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Good-bye weeds; hello garden

Braeden Sellwood holds up a bunch of weed he pulled in the space that will soon become the Blue Oak Garden, a living classroom for about 800 students. Photo by Janna Weiss

Students returning to Blue Oak Elementary and Charter Montessori schools this August will have a new place to learn — the Blue Oak Garden. Leading the project is Blue Oak Principal Paul Stewart and Blue Oak secretary/garden coordinator Kellee Sellwood. With the help of parent and community volunteers and donations, the 80-foot by 80-foot area has […]

No Comment / June 30, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ibarolle murder: Offer on the table

Murder suspect Anderson Swift, right, walks toward the courtroom before Monday's hearing. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The arraignment of a man suspected of shooting to death a 31-year-old woman in front of an El Dorado Hills night spot last January was postponed Monday so that a tentative offer in the case may be further considered by the defense, prosecution and judge. Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland faces trial for murder if […]

No Comment / June 29, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills teen Kaitlyn Dias plays Riley in Pixar's new movie "Inside Out." Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: Joy, […]

No Comment / June 29, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire threatens homes near Latrobe

A helicopter drops water on the burning brush. The fire was contained to 7 acres.

A fire made residents in the northeastern Latrobe area nervous as flames surged through dry vegetation Wednesday afternoon. “There were homes threatened at one point,” said Cal Fire public information officer Brice Bennett. “The fire moved really fast. So we ordered a lot.” Crews from Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park responded to […]

No Comment / June 25, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Troop 10 going for silver

Nicole Shedd, Isabella Cortez, Elizabeth Mahvi and Melissa Gomes, clockwise from top left, are part of Troop 10, which is collecting regular and travel size toiletries for needy local women and children. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts with Troop 10 have Silver Awards in their sights. The Rolling Hills and Marina Village eighth-graders chose to spend the 50 required hours (each) to earn the award collecting personal care items for needy women and children. When choosing a community service project, the girls said they sought out Hands4Hope founder and […]

No Comment / June 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Gym members flex charity muscles

Snap Fitness El Dorado Hills members pose for a shot after participating in an event to cut fabric for Sole Hope, an organization that makes shoes for people in Africa. The charitable group was inspired by a fitness instructor's class. The next event at Snap Fitness on June 27 will benefit ShelterBox. Photo by Ann Spade

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

No Comment / June 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A very American holiday

Valentine Daendliker, wrapped in a Swiss flag, admires Half Dome in Yosemite. Courtesy photo

When Valentine Daendliker celebrated her first Halloween, the Rotary Youth Exchange student from Switzerland couldn’t resist dressing up like Heidi. With her blonde hair and bright smile, no one could pull it off better. El Dorado Hills Rotarians saw that smile a lot over the past 10 months as Valentine, 18, embraced her American experience, which […]

No Comment / June 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »