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Town Center bustles this season

SECOND-TIMERS — Jim O'€™Donnell, father of Ruffhaus Hot Dog brothers Fred and Chuck Knight, serves up some mac and cheese, Chicago dogs and fries to El Dorado Hills Medina family, who ate two meals at the innovative hot doggery on Friday. Left to right, mom Sharon, Joshua, 8; dad Max, Mathew, 5; and Gabriel, 3, with his back to the camera. How’s the food? "Best dogs in town,"€ says Max. Village Life photos by Mike Roberts

Have you explored Town Center lately? Come on, let’s grab a bite and do some Christmas shopping. A lot has changed in the last year. Some businesses have moved on, and others have moved in. Even in this lousy economy it just gets better. On the food front your faves still go strong. Town Center’s […]

No Comment / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth STARs shine bright at Vision Coalition ceremony

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Vision Coalition Youth STARs twinkled at a red carpet recognition event at Lakehills Church Friday night. The awards ceremony above El Dorado Hills Town Center was loaded with pomp and circumstance, all geared to acknowledging the good kids in our community. All together, 34 of El Dorado County youth received recognition. The winners came to the stage […]

3 Comments / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

DA & friends rally around CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters

HAPPY SHOPPERS —€” Cyndee Pierson spends some time with two lucky kids who participated in the CASA/Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping trip at Town Center's Target on Dec. 4. Courtesy photo

Think you have holiday stress? Try taking 156 children shopping at the same time. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and volunteers had that ambitious and rewarding task Dec. 4. The El Dorado Hills Target shopping trip was a dream-turned-reality for Pierson and his wife Cyndee, who four years ago set out educate people […]

No Comment / December 12, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Seniors celebrate Christmas in style

FIRST IN LINE — Nancy Hopper, left, of Placerville loads her banana split with "everything but a cherry" at the Senior Christmas Luncheon in El Dorado Hills Friday. Rotarian Kathy Witherow scooped the pineapple onto Hopper's banana split. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A jazz band played, an a cappella choir sang and seniors filled their bowls with mounds of ice cream at Friday’s annual Senior Christmas Luncheon. About 250 seniors, the biggest crowd ever, attended the lunch held at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, according to Janet Kenneweg with the EDH Senior Center. “It’s because […]

No Comment / December 10, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

ORHS students come through

PROUD SMILES —€” Oak Ridge High School students show off the $4,261 check they handed over to Jason Harper, who will pass it on to Oak Ridge Elementary in South Sacramento. The Oak Ridge to Oak Ridge project spearheaded by Harper, an ORHS grad, raised funds by selling "Be Change" T-shirts. The students also collected more than 600 canned goods and 20 bags of clothing. Courtesy photo

No Comment / December 10, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pharmacy robbery suspect offered deal

ROBBERY suspect Andrew Schultz appears in court Monday. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

The 22-year-old man accused of robbing an El Dorado Hills Safeway at gunpoint has been offered a plea deal, his attorney said Monday. Clifford Safranski, the public defender for suspected armed robber Andrew Schultz, said attorneys from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office offered his client six months in jail as well as three […]

1 Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Library becomes dress factory

READY FOR THE CATWALK — Liv Bess, 4, models a pillowcase dress created during the first "Dress A Girl Around the World" sewing bee last Wednesday at the El Dorado Hills library. The dresses go to girls ages 4 to 12 who live in Third World countries.Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills librarian and seamstress Therese Schmidt imagines a world where every little girl owns at least one dress. Her mission is to replace the tattered and stained rags that many Third World girls wear with a clean, comfortable “pillowcase dress” and a dose of dignity and confidence. Schmidt organized the first El Dorado […]

3 Comments / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »