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A delicious reason to to wake up early

THE BACON BLOODY MARY has a crispy strip of bacon to decorate the cocktail which is made from Early Toast's own, super delicious and not too salty, bloody mary mix. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It started with a dream. “We wanted to present breakfast in an upscale fashion,” said Mario Astorga, part owner of Early Toast Mimosa House. “There was this breakfast place in Folsom called Grandma’s Kitchen that never really exploded. We took over and changed it completely — created a breakfast menu complete with mimosas and drinks. It […]

Comments Off / August 11, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Pageant participants win more than titles

Jr. Miss El Dorado County Kylee Hunter, left, and Miss Teen El Dorado County Tristan Hunter say their pageant experience has been very positive. Courtesy photo

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Comments Off / May 28, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Time to celebrate America

FIREWORKS fill the sky  at the 2012 Fireworks Jubilee at Town Center in El Dorado Hills.  Expect another great show this year or Wednesday, July 3. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

A parade, live music, chili cook-off, kids’ bounce houses and, of course, spectacular fireworks  — the fourth annual Fireworks Jubilee at Town Center promises to have something fun for everyone. Enjoy it all from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at El Dorado Hills Town Center. El Dorado Hills Fire Department 50th Anniversary Parade To […]

Comments Off / June 24, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: Decisions determine your destiny … and your happiness

Decisions, decisions. We all make decisions in life. These decisions mold who and what we become, where we live and who we spend our lives with. Accept that promotion resulting in transferring out of the area and you meet your future husband. Attend USC instead of Berkeley and your career suddenly moves in a different […]

Comments Off / July 25, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Loving life is the secret to living long

Ina Martin looks through family photos as she reflects on her 101 years. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Ina Martin of El Dorado Hills will celebrate her 101st birthday June 9 by having cake and ice cream, maybe some pizza, with a few friends she’ll have over to her home in an older part of the community. “When we first came here, there was nothing — just fields and one other house back […]

Comments Off / June 08, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The Loft in Tahoe combines entertainment and dining

South Lake Tahoe’s newest hotspot, The Loft Live Theatre – Lounge – Dining, will see 2015 vanish and 2016 appear with two New Year’s Eve celebrations. Located within the Heavenly Village the Loft open is a first for the California side of Tahoe South by combining theater with nightly live entertainment, an intimate bar, lounge and restaurant […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Raise a glass; help the community

Steve and Bea Grace, left, owners of Grace Patriot Wines in Placerville, share their top wines with Ginny and Chris Bayuk of Placerville during last year’s Wine at Town Center event. Grace Patriot and many other wineries will be back this year for the 20th annual Wine at Town Center fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »



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