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Oak Ridge opens ‘premiere’ athletic wing

MODERN AMENITIES — The new scoreboard with video screen lies at one end of the reconstructed Trojan gym. On the other sits the student rooting section. Village Life by Julie Samrick

Oak Ridge High unveiled its exciting new athletic additions Monday, underscoring the school’s vision to be a premiere high school in California. The $4 million athletic renovation to its gym, weight and wrestling rooms are just one component of that larger goal. “To be ‘the best in class’ there are four pillars of excellence we […]

No Comment / December 11, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

El Dorado Hills gets into the holiday spirit

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District tree is all lit up at the corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

A little snow and great Christmas events brought the community together last week.          

No Comment / December 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Gallery Posts | Read More »

‘Spitting in cancer’s face’ — EDH woman tackles disease with resolve

Diana Fontana grimaces as her daughter Joely, 13, left, and son Cole, 10, right,  cut off locks of her hair at a gathering of friends and family at Reflections Salon and Spa in Folsom.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Less than three months ago Diana Fontana’s breast cancer diagnosis came as a shock to everyone, especially her. The El Dorado Hills stay-at-home mom is a licensed registered nurse with what she called zero risk factors. “I eat right, I exercise, I’m not overweight,” she said. “I’ve learned 85 percent of women with new breast […]

1 Comment / December 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santa Run starts next week

Olicia Flaherty, 6, of El Dorado Hills gets a hug from Santa on the last night of the 2012 El Dorado Hills Santa Run. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

El Dorado Hills neighborhoods will hear that familiar “Ho, Ho, Ho” during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s 50th annual Santa Run, Dec. 17-21. For four nights, Santa will ride atop a fire engine through El Dorado Hills neighborhoods. See schedule and route map at edhsantaparade.com. During the nightly parade, elves will collect canned food for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A salon with style

Pictured with staff, Carlo Gallad (seated with daughter Lily and wife Teresa, right) is the owner of Salone di Carlo on St. Andrews Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. The salon was previously Hair & Spa Boutique. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Chances are you or your neighbor get coiffed at the newly named Salone di Carlo, formerly the Hair & Spa Boutique on the corner of St. Andrews Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. New owner Carlo Gallad has cut hair in El Dorado Hills since moving here from the Bay Area in 2001. He recently […]

No Comment / December 05, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Cameron Park backyard gets ‘crashed’

"Yard Crashers" contractor Matt Blashaw, center (green coat), explains the yard design to homeowners Brook Warner and Matt Wallace, right,  while friends and crewmembers watch during the show's filming Tuesday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Brook Warner walked into a local home improvement store to check out flooring. She walked out with a camera crew and “Yard Crashers” host Matt Blashaw. This Cameron Park resident hit the yard makeover lottery. “You get a little emotional about things you’re not too proud of,” Warner said, explaining that she teared up when […]

No Comment / December 04, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holiday shoppers ‘keep it local’

Shoppers check out the great gift ideas at Face in a Book in Town Center. In addition to selling books for all ages, the shop has bags, jewelry, art and calendars. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Shoppers didn’t let turkey-filled bellies stop them from lining up at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Target last Thursday. Hundreds rushed in for Thanksgiving Day deals. And while “big box” retail has become hard to resist, shoppers clearly remembered to support local shops Saturday, which was, after all, Small Business Saturday. Bags in hand, families […]

No Comment / December 02, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »