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Children treated to shopping spree, breakfast

JUST MY SIZE! - Joseff Johnson, 11, of Placerville holds up a 49er's jersey to check the size while shopping with Big Brother Glen Ingram of Diamond Springs. More than 170 children were treated to a Target shopping spree and Rotary pancake breakfast during the Snowball Holiday Shopping event Saturday morning in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Christmas came early for more than 170 children Saturday morning. Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County hosted its annual Snowball Holiday Shopping event at the El Dorado Hills Target. The children, teamed up with a volunteer, shopped for toys, clothes and other goodies thanks to donations from El Dorado Disposal, the Steers family […]

No Comment / December 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH Community Vision Coalition celebrates exceptional young people

Vision Coalition Treasurer Bob Pedersen, left, and coalition coordinator Raeann Jones, right, pose with Youth Star Award winner McKenzie Jones, Raeanne's daughter. In addition to receiving an award, McKenzie helped serve the awards banquet's delicious dinner Friday night. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Celebrating young people seemed more important than ever Friday night at the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition’s annual Youth Star Awards. In the wake of what happened across the country in Connecticut, a lengthy moment of silence opened the ceremony at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. Vision Coalition Board President Roger Taylor […]

No Comment / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dynamic dancers put their best feet forward in ‘The Nutcracker’

Ready to dance —€” Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet students Sarah Beth Kosterman, Kristoffer Reyes and Allyn Ginns are ready to dazzle audiences in the upcoming performances of "The Nutcracker." Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet has a lot to be proud of with its upcoming production of “The Nutcracker.” The holiday ballet’s three principal dancers — Kristoffer Reyes (The Prince), Allyn Ginns (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Sarah Beth Kosterman (Clara) — are products of the acclaimed El Dorado Hills ballet studio. “In two years at Pamela […]

No Comment / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

The Watchman

John Mansker started the Neighborhood Watch program in Ridgeview Village and also improved the community's signs. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

John Mansker had the perfect tool when recruiting people for the Ridgeview Village Neighborhood Watch program — his Australian shepherd Lucy. He and his dog-loving neighbors regularly walk their pooches in Ridgeview Park. It’s where the Neighborhood Watch idea was born about two years ago, thanks to friend Ginna Geren, and where Mansker started recruiting […]

3 Comments / December 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Seniors tinker with toys

Peter White, far right, talks about his toy collection of pre-World War II wind-ups during an El Dorado Hills Senior Center event. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fond memories of zipping up and down the street on a bicycle, playing with dolls and enjoying pretend tea brought smiles to local seniors’ faces Tuesday as toy collector Peter White gave a presentation at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. White, proprietor of White House Railway and Trading Co. in Fair Oaks, showed off pre-World […]

No Comment / December 12, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

It’s her lucky day

On a scale of 1 to 10, Gwen Danley's family says she's a 12! Left to right are Grandma Dee Danley-Brown, Dad Chris Danley, Gwen and Mom Karen Kukoda. The family will celebrate Gwen's 12th birthday on Dec. 12 with a spaghetti dinner. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Gwen Danley turns 12 on 12-12-12 “It was a master plan made 13 years ago,” Karen Kukoda joked about her daughter’s 12th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012. All kidding aside, the Rolling Hills Middle School sixth-grader said, “It’s cool.” And since 12-12-12 is the last repetitive date most of us alive today will ever see […]

No Comment / December 06, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary honors Officers of the Year

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, left, and Sheriff John D'Agostini, right, congratulate deputy Bryan Brown on the Rotary Officer of the Year award. Brown and fellow deputy Keith Maher received the honor last Wednesday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Keith Maher and Bryan Brown received accolades from the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and their boss, Sheriff John D’Agostini, Wednesday morning as they received the title of Officers of the Year for their outstanding work and service to the community. Both men exemplify the Sheriff’s Department mission, D’Agostini said […]

No Comment / December 05, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »