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Residents plunge into 2012

These brave kids took the Polar Plunge on New Year's Day. Courtesy photo

The calendar said January but it looked more like July on New Year’s Day at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s annual Polar Plunge. More than 140 people participated in this chilly tradition at the community pool, celebrating 2012 by diving into the waters and coming up with smiles. The CSD collected two large […]

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

Rolling Hills gives back

Students Chrisy Dahm, Megan Engle, Lauren Sharp, Tori Trylivich and Lauren Ropollo, left to right, pose with a man to whom they delivered gifts, center, over the holiday break. Courtesy photo

About 185 students and adults gathered together to spread some Christmas cheer to the homeless population in Sacramento and Placerville late last month. Every year the Rolling Hills Christian Church youth bring new blankets, sleeping bags and socks to the church to gift wrap and deliver to people who are in need. The junior high […]

No Comment / January 03, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Chiropractic clinic, spa team up to feed the hungry

Dr. Steve Long stands with some of the food donated by community members on HOPE Day. Courtesy photo

Town Center Family Chiropractic and Asante Spa teamed up for their annual fundraiser — HOPE Day — earlier last month, bringing in more that 1,200 pounds of food. The Helping Other People Eat event benefitted the Food Bank of El Dorado County. “The first year we had HOPE Day we raised close to 200 pounds […]

No Comment / December 30, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Patty Gill rides into champions circle

Tucker nuzzles Patty after their lesson. The two have a great relationship that has translated into many wins at pony equitation competitions. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“Dedicated.” Trainer Pam Cross with Cantera Farms at Sundance Springs in Shingle Springs quickly came up with the word to describe her student Patty Gill. “She’s committed,” Cross explained. “She does this four to five days a week.” For the last seven years Patty has dedicated her time to pony equitation. This past season the […]

No Comment / December 30, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Charene Whorton’s new business is sweet

CHARENE WHORTON has built her business around cupcakes. The red velvet cupcakes she's posing with are her favorite. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Red velvet, chocolate chip, salted caramel … is your sweet tooth aching yet? Cupcake enthusiasts won’t have to wait much longer for Charene Whorton to unveil her delicious creations at her new shop — Copper Lantern Cupcakes — scheduled to open later this month inside Cameron Park’s Yo’So Yogurt. “This whole area needs some cupcakes,” […]

1 Comment / December 28, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Shingle Springs Community Center reopened

MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR —€” Dan MacPherson stands before the recently reopened Shingle Springs Community Center. Shortly after he agreed to be the center'€™s board president he discovered a broken roof truss. In September a "foam party"€ ruined the floor. Cameron Park Life photo by Mike Roberts

A one-two punch of snow on the roof and foam on the floor sidelined the aging Shingle Springs Community Center in 2011. Fortunately, generous local contractors stepped up, inspired by a recently retired school principal and an El Dorado Rose, replacing the roof and floor and adding several key modernizations at no cost. On Jan. […]

No Comment / December 28, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Just breathe: Yoga instructor Donna Rixmann takes a gentle approach

Yoga instructor Donna Rixmann, right, helps new student Paula Marchand during the adaptive chair yoga class at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Village life photo by Noel Stack

Donna Rixmann didn’t know what to expect when a friend invited her to a yoga class several years ago. But she knew exactly how great she felt when it ended. “I had no idea how stressed out I had been until I opened my eyes and realized the sky was a little bluer, the sun […]

No Comment / December 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »