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Gym members flex charity muscles

Snap Fitness El Dorado Hills members pose for a shot after participating in an event to cut fabric for Sole Hope, an organization that makes shoes for people in Africa. The charitable group was inspired by a fitness instructor's class. The next event at Snap Fitness on June 27 will benefit ShelterBox. Photo by Ann Spade

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A very American holiday

Valentine Daendliker, wrapped in a Swiss flag, admires Half Dome in Yosemite. Courtesy photo

When Valentine Daendliker celebrated her first Halloween, the Rotary Youth Exchange student from Switzerland couldn’t resist dressing up like Heidi. With her blonde hair and bright smile, no one could pull it off better. El Dorado Hills Rotarians saw that smile a lot over the past 10 months as Valentine, 18, embraced her American experience, which […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Roth assigned new court date

Murder suspect Roy Roth, right, confers with his defense attorney, Susan Gellman in an earlier court appearance. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The Latrobe man accused of killing his wife in April, was assigned a new court date during a quick Monday hearing. Roy Roth’s defense attorney Susan Gellman told visiting Judge Daniel Proud she had just received nine discs of discovery concerning her client. She requested time to sort through the information. Prosecutor Joe Alexander and co-defense attorney […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grants help children, women

Amanda Hairston, Vanessa Zavala and Susan Read, left to right, received Wickline Scholarships at the Grants Gala. The scholarships, a gift of the late Marian Wickline, are awarded to women overcoming challenges to pursue further education. Courtesy photo

Six Western Slope nonprofits received nearly $60,000 from Women’s Fund El Dorado at its annual Grants Gala last month at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. The recipient 501(c)(3) organizations were voted on by the membership of WFED, a collective giving organization that pools members’ donations. “United, we can accomplish so much for the nonprofits in our […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire chars garage; most of home spared

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE a blaze at 760 Knight Lane in El Dorado Hills that began Monday afternoon. The fire burned the garage and attic, charred nearby wild land and damaged the home next door. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A fire destroyed an El Dorado Hills home’s garage Monday afternoon. El Dorado Hills Fire Division Chief Mike Lilienthal, interviewed at the scene, said firefighters were dispatched to 760 Knight Lane at 3:32 p.m. June 8. When they arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the garage’s windows. The crew immediately called for more engines and split […]

1 Comment / June 09, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Freehill brothers ride to glory

Nate and Ty Freehill practice for the upcoming motocross season. The El Dorado Hills borthers recently won first place in their respective categories at a national arenacross championship. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

Without a doubt, 11-year-old Ty Freehill wants to become a professional arenacross/motocross racer. His little brother Nate, 8, has racing dreams too. Both El Dorado Hills riders came one step closer to going pro last month when they earned first place in their respective age categories at the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships in Las Vegas. […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Raise a glass; help the community

Steve and Bea Grace, left, owners of Grace Patriot Wines in Placerville, share their top wines with Ginny and Chris Bayuk of Placerville during last year’s Wine at Town Center event. Grace Patriot and many other wineries will be back this year for the 20th annual Wine at Town Center fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »