You can have a picnic with the family, order from one of the many food trucks, or dine at one of our 25 eateries. Beer and wine is available to purchase for those 21 and older, and a dedicated Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, balloon artists, games, and face painters is fun for kids of all ages!
Those that come to this “must see” show can feel good about attending. Not only will you see an award winning fireworks show, but you will also be benefitting the community by supporting our local non-profit organizations. Volunteers from 3Strands Global, a non-profit working to eliminate human trafficking, help sell beer and wine and a portion of the sales goes to their organization. Additionally volunteers from Hands4Hope, a non-profit working to develop youth leadership and service, run the entire Kids Zone. All sales for Kids Zone wristbands and any goodies sold by Hands4Hope will directly benefit their organization.
Our El Dorado Hills Fire Department, the Sheriff, and CHP will all be in attendance from start to finish to ensure that everyone has a good time in the safest way possible. We will also have cooling stations and a First Aid Center available.
The fireworks show designed by Pyro Spectaculars will start around 9:30pm, but come early to set up and enjoy the festivities! The general public will be allowed to start claiming their spots at 5pm. Don’t miss one of the best fireworks shows California has to offer!
Click here visit the event page for more information.
- May 29, 2018
The Live on the Boulevard Thursday night concert series is one of the most anticipated community concert series in the region, and it’s back and better than ever! New start time at 7pm.
Every Thursday night starting June 14th through September 13th Town Center will feature a well-known tribute band from classic rock to the Folsom Lake Symphony. Get ready to rock this summer, the lineup is hot!
Come spend your summer nights here where you can shop, eat and enjoy live music at the best outdoor live music venue! Town Center businesses come to serve and support including Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. and Casa Ramos, who will be serving food in the Amphitheater making it convenient for concert goers to grab a snack or visit one of our other 25 eateries.
In addition to the free show, every Thursday night there will be a gift bag giveaway filled with gifts from our sponsors and Town Center businesses. Be sure to enter for your chance to win!
Click Here for the full band line up and for set up instructions.
- April 19, 2018
If you celebrate Easter you know that it kicks off the spring season with fun family time and beloved traditions. Here at El Dorado Hills Town Center we have a community tradition, the Easter Eggstravaganza. This 2 hour event includes a massive Easter Egg Hunt with over 7,000 Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny, a magic show, face painting, a balloon artist, a DJ, games, and prizes. The community loves this event, and every year rain or shine new memories are made.
This year we added a fun promotion to our Eggstravaganza, the Giveback Basket. This promotion was created by a local high schooler, Gianna Compagno. She came to us with this idea to raise money for a local non-profit, and we loved her vision. Gianna believes that our high schoolers need to set themselves apart from the rest of the world to score a position within the top US schools. She was hard at work leading up to the event and worked closely with the community and local businesses. She ended up with over 14 baskets donated by Town Center businesses, raising over $1,800!
All proceeds from the Giveback Basket Promotion went to New Morning Youth & Family Services, a local non-profit devoted to enhancing the lives of El Dorado County youth and their families. Their main goal is to ensure the community is safe and all families that live here can thrive in the best environment possible. They offer counseling services and an emergency youth shelter.
We are very proud to have hosted this promotion at the Easter Eggstravaganza and even more proud that the idea came from a dynamic, talented, youth in our region.
- July 31, 2017
In June of 1979, Tony Mansour got a call from a friend that there was 8,000 acres for sale in the Northern California Foothills. Tony made the trip to see the beautiful land.
“I’ll never forget that day. I fell in love with the place, within two hours I was writing a personal check,” recalls Tony.
The deal took two years to close and in the end Tony and his partners took title to about 7,500 acres, known as El Dorado Hills. After working with the Urban Land Institute on his vision, Tony facilitated the much-needed infrastructure such as water, wasteland transmission lines and natural gas for El Dorado Hills. Tony’s vision always included a downtown for El Dorado Hills and with the help of his eldest son, Louie Mansour that is exactly what they began to do. By 1997, Town Center was started with two gas stations, a post office and a McDonald’s.
In 2012 a partnership between Tony Mansour and Kevin Nagle became official known as A Project by the Mansour/Nagle Partnership. Town Center has become the official Downtown for El Dorado Hills, a gathering place for the community, which continues to grow and thrive with Dining, Shopping, Entertainment, and Premier lodging.
- January 8, 2017
El Dorado Hills Town Center is excited to launch a new website. The new website is designed to be user-friendly and full of helpful information to get you to where you want to go. One new feature to our website this blog, which will highlight both the history and future of Town Center, as well as what is currently happening. Another new and updated feature is our directory. Each business has their own page full of information such as business hours, menus, happy hour, brunch, promotions, website links, social media and more! Also, our event calendar has been updated to make it easier for you to see what is happening at Town Center on any given day. This new website is meant to be fun, interactive and easy to use. We hope you enjoy all the new features and visit us often!