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Holiday homes glisten and glitter

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS participant Christa Dixon decorated her dining room in cool, winter tones. Ticket holders can walk through six beautifully decorated El Dorado Hills homes during this weekend's tour. Villlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thousands of glass ornaments hung with care await visitors who will “wow” and stare at the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ Homes for the Holidays tour. Six El Dorado Hills homeowners who have spent weeks decorating trees, hanging lights and polishing the silver will open their doors Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. This […]

No Comment / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santa spreads his holiday spirit

SANTA CLAUS greets his fans at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Tree Lighting ceremony Saturday night. Rain hampered the size of the crowd but it couldn't dampen the Christmas spirit. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

The big man lit up El Dorado Hills Saturday night, arriving in Town Center with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Mrs. Claus was a late scratch in the soggy proceedings, but the crimson crusader flew solo and never missed a beat, personally greeting hundreds of kids to the delight of their picture snapping parents. He […]

No Comment / November 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pottery World opens to the delight of Black Friday shoppers

HIGH CEILINGS, LOTS OF LIGHT - Pottery World's second floor is largely dedicated to home furnishings. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills had its share of early morning Black Friday retail antics but in Montano d’ El Dorado, the tasteful retail center at the southeast corner of Latrobe and White Rock roads, a much quieter Black Friday story unfolded — the long-awaited opening of the Pottery World store. Pottery magnate Jim Rodda’s decision to open a […]

No Comment / November 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tornado rocks El Dorado Hills


The last time anyone saw a tornado touch down in El Dorado County was 1972, the year Hewlett Packard introduced the first scientific hand-held calculator. El Dorado Hills construction engineer Doug Veerkamp and a couple dozen of his employees reset that calendar Tuesday afternoon. At about 1:17 p.m., while they worked inside the company’s headquarters […]

No Comment / November 24, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Town Center hosts holiday fun

Santa, carriage rides, strolling carolers, date nights and the Rat Pack will all spread Christmas cheer in Town Center this holiday season. The Tree Lighting community extravaganza kick off the season on Saturday. File photo

Like any 7-year old, El Dorado Hills Town Center can’t wait for Christmas. It’s all dressed up early and eager for the festivities to begin. This year promises more family fun than ever, as muggles from around the region flock to Town Center’s magical kingdom not just to see the lastest episode of Harry Potter […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fashionistas teach kids to redesign old clothes

FASHION 101 —€” Hopeful Arts Members Gabby Zeagler, left, and Jade Smith, second from right, teach siblings Marissa and Mason Flickinger how to update and transform their old clothes. The teens tought the "Recycled Fashion" class at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. Photo by Stacie Smith.

Hopeful Arts fashionistas brought their flair for design to the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. The challenge: Update those old clothes so they look hip and stylish. More than 20 kids participated, happily consulting with Hopeful Arts teachers Jade Smith, 14, and Gabby Zeagler, 15, while Jade’s mom Stacie Smith sewed. A […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Safeway pharmacy robbed; suspect captured

THE SUSPECT IN THE BLACK SWEATSHIRT stands with authorities while the officers confirm his identity with the pharmacy at Safeway. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado County deputies arrested a 22-year-old man shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday following an armed robbery about 90 minutes earlier at the Francisco Drive Safeway pharmacy. Suspect Andrew Schultz, 22, reportedly had gone to the pharmacy prior to the robbery and told a clerk he had a prescription there to be filled. He gave […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »