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Tennis group remembers lost friend

A rock memorial celebrates Les Henry, a member of the tennis group that plays at Stephen Harris Park in El Dorado Hills. Henry died last year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Friends and tennis buddies paid tribute to teammate and worthy opponent Les Henry Wednesday morning, honoring the man they called a “gentle giant” and “the best guy I’ve ever known” with a rock memorial in front of the tennis courts at Stephen Harris Park in El Dorado Hills. “In memory of Les Henry. A treasure […]

2 Comments / May 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Handcar derby kicks of 21st year

Handcar race teammates Carmaine Cotham, 46; Zane Walker, 50; and Dan Bocinski, 46, left or right, prepare to propel the handcar down the track as fast as they can. The team from Rancho Cordova will compete in this weekend's Folsom Handcar Derby. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The 21st running of the Folsom Handcar Derby will take place May 19 & 20 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom. This year’s event will kick off Saturday with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar and quadripede events. Sunday […]

No Comment / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Moms enjoy a night out with their little man

Karen Smith and her son Aidan, 9, left, goof aroud with Natalie Fransham and her son Clark, 9, at The Mom Prom — Mustache Bash Saturday night. Photo by Whitney Kahn

About 150 moms and sons enjoyed the first Mom Prom — Mustache Bash with Mommy’s Little Man hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Satyrday night. Guests at the CSD gym played Pin the Mustache on Burt Reynolds and Pin the Mustache on Mario, Step on the ‘Stache (a variation of musical chairs), […]

2 Comments / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Blue Oak students spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s

The Blue Oak spelling bee team includes, left to right: Kaira Bernaldez, Yush Kapoor, Dean Bernaldez, Dominic Benedetti, Coach Sandy Stoeber, Sarah Beckett and Madison Washburn. Photo by Julie Samrick

Having the best spelling command of words like g-r-u-e-s-o-m-e, b-o-u-q-u-e-t and n-o-u-r-i-s-h earned Blue Oak Elementary’s team of third and fourth graders the top spot in the 32nd annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee held in Pollock Pines on Friday. Also on the podium out of 20 participating schools were Jackson Elementary in second place […]

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

‘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 »