Poetry Series showcases two women

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes poets Briony Gylgayton and Patricia Killelea at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. A recent graduate of UC Davis, Gylgayton has won multiple awards for her writing, including placing second for the University of California systemwide 2010 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, […]

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Lavender and jazz

The Deering Quartet — Steve O’Neill on bass; Linda Deering on flutes and tenor and soprano saxophone; Carla Campbell on percussion; and Ken Kemmerling on piano — will perform jazz, Latin, Celtic and world music from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cache Creek Lavender Festival. The free event — which features crafts demonstrations, […]

‘Queen of the Sun’ pollinates awareness of bee crisis

The documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” will open Friday, June 17, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., as part of its nationwide theatrical release. Portland-based Taggart Siegel’s documentary is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from […]

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Point of Brew: Americans get 410 mpg; wow!

When odd sets of data come my way, I make something of a fetish of juggling the numbers. This mostly boils down to dividing one number into another, which is an ample stretch for my mathematical competence. Simple division, however, can be a useful check on whether the data are nonsense or plausible. I suppose […]

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E-books available now at independent bookstores

The Avid Reader welcomes visitors to a free open house at 4 p.m. Sunday to learn about the basics of e-readers and Google eBooks.There will be demonstrations of various e-readers, and visitors can learn how to purchase their first Google eBook from The Avid Reader website. Light refreshments will be served, and three lucky people […]

‘Rats’ take over Willett

David Chiu is joined by fellow rats Dauphiene Parks, left, Sammie Griffiths and Laura Hiller in the sixth-grade musical production, “Rats,” staged last week at Willett Elementary School. It’s been a decade since Willett sixth-graders last presented an end-of-the-school-year musical play, teacher Leslie Whiteford said.

Author teaches us about ‘Living Wild’

Alicia Goldberg Funk will present her new book, “Living Wild,” at noon Sunday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Readers will enjoy tasting wild desserts and drinks that are easy to prepare from plants growing locally in their own back yards. They’ll find out which native plants are the easiest to […]

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Tahoe’s far-reaching impact assessed in new book

Author Scott Lankford will present his new book, “Tahoe Beneath the Surface,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Lake Tahoe transformed America, not just once but many times over — from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, Lankford says. Along the […]

Stroll the oak grove at concert Sunday

“Around the World in 80 Oaks,” a free outdoor concert celebrating and honoring the origins of the majestic trees in the Shields Oak Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum, is planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The venue is the Arboretum Gazebo on Garrod Drive. Under the direction of Bob Wren, the Sacramento City College World […]

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Folk music jam set Friday in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday on the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

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‘Mary Poppins’ is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Check it out What: “Mary Poppins,” presented by the national touring company When: Through June 19, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $24 to $94, (916) 557-1999, http://californiamusicaltheatre.com SACRAMENTO — It was no ill wind that blew in […]

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Festival celebrates the tomato, in all its summer glory

Farm Fresh to You and Capay Organic invite the public to Capay Tomato, the farm’s fourth annual festival celebrating organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes, from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The farm is at 23800 Highway 16 in Capay. The festival features activities for all ages, including tomato tastings, farm tours and live […]

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Donations welcomed for Pence Gallery sale

The Pence Gallery will accept donations of decorative/fine art objects and collectibles July 2-7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its annual Trash to Treasures sidewalk sale. Donations could include lamps, vintage linen, jewelry, artwork, frames, silverware, glassware, tea sets, dolls, vases, etc. Each donor will receive a tax receipt and the heartfelt thanks […]

Pickin’ at the picnic

The Plainfield Pickers — from left, Jim Jelks, drums and vocals; Harold Crawford, banjo and vocals; Scott Stone, guitar and lead vocals; and Jim Hilliard, bass and vocals — bring their own special blend of Western swing and bluegrass music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth […]