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Hands4Hope hosts homeless discusion

HOMELESS TALK — Donnie Maggard, Vivek Anand and Jessie Mills, standing left to right, discussed their experience with homelessness at a panel discussion at the CSD on Friday, moderated by Hands4Hope President Jennifer Bassett, far right. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Hands4Hope continues to put local kids on the front lines of challenging social issues most would never face in El Dorado Hills. The nonprofit’s founder and president Jennifer Bassett hosted a panel discussion on homelessness Friday that attracted roughly 100 attendees. Half  were kids, many too young to comprehend the powerful message from three brave […]

No Comment / April 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Biz Walk uncovers manufacturing boom

CHAMBER IN ACTION - Cathey Cort, left, gets the low down from Lorie Symon, the controller at Aerometals, an aircraft parts manufacturor located in the business park, with Clyde Green from Small Business Development Center taking notes during the fourth annual El Dorado Hills Business Walk. Chamber members visited more than 160 businesses.Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

I have to admit, it’s getting better A little better all the time Falsetto: It can’t get any worse — The Beatles The fourth annual El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Walk put chamber members and elected officials on the streets once more — clipboards in hand, geeky convention badges around our necks flipped […]

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Making lemonade out of a budget lemon

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Current and former Jackson Elementary School students sold lemonade Saturday to raise money for their El Dorado Hills school. They brought in $78.

2 Comments / April 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ocean Fest teaches kids about conservation

Walk the Talk members Danielle Jolette, Emily Kopania, and Sumega Mandadi pose with the WaTa group logo during a club meeting. WaTa, founded by Emily, is hosting an event called Ocean Fest, where elementary school students will learn about ocean conservation through fun and games. Courtesy photo

By Devin McDonald Local elementary school students will soon get the rare opportunity to learn about ocean conservation—from other students. As part of Emily Kopania’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, students from Oak Ridge High School’s own ocean conservation club Walk the Talk, or WaTa, will host the first Ocean Fest on April 30. At […]

No Comment / April 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fun-filled fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

POURING FOR A CAUSE — El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and his personal trainer Denise Samuel with Snap Fitness pour wine at The Cellar Wednesday evening. Harn and Samuel, along with Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber, El Dorado Hills Chamber President Debbie Manning and other dignitaries, served as celebrity bartenders at the Big Brothers Big […]

No Comment / April 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge Odyssey team headed to Maryland

Courtesy photo

The Oak Ridge High Odyssey of the Mind team is going to the 2011 World Finals in May. They placed in the state finals on March 26 in Brentwood and will travel to the University of Maryland for the World Finals, May 26-31. The team of six freshmen impressed the judges with an imaginative demonstration of […]

No Comment / April 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Gardeners dream big, start small

GARDEN GIRLS —€” Susan Johnson, Lourdes Lewis and Rachel Michelin, left to right, pose above the site of the El Dorado Hills Community Garden, behind Fire Station 86 on Bass Lake Road. The garden isn’t planned to open until 2012. In the interim, they’re planning a crop in a former strawberry patch on Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Volunteers, support sought for EDH community garden A community garden … A place where friends gather to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and perhaps, more importantly, the community itself. There’s no substitute for working side by side with your neighbors, sharing the feeling of the loam between your fingers, delicately placing tender shoots into moist soil, […]

No Comment / April 01, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »