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Oak Ridge student receives Congressional Silver Medal

Oak Ridge High School Principal Aaron Palm, Tifany Wong and Congressman Tom McClintock pose for a photo after Tifany received her Congressional Silver Medal. Courtesy photo

Congressman Tom McClintock recently presented the Congressional Silver Medal to Oak Ridge High School student Tifany Wong, who received the award for her extensive volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. Tifany has helped the local community through El Dorado County Youth Commission, El Dorado County Teen Court, the California Association of Student Council and the […]

No Comment / December 27, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

All smiles for a new hand

Kaeden Pacheco, 5 1/2, of Gilroy smiles and makes a fist with his new mechanical hand as the hand's maker, Greg Self, left, watches. The Pacheco family came to the library last month to pick up Kaeden's Iron Man-themed hand at the El Dorado Hills Library. It's one of many Self has made for children using the library's 3D printer. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When a 3D printer system was purchased for the El Dorado Hills Library one year ago thanks to the financial generosity of the Serrano Men’s Book Club, no one knew how far or how deep the printer’s impact would reach. Now a little boy from the Bay Area has a new prosthetic hand for Christmas. […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vintage Grace finds forever home

Vintage Grace head pastor Drew Sodestrom stands in front of the church's new location on El Dorado Hills Bouleavard and Lassen Lane. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A little more than two years after Vintage Grace started holding Sunday services inside a middle school multi-purpose room, the church will open doors at its permanent location this Sunday, Dec. 18, after merging forces with Cornerstone, El Dorado Hills’ second oldest church, now known as Vintage Grace. Before coming to El Dorado Hills in […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Cabinet hosts an evening of inspired giving

El Dorado Hills Endowment cabinet granted $3,000 to Canine Companions for Independence at its gala last Tuesday. Celebrating the grant are, left to right, CCI board member Kathy Zastrow with dog in training Loki, CCI advocate/guide dog recipient Peggy Di Nocco with dog Felice and EDH Endowment cabinet member Shelbi Bennett. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Endowment Cabinet celebrated inspiration at its annual grant giving gala last week, handing out $25,000 to local, nonprofit organizations. Before checks were presented the dozens gathered at the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado Hills heard inspiring messages from two past grant recipients, both teachers who saw first-hand how a little help goes […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Shopping buddies fill carts with necessities, cheer

Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Brian Patrick introduces Karma, a Belgium Malinois K-9, to William, 9. Children enjoyed meeting law enforcement service dogs while participating in the Snowball shopping spree at Target Saturday. Photo by Laurie Edwards.

They partnered up two by two — Bigs and Littles, uniforms and sneakers, excited children and even more excited adults — to shop, eat and have fun together at the eighth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Snowball Christmas shopping event on Dec. 3. Adult volunteers helped children from needy families make Christmas dreams come true. Target shopping carts […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Students work for those ‘Without a Roof’

Without a Roof members partnered with younger students who also want to make a difference, including Girl Scout Troops 240 and 919 of Lake Forest Elementary. They held a hygiene product collection event this fall for Sacramento-area refugees. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

Some Oak Ridge High School students are in the practice of giving to those less fortunate — not just during the holidays but every month of the year. Junior Lauren Irizarry was making hygiene kits for homeless girls two years ago when she learned about the lengthy process refugees must complete to be allowed legal […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Christmas tree farms see green on Black Friday

Grant Merryman, 2, and brother Broderick, 4, get ready to load up their 10-foot-tall Christmas tree, held by dad Ryan Merryman, into the cart after Uncle Michael Berezin, far left, cut it down at Hillside Tree Farm in Camino. The family came up from El Dorado Hills to find the perfect tree. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

El Dorado County’s Christmas tree farms and area shops bustled Friday as families traveled from near and far, searching for that perfect, fragrant tree. Hillside Tree Farm in Camino opened the day after Thanksgiving. Hillside’s staff greeted customers bright and early with a fire to warm the soul (and chilled hands) and cookies. In addition to trees, visitors also […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »