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Village Life publisher handed the gavel

2016 El Dorado County Chamber board members pose for a photo at last week's installation dinner. Left to right: Vice President Gordon Helm, Past President Christa Campbell, Kevin Brown, Alice Perez, Ed Manansala, Vice President Mike Kobus, Mark Luster, President elect Susan VanDelinder, Susie Davies, Leonard Grado, President Richard Esposito and Kirk Bone. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Reflecting on the astonishing changes in the world over the past couple of centuries, including the changing face of the communication industry from word-of-mouth to newspapers to today’s social media that delivers information in a flash, Village Life and Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito was sworn in last week as president of the El Dorado County […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Community backs Burke

Oak Ridge High School senior Taylor Gabbard speaks in support of her principal Paul Burke at the El Dorado Union High School District's Board of Trustees meeting. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Hundreds of supporters attended the El Dorado Union High School District’s monthly board meeting last Tuesday night to show solidarity for Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke, who has been on paid leave since Nov. 2 for undisclosed personnel reasons. Many spoke on behalf of Burke in hopes of seeing him back on the job. No […]

Comments Off / December 13, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grants make a difference

Aryn Reams, 11, shares some of the ways having Big Sister Sarah Costa in her life has made a difference at the El Dorado Hills Grants Gala last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

If listening to Big Sister Sarah Costa and her Little, Aryn Reams, talk about their relationship doesn’t warm your heart, call the cardiologist immediately. These two seemingly inseparable, lifelong friends spoke at last week’s El Dorado Hills Grants Gala, which celebrated grants given by the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund. “I have grown so much […]

Comments Off / December 08, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santa Run starts Dec. 15

Santa and Mrs. Claus will join the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the annual Santa Run next week. Village Life file photo

The El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association presents the 52nd annual Santa Run Dec. 15-19. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with their trusty elves, will visit several El Dorado Hills neighborhoods, spreading holiday cheer and collecting canned food and new, unwrapped toys. The Santa Run grand finale will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marina students celebrate success

Marina eighth-graders Connor Eberhard, left, and Jason Marlett enjoy root beer float rewards last Friday. All students earned the cool treat thanks to their high schoolwide SBAC test results. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Marina Village Middle School students got a sweet treat during lunchtime Friday to celebrate their even sweeter test results. The Mustangs enjoyed root beer floats served by parent volunteers for scoring the highest on the first Common Core state standardized test administered last spring out of all middle schools in El Dorado County. Marina Village also scored […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Witness a miracle at live nativity

Jospeh receives a gift from one of the wisemen during the live nativity. Photo courtesy of Eric King

FOLSOM — More than 100 volunteer cast members will come together in the true spirit of Christmas for multiple performances of the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. This family friendly, outdoor, live nativity presentation, “O Come Let us Adore Him,” will run Thursday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 13, with performances starting each night […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holiday homes dazzle

Karen and Barnaby Beck have turned their El Dorado Hills home into an Americana Christmas wonderland. Tour their gorgeous house and several others as part of the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ Homes for the Holidays Tour. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A writer could fill this entire newspaper describing Karen and Barnaby Beck’s spectacular El Dorado Hills home. The 5,000-square-foot home with high ceilings is filled to the brim with unique Americana and folk art, a piece from the U.S.S. Constitution, antiques, Persian rugs, a Tibetan prayer chest, 16 grandfather clocks and so much more. They […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »