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Marble Valley artists get creative

Natalia Andrus shows the piano chair she painted for the fourth-grade class. Each chair was auctioned off. A long time pianist, Natalia said she picked the theme for the piano chair. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. — Albert Einstein Marble Valley students brought to life castles, elves, fairies, frogs and more at the academy’s recent art show and competition. The “Once Upon a Time” theme echoed Einstein’s wise words and was the only inscription on the “Walk in the Woods” all-class […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

‘Late Bird’ promises America’s best days ahead

The El Dorado Hills author started writing "Late Bird" days after the 2012 presidential election. By telling an entertaining story, Kraus outlines what Americans need to do to get the country back on track. Courtesy photo

“Late Bird” by Jason Kraus 532 pages 3L Publishing “We all have things that turn us into who we are,” El Dorado Hills author and entrepreneur Jason Kraus said about the premise behind his new novel “Late Bird.” By chronicling protagonist Falcon Sane’s life, Kraus is really explaining his own strong convictions about freedom, truth, […]

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Movie theater hosts special holiday events

Fathom Events and Paramount Home Media celebrate the 60th anniversary of the timeless Irving Berlin musical as the beloved holiday classic returns to cinemas for a special two-day celebration event. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will be presented in select cinemas nationwide, including Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 13 and Cinemark Folsom 14, on Sunday, Dec. […]

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Play takes audience on a whimsical adventure

“The Quiltmaker’s Gift” will charm Sutter Street Theatre audiences when it opens this Saturday. A mysterious old woman lives in the misty mountains, making beautiful quilts for the poor. Meanwhile, a greedy king is desperate to find happiness, assuming it will come from one of the many presents he has demanded from his subjects. When […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Fairytale Town transforms into a winter wonderland

SACRAMENTO — Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days: Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-14 and 18-21. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1 to 7 […]

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Santa Claus, Santa Paws and chilly December delights

Ah, December. The kids are finishing up school before the winter break. College students will soon return home. There will be hot cocoa, the scent of Christmas trees and cinnamon in the air … and lots to do in and around town for the entire family.   Where the wild things are I have it […]

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It’s a wonderful play

George Bailey (Nathan Truka) gets ready to jump from a bridge when Clarence (Geoffrey Lack) finds him in "It's a Wonderful Life." Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Comments Off / December 04, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »