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St. Stephen’s music director is one to watch

Mariia Pechenova and the Cantare Chorale have been invited to Carnegie Hall for a special performance Nov. 27. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Singer, musician, college professor, conductor. It’s hard to know if, or when, St. Stephen’s music director Mariia Pechenova sleeps. The 28-year-old who hails from St. Petersburg, Russia is fueled by a love for music so strong that in her short time in the United States her talent and influence can be seen rippling across the […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Peace and serenity the aim of Pollock Pines artist

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Phil Lachapelle’s high school teachers probably thought he was taking down every word of their fascinating lectures back where he grew up in Rhode Island, but the Pollock Pines artist today confesses why his pencil was flying over the pages on his desk. “I was drawing cars,” said Lachapelle, one of a dozen local artists […]

Comments Off / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Couple still enjoys joshing after 75 years of marriage

Robert and Marcella Reed weren’t really expecting any visitors to their comfortable duplex at Ponte Palmero in Cameron Park recently. After all, they had already celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Aug. 2 with a big party at the senior retirement complex. So when Cameron Park Life walked in and remarked about the couple having […]

Comments Off / September 06, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Boogie on the boulevard: Concert series keys up Town Center

Free Live on the Boulevard performances take place at the Steven Young Amphitheatre, 4364 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills beginning June 16. Courtesy photo

Sherri Bergmann Village Life correspondent Enjoy free evening concerts and dance into the night as this year’s season of Live on the Boulevard at the Stephen Young Amphitheater in El Dorado Hills Town Center begins tomorrow. Surrounded by the waterway, fountains and stunning architecture, the stage has a spectacular setting and attendees can indulge in tasty fare […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Can you define a crush?

If you check in a dictionary, a crush is defined as an intense and usually passing infatuation. This definition started me thinking about the crushes I have had on girls and women. When I think about a crush, the definition expands. The crush may be emerging from her smile, her face or figure, her intelligence, her […]

Comments Off / May 01, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Walk on the ‘wild’ side with the crypt keepers in Sacramento


America is a nation rich in history. To get a feel for that history it is often necessary to travel east. But not always. Today’s activities column takes a look westward. To, of all places, the Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento. There is some amazing stuff buried there amidst the lilies and the wild flowers. […]

Comments Off / September 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Winkler sentenced 26-years-to-life

A man found guilty of murdering his wife was sentenced to 26-years-to-life in state prison on Monday. “I’m ready for a big dose of karma,” Katelynn White, a member of the audience, said as Todd Winkler, now dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit instead of a suit, was led into the courtroom. “That outfit fits […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

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