We’re lucky in lavender

What’s that purple flower?!? You’d be surprised how often I get that question. In winter, it’s rosemary or lilac vine (Hardenbergia). In spring, California lilac (Ceanothus) blooming in the Arboretum draws admiring visitors and bees. Thanks to the City of Davis, some of our roadsides have low-growing shrubs with vivid purple flowers right now: Spanish […]

Point of Brew: Lessons for Picnic Day from Joseph Schlitz

Many years ago, I was a technical consultant for the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. They were, at the time, among the biggest brewing companies in the world, but they were facing stiff competition in a changing beer climate in which low-calorie beers were making in-roads. Schlitz was late to that game. I was such an […]

Engagement: Elmen-Gruys-Ackerman

Kjerstin Elmen-Gruys of Los Angeles and Michael Ackermann of Palo Alto are engaged to be married Oct. 1, 2011, at Thomas Fogerty Winery and Vineyard in Woodside. The bride-elect is the daughter of Julie Elmen and Ken Gruys of St. Louis, formerly of Davis. She graduated from Princeton University in 2004. She is currently a Ph.D. […]

Talking to kids about money

Top 5 kids: Job-hunting tips for teens 1. Network: Tell your friends and family you’re looking for a job — they may know people who are looking for help. 2. Fill out an application: If you want to work at a restaurant or store, stop by during a quiet time and ask to speak to […]

SADVC unveils spacious new headquarters next week

Can you help? The following is a list of items and services the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center needs for its new administrative headquarters: Washer/dryer Drywall materials and installation Paint, painters Glass window repair Construction services Wall shoe racks Women’s clothing and shoes (especially business attire) Children’s clothing Diapers/baby wipes Linens/bedding Car seats WOODLAND […]

Girl Scouts host Father/Daughter Dance

Tickets are still available for the Davis Girl Scouts annual Father/Daughter Dance. The event, with a “Dance Safari” theme, will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Girl Scouts and girls who might be interested in Scouting are welcome to attend the dance with their […]

Sustainable gardens can tickle all five senses

Learn more What: UC Davis Arboretum plant sale When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30 Where: Arboretum Teaching Nursery, on Garrod Drive across from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Info: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu By Diane Cary What is the difference between looking at a photo of a beautiful garden and being in the garden itself? […]

Epicurean Esprit benefits hungry seniors

“A Taste of Yolo County’s Finest Wine and Cuisine” is the theme of the 22nd annual Epicurean Esprit, which raises funds for the Elderly Nutrition Program in Yolo County. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the country estate of Kim and Trish Timothy, 37687 County Road 18 in […]

Palm Gardens offers senior housing search tips

Freedom of choice, independence and individuality are traits that characterize the American psyche no matter how old a person is. Yet with age, new challenges arise that defy one’s notion of these ingrained traits, including the challenge of where to live. Palm Gardens knows all about the difficulties families face in looking for the right […]

Name droppers: Jaime Green joins Woodland Healthcare

Jaime Green has joined Woodland Healthcare’s internal medicine department as a geriatric nurse practitioner. Green received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Sacramento State University. She received her master’s degree in nursing in the geriatric nurse practitioner program at University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to joining Woodland Healthcare, Green worked as a geriatric nurse […]

Vyvlecka-Shuman wedding

Amy Vyvlecka and Eric Shuman, both of Sacramento, were married on March 26, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Teresa Vyvlecka of Woodland. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University. She is employed as an assistant to the director of campus recreation at […]

Future subscribers: Camden Chase Gordon

Carrie Chase and Curtis Gordon are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Camden Chase Gordon. He was born on April 13, 2011, in Roseville. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 22 3/4 inches long. His mother works in talent acquisition for Vanir Construction Management, Inc., and his father is a bar […]

Future subscribers: Isaac Samson Modrow and Dominic Guy Modrow

Jonathan and Sarah Modrow of Sacramento are pleased to announce the birth of their sons, Isaac Samson Modrow and Dominic Guy Modrow.  They were born on Feb. 25, 2011, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.  Isaac weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and Dominic weighed 6 pounds. Their father is a co-owner of the Golden Bear […]

Recipes in honor of Earth Day

Fast food is decidedly not healthy food — even the semi-healthy entrees on your average fast food menu have more salt and less nutrition than is good. And, while a 49 cent taco may seem like a bargain, the hidden costs in poor health, obesity and environmental damage make it anything but a good deal. […]