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Celebration of Abraham: Coming together to further justice and peace

Learn more What: 12th annual Celebration of Abraham, a free interfaith event When: 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 Where: St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center, 1275 B St., Davis The flurry of activity underway last Friday at the UC Davis Craft Center was directly and purposefully connected to the upcoming 12th annual Celebration of Abraham […]

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

12th annual Celebration of Abraham to focus on justice

Justice, a concept central to all Abrahamic faiths, will be the topic of the 12th annual Celebration of Abraham. The free interfaith event will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at St. James Catholic Church’s Community Center, 1275 B St. “Terms like ‘righteous,’ ‘equitable’ and ‘impartial’ are often used to describe […]

January 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bethlehem marketplace recreated as framework for Crèche & Music Festival

It is hard to top the life-size nativity scene created for the Community Crèche & Music Festival last year, but an army of volunteers from Davis, Woodland, Dixon and Winters is coming together again this year to craft a life-size “Streets of Bethlehem” marketplace for the festival, in its 13th year. The festival, which kicks […]

December 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A place for kids to play, and for parents to get away

If you go What: Roo’s Café, a children’s play place with food for adults, too When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Where: 2939 Spafford St. Admission: Free for infants up to 12 months, $3 for ages 13-24 months, $7 for ages 2-5; discounts are offered with purchase Info: www.rooscafe.com Virtually every Davis parent with little kids […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Take a vacation from the ordinary

It’s summer again, a time when wistful hearts ponder the possibilities, yearning for a vacation from the ordinary. With two young boys clamoring for adventure, my husband and I surveyed our options. Where should we go? What destination could grab our excitement without draining our time, energy and wallet? Then we remembered last year and […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

More for families at expanded Hyatt Place

On the edge of downtown, along the south side of UC Davis campus, is one of our favorite family staycation destinations, the Hyatt Place. With an expansion that was completed on April 1, there is even more that appeals to families in pursuit of some local regeneration and play time. Included in the 52 new guest rooms […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Saving the planet, one dust bunny at a time

Until the birth of their first son, the concept of being careful about what kinds of cleaning products were used in their home didn’t have much meaning to Joey and Kirsten LaFrancois. “The idea for Krunchy Konvert Green Cleaners was conceived on the same day that our first son, Marc, entered the world in 2009,” […]

April 27, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Community invited to discussion of loving kindness at Celebration of Abraham

The journey of unity in purpose among people of all religious beliefs continues with the 11th annual Celebration of Abraham, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Community Center at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. For Michael Hirsch, a founding member of the Celebration of Abraham organizing committee, […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New life-size nativity highlights 12th annual Community Crèche & Music Festival

Yes, a camel, a donkey and three sheep completely fill her game room, but local artist Terry Johnston wouldn’t have it any other way. And Valerie Dennis has had the privilege of hosting Mary, Joseph and even the three wise men in her home. “One of the wise men has been standing in a corner […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A Davis landmark turns 40

Join the fun What: Davis Community Church Nursery School open house for the Early Explorer Program, designed for ages 15 to 24 months When: Noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 Where: DCCNS, corner of Fourth and C streets Watching her children climb on the play structure under the broad shade tree at Davis Community Church Nursery […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Getting away from it all — in Davis

“Now this is the life,” I thought as I settled into a lounge chair under a swaying palm tree and closed my eyes for a little snooze, the sound of joyful laughter coming from my husband Ian and our two sons, David, 5, and Ben, 3½, as they played in the pool nearby. We were […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mormons will spruce up Dixon on statewide day of service

Can you help? What: Mormons Helping Hands work projects in Dixon When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27; free barbecue for volunteers at noon Where: Meet at Hall Memorial Park, 299 E. Chestnut St. in Dixon, for sign-in and instructions. Bring: Work gloves and bottle of water, and tools if available (loppers, pruners, shovels, rakes, hammers, […]

April 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Annual event helps build a true interfaith community

Bringing together the religious descendents of Abraham is a great way to build respect, friendship and understanding, local religious leaders say, as they finalize plans for the 10th annual Celebration of Abraham on Sunday. “I loved the concept behind the Celebration of Abraham the moment I first learned about the initiative after arriving in Davis,” says […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Riding the rails in search of Christmas spirit

“He went that way!” my 4-year-old son David yelled gleefully, flinging his arm with pointed finger in the direction of the door through which the 5½-foot-tall teddy bear had just disappeared into the neighboring train car.

Seconds before, Morgan, the pig-tailed, pajama-clad heart of the “Morgan & the Magical Christmas Train” story under way on the Sacramento RiverTrain had run into our train car, exclaiming that she couldn’t find her teddy bear anywhere and had, as a result, lost her Christmas spirit.

My exuberant son and the several dozen other excited kids — with various grinning parents and grandparents in tow — who occupied the five-car train were determined to help Morgan in her quest to recover both her teddy bear and her Christmas spirit during our 90-minute ride on a 16-mile length …

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