Yard duty favorite bids farewell to North Davis students

Tony Rodriguez clearly had an unfair advantage when he joined five UC Davis cycling teammates for an informal time trial at North Davis Elementary School recently. First there was the unrelenting chorus of voices chanting, “Go Tony, Go Tony,” in unison as Rodriguez raced his teammates around the black top. Then there were the North Davis students […]

Celebrate wine at Rominger West’s Tailwind party

Rominger West Winery will host a party to celebrate its new Tailwind wine from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the winery, 4602 Second St. in Davis. Local residents are invited to enjoy tastings of the Tailwind wines; hear upbeat jazz and funk music by the Urban Sherpas, a local band; munch on […]

Woodland market moves to Cancer Center

The Woodland Farmers’ Market will move to the Woodland Healthcare Cancer and Neurosciences Center lawn from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, starting next week and continuing through Sept. 27. The move is made possible by a donation from the John and Eunice Davidson Fund. Co-trustee Carole Pirruccello wanted to support the Woodland Healthcare Foundation by […]

Get home composting basics Saturday

The Master Gardeners will hold a free home composting seminar from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Dixon Montessori Charter School, 355 North Almond St. The Master Gardeners will present how home gardeners can take steps to improve their garden soil by creating compost at home.  The seminar will have a hands-on […]

Name droppers: Zuhair A. Munir of UCD honored for impact on ceramics

The American Ceramic Society has selected UC Davis College of Engineering professor emeritus Zuhair A. Munir as recipient of the 2011 ACerS W. David Kingery Award. The annual award recognizes a candidate’s career achievements in multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. The American Ceramic Society Board of Directors unanimously selected […]

In which the wine columnist makes an embarrassing confession …

I joined a wine club. The offer came through my Amtrak credit card; American Cellars Wine Club promises wonderful values — ”wines that have been chosen by our experts after extensive evaluation and tasting.” I checked out the website to find out which wines would be in my first shipment. I’d never heard of any […]

Affordable housing helps family and autistic child

By Dell Richards When Stella Hayes got laid off and her grandson, Josh Yeargain, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it was almost the last straw financially. “I was stressed to the max,” Hayes said. Although her daughter, Kimberly Yeargain, and grandson were living with her, in order to get Josh the help he needed, […]

Name droppers: UCD’s Paul Ashwood receives Trailblazer Award

Paul Ashwood, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has received a Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award for $770,000 for research into the biological mechanisms that 
underlie gastrointestinal disorders in autism. He will lead the research and collaborate with 
colleagues at the California Institute of Technology and […]

12 for $40: ‘Budget’ does not equal ‘cheap’

It’s tough to shop on a budget, particularly for food. People often confuse “budget” with “cheap” and so end up eating less than delightful meals. If you want to eat well while staying within a budget, remember that it’s more about making good choices, and good use of what you buy, than buying the least […]

Kids in the News: Fannjiang wins science competition, scholarship

Davis High junior Clara L. Fannjiang took home a first-place award from the 49th annual National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego last month. The award, presented by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, includes a $13,500 scholarship. Fannjiang also was named as a representative to the London International Youth Science Forum, […]

Volunteer as a senior peer counselor

Adults 55 years or older interested in volunteering as a Yolo County senior peer counselor are invited to attend an informational session at 10 a.m. Monday, May 23, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. By visiting with a senior in his or her home or other location, senior peer counselors provide empathetic support […]

Ask gardeners your plant questions Saturday

Master Gardeners Gwen Oliver and Cid Barcellos will be available to answer gardening questions at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road. They will field common questions for new gardeners, such as “When should I plant?” and “How much should I water?”

History comes to life at Holmes

History moved out of the classroom and into the fresh air and sunshine at Holmes Junior High School last week, giving students an opportunity to experience in an interactive way what normally comes to them in textbooks. On Tuesday, all Holmes seventh-graders spent the day immersed in the Renaissance, traveling from station to station around […]