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Oak Ridge brings holiday cheer to sister school

Thai exchange student Nichakorn Thana-dachophol, 16, drops off her donations during Be Change week at lunchtime to ORHS ASB president Shelby Walker. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

For the fourth straight year Oak Ridge staff and students worked to make the holidays brighter for Oak Ridge Elementary students in Sacramento. In partnership with the Be Change campaign, which secures funding for kids in the tough Oak Park neighborhood and promotes the self-reliant message of hope through the theme Be the change you […]

No Comment / December 22, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | 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 »

Vote for the sweetest sight

Pick your favorite and take a bite. Employees at Folsom's Vibra Hospital created these sweet holiday treats as pary of a contest. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Vibra Hospital in Folsom, formerly known as Kindred Hospital before Sept. 1, is holding a gingerbread house contest among its employees with the general public welcome to vote. Thirteen departments spanning nursing, respiratory, rehab, the OR, administration and more had four days to create their unique confectionary visions.  Each department received the same basic gingerbread […]

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

Tennis for Tots

Tennis players braved cold temperatures to play in a fundraiser tournament that benefitted Toys for Tots. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk Bill Schultz held the third annual Santa’s Elf’s Tennis Night at Millennium Sports Club in Shingle Springs on Dec. 10. Despite a little snow on the courts, nearly 30 participants played for three hours and filled two U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots boxes to the top (and them some.) “Great […]

No Comment / December 19, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Folsom man takes corrections job

Kelly Harrington, 49, of Folsom, has been appointed deputy director of facility operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been acting deputy director of facility operations since 2013 and served as associate director of high security and transitional housing from 2010 to 2013. Harrington held multiple positions at Kern Valley […]

No Comment / December 18, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Scout revitalizes Marina dirt patch

Boy Scout Owen Lundell stands in his finished Eagle Scout project area at Marina Village. Courtesy photo

Marina Village Middle School teachers and students came back from Thanksgiving break to find an area of their school had been beautified, thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Owen Lundell. Owen and his work crew installed a planter, top soil, a variety of drought tolerant plants and a new drip system, turning a patch of weeds […]

No Comment / December 16, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Littles enjoy holiday shopping spree

Big Brother Mark Bassler of El Dorado Hills, right, has some fun helping his Little Brother Jason Slife, 12, of Cameron Park try on gloves at the Snowball Shopping Spree at Target Saturday morning. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

After pulling his Max Steele Turbo Sword out of the shopping bag, 7-year-old Izrael’s eyes lit up and he smiled — a big smile. “It’s a toy sword and you sword fight with it,” he explained. Izrall was one of 150 kids in El Dorado County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and Court Appointed Special Advocates […]

No Comment / December 16, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »