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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 »

Kids need concrete tools to combat bullying

The American Journal of Public Health reports suicides have surpassed car crashes as the nation’s leading cause of injury-related deaths. Even our own community has been hit hard by suicide with the untimely deaths of three young Oak Ridge students this year alone. The too common stories of troubled American teens at large are getting […]

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

Family ‘makes the most’ out of leukemia diagnosis

Shane Rogers begins another round of treatment for leukemia this week. The community has rallied around his family during this tough time, Courtesy photo

Shane Rogers brings community together Mother of two Kristen Rogers had grown accustomed to seeing the ugly side of human nature. Time and again the El Dorado Hills resident said she asked, “What is happening in this world?” as she saw negative stories splashed on the evening news. But since her 8-year-old son Shane was […]

Comments Off / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: To be a younger sibling

My younger sister had to be scrappy while we were growing up. In our loud family of six, she could have either gotten lost or fought hard as the baby of four girls to be heard, which is what she did. Once, when she was about 5-years-old, we were returning home from somewhere, the whole […]

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

The message of “Won’t Back Down” gains momentum

Is education reform the civil rights issue of today? That’s the question being asked more frequently and it’s getting louder as parents, teachers and concerned citizens aren’t willing to sit back in resignation and accept that our nation’s public school system is collectively failing. The new movie “Won’t Back Down” begins with a heart-breaking scene […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »