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Last Login: Thu Mar 26 14:41:54 2015

Run (or walk) for the hills

Lace up your running shoes and Run for the Hills this Saturday, March 28. At 8 a.m. a five-mile charity run/walk begins and ends at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion parking lot. A youth half-mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. Both races benefit The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation. […]

No Comment / March 23, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Dead deer has neighbors crying ‘foul’

Who ya gonna call? When Waterford resident Ann Spade recently found a dead deer in her yard, she thought a quick phone call to El Dorado County Animal Services would solve the problem. Nearly a week later, the deer was still there. “It was rotting and smelled horrible, even half a mile away,” said neighbor Kim […]

No Comment / March 23, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mercy Auxiliary helps medical dreams come true

Oak Ridge seniors Dominique Pizzuti, left, and Claire Hunsaker were each given a Mercy Hospital Auxiliary $1,000 college scholarship to pursue a degree in the medical field. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Doctor, nurse, physical therapist or researcher, the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary recognized and awarded 11 high school seniors and one hospital employee with college scholarships to offset costs in pursuit of medical careers at its annual scholarship luncheon March 20. The event at Serrano Country Club also marked the auxiliary’s 39th year of service to the hospital and […]

No Comment / March 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD dog park off and running

Construction on a new El Dorado Hills dog park could begin in days, said El Dorado Hills Community District General Manager Brent Dennis at Thursday’s monthly board of directors meeting. El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the first of two planned dog parks on the western slope in Cameron Park in 2013, but the second, which was supposed […]

No Comment / March 16, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

County libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Miss Debbie read STEAM-centered books to a packed room of children, caregivers and county leaders during a very special story time at the El Dorado Hills Library, which, along with other county libraries, was honored for its commitment to early childhood education. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado Hills Library Thursday morning to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County Director of Libraries […]

No Comment / March 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Good Samaritans make sweet music possible

Eddie Zacapa, left, leads the way for Steve Stokes and his employee to deliver a donated piano to White Rock Village's family youth room. A tenant has already offered free lessons to any of the complex's 200 children. All they needed was a piano ... until now. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

When Mercy Housing Resident Services Coordinator Eddie Zacapa held a leadership meeting with tenants at the White Rock Village apartments recently, they determined a priority was to fix up the family youth room — a white-walled common area that has been the site for the summer free lunch program for the complex’s approximately 200 children and maybe […]

No Comment / March 15, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Wrestling coach has right stuff

Alex Diaz, far right, with fellow coaches Mike Remer, left, and Paul Divinagracia, center, pose with the Rolling Hills and Marina Village wrestling teams during a recent practice session at Oak Ridge. Parents praised the aspiring teacher for his dedication to their kids. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The middle school wrestling season recently came to an end but parents aren’t done talking about how impressed they are with their kids’ coach — Alex Diaz. Diaz, 21, is a 2011 Oak Ridge graduate and former high school star wrestler. For the past three months, the Sac State senior spent his free time — 20 to 30 […]

No Comment / March 08, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »