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Fundraiser going to the dogs

Gloria and her best friend Alyssa Clay are organizing the Bow Wow Brunch, a fundraiser for Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierra. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A tiny dancer with a huge heart for animals is taking time from her busy days to put on a luncheon fundraiser to benefit rescue dogs, one of which jumps on three legs around the family home in El Dorado Hills. Alysa Clay, a 15-year-old sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, spends 20 hours a […]

No Comment / April 20, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponderosa Drama goes ‘crazy’ for Gershwin

Big city meets small town when actor Bobby Child (Joe Thuesen) travels from New York City to Deadrock, Nev., in "Crazy For You." The Ponderosa musical featuring great Gershwin songs opens April 9. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

Shhh … the librarian is hard at work … helping the kids to make some noise! Former drama teacher and now librarian at Ponderosa High School, Jennifer Zimny has been spending several of her lunch hours helping teach the students in the upcoming production “Crazy for You” how to tap dance, a talent essential to […]

No Comment / April 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Dynamic farm takes root in Latrobe

Guiding Hands Board President Cindy Brown, left, feeds a goat at 4 Directions Farms in Latrobe while Jacob Peterson watches. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The friendliest goats and alpacas in El Dorado County are already milling about a brand-new farm in the Latrobe area where developmentally challenged young adults soon will learn to grow — in more ways than one. The ambitious dream that is 4 Directions Farm has taken root and is ready to bloom. Under the auspices […]

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

‘Spamalot’ — a show full of laughs

Minstrels leap in the air  at a "Spamalot" rehearsal at Imagination Theater. Left to right are: Carrie Liebrich, Paul Bott, Hannah Bush and Karen Wolfe. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

For its 50th production, as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty Python romp that leaves audiences roaring and having so much fun that it has to be a crime. “This is our 50th show and we’ve never been arrested,” quipped Director Peter Wolfe, […]

Comments Off / March 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Sisters’ are friends for life

SWEET SISTERS — Big Sister Helen Bennett of El Dorado Hills, right, and Little Sister Lea Hall, 17, of Plymouth enjoy a treat at Mel's Diner in Placerville. The two have been together for four years, forming a friendship that will last a lifetime. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Speechwriter to headline PHS Foundation event

Matt Cox

The phone rings at midnight and it’s Gov. Schwarzenegger, telling you he needs a breakfast speech by 7 a.m. — and it had better be good. Most would give up in defeat, but not Matt Cox, who for five years was at the other end of that midnight phone call and was basically on-call 24/7, answerable […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories | Read More »

Stephan Hogan’s country vibe is catching on

Musician Stephan Hogan of Cameron Park is making a name for himself in country music.   Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Stephan Hogan had a chance to move to Nashville last summer, pursuing his dream of a career singing his beloved country music. He decided to sit tight in Cameron Park but still managed to do anyway what many a Nashville hopeful still hasn’t achieved — a song on CMT. Hogan’s song, “Let’s Get Loud,” co-written […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment | Read More »