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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 […]

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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 »

Girls on the Run gain confidence

Led by coaches: Araba Pozos, Veronica Janecek, Rob & Mindy Spies, Sue Chima, and Charles Wright, the Oak Meadow team consists of (in no particular order): Karina Alvarado, Sadaf Dabiri, Nadia Theodore, Kaitlyn Shipley, Sophia Fu, Morgan Wright, Isabella Torrao, Naama Lila, Yashmita Malhotra, Shea Gehrke, Kiara Janecek, Austin Pozos, Alexa Songco, Amy Deng, Angelina Wu, Annabella Sarreshteh, Caroline Snyder, Elizabeth Rosendahl, Emma Webb, Grace Gibson, Grace Frost, Hailey Miller, Kaveen Chima, Nikki Spies, Paige Karpinen, Riley Russo and Sydnee Hustrei. Courtesy photo

When Oak Meadow fifth-grader Morgan Wright recently moved from Texas to El Dorado Hills she didn’t know anyone. By joining the after school program Girls on the Run this spring, she and 25 other Oak Meadow girls in third through fifth grade have made new friends and gained a whole lot more during the three-month […]

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

Rolling Hills goes international

Aylin Askin, 8, in her Turkish attire, helps her mother, event coordinator Cigdem Askin, "make sure everything is running smoothly," while also taking a break at the Mathnasium exhibit. Photo by Julie Samrick

The gym at Rolling Hills Middle School was transformed into a mecca of multiculturalism last Friday as more than 500 attendees came out for Buckeye Union School District’s second annual International Festival. Rolling Hills’ parent and event organizer Cigdem Askin led the charge once more, after first piloting the program at Oak Meadow Elementary last year. […]

No Comment / April 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

ORHS Music wins big at Heritage Festival

Maestro winners Danielle Jolette, Kyle Schafer and Peter Nelson, left to right.

Oak Ridge High School musicians brought home several honors after performing at the Heritage Festival in Anaheim over spring break. The bands took gold in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Jazz categories, and won the Band Sweepstakes Award. Choir also had an impressive show and took home gold for Choral and Chamber groups, while A Capella […]

No Comment / April 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »