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‘Mrs. G’ crowned Teacher of the Year

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Teacher of the Year Debbie Giannotti, seated holding plaque, is surrounded by family, colleagues, students and Rotarians congratulating her on her success. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Oak Ridge High School Assistant Principal Pam Bartlett couldn’t say enough about the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Teacher of the Year. Debbie Giannotti, aka “Mrs. G,” has boundless energy and enthusiasm for her students and encourages lifelong learning, Bartlett told the crowd at Wednesday’s breakfast meeting. “She changes the lives of her students,” Bartlett […]

1 Comment / May 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Get ready for garden envy

Vicki and Tony Gosden's garden features many plants and flowers grown from seed. The couple also planted trees around their property to give it a lush look. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Go green this weekend with a walk in some of the most beautiful gardens El Dorado Hills has to offer. The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents its Gardens of the Hills garden and art tour. This year six homeowners will graciously open their gardens to visitors, who will undoubtedly come away with some great […]

No Comment / May 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Madrone Montessori helps children grow

Madrone Montessori teacher Rhonda Satterfield and her student Mackenzie Thomas, 3, prepare to make twirlers with flowers as part of their lesson focusing on The Renaissance. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Looking for a school where guiding hand and a gentle voice encourages children to explore their own potential? Consider Madrone Montessori School in El Dorado Hills. Children ages 18 months to 8 get a complete education that promotes emotional, social and academic growth and emphasizes self-reliance. “Here they do their own dishes; they’re planting plants, […]

No Comment / May 08, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

These Spring Break memories will last a lifetime

Oak Ridge High School student Josh Simms has some fun with children in Mexico where he spent his Spring Brak building houses with other Rolling Hills Christian Church volunteers. Courtesy photo

This past Spring Break about 120 local high school students put down the books and picked up their hammers. Instead of partying on the lake, these teens volunteered with Rolling Hills Christian Church to make the long drive down to Moclovio Rojas, Mexico, where they built nine houses for the town’s residents. For the last […]

No Comment / May 07, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ghost town brought back to life

Clarksville guests ride in style thanks to the courtesy stagecoaches that shuttled people back and forth during the annual celebration on May 5. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Clarksville Day 2012 attracted an estimated 4,000 people on Saturday, including a record number of ranch family descendants. Serrano’s original ranch residents, the Walker clan, were out in force to celebrate the 85th birthday of Mazie Carnell, who attended Clarksville’s one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s, often with her little sister Pat in tow. Pat Johnson […]

No Comment / May 07, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Beyonce teams with Dr. Phil to save mom, eight puppies

The Grace Foundation and Dr. Phil saved this Jindo and her puppies. Photo by Lisa Van Dyke, EDDOG

Tiny pup Beyonce’s mission to save the lives of other homeless dogs and cats was put into action when her rescue group, The Grace Foundation of Northern California, received a call from a family friend of Dr Phil. Dr. Phil had received information about a Jindo (Korean breed of dog) with eight puppies that were slated to […]

No Comment / May 02, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Run It Forward

Granite Bay Soccer mom and Run It Forward founder Erika Small, left, was inspired by El Dorado Hills dad Jason Harper, center, and his Be Change program. Both are part of a non-stop, eight-runner relay the length of historic Route 66 to benefit underprivileged kids along the route. El Dorado Hills soccer mom Kelly Shaddix will manage logistics. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Think cheerleaders are airheads, or soccer moms don’t think outside the universe of their school district? You haven’t met former Oakland Raiderette Erika Small, who envisioned Run It Forward, a grand “pay it forward” to benefit underprivileged kids in the nation’s heartland. “People talk … they complain about the economy, their school systems, lost opportunities […]

2 Comments / May 02, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »