Jam with folk musicians in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

She helped heal others’ pain, and now it’s her turn

Thirty years after a fire devastated her family, Joan Callaway has written a book about her experiences, the story of one woman’s climb out of the abyss after sudden loss, a story of survival, coping and healing of the whole family.

She would go on to help found Bereavement Outreach, Citizens Who Care, and All Things Right & Relevant. Joan was handed lemons and continued to make lemonade. Her book shows how she did it

The book, “It’s an Ill Wind, Indeed, … that blows no good” is available at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis; as an eBook through Amazon.com; or by contacting Joan directly at callaway@cal.net.

Birthday party planned for South Davis library branch

All are invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Yolo County Library’s satellite branch at Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St. in South Davis, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The library has been open two days a week for the past year, thanks to the support of the Davis Joint […]

Learn contra dancing in Davis

Want to learn contra dancing? A free beginner’s lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. The dance follows at 8 p.m., to music by the Angell Brothers with caller Erik Hoffman. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. For more information, visit www.sactocds.org.

Lara Downes celebrates new album release at Crocker Art Museum

Pianist Lara Downes, a favorite with Mondavi Center audiences for the past decade, has released a new album titled “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg.” The album begins with J.S. Bach’s opening aria from the “Goldberg Variations,” followed by new variations by highly regarded contemporary composers, including Jennifer Higdon, who won the 2010 Pulitzer […]

Comcast upgrades basic TV channels to digital, customers can get free box as part of transition

Cable provider Comcast is preparing to transform the Davis cable system’s “Limited Basic” television channels — very roughly Channels 2 to 34 — from an old-style analog format to a new digital format, starting Oct. 18. Some Comcast customers — specifically those who have Limited Basic cable service in their homes, and have the cable coming straight […]

Zipoli’s works featured in Capitol Chamber Players’ concert

The Capitol Chamber Players will open their season with a baroque concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Congregation B’nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. The concert, titled “Happy Birthday Zipoli,” will feature rarely heard music of Domenico Zipoli, an Italian baroque composer whose birthday falls on Oct. 17. Susan Erickson, a Davis […]

Wineaux: Bobbing for bottles, berries and brambles

I have four Bobs in my Davis wine life. Sometimes I toss out their names in this column, so I thought I should introduce them — and their wines — a bit more officially and systematically. Four Bobs can be confusing, even to me. Bob Simas arrived on my scene a little over a year […]

Holy Land documentaries continue

“Tragedy in the Holy Land — Other Ways to Peace with Justice?” is the theme of a series of documentaries to be shown in Davis during October. Each show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $10.50 general, $8 for senior citizens and students. The remaining […]

City seeks vendors for bridal fair

The city of Davis Community Services Department is seeking vendors for its 2012 Bridal Show. The cost of renting a vendor booth is $60 for a 6-by-6-foot booth, or $120 for a 6-by-12-foot booth. Vendors are required to bring their own decorations, signs and any additional equipment they will need for their booth. The Bridal […]

Shimmering silk, chattering skeletons on exhibit at the Pence

This October, the Pence Gallery reopens after our very successful Art Auction with three new exhibits for the fall. Join us for our Second Friday ArtAbout reception on Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., when the exhibiting artists will be in attendance, to see the new offerings and enjoy some refreshments. The gallery is […]

Exhibit showcases artwork inspired by Yolo farms

The agriculture-inspired art of more than 50 Yolo County artists will be on display this month at Gallery 625 in the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. The artwork in this annual exhibition was created during and after farm visits coordinated by YoloArts as a part of its Art & Ag Program. A […]

Help create a tiled bench in Arboretum Oak Grove

The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded and co-directed by Diane Ullman and Donna Billick, will sponsor a seven-week community outreach project that will result in a 50-foot tiled concrete bench at the entrance to the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove in the UCD Arboretum. Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College […]

San Francisco Symphony visits Mondavi with Russian program

Check it out What: San Francisco Symphony’s all-Russian concert; a pre-performance talk featuring conductor James Conlon will begin at 7 p.m. When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $50-$89 general, $25-$44.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 The San Francisco Symphony — which has been in continuous celebration mode […]