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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 »

Youth STARs shine bright Friday

Big smile, bigger hair —€” Corbin Gomez, 17, receives his Youth STAR award from Vision Coalition board member Sharon Hoff, as board member Rick Deubel, left, looks on and Executive Director DJ Peterson, right, reads Corbin’s accomplishments. Corbin is instrumental in the Youth Executive League, which coordinates youth activities at the El Dorado Hills Library and the Community Services District's Teen Center. Village Life photos by Mike Roberts

That glow in the sky above Town Center Friday night was El Dorado County’s youth STARs lighting up Lakehills Church, where the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition recognized 38 amazing kids at a red carpet dinner and awards event. The winners took the stage one at a time to receive their award while a […]

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

Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

Placerville Boys and Girls Club kids got an early Christmas present from Aerojet executives, who built 24 bikes as part of a team building exercise. The bikes were presented to the children, much to their surprise, at the Rancho Cordova Marriott Hotel on Dec. 7. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

CJ Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

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