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Tanya Perez

Big Day of Giving makes philanthropy easy

Only in its second year, the Big Day of Giving is already a household name.

The 24-hour marathon of charity giving — which happens on Tuesday from midnight to 11:59 p.m. — has become a celebration of sorts, and donors are encouraged to join the fun for a cause.

Shirlee Tully, chief marketing and development officer for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which has partnered with the Yolo Community Foundation, said this year’s goal is to raise $5 million for 500 nonprofit agencies from 25,000 donors …

Picture this: Photographer pedals to assignments

The Enterprise’s photo editor and esteemed photographer Wayne Tilcock is one of many in Davis who commute to work by bicycle. Many of us at the paper admire his dedication, as he rolls in and out of the office multiple times each day between assignments, all of his camera gear on his back. Indeed, a […]

Chatting with local bike legend David Takemoto-Weerts

David Takemoto-Weerts had a “bike epiphany” while he was a student studying anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. Takemoto-Weerts, the bicycle program coordinator at UC Davis, didn’t have a car at UCSC in the late 1960s, so he used a bike to get around. The hilly campus was a challenge, but as he got more in […]

Make your own ‘beer-view mirror’

Want a fun conversation piece? Build yourself a rear-view mirror with some cheap and free parts, including a colorful bottle cap (hence, the “beer-view” moniker). David Takemoto-Weerts advised starting with the basic instructions found many places online — http://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-view-mirror has some easy-to-follow steps — and customizing as you choose. For example, Takemoto-Weerts said the original […]

New school of thought: UCD considers population and global health

SACRAMENTO — Should UC Davis open a School of Population and Global Health? And what exactly is that? Questions such as these have been asked for many years at UCD — as far back as the late 1980s, according to Kenneth Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the UCD Health System. […]

April 21, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Invaluable public servant’ retires after 20 years

From preschool teacher to trusted congressional aide is not a common career course. But it was Elly Fairclough’s. As the district director for Congressman John Garamendi, Fairclough describes her job as being similar to that of a reference librarian. There’s a lot of problem-solving, she said, and “we know how to go about getting the […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Running on empty isn’t for everyone

* Editor’s note: This column originally published in December 2011 I often wonder which of my traits are the fault of my parents’ DNA, versus which are due to their parenting mistakes. Obviously, one way or another, it’s them, not me. Having a sibling to measure against is often how I determine whether one of my […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’ll be a perfect day for a picnic — and lots more

Saturday promises to be a picture-perfect day — sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-80s — as UC Davis rolls out the welcome mat for 60,000 of its closest friends. Big crowds are expected to flock to campus for the 101st Picnic Day. UC Davis’ annual free open house will showcase more than 200 family-friendly activities […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Volunteer Davis: A perfect way to use ‘free time’

Brian Ford had some downtime after four busy years on the UC Davis soccer team. So he did what any college kid would do: create a website dedicated to volunteerism. Wait, what? “Soccer is a fall sport,” Ford said. So when his senior season ended and he had two quarters remaining at UCD with no […]

April 16, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Battle of the Bands is Picnic Day at its best

My husband and I joke that our kids have grown up with marching band music as a soundtrack to their childhood. The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh has been a lively part of so many of their favorite Davis events; from the Birch Lane Carnival, to leading the Davis Little League parade and Holiday Children’s Parade, […]

April 16, 2015 | Posted in Picnic Day | Tagged ,

Picnic Day 101: Sunny skies will bring the fun, crowds

With sunny skies and a zero percent chance of rain, the 101st Picnic Day is sure to be a popular destination on Saturday.

UC Davis’ annual free open house — which has seen crowds swell to more than 100,000 — will showcase more than 200 family-friendly activities and events around campus. In a college town like Davis, Picnic Day is a special way of bringing together students, alumni and residents to celebrate the Heart of the Community — this year’s theme.

In Thursday’s Enterprise, our helpful schedule and preview of events will help you plan an …

A happy-hour crawl starts at the pub

I’ve always liked happy hour, probably stemming back to my college days in Los Angeles when my legal-aged friends and I would travel to Marina Del Rey to get the best happy-hour deal in the area. We could each spend under $5 to get a margarita, a couple of beers and a sprawling buffet of […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

UC student health docs starting 6-day strike

Doctors from the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services — along with physicians from the nine other University of California student health centers — are planning to take part in a six-day unfair labor practices strike beginning today. A news release from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists stated that “Despite ample opportunity to […]

April 09, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Checking in with Congressman Garamendi

Nuclear arms concerns, education and jobs for his district, and water challenges facing California farmers were among the topics Congressman John Garamendi discussed at a sit-down with The Enterprise on Wednesday. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is now in a busy fourth term in Congress, representing Davis and the 3rd Congressional District, with its variety of interests and […]

April 09, 2015 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged

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