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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 »

Santa Run finale sparkles

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived with a bang at Town Center Sunday night. The grand finale of the Fire Department’s week-long rolling Christmas party known as the “Santa Run,” included with a 10-minute fireworks show this year. The annual event, now in its 48th year, is put on the El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association.

The grand finale of El Dorado Hills’ longest running holiday tradition went off with a bang in Town Center Sunday night, punctuated by a 10-minute fireworks display that accompanied the arrival of the jolly geriatric and the always fetching Mrs. Claus, who were immediately mobbed by Santa-hungry families. In an unexpected twist to the otherwise […]

1 Comment / December 19, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Town Center’s 2012 outlook good

Sheri Napear, Kim Vanacore and Derek Vanacore, left to right, recently opened Radiant Yoga upstairs in the El Dorado Hills Sports Club in Town Center. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

New establishments and tenants will move into El Dorado Hills Town Center in 2012. Coming soon are: Reunion, a sophisticated, upscale venue and night spot catering to the over-35 crowd. Slated to open in June 2012 and created by the owners of Pizza Rock, District 30 and Dive Bar in downtown Sacramento, the luxurious establishment […]

No Comment / December 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Selland’s success: Passion, perspiration … and the food’s pretty good, too

Celebrity chef Randall Selland chats with customer Marie Scanlin of Sacramento in his restaurant Selland's at 5340 H St. in Sacramento. Selland's newest market will open in El Dorado Hills soon. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The latest chapter in the food history of El Dorado Hills is Sacramento Celebrity Chef Randall Selland’s Market-Café, opening in early January. The upscale deli takes over part of the first floor of Town Center’s long underutilized New Orleans Building, and will seat 100 indoors with another 40 outside. Selland also owns and operates the […]

No Comment / December 15, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Girls turn unique art into donation

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund co-founder Judy Pickett admires the art made by Leah Craft, Brooke Balbi and Casey Halkett, left to right. The Pleasant Grove students made the duct tape items and then sold them to raise money for the breast cancer group. Courtesy photo

When Leah Craft’s younger sister told her about the YouTube video that demonstrated how to make duct tape articles, Leah accessed the site, learned the skills and began practicing the art. Friends of the Pleasant Grove Middle School eighth grader — Casey Halkett and Brooke Balbi — soon caught the creative bug and the three […]

No Comment / December 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Breakfast with Santa brings smiles, long lists

Four-year-old Landon, son of Matt and Jill Bakes from El Dorado Hills, sits on Santa's lap at the annual Breakfast With Santa event in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Santa Claus probably got a little tired after dozens of children hopped on his lap to share their Christmas lists at the annual Breakfast with Santa event Saturday morning. But the jolly fellow in red kept his big, bright smile and carefully listened to the wishes of all the good boys and girls who came […]

No Comment / December 12, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »