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Local flavor at regional festivals goes well beyond food

The more time you spend in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region the more you realize: this place is extraordinary. Extra, as in “more than.” Remarkable, as in “worthy of commentary.” This place we call “home” is one of the most unique places in the country. It is larger than just the sum of […]

Comments Off / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Oak Meadow Elementary goes international

TILE PAINTING - Parent volunteer Jung Yang, 38, of El Dorado Hills instructs festival goers in the art of painting ceramic tiles at the Heritage Festival at Oak Ridge Elementary. Left to right are: Gaurav Turaga, 7, (parents Vish and Bhavana) of El Dorado Hills. Iris Howard, 6, with mom Olivia Howard, 34, dad Patrick Howard, 37, and brother Calvin, 5, of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It was sunny and warm inside Oak Meadow Elementary’s gymnasium Friday afternoon, despite the dismal weather outside, where 300 people packed the house for the first Heritage Festival. Event organizer and Oak Meadow parent Cigdem Askin envisioned holding such an event since her fifth-grader first started school back in kindergarten, but with three younger children […]

Comments Off / March 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sacramento area museums honor military veterans

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In November many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums are featuring […]

No Comment / November 08, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Foodies fest in South Lake

Looking for a tasty way to spend your Labor Day weekend? South Lake Tahoe will be a culinary destination with a celebration of food at Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival. In it’s sixth year, Sample the Sierra will delight attendees with a range of culinary offerings from regional restaurants, wineries, distilleries, breweries and producers, […]

Comments Off / August 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

50 fiddlers bring high-energy fun back to Harris Center

FOLSOM — Picture the Harris Center for the Arts stage filled with 50 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and even a harmonica, projecting a sound as lively as a dance band and as majestic as a symphony orchestra. Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Japanese drums, digital electronica fill the stage with world rhythms

San Jose Taiko x The Bangerz present Ji: A Common Pulse at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — San Jose Taiko x The Bangerz is a collaboration born on the streets of downtown San Jose’s South First Area (SoFA) District in 2010 as part of the SubZero Festival. The combination of the DJ’s powerful digital electronica with the heart-pounding organic pulse of taiko (a Japanese form of percussion using large drums) explore […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Penn looks to build partnerships, plan for the long-term

Howard Penn hopes to represent District 4 on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year El Dorado County resident and self-described “big picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House in […]

4 Comments / October 02, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

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