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Ocean Fest teaches kids about conservation

Walk the Talk members Danielle Jolette, Emily Kopania, and Sumega Mandadi pose with the WaTa group logo during a club meeting. WaTa, founded by Emily, is hosting an event called Ocean Fest, where elementary school students will learn about ocean conservation through fun and games. Courtesy photo

By Devin McDonald Local elementary school students will soon get the rare opportunity to learn about ocean conservation—from other students. As part of Emily Kopania’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, students from Oak Ridge High School’s own ocean conservation club Walk the Talk, or WaTa, will host the first Ocean Fest on April 30. At […]

No Comment / April 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fun-filled fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

POURING FOR A CAUSE — El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and his personal trainer Denise Samuel with Snap Fitness pour wine at The Cellar Wednesday evening. Harn and Samuel, along with Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber, El Dorado Hills Chamber President Debbie Manning and other dignitaries, served as celebrity bartenders at the Big Brothers Big […]

No Comment / April 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge Odyssey team headed to Maryland

Courtesy photo

The Oak Ridge High Odyssey of the Mind team is going to the 2011 World Finals in May. They placed in the state finals on March 26 in Brentwood and will travel to the University of Maryland for the World Finals, May 26-31. The team of six freshmen impressed the judges with an imaginative demonstration of […]

No Comment / April 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Gardeners dream big, start small

GARDEN GIRLS —€” Susan Johnson, Lourdes Lewis and Rachel Michelin, left to right, pose above the site of the El Dorado Hills Community Garden, behind Fire Station 86 on Bass Lake Road. The garden isn’t planned to open until 2012. In the interim, they’re planning a crop in a former strawberry patch on Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Volunteers, support sought for EDH community garden A community garden … A place where friends gather to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and perhaps, more importantly, the community itself. There’s no substitute for working side by side with your neighbors, sharing the feeling of the loam between your fingers, delicately placing tender shoots into moist soil, […]

No Comment / April 01, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

50th anniversary: Colorful characters highlight Cameron Park’s story

KITCHEN TABLE SALES GUYS — Daniel Wildman, left, and John Pearson check out the golf course view from the deck of the Cameron Park Country Club. Wildman had a successful career in the 1960s and 1970s selling Cameron Park lots using Pearson'€™s "€œkitchen table"€ sales techniques. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

“You’re looking at the best investment you can make, a piece of California.” That proclamation, lifted off a 1960s era sales brochure for Cameron Park, sums up the promise of a series of visionary entrepreneurs who each contributed to creating “a special place to live” perched “1,200 feet above the smog and fog,” between the […]

1 Comment / March 30, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Eric Hanson ‘saddles up’ to lead Folsom Chamber of Commerce

2011 FOLSOM CHAMBER CHAIRMAN GETS READY TO 'COWBOY UP' — Tina Polley, left, had a good ride as chairman of the Folsom Chamber in 2010. Eric Hanson, right, takes over as the chamber prepares for the Folsom Pro Rodeo July 2, 3 and 4. Photo by Roberta Long

As the Folsom Chamber of Commerce looks forward to another year of creating the most business-friendly environment for existing and new businesses, large or small, the reins of leadership were passed from 2010 Chairman of the Board Tina Polley to Eric Hanson. The change took place at the annual awards and installation luncheon on March […]

1 Comment / March 30, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Celebrate cub Henry at Folsom Zoo’s Bear Day

FOLSOM Zoo's youngest bear will make his debut on Bear Day. Courtesy photo

Meet the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s 1-year-old bear cub Henry when the zoo celebrates Bear Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16. That’s the day Henry officially moves into the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s public Black Bear exhibit one. Henry’s new home has trees to climb, a large cave, a sunning rock and big […]

No Comment / March 30, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »