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Empty bowls fill food bank

Siblings Luke Peterson, Chloe Peterson and Connor Peterson, left to right, broke bread together at Oak Ridge’s first annual Empty Bowls event last Thursday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Ridge High School hosted its first Empty Bowls event last Thursday night, raising $16,500 for the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Art class students crafted 600 ceramic bowls for the sold-out event. Ticket holders were served bread and soup — tortilla, corn chowder, chicken noodle or vegetable curry — in the commemorative bowls. For the past last […]

Comments Off / November 02, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Get ready for Blues and Brews

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The sixth annual Blues and Brews for Vets returns to El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14 — another great evening to honor veterans while enjoying fantastic live music and great beer. “I think that I had more fun than anyone,” headliner Alvon Johnson said of last year’s event. “What a great group of people.” Mraz […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Shingle Springs Montessori school celebrates expansion

California Montessori Project Principal Kim Zawilski gets a high five from a student as she leads visitors though the group of singing children to the new gymnasium during the school's open house celebration on Oct. 14. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

If you didn’t have a happy feeling at the California Montessori Project school in Shingle Springs during its recent open house, check to see if you still have a pulse. As the youngsters sang, “I Get a Happy Feeling Here at CMP” to welcome their guests, not a face was left unsmiling as visitors wound […]

Comments Off / October 28, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

An honor for executive who serves those who serve

Ponte Palmero Executive Director Greg Kasner, right, and Sgt. David Streetman, center, receive a warm thank you from resident Bud Morjig, left, after Streetman presented Kasner with an award for outstanding service to those who serve in the military. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“In short — integrity. It takes great integrity to accommodate a maintenance manager who has to leave often and usually on short notice,” said U.S. Army Sgt. David Streetman on why he nominated his boss Greg Kasner for the Patriot Award. Streetman said he’s already missed six weeks of work this year. On Oct. 26 […]

Comments Off / October 28, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

EDH Library going high-tech thanks to donation

El Dorado Hills Librarian Carolyn Brooks, center, received nearly $8,000 from the Serrano Men’s Book Club to purchased a 3D printer for the library. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The Serrano Men’s Book Club donated $7,950 to the El Dorado Hills Library last Thursday, enough for librarian Carolyn Brooks to purchase a 3D printer system. “This will be the first 3D printer system available in an El Dorado County Library and will be supported by the technology staff at Oak Ridge High School,” said […]

Comments Off / October 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teal pumpkins equal safe candy

Brother and sister Hudson and Savannah Hannaman proudly display their family's teal pumpkins, a visible pledge stating they'll be handing out only nut-free treats this Halloween. Courtesy photo

For trick-or-treaters who might do a double-take Halloween night to see painted teal pumpkins, the pumpkins aren’t a trick but a reassuring sign safe treats are ahead. The organization Food Allergy Research & Education launched the Teal Pumpkin Project campaign last year to raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. To date 100,000 […]

Comments Off / October 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Another successful year for Project Spooky

Christian Pothast, standing in back, poses with some of the children who received free Halloween costumes this year. Left to right: Darlene Thomas, Leah Niekarz holding on to Bo Burgess and Rene Garcia. Courtesy photo

Christian Pothast has been donating Halloween costumes since he was 6 years old. He and his mother Christa Pothast recently donated 70 costumes to Mercy Housing properties in El Dorado Hills and Shingle Springs. Forty-eight costumes were given to kids at White Rock Village in El Dorado Hills and 22 costumes were handed out at Trailside […]

Comments Off / October 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »