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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 »

EDH teen honored for life-saving skills

Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Evan Yanagihara, 17, received an award for saving the life of his friend and fellow cadet, Anthony Smith, at a meeting of a local squadron of CAP on April 26. Both teens are El Dorado Hills residents. The award was for a life threatening event that happened on July 28 of last […]

1 Comment / May 01, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Locals raise funds for cruise victims

International Cruise Victims Chairman Kendall Carver of Phoenix, Ariz., discusses raising awareness about crime on cruise ships with Linda Ellen Anderson of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at a fundraiser Saturday evening. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Local dignitaries and residents gathered in northern El Dorado Hills Saturday night to support International Cruise Victims, a non-profit that represents victims of crime on cruise ships and their families. About 100 people enjoyed wine, hors d’œuvres, great music and a silent auction at the fundraiser held at Mercy and Robert Di Paolo’s home and organized […]

No Comment / May 01, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Clarksville Day bigger than ever this year

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

You know about the ghost town of Clarksville, right? It’s still standing … barely … just a half-mile as the crow flies east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, visible from the Bass Lake Grade on Highway 50, but hidden behind a locked gate for years. The gate opens to the public once each year, […]

No Comment / April 30, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »