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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Author Archive: Paul Phillips

Edison phonograph gets new life at Covell Gardens

This summer, Atria Covell Gardens played host to a tale worthy of PBS’ popular “Antiques Roadshow.” Dick Beach, a resident of the retirement home on Alvarado Avenue in North Davis, succeeded in restoring a 1912 Edison record player. Beach demonstrated the phonograph for his friends and neighbors at Covell Gardens twice in July. The record […]

Completely sustainable local company seeks to sustain the city’s beauty

Pedal Powered Landscaping, a sustainable local business founded by Evan Ware, is embarking on a crusade to beautify the city of Davis. Ware said his company aims to spruce up sites around the community, including high traffic areas, abandoned parking lots, local public gardens and other unmaintained public landscaping eyesores. He noted that his company […]

Yolo County Fair promises fun, fun, fun for everyone

Check it out What: The Yolo County Fair When: Wednesday through Sunday Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland Cost: Admission is free; parking is $5; concerts are free; carnival rides and the demolition derby have an admission fee Information: or call the fair office at (530) 402-2222 Demolition derbies, a karaoke […]

W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y: Aggies spell out victory

W-I-N-N-I-N-G: 11 points.

That sort of mundane word won’t win you a Scrabble tournament, so UC Davis graduate students Daniel Moglen and Phillip Seitzer must have really mined their vocabularies to finish first and second, respectively, in the fourth division of this year’s National Scrabble Competition.

Both Moglen and Seitzer are members of the Unofficial Scrabble Club of Davis.

Moglen, the winner, took home $1,500 in prize money as well as a plaque and some Scrabble art. Seitzer, the runner-up, collected a $700 prize.

The competition took place over five days, July 19-24 in Las Vegas.

Farmer pays it forward with free flowers

If you go What: Mark Mezger’s zinnia farm When: Sunrise to sunset during bloom season, from mid-June through September Where: 12410 County Road 99W, north of Yolo The deal: The flowers are free; clippers, vases and buckets of water are left out for visitors to use. But anyone who cuts flowers for themselves must deliver […]

Local artist paints, cooks and then eats his models

Biblical and historical scenes have been canvas fodder since the dawn of time, but local artist and UC Davis professor Bob Sommer has found a different subject for his paintings: vegetables. Sommer paints a diverse array of veggies from greens to peppers, and will be displaying his work at a reception on Friday, Aug. 9. […]

Learning math is fun to the nth degree

While some kids are whiling away the summer hours playing in Little League tournaments or going to summer camps, others are spending their summers in a completely different way: inside, doing math. Families were invited to participate in various math-related activities at the Yolo County Library on Sunday, including building marble pyramids and cube towers. […]

Local artist makes songbirds and raptors come to life

Details What: 43rd annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s Classic Wildlife Art Festival When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Where: Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way in Sacramento Tickets: $5 general; children under 12 are free Davis resident and retired UC Santa Cruz professor Lynda Goff has found a unique pastime: decorative bird […]

Red, white and blue: Fourth of July fun for whole family

With a plethora of races, contests, food options and, of course, fireworks packed into one day, this year’s Davis Fourth of July celebration promises to be more exciting than ever.

The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. as cyclists take to the downtown streets for the 37th annual Fourth of July Criterium. This daylong event, hosted by the Davis Bike Club, features bicycle races for kids, non-competitive cyclists and pros. This year’s Criterium route is a new L-shaped loop that brings the course next to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets.

SiGNa Chemistry has got the power

SiGNa Chemistry, a company based in New York City, is now producing small, portable hydrogen fuel cartridges in our very own hometown. The fuel cartridges, which are the size of a small tobacco tin, can recharge a cell phone for three days and have a wide variety of applications, city of Davis economic development coordinator […]

Heat record falls in summer scorcher

Davis’ oppressive heat wave will continue through the week, weather forecasters say, piggybacking on the record of 114 degrees set Sunday for June 30.

But 114 is nothing, really. The hottest temperature in Davis’ history is 116, recorded July 17, 1925. Whew!

Broiling temperatures are expected all week, AccuWeather says: 110 today, 105 on Wednesday and 104 on the Fourth of July.

UCD graduates flock in unprecedented numbers to Teach for America

Members of the UC Davis Class of 2013 have shown an unprecedented level of interest in the Teach for America program. Teach for America is a national corps of graduate students and professionals who commit to teach for two years in public schools, and its purpose is to ensure that children in low-income communities can […]

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