YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Anne Ternus-Bellamy

What’s happening

Friday, May 29 * Youths ages 1-17 are invited to Friday Night Live!, an hour of tumbling and gymnastics at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Whether they want to work on gymnastics skills or just jump on the trampoline, children will be supervised and coached by gymnastics and […]

North Davis narrowly tops Willett in biking challenge

Willett Elementary School Principal Heidi Perry was scheduled to take a plunge in the dunk tank Wednesday, courtesy of students at North Davis Elementary School, who came out on top in a biking competition between the two schools.

In an effort to increase the number of students biking or walking to school during May, Perry and North Davis Principal Ramon Cusi agreed to a friendly competition in which the school that produced the most trips to school by biking or walking during a three-week period would get to dunk the other school’s principal.

Posters and fliers went up at both school sites early in May, including a giant “Dunk Ms. Perry” banner at North Davis and multiple “Dunk Dr. Cusi” fliers at Willett.

‘The Hunting Ground’ returns to Davis

The documentary “The Hunting Ground” returns to Davis this week with screenings at University Covenant Church and UC Davis. The film, made by award-winning documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, focuses on sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide and features interviews with numerous victims of such assaults — including one UCD student — as well […]

Landfill receives positive review from grand jury

The Yolo County Central Landfill has received a clean bill of health from the county grand jury, which called the landfill effective, well-maintained and clean in a report released last week. The grand jury last investigated the landfill in 1998 and jurors decided in 2014 that a new assessment was warranted. The new investigation included […]

Contraband tobacco dumped in landfill

It didn’t exactly go up in smoke, but more than 30 tons of contraband cigarettes and tobacco products were destroyed nonetheless on Wednesday, dumped into the Yolo County Central Landfill and destined to be buried under layer upon layer of garbage and dirt.

The nearly $2 million worth of cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and cigarettes were seized by the state Board of Equalization over the past 15 years — all of it confiscated due to unpaid state excise and sales taxes valued at more than $630,000 to the state.

Gan Haverim preschool celebrates 10 years, welcomes new families

It was 10 years ago that Gan Haverim first opened its doors to local children. The preschool, located on the Congregation Bet Haverim campus at 1715 Anderson Road, serves children between the ages of 2 years, 10 months, and 5 years old, and is open to children of all faiths and backgrounds. Gan Haverim was founded by […]

Girl Scouts invite all girls to Father-Daughter Dance

Join the Davis Girl Scouts for a magical evening at the “Once Upon a Time Father-Daughter Dance” on Saturday, May 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Each girl must have an adult chaperone — a dad, grandfather, uncle or other adult. All qualify as long as they are truly a King […]

What’s happening

Tuesday, May 26 Tickets go on sale today for the city of Davis annual sixth-grade party. For more than 15 years, graduating sixth-graders have enjoyed this special event that features everything from music and dancing to food, laser tag, a bounce house, foosball, video games, lawn games, board games and more. The dance takes place […]

Homeless numbers up in city, county

The number of homeless people living in Yolo County on a single night in January was up 5 percent over a similar night in 2013, with the city of Davis accounting for most of that increase. A total of 498 people were homeless in Yolo County on Jan. 26, according to a point-in-time homeless count, up […]

A wonderful life, at George’s Corner

Traveling east along Second Street, with the railroad tracks and the freeway sliding past on the right, office buildings and vacant land interspersed on the left, one comes to a bend in the road.

To the left looms the Target shopping center, to the right, up ahead, a sandwich shop and a bank.

But first, just at the bend in the road, is something else entirely.

A small riot of color. An odd assortment of found art, painted cinder blocks and rocks. An American flag flapping overhead, flowers in every shade and a couple of trees below, and, if you’ve timed it right, an older man sitting on a plastic chair.

Tutors aim to increase music for all students

It’s Tuesday afternoon and a handful of UC Davis and Davis High School students are in a classroom at Montgomery Elementary School, pulling string instruments out of a cabinet and setting them up on tables throughout the room.

The students have hurried over to this South Davis campus after finishing their own classes and are ready and waiting when a handful of Montgomery students burst in, ready to grab an instrument and start making music.

The younger students are participants in the Bridge Program, which for more than a decade has provided after-school tutoring and homework help to low-income and English-language learners at Montgomery.

BMX stuntmasters thrill students

The StuntMasters brought their “Showtime” BMX assembly to five Davis schools last week, combining messages about safe riding, proper helmet and safety equipment use and basic bicycle maintenance with some exciting stunts. Part of the city’s May is Bike Month activities, the assembly was offered to all 11 local schools by the city of Davis […]

What’s happening

Thursday, May 14 * Celebrate Davis! — a festival sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce that showcases why it’s so great to live, work, play and shop in this community — runs from 4:30 to 9:15 p.m. in Community Park. Local businesses and organizations will host displays and booths; food and drinks will be available for […]

Pedestrians: Stay alert, stay safe

Did you know 73 percent of bicycle-related crashes in Davis last year occurred at intersections? And pedestrians — traveling by foot, wheelchair, stroller or similar means — are most at risk? More reasons why staying alert means staying alive: * Pedestrians who are texting are nearly four times more likely than undistracted pedestrians to display unsafe crossing behaviors. […]

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