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Girls on the Run gain confidence

Led by coaches: Araba Pozos, Veronica Janecek, Rob & Mindy Spies, Sue Chima, and Charles Wright, the Oak Meadow team consists of (in no particular order): Karina Alvarado, Sadaf Dabiri, Nadia Theodore, Kaitlyn Shipley, Sophia Fu, Morgan Wright, Isabella Torrao, Naama Lila, Yashmita Malhotra, Shea Gehrke, Kiara Janecek, Austin Pozos, Alexa Songco, Amy Deng, Angelina Wu, Annabella Sarreshteh, Caroline Snyder, Elizabeth Rosendahl, Emma Webb, Grace Gibson, Grace Frost, Hailey Miller, Kaveen Chima, Nikki Spies, Paige Karpinen, Riley Russo and Sydnee Hustrei. Courtesy photo

When Oak Meadow fifth-grader Morgan Wright recently moved from Texas to El Dorado Hills she didn’t know anyone. By joining the after school program Girls on the Run this spring, she and 25 other Oak Meadow girls in third through fifth grade have made new friends and gained a whole lot more during the three-month […]

Comments Off / April 30, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rolling Hills goes international

Aylin Askin, 8, in her Turkish attire, helps her mother, event coordinator Cigdem Askin, "make sure everything is running smoothly," while also taking a break at the Mathnasium exhibit. Photo by Julie Samrick

The gym at Rolling Hills Middle School was transformed into a mecca of multiculturalism last Friday as more than 500 attendees came out for Buckeye Union School District’s second annual International Festival. Rolling Hills’ parent and event organizer Cigdem Askin led the charge once more, after first piloting the program at Oak Meadow Elementary last year. […]

Comments Off / April 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Girl Scout’s delicious dream doubled

Nicole Shedd shows off some of the 200 cupcakes she and her fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 10 baked for the father/daughter dance last week. Photo by Julie Samrick

Nicole Shedd, a Lake Forest Elementary fourth grader, thought it would be cool for her Girl Scout troop to have their own unique project. After all, her younger brother had just finished building a race car for his Cub Scout den’s Pinewood Derby. Nicole recruited the nine other girls in her El Dorado Hills’ Girl […]

Comments Off / April 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Steve Wallen Swim School dives into expansion

For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students how to swim. He's currently expanding his El Dorado Hills swim school. Courtesy photo

How do you get a reluctant child to put her face in the water to learn to swim? For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students, whether they’re 6 months or 82, new swimmers or triathletes wanting to perfect their strokes. Today Wallen is one of the […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

What are we supposed to eat, then?

Julie Samrick

My kids now say, “Ewwww!” whenever we drive past a McDonald’s. Those pictures of warm, tasty nuggets on billboards don’t deceive them now that they’ve seen how they’re really made. Apparently that pink goo in the photo circulating around the web isn’t strawberry milkshake, but the beginning of “chicken nuggets.” We are barraged with confusing […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! May you have at least 100 more

Julie Samrick

The experiences I had as a Girl Scout back in the 1970s and ‘80s still rank in the top 5 memories of my childhood — like the “tippy test” at camp each summer, when we had to flip a canoe over in the middle of a cold lake, fully clothed, and then get back in […]

Comments Off / March 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: 5th Child (the sequel)

Julie Samrick

I’m not proud to admit it, but we’ve given away our 6-year-old lab. Some of you may have remembered the Christmas letter Dillon wrote on behalf of our family last year.  We adopted him when he was 3, thinking, perfect! He’ll already be trained and ready to play with the kids! A puppy would’ve been […]

Comments Off / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »