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Recycle: It’s good for the can, the bottle and the school

Fun with scarecrow — Jackson Elementary School first graders Joe Carroll, left, and Kayla Vota, far right, have some fun in the school garden with principal Michele Miller. Jackson hopes to expand its garden with help from Recyclebank customers. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Jackson Elementary School students need the community’s help to get a closer look at Mother Nature’s work. The school recently teamed up with Recyclebank, the company that rewards customers who fill up their El Dorado Disposal recycling bins, to raise funds for a school garden expansion. Recyclebank customers (current and new) simply have to donate their rewards […]

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

Bassoonist Jacob Wellman has big dreams

Oak Ridge senior Jacob Wellman hopes to professionally play bassoon. "I have no problem doing it for the rest of my life," the 17-year-old said. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“Sweet … but also somber,” 17-year-old bassoonist Jacob Wellman described his instrument as such after a moment of thought. The Oak Ridge High School senior has found his passion with the instrument. He dreams of Julliard and a performance career — goals easily attainable by this talented musician. Jacob was recently selected to perform with […]

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

Former Trojan displays some ‘Magic’

Former Trojan Ryan Anderson, right, congratulates teammate J.J. Redick after the Orlando Magic's win over the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento on Sunday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

By Mike Bush SACRAMENTO — Ryan Anderson considers Power Balance Pavilion his second home. The Orlando Magic forward and 2005 Oak Ridge High School graduate has good reasons to  say that about the arena formerly known as Arco Arena. During his senior year Anderson led the Trojans boys basketball team to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II, […]

No Comment / January 09, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

An adventure that’s simply delicious

Relish Burger Bar will serve a mesclun green salad with blue cheese, apples, bacon, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette on The El Dorado Hills Adventure. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority is again honoring January, “California Restaurant Month,” with the El Dorado Epicurean, a week-long celebration of local cuisine, Jan. 22-29. The grand finale, an extraordinary county-wide progressive dinner for culinary adventurers, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. This year adventurers can choose from seven different itineraries that include […]

No Comment / January 06, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

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 »