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El Dorado County Families & Children Digest

Young Cartographers Honored by County


More than 300 local students participated in the SAGE Map Contest hosted by the El Dorado County Surveyor’s Office and the El Dorado and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District.

Diamond Springs Park Planning Studies Raise Cost


El Dorado County will increase compensation to environmental consulting company Dudek by more than $142,000 for additional analysis and planning on the Diamond Springs park project. The park is will be adjacent to Charles F. Brown Elementary School.

Dozens of Dinos Descend on Sac Zoo


The Sacramento Zoo is opening an exhibit 65 million years in the making. Dinosaur Safari at the Sac Zoo runs through March 2024, featuring more than 20 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

SOS Outreach Helps Turn Passion Into Careers


About 300 South Lake Tahoe youth celebrated the end of their winter season with the youth development nonprofit SOS Outreach.

Vail Resorts Donations to Boys & Girls Club


The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe received a grant from the Vail Resorts Epic Promise program.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services Names Interim Director


Cheyanne Lane has been appointed as interim executive director of Tahoe Youth & Family Services. Lane began working for TYFS in 2006 and has filled many roles during her tenure.

Environmental Center Creates Educational App


Tahoe Tessie isn’t real but climate change is. That’s the tagline for “Find Tahoe Tessie,” an augmented reality game app developed by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Kiwanis Club Serves South Tahoe Community


The mission of the Kiwanis International organization is to strengthen the community and serve children. In meeting these goals, Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra participates in various service events.

Students Take Listeners Behind the Scenes of Mosquito Fire


Georgetown School of Innovation sixth-graders created StoryCorp-type podcasts about different agencies that helped during the Mosquito Fire. The class came up with 10 different agencies to interview.

Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products


SCOTUS rejected a last-minute plea from the tobacco industry and cleared the way for enforcement of a statewide ban that includes menthol cigarettes.

After Changes to State’s Prenatal Testing Program, Women Report Delays


In online pregnancy discussion groups, dozens of California women have detailed their long waits for results and the anxiety it has caused.

Locals to Create Children’s Book Recognizing Ski Patrol Dogs


“Ski Patrol Pups’ follows the story of the author’s puppy, Walter, as he and his friends learn what it takes to become ski patrol dogs.

Future of Cameron Park Lake Debated


The prospective Cameron Park Lake splash pad became a hot topic during the Oct. 19 Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, with some concerned the project isn't the best use of CSD funds.

CDC Paves Way to Require School COVID Vaccines—But Lawmakers Have Given Up for Now


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control decided to list COVID-19 among the vaccines it recommends for children, but each state decides whether to adopt those guidelines. It's unclear what California will do.

Dream Catchers Empowers Achievement for All Abilities


Through a series of events Joe Carson was confronted with a unique opportunity. His story began when his mom was searching in the El Dorado Hills area for a theater company suited for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.

Amber Alert Turns 20


The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.

Summer Wellness Resources Available in El Dorado County


Just because school is out doesn’t mean students don’t need essential social and emotional resources. Black Oak Mine Unified School District has a partnership with Sierra Child & Family Services to provide 24-hour help for families who struggle.

California State Fair Will Return This Summer


For the first time in three years, the California State Fair will return. This Sacramento tradition of food and carnival rides is now four months away.

New CEO Readies for the Return of El Dorado County Fair


El Dorado County Fair Association CEO Kathy Dunkak stepped into her new role after about five years as the fairgrounds’ deputy manager, and she’s looking forward to its return in June—the first time the event has been held since 2019.

Child Advocates of El Dorado County Names New Executive Director


Child Advocates of El Dorado County’s board of directors has appointed Amy Pooley as executive director. Prior to joining CASA El Dorado, Pooley spent 15 years serving the community in a variety of roles.

Child Advocates Marks Three Decades of Service


Established in 1992, Child Advocates of El Dorado County has provided support, empowerment and a voice for at-risk youth for 30 years—and it can always use more volunteers.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services Appoints New Executive Director


Brian Conway, an experienced leader in public service, has accepted the position to head up Tahoe Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit that has been serving South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County since 1975.

Library Gets New Play Center


The El Dorado Hills Library recently unveiled its new play center—a place where children can learn through playing.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Raise Big Money With Unique Fundraiser


Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern Sierra and Sacramento agencies raised nearly $40,000 with a fundraiser that featured donors rappelling down the side of the Residence Inn by Marriott.

El Dorado County Fair Postponed Until Next Year


Canceled in 2020 and then pushed from June to September by COVID-19, the El Dorado County Fair has now been called off for 2021 due to the Caldor Fire.

Hands4Hope Events Enhance Leadership Skills for Youths


Ponderosa High School senior Madisen Berry, who serves as the Hands4Hope Youth Board PR coordinator, reports that the organization pulled together COVID-safe, in-person leadership camps for both middle and high school youth.

Youth Commission Seeks New Members


The El Dorado County Youth Commission is seeking new members for the 2021-22 school year. Applicants must be enrolled in grades 9-12, reside in El Dorado County, and be at least 13 years old. Applications must be submitted online or via email by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 10.

Sierra Tahoe Children's Theater Kicks Off July 19 in South Lake Tahoe


This summer in South Lake Tahoe, the theater group will be working on acting, singing, dancing, auditioning and theater skills under the direction of Nannette Niven and Marcia Sarosik.

California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State


More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

State Budget Revision Earmarks More Money for Child Mental Health


Advocates say demand for care has been up during the pandemic, and services are inadequate.