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Julia Garcia embraces American culture

Exchange student Julia Garcia got a traditional El Dorado Hills welcome at The Rock when she arrived last summer. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Pumpkin pie? Rotary Youth Exchange student Julia Garcia said she couldn’t understand why anyone would make pumpkin pie. In her hometown of Brasilia everyone eats a salty pumpkin dish, not a sweet pie. But during her first-ever Thanksgiving, there amongst all the delicious food and some 147 guests, sat the pie. Everyone encouraged her to take […]

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

For quarter century resident quietly beautifies New York Creek Trail

Jim Miner stands among 150 trees he's planted in his neighborhood off Tam O' Shanter Drive since 1988. He was recently honored by the EDHCSD for his efforts. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

Jim Miner recently strolled through his spacious backyard on a warm January afternoon. He crossed a barely bubbling New York Creek still within his property line and pointed to how high he’s seen the water rise in the years he’s lived in his home on Tam O Shanter Drive. Miner knows just where the invisible […]

No Comment / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robots take over Oak Ridge

Robotics team compete in the arena at the Oak Ridge-hosted tournament Sunday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fifteen Northern California robotics teams competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School’s gym Sunday. The event was hosted by ORHS, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing @Learning. Teams were judged on design, creativity, programming and outreach. Tasks included moving blocks into designated baskets, climbing ramps, […]

No Comment / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Partners run with healthy business idea

Gold Country Run + Sports Assistant Manager Paulo Medina and co-owners Leon Shahinian and Donn Cox, left to right, help runners find their perfect gear to perfect their strides. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Local runners have a right to feel spoiled since Gold Country Run + Sport opened its doors last November. “I’ve been a runner my entire life and have lived in El Dorado Hills for the past 10 years,” said Leon Shahinian, manager and part-owner at Gold Country Run + Sport. “I and my friend and […]

No Comment / January 05, 2014 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Stephen White named Sac-Joaquin Athletic Director of Year

ORHS Athletic Director Steve White

The California State Athletic Directors Association named Oak Ridge’s Stephen White the 2013-14 Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year. He was nominated and selected by his peers from approximately 150 schools for the honor. White has taught and coached at Oak Ridge since 1994. Before becoming athletic director 10 years ago, he coached three […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

‘Best of both worlds’ high school open

Cameron Park student Ashley Bolger, 16, takes classes at the Virtual Academy and is also a student at Ponderosa, where she's the president of Future Farmers of America. Here she's giving a presentation at the academy on organic agriculture. Village life photo by Julie Samrick

What does the future of public high school look like? And how might more American students succeed in an increasingly diverse society? The El Dorado Union High School District now offers a blended learning model of instruction at its new Virtual Academy adjacent to Union Mine High School. Its head of school and EDUHSD’s new […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom residents asked to cut back water usage

Brown's Ravine sits empty — no water, no boats. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Right before Christmas Folsom officials sent out an unusual holiday message: Reduce your water use by 20 percent. Folsom Lake water levels at near record lows prompted the mandate. “Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” said Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer. “This low water level, […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »