‘Spy Mom’ author presents her new book

Beth McMullen of Davis, author of “Spy Mom,” will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss the book. Meet Sally Sin: wife, mother, retired spy … or so she thinks. After nine years with the U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction — where she […]

Authors sign Farmers Market cookbook Saturday

Looking for a gift for Dad or a UC Davis grad? “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” makes a great gift for dads who love to cook and shop the market, and for UCD graduates for whom the market is a special memory of their college years. Co-authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans will be on […]

Get Jiggy at the Dock Store

Join Riggity Jig at the Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 Second St. in Davis, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22. Members of the local Celtic group are, from left, David Riggs, fiddle; Jim Coats, mandolin; Josh Ray, guitar; Kyle Wallin, djembe; and Lee Riggs, penny whistle. They’ll play classic and contemporary Celtic tunes: jigs, […]

Davis Music Festival approaching fast

The second annual Davis Music Festival is only days away. The daylong extravaganza, which takes place across seven venues in downtown Davis and features 46 bands, runs from 1:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 23. The event, organized by the nonprofit organization Music Only Makes Sense, will raise funds to benefit local elementary, middle […]

Texas-flavored roots rock will shake up The Palms

Award-winning musician and songwriter James McMurtry will bring Texas-flavored roots rock to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Sunday. McMurtry will be accompanied by his longtime band, The Heartless Bastards. Over the past two decades, the Austin, Texas-based songwriter and musician has built a reputation for blistering live shows and albums featuring astute and compelling […]

Big hair abounds in DMTC’s ‘Hairspray’

Details What: “Hairspray” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, June 22-July 15 Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org, (530) 756-3682 “Hairspray,” the uplifting Broadway comedy hit about civil rights in the 1960s, […]

Wineaux: The new kids on the block

I like to think I’m in the wine loop — at least in the Davis wine loop (how hard can it be?) — but, embarrassingly, I get half my local wine news from The Davis Enterprise (one more reason to subscribe to your community newspaper!). Most recently, I read about the opening of Sundstrom Hill […]

Origami lovers will meet at library

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. First-timers and advanced folders are welcome.  The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email andrew.hudson13@gmail.com or call (530) 753-6093.

Summer reading: a pathway to adventure

Picture this: your kids using the summer months to enrich their minds by reading award-winning novels instead of passing the hours by throwing dirt at each other.

Kids may be reluctant to read when it’s required, but when presented with the array of novels at the public library and the opportunity to make their own selections, they just may find something that engages their interest.

Most studies indicate that students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t. Not reading over the summer has the potential to stunt your child’s intellectual growth, despite how studious they are during the school year.

Jewelry-making classes offered at Davis Art Center

Artist/educators Diana Taylor and Jill Bowlus are teaching new weeklong jewelry classes this summer at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The classes are designed for students ages 8-18. In Wire-Wrapped Jewelry, students will create pieces of jewelry — a ring, pendant or other one-of-a-kind item — using various wrapping tools and techniques incorporating shape […]

Musicians return home in benefit for Opera House

Check it out Who: The Nickel Slots, in a performance to benefit the Woodland Opera House When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $15 general, $8 for 17 and under; www.woodlandoperahouse.org Sammie Award-winning Americana band The Nickel Slots will perform a rare theater show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at […]

‘Triple Espresso’ offers a big shot of humor

That’s the ticket What: “Triple Espresso” When: Through July 22, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Where: Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$43 general; $10-$21.50 students; tickets.com, (916) 557-1999 There are some for whom “Triple Espresso,” the new “highly caffeinated comedy”at […]

Yolo County Fair entry forms due Friday

Those planning to enter one of the many Yolo County Fair exhibitions and contests must submit entry forms to the fair office by Friday. Residents of Yolo, Solano, Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties are invited to enter their homemade products in the Yolo County Fair in the following categories for adults: baked foods, clothing, canned foods, […]

Go ahead, get Sidetracked

Sidetracked — front row, from left, Pat Roth, autoharp and vocals; Anne Barre, bass and vocals; and Mary Miles, percussion and vocals; and back row, from left, John Palmer, fiddle, mandolin, Irish whistles, guitar and accordion; Greg Roth, guitar, harmonica and vocals; Mark Helmar, guitar; and Drew Allen, guitar, harmonica and vocals — will perform […]