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Veggies grow up, literally

THE DOWNINGS DID IT — Makenna, 12, dad Rich and Noah, 11, grow their own delicious vegetables using Tower Gardens, a space-saving and soil-free system. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When a member of the Downing family needs an extra tomato or two for their salad, they just reach over and pick one. That’s not too uncommon when families dine outside but this scenario can happen inside thanks to a Tower Garden in the corner of the dining room. Rich and Gina Downing, representatives for […]

No Comment / July 20, 2014 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Community unites to patch up historic barn

DON’T FORGET THE SIGN — Straight Line Construction crew Gary Burrows and Noe Guavara, left and center, patch the roof of Clarksville’s historic Tong Barn, which spent most of the last century and a half as the Clarksville Union School. Straight Line’s president and owner Jack Borba, right, donated the labor.  He stopped by to check progress and drop off one of the familiar Straight Line signs. Photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado County is a place defined by its history. We embrace the past and nearly anything that reflects it. Don’t believe it? Take a drive. Our backroads are altars to the past. We revere old stone buildings. Rusty farm implements are proudly displayed for passersby. Sepia-toned hay barns topped with corrugated steel roofs glow […]

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

Construction begins on Valley View Sports Park

Construction has begun on the Valley View Sports Park on a five-acre site next to the new elementary school built in the Blackstone community. The park will open in November 2014. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the first El Dorado Hills sports field and park south of Highway 50. Construction should be complete in early November. The Valley View Sports Park project is a joint use partnership between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and the Buckeye Union School District. According to CSD General […]

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

Local students immerse selves in robotics

The Techie Tigers Robotics: Team 8290 includes, left to right, Chelsea Franklin, John Robb, Andrew Tang, parent coach Mary Franklin, Stephanie Warrior and Sara Eswara.  At front is their self-made robot, Mild Sauce, with a cup for donations that reads "Feed Me." Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The Techie Tigers Robotics: Team 8290 are at the library every Tuesday to share with the public what they’re up to. They’d like to recruit more members as well as collect $2,500 in donations to cover travel and entry fees for their next First Tech Challenge competition in December.  The team of local FTC robotics […]

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

EDMT goes wild with ‘The Jungle Book’

Mowgli (Hunter Clary), center, falls under Kaa's "Trust in Me" spell (handled by Zoe Harding , left and Kori Tosta) during a rehearsal for EDMT's production of "The Jungle Book," opening July 11 at Harris Center for the Arts. The show is appropriate for all ages. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Nothing gets you through a dangerous jungle full of creatures trying to make a meal out of you like friends. That’s what Mowgli, the man cub raised by wolves, learns in Disney’s “The Jungle Book,” presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre’s Rising Stars, actors ages 6 to 14, July 11-20. “There’s a song called ‘That’s […]

No Comment / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

U.S. Bank helps foster kids

U.S. Bank and CASA staff and advocates come together during a special event during which the bank donated to the advocate program. Left to right are: Kathy Hurd (CASA), Ray Lang (CASA), Colleen Roatch (CASA), Val Davidson (CASA), Pamela Maxwell (U.S. Bank) and John Adams (CASA). Courtesy photo

PLACERVILLE — More local foster kids will have a CASA advocate to help them find safe, permanent homes thanks to a $10,000 grant from U.S. Bank. Each year approximately 500 abused and neglected children in El Dorado County are court ordered for a CASA advocate after being pulled from their homes by Child Protective Services and […]

No Comment / July 02, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD pushes the great outdoors this July

Kyd Zone participants kick off the EDHCSD"s "Out is In" campaign in honor of July being Parks and Recreation month nationwide. Look for the sign at a park near you. Left to right are: Gollin Pelto, Winston Long, Alex Huss, Luke Chi, Michael Farley. Lindsey Levine, Samantha Leitner, Natalie Colfescu and Neha Hariharan. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Out is in. “Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults don’t spend enough time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air,” the National Recreation and Park Association wrote in a statement to cities and community services districts nationwide. “This year’s national theme ‘Out is […]

No Comment / July 01, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »