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Local Youth tapped for NTIS

spo Brent Jones

Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS prospect games earlier this […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Best Place to Take a Date: Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye opened his new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater on Feb. 2, 2015. “I’m a French chef,” Chalaye said. “It is who I am. This doesn’t feel like work to me.” Less than three months later, it’s already winning awards. GM Jeff Watson called Café C a bar atmosphere with an […]

Comments Off / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »

Best gymnastics center: All Star Gymnastics & Cheer

Since 2005 Andrea and Michael Van Ry have owned All Star Gymnastics & Cheer. From the popular “climbing & crawling” classes for toddlers to competitive gymnastics and competitive cheer teams for older kids, more than 500 children ages 18 months to 18 years old take classes taught by coaches trained by the highest level instructors […]

Comments Off / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »

Serrano ‘finger’ residents get a choice

During the second portion of the Jan. 20 El Dorado Union High School District’s board meeting at Oak Ridge, board members discussed students living in “the finger” and the attendance path that would best serve them. The eastern Serrano neighborhood got its nickname when high school boundaries were redrawn in 2005 and their neighborhood, still under […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Choice wins in high school boundary fight

Oak Ridge High School’s multipurpose room was filled during a special El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 20. During the four-hour public workshop, school attendance boundaries in the Blackstone region and an eastern Serrano neighborhood nicknamed “the finger” were discussed and different scenarios proposed. Though no formal action could be […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Thieves trim Barber Jon’s collection

Six barbers lost all their tools thank to thieves who broke into Barber Jon's earlier this week. Jon Rivera posted this photo of an empty work station on his Facebook page

Thieves broke into World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 21, stealing old and rare barbershop museum items and other valuables and cash. “They broke in through the front window,” said Jon Rivera, better known as Barber Jon. He believes the burglary occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. Barbershop memorabilia, including straight edge […]

Comments Off / January 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Little slugger

Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Sylvie Thompson, 5, won the El Dorado Hills Little League T-ball division’s hit-a-thon during the league’s opening ceremonies in March. Results were tallied and winners notified last week. There are a dozen T-ball teams with approximately 10 kids on each, said Sylvie’s mom and Texas Rangers coach Edie Thompson. The Lake Forest kindergartener hit the […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »