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Best to the worst kids’ movies of 2012

It’s hard to compare movies aimed toward older kids to ones that are for the younger than 7 crowd. Still, in 2012 there were a few movies that had such strong stories they’re sure to be remembered as classics suited for the whole family. Only G, PG and PG-13 movies were considered. Movies were ranked […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Seniors treated to music, sweets, free lunch

Joe Wilson, left, accepts a sweet gift from Allison Michael, 6, during the Girls Scouts event at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Girl Scouts ages 6 to 13 years old sang Christmas carols to a roomful of seniors at the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center last Friday morning. From new troops of Daisies to seasoned seventh-grade Cadets, “It’s been a decade-long tradition,” said Troop Leader Angela Nicholson. Her one troop started singing carols to seniors when her […]

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

Top-ranked EDH schools aim to keep momentum

Despite lingering budget woes, Rescue Union and Buckeye Union School Districts are celebrating the fact that every one of their schools is far exceeding the state standards as measured by the Academic Performance Index . API is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 and it measures the academic performance and growth […]

Comments Off / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

School district employee flushes out water bill problem

Christmas came early for Rescue Union School District this month after utility tech Jeremy Cooper’s good detective work recouped upwards of $83,000 for the district. For years district officials wondered why Pleasant Grove Middle School had larger water bills than the district’s other six campuses. Was there constant running water, or perhaps faulty sprinklers there? […]

Comments Off / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Santa Run gets better every year

Olivia Flaherty of El Dorado Hills gets a hug from Santa on the last night of the El Dorado Hills Santa Run at his final stop in Town Center Sunday night. The Santa Run collected Toys for Tots and canned food for the Food Bank of El Dorado County around El Dorado Hills neighborhoods last week. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Throngs of families came out to see Santa during the 49th annual El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association Santa Run through El Dorado Hills last week. The Santa Run reached nearly every park, school and neighborhood in its five-night run, culminating with a grand finale through Town Center Sunday night. On Saturday night Santa and Mrs. Claus […]

Comments Off / December 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: ‘Pi’ is a movie with it all, arguably best of the year

Why is it that fresh, smart story lines have taken a backseat to visual gymnastics at kids’ movies lately? The bigger the budget, the more tricks we see, but this often means less in the way of character and plot development. That is until “Life of Pi,” the new film based on the 2001 novel […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Oak Ridge singers spread holiday cheer

Led by nominated student conductor, senior Sumner Caesar, are Oak Ridge Chamber Singers Jon Skrbina, Justin Damron, Fred Seymour, Nicki Anudokem, Rachel Travis, Sara Mohr, Noelle Biyo, Megan Sinclair and Jasmine Bowerman, left to right. See them in Town Center Dec. 14 & 15 and Dec. 21 & 22. Photo by Julie Samrick

Members of the Oak Ridge Chamber Singer group spent Saturday afternoon warming passersby with classic Christmas songs at Steven Young Amphitheater in Town Center. The chamber group, one of seven Oak Ridge choirs (there are 240 students in the whole program), has 17 caroling performances scheduled in December alone. The singers will mostly be at […]

Comments Off / December 09, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »