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‘Spitting in cancer’s face’ — EDH woman tackles disease with resolve

Diana Fontana grimaces as her daughter Joely, 13, left, and son Cole, 10, right,  cut off locks of her hair at a gathering of friends and family at Reflections Salon and Spa in Folsom.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Less than three months ago Diana Fontana’s breast cancer diagnosis came as a shock to everyone, especially her. The El Dorado Hills stay-at-home mom is a licensed registered nurse with what she called zero risk factors. “I eat right, I exercise, I’m not overweight,” she said. “I’ve learned 85 percent of women with new breast […]

1 Comment / December 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santa Run starts next week

Olicia Flaherty, 6, of El Dorado Hills gets a hug from Santa on the last night of the 2012 El Dorado Hills Santa Run. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

El Dorado Hills neighborhoods will hear that familiar “Ho, Ho, Ho” during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s 50th annual Santa Run, Dec. 17-21. For four nights, Santa will ride atop a fire engine through El Dorado Hills neighborhoods. See schedule and route map at edhsantaparade.com. During the nightly parade, elves will collect canned food for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A salon with style

Pictured with staff, Carlo Gallad (seated with daughter Lily and wife Teresa, right) is the owner of Salone di Carlo on St. Andrews Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. The salon was previously Hair & Spa Boutique. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Chances are you or your neighbor get coiffed at the newly named Salone di Carlo, formerly the Hair & Spa Boutique on the corner of St. Andrews Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. New owner Carlo Gallad has cut hair in El Dorado Hills since moving here from the Bay Area in 2001. He recently […]

No Comment / December 05, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Cameron Park backyard gets ‘crashed’

"Yard Crashers" contractor Matt Blashaw, center (green coat), explains the yard design to homeowners Brook Warner and Matt Wallace, right,  while friends and crewmembers watch during the show's filming Tuesday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Brook Warner walked into a local home improvement store to check out flooring. She walked out with a camera crew and “Yard Crashers” host Matt Blashaw. This Cameron Park resident hit the yard makeover lottery. “You get a little emotional about things you’re not too proud of,” Warner said, explaining that she teared up when […]

No Comment / December 04, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holiday shoppers ‘keep it local’

Shoppers check out the great gift ideas at Face in a Book in Town Center. In addition to selling books for all ages, the shop has bags, jewelry, art and calendars. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Shoppers didn’t let turkey-filled bellies stop them from lining up at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Target last Thursday. Hundreds rushed in for Thanksgiving Day deals. And while “big box” retail has become hard to resist, shoppers clearly remembered to support local shops Saturday, which was, after all, Small Business Saturday. Bags in hand, families […]

No Comment / December 02, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Prepare to be amazed, inspired

Elaborate Christmas trees like this one at Marie Mitchell's home will inspire guests on the Homes for the Holiday's tour. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Homes for holiday tour this weekend Prepare yourself for decoration envy. El Dorado Hills residents will open their beautiful homes for the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills annual Homes for the Holidays tour, Dec. 7 & 8. These homeowners don’t just decorate; they celebrate all things Christmas. Think ribbons, garlands, sparkling ornaments, golden tree toppers, twinkling […]

No Comment / December 01, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Interact students help typhoon victims

Oak Ridge students check out the ShelterBox tent during lunch. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When a typhoon devastated the Philippines last month, a country already reeling from a damaging earthquake, Oak Ridge High School Interact Club members jumped into action. Spurred by media and communications officer Axel Peralta, who personally knows storm victims, the club began raising money for ShelterBox and United Nation’s World Food Programme. Students set up tables […]

No Comment / November 27, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »