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Moms want to put teen driver statistics in reverse

TEEN DRIVER GUIDE —€” Debbie Kenny, left, and Kari Eide of El Dorado Hills developed an iPhone app and a website for new teen drivers. Madi Kenny, seated left, and Parker Eide check out the safe driving tools. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado Hills moms Debbie Kenny and Kari Eide are doing everything possible to keep the new drivers in their families from becoming statistics. Kenny, 44, has 17-year-old Madi and another about to turn 15. Eide, 44, just saw her her son Parker celebrate 17. Driving is a frequent dinner table topic in both households. But […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Students paint island escape on classroom wall

ART IN THE CLASSROOM — Sixth-graders Alexa Van Komen, 11, left, and Madison Fischer, 11, are immersed in the ocean they and their classmates painted with math teacher Lynn Simpkin and muralist Nancie Chopp in their Marina Village Middle School classroom. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Lynn Simpkin’s students might have a hard time concentrating in class these days. Why? The ocean and sandy beach painted on her marina Village Middle School classroom wall beckons them. Simpkin, muralist Nancie Chopp and the sixth-graders painted the mural as part of a lesson on island and ocean biomes. ”We were looking for a way […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Green’ student honored by Rotary

TOP STUDENT — Fifth-grader Arya Aziz is surrounded by admirers at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast on March 2. Left to right are: Club President Bill Tobin, Oak Meadow Principal Barbara Narez, Arya Aziz, proud dad James Aziz, teacher Cindi Prahl, Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Terry Wenig and Oak Meadow Asst. Principal Paul Stewart. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Arya Aziz taught her classmates and teachers at Oak Meadow Elementary about the importance of recycling. The fifth-grader’s efforts have made her school ‘greener’ and caught the attention of her teachers and school administrators, who nominated her as the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month. “She’s just an amazing young gal,” […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow artists showcase their work

ART APPRECIATORS — Oak Meadow fourth-graders Tyler Silva, Grant Silva and Austin Green, left to right, study stocking sculptures made out of nylon stockings, wheat paste, wire hangers and paint from Mrs. Brennan's fourth-grade class at the second annual Oak Meadow Art Walk on Feb. 24. Photo by Michelle Silva

By Michelle Silva More than 600 students and family members of Oak Meadow Elementary attended the second annual Oak Meadow Art Walk, a visual arts showcase of all Oak Meadow students’ work. The Feb. 24 event featured masterpieces on display for one evening only. The projects were created with a wide variety of material and mediums inspired […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Would you like to care for baby birds?

Despite recent low temperatures and storms spring is on the way, and Sierra Wildlife Rescue volunteers are gearing up to open the Baby Bird Nursery around May 1. Caring for orphaned or injured nestlings or fledglings is a wonderful way to help and to learn a great deal about the fascinating lives of foothill songbirds. […]

No Comment / March 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Read More »

Rotary exchange student has experiences he’ll never forget

GREAT EXCHANGE —€” Rotary Youth Exhcange student Elais Steyrer, center, smiles with host Dan Haverty of Folsom, left, and El Dorado Hills Rotary President Bill Tobin. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Elias Steyrer wasn’t that impressed with Disneyland. “It’s pretty exhausting to go there,” said the young man from Salzburg, Austria, who’s attending Folsom High School courtesy of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. But the teen with a passion for his home country, wiener schnitzel and now American living has made many memories that will last […]

No Comment / March 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

M-Cubed wins Champion’s Award

The M-Cubed team moves on to the U.S. Championship. Courtesy photo

By Ravi Pandya M-Cubed, a First Lego League robotics team, received the 1st Place Champion’s Award (the most prestigious award any team can earn) at the Northern California State Championship on Jan. 29 at Newark Memorial High School. This tournament was the third level of competition. There are about 400 teams in all of Northern California […]

No Comment / March 01, 2011 | Posted in News | Read More »