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Hands4Hope gets patriotic with care package drive

Samita Dutta, a member of Hands4Hope's Soldier Care Package Committee, presents Cyndi Romono of the Honor Our Troops Committee a check representing the money raised by the H4H committee during last year's Fireworks Jubilee. The donation was used to help pay the shipping cost for more than 40 care packages. Also pictured, left to right, are: Nico Gambetta, Gianni Gambetta, Jacob Bassett, Riley Fitzpatrick and Andrew Bassett. Courtesy photo

By Samita Dutta With Fourth of July just around the corner, people might feel more patriotic and thoughtful in regards to our men and women overseas. Independence Day evokes pride in many people, and especially in local non-profit youth outreach organization  Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference. With the soldiers who serve us every day in […]

Comments Off / June 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Chan House to showcase Folsom’s Chinese heritage

June Chan and her brother Howard grew up in the Chan House. June Chan is a tireless advocate for preservation of Chinese history and is the leader of the effort to convert the building to a historical museum with a garden as seen in the rendering she holds. Photo by Roberta Long

Visitors to the newly redeveloped Historic Sutter Street notice one building that seems overlooked. The small, yellow building near the Gold Line light rail station at 719 Sutter St. looks much as it did years ago. It is not forgotten and will soon become another nugget in the treasure that is Folsom’s Historic District. It […]

1 Comment / June 19, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Girl Scouts part ways after 12 years together

Troop 240 is Kirstin Martini, Ashley Newcomer, Asha Camper-Singh, Nicole Guaglione, AJ Slepian, Kaitlin Seligson, Deb Jolette (co-leader), Emily Kopania, Danielle Jolettea dn Wendy Slepian (co-leader). Courtesy photo

What began 12 years ago with 13 vibrant and enthusiastic Brownie Girl Scouts forming Troop 240 has reached its final meeting and squeeze. “It’s bitter sweet that our troop meetings have come to an end. I’m so excited for all of these young women as they move on to college,” co-leader Deb Jolette said. “They should be […]

Comments Off / June 19, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Finally, a bike shop in Town Center

Town Center Bike & Tri owners Wilson and Erin Gorell welcome triathlete Michellie Jones, center, who flew in from San Diego for the El Dorado Hills shop's grand opening Saturday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

For years Town Center Magnate Tony Mansour mentioned a bike shop when describing the types of stores he hoped to see on his main street — Town Center Boulevard. With the recent opening of Town Center Bike & Tri, he’s got a doozy. Located in a high-visibility storefront, which is actually three retail locations spanning […]

1 Comment / June 18, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Haircuts offer hope for families dealing with autism

Mrs. El Dorado County Holly Bialorucki, hugs her daughter Bonnie, 13, at the Maribou Salon where Holly and salon owner Jill Cromwell will host a Cut-A-Thon benefiting an organization that helps families deal with autism. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Reigning Mrs. El Dorado County International Holly Bialorucki champions a cause close to her heart: treating autism in children. On Sunday, June 24, Bialorucki will team up with Families for Early Autism Treatment  and Jill Cromwell of Maribou Salon to host a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser. Bialorucki’s platform as Mrs. El Dorado County includes raising autism awareness […]

Comments Off / June 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wish granted … in grand style

Kaliana Warford, 9, stands entranced as she listens to her favorite singer Andrea Bocelli perform a beautiful song. The Warford family traveled to Italy, sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation, to fulfill Kali's dream to meet the singer. Courtesy photo

In September 2011 the Warford family of El Dorado Hills sat in freezing weather in New York City’s Central Park, anticipating a free concert given by Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Kaliana Warford, a 9-year-old with the congenital form of myotonic muscular dystrophy, submitted a wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation two-and-a-half years earlier in hopes […]

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

Dillin’ it up, pickleball style

Cheri Carruth gets ready to hit the ball in a Pickleball match while her teammate, Scott Carr looks on at The Four Seasons Lodge in El Dorado Hills. Pickle Ball is played on a court with four players using paddles and a wiffle ball. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“Pickleball is here to stay, you betcha!” said Minnesota native Cheri Carruth about her new favorite hobby. On a trip to her hometown, Virginia, Minn., she and her husband Lee were introduced to the sport that changed their lives. “We just kinda heard about it and were visiting her hometown. And they had (tennis) courts, […]

3 Comments / June 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News,Sports | Read More »