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Follow the yellow brick road to Oak Ridge

The Scarecrow (Dalton Johnson) sings "If I Only Had a Brain" to Dorothy (Alanna Underwood) during an Oak Ridge Drama rehearsal of "The Wizard of Oz."

Travel somewhere over the rainbow with Oak Ridge High School’s talented actors, actresses and theater crews as they present “The Wizard of Oz.” This colorful production complete with munchkins, flying monkeys and, of course, those gorgeous ruby slippers will delight audiences of all ages and also teach theatergoers important lessons. “It reminds us that family […]

No Comment / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Deputy Oliver remembered as compassionate, dedicated man

Law enforcement officers from all over California and Nevada file into the Adventure Christian Church Monday morning for fallen Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver's memorial service. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Danny P. Oliver Feb. 9, 1967-Oct. 24, 2014 ROSEVILLE — At least 5,000 law enforcement personnel, friends, family members and elected officials attended the memorial service for slain Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Danny P. Oliver on Monday, Nov. 3. Oliver, 47, a resident of El Dorado County, was shot and killed Oct. 24 during a […]

No Comment / November 04, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Partners purchase Poor Red’s

New investors, including the owners of The Purple Place, have big plans for the El Dorado landmark Poor Red's. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The sale of El Dorado’s iconic restaurant closed during the week of Oct. 20-24 said Team Commercial Realtor Ann McQuillen. The restaurant — along with four other buildings including a barn, a beauty salon, a parking structure and a liquor store — sold for $777,500. “It took a whole year to sell it, with all the liens […]

2 Comments / November 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Everybody has a good time when these guys get the blues

Alvon Johnson will headline the 2014 Blues and Brews concert on Nov. 15. Photo by Laurie Edwards

El Dorado Hills has got the blues … and that’s a good thing. On Saturday, Nov. 15, blues greats Alvon Johnson and The Used Band will bring down the house at the fifth annual Blues and Brews concert hosted by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills. The concert will raise funds for the planned […]

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

Opportunity Acres: Ranch is a special choice

MICHELLE WENELL, founder of Opportunity Acres, left, visits the mini-horse and goat pen with adult day program team members Blair, center, and Sam. Team members maintain the ranch and care for its livestock. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At long last, youths with autism have a place they can call their own: Opportunity Acres. Located in Shingle Springs, the ranch is a mix of uses that at first glance don’t seem to fit together. For example, what does boarding horses and dressage have to do with rescued horses, goats and a petting zoo? And what […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Major General Collens looks to the sky

Retired Major General John Collens still fits into his uniform. As an Air Force pilot, he flew missions during three wars. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I got shot at in three different wars, but being in those three wars paved the way to opportunities in my life,” said retired USAF Major General  John W.Collens, 90. “If not for WWII, I’d have been pounding pills in a Louisiana drugstore.” Collens, a Cameron Park resident, was an aviation cadet visiting his aunt in […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Marina Village names its ‘heroes’

Ethan Horn, Bella Orciuoli and Erika Ingram (not pictured) researched how to Save Water and detailed how they'd start a water saving reward system for Marina students. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

All Marina Village seventh graders were challenged by their English teachers to “embrace an issue that is important in your school or community.” Seventh-grade English teachers, principal George Tapanese and Village Life chose Jessica Garver from Mrs. Doig’s class and the team of Ethan Horn, Erika Ingram and Bella Orciuoli from Mrs. Guardino’s class as […]

No Comment / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »