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Robots take over Oak Ridge

Robotics team compete in the arena at the Oak Ridge-hosted tournament Sunday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fifteen Northern California robotics teams competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School’s gym Sunday. The event was hosted by ORHS, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing @Learning. Teams were judged on design, creativity, programming and outreach. Tasks included moving blocks into designated baskets, climbing ramps, […]

No Comment / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Partners run with healthy business idea

Gold Country Run + Sports Assistant Manager Paulo Medina and co-owners Leon Shahinian and Donn Cox, left to right, help runners find their perfect gear to perfect their strides. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Local runners have a right to feel spoiled since Gold Country Run + Sport opened its doors last November. “I’ve been a runner my entire life and have lived in El Dorado Hills for the past 10 years,” said Leon Shahinian, manager and part-owner at Gold Country Run + Sport. “I and my friend and […]

No Comment / January 05, 2014 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Stephen White named Sac-Joaquin Athletic Director of Year

ORHS Athletic Director Steve White

The California State Athletic Directors Association named Oak Ridge’s Stephen White the 2013-14 Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year. He was nominated and selected by his peers from approximately 150 schools for the honor. White has taught and coached at Oak Ridge since 1994. Before becoming athletic director 10 years ago, he coached three […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

‘Best of both worlds’ high school open

Cameron Park student Ashley Bolger, 16, takes classes at the Virtual Academy and is also a student at Ponderosa, where she's the president of Future Farmers of America. Here she's giving a presentation at the academy on organic agriculture. Village life photo by Julie Samrick

What does the future of public high school look like? And how might more American students succeed in an increasingly diverse society? The El Dorado Union High School District now offers a blended learning model of instruction at its new Virtual Academy adjacent to Union Mine High School. Its head of school and EDUHSD’s new […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom residents asked to cut back water usage

Brown's Ravine sits empty — no water, no boats. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Right before Christmas Folsom officials sent out an unusual holiday message: Reduce your water use by 20 percent. Folsom Lake water levels at near record lows prompted the mandate. “Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” said Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer. “This low water level, […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

50th Santa Run a sparkling success

Santa and Mrs. Claus watch fireworks. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

         

No Comment / December 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Gallery Posts | Read More »

Cribbage group swaps party for toys

Cribbage group members collected Toys for Tots instead of hosting their annual gift exchange. Here last week's participants pose with their toys before members of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department came by to pick up the goodies. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s weekly cribbage group decided to forego its annual Christmas gift exchange and collect gifts for the charitable organization Toys for Tots instead. “We don’t need anything,” said member Carl Backers of their decision. They collected dozens of toys later picked up by El Dorado Hills Fire Department staff. The […]

No Comment / December 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »