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Teen’s event keeps tails wagging

El Dorado Hills eighth-grader Michaela Elliston hosted a puppy petting event in her home (here with a chihuahua mix) to raise funds for Foothill Dog Rescue and to socialize young puppies so that they may find permanent homes. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

When it was time for El Dorado Hills eighth-grader Michaela Elliston to pick a school project, her teachers at Golden Valley Charter School thought she might have chosen something too difficult. She had chosen to host a fundraiser for Foothill Dog Rescue and pulled it off, earning $1,000 for the non-profit earlier this year. “They […]

No Comment / April 12, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen Court invites new participants

El Dorado County Teen Court in Placerville is recruiting new student participants for the spring program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training on Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. in Placerville. After completing […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Teen rescues creatures great and small

Hannah Garcia of Cameron Park began volunteering with Foothill Dog Rescue last March, but the 16-year-old wanted to do even more to make a difference in this world. Hannah can get a little carried away at times: The young lady went from pooches to pachyderms. Late in September Hannah went to Thailand to help at […]

Comments Off / November 24, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman recently earned her Junior Master Scuba Diver certification, a rare feat worldwide because of arduous requirements. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver. Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency […]

Comments Off / November 23, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Hands4Hope teens learn about media and health

Early last fall, Hands4Hope Youth Making a Difference was informed of a great opportunity to involve youth in a pilot program developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development called ​Media­Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active! The program is an interactive after­school education program for youth in grades fifth through eighth, designed to empower […]

Comments Off / June 17, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

Comments Off / February 09, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »



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