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Cai knows her mission

SEARCH AND RESCUE volunteer Noreen McClintock walks with her 6-year-old German Shepherd Cai at Wild Oaks Park in El Dorado HIlls.  Cai is a trained area wilderness, live find and cadaver search dog who along with McClintock participated in rescue efforts  following the mudslide in Darrington, Wash.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

He may not look heroic — in fact, with the tug toy hanging from his mouth and his tongue hanging out, this German shepherd looks downright goofy. When his owner, Noreen McClintok, gives him the “search” command, however, the goofy animal is gone, replaced by a focused, intent dog who does not give up. On […]

No Comment / April 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Immigration Services welcomes new American citizens

With his official certificate as a naturalized American citizen, Kwi Tae Kim, right, receives his voter registration packet from Baldemar Garcia, Sacramento County Elections Department. Kim moved to California in 1992 from Seoul, Korea, and came to Folsom in 1994, where he operates a dry cleaners in the Central Business District. His wife is from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Roberta Long

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services came to the Folsom Public Library for the Naturalization Ceremony for new American citizens. Patsy Johnson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services congratulated the 40 people who had completed the rigorous process to receive citizenship. She emphasized that leaving their homelands […]

No Comment / April 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Join the fun in River City

Harold Hill (Andrew Wilson) captures the crowd's attention during one of his charming performances in "The Music Man," opening this week. This El Dorado Musical Theatre production features two casts. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Seventy-six cast members and 76 trombones — all a part of El Dorado Musical Theater’s spring production “The Music Man,” will take the stage at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom April 25 through May 11. The award-winning Broadway show takes place in River City, Iowa, where con man Harold Hill breezes into […]

No Comment / April 20, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Spring fun is in the air

Brittany, 8, Ashlyn, 4 and Hailey Stairs, 11, who are visting from Florida, pose with Peter Cottontail at the Easter Eggstravaganza & Town Center Egg Hunt in El Dorado Hills on Saturday, April 12. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this past weekend’s activities at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Plenty of sunshine inspired families to get out and have fun. Thursday through Sunday, Butler Amusements brought its rides and games out for the Spring Carnival, which benefitted Oak Ridge High School’s basketball program. Saturday morning, children […]

No Comment / April 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Community supports Grayson’s fight against leukemia

GRAYSON KLEINKNIGHT, 7, plays with a IiPad at his home. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

He’s been a Wild Thing and a ghost from Beetlejuice, a Renaissance peasant child and he’s learning to sword fight. Grayson Kleinknight, 7, is also learning, along with his family, how to battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “I learned the most important move in winning,” said Grayson, referring to sword fighting. “It’s to never make the […]

No Comment / April 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Two Trojans headed to national speech & debate competition

Sanjay Raavi, left, and Shaheryar Ajmal debated their way to the national speech and debate championship this June. The Oak Ridge Students will head to Kansas to face the competition. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge students Shaheryar Ajmal and Sanjay Raavi have won a bid to the National Speech & Debate Association’s national championship tournament to be held in Kansas City, Kan., this June. Students from 105 districts around the country will compete, representing all 50 states. This will be Shaheryar’s second national tournament. Competition for the local […]

No Comment / April 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Essay contest winners celebrated

Sanjay Raavi

El Dorado County Democrats honored the three winners of the annual Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest Saturday, and local Democrats no doubt cam away inspired by the trio of youngsters who wrote their award-winning opinion pieces. First-place winner Sanjay Raavi, a junior at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, won $1,500 for penning […]

No Comment / April 07, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »