Puppy in training: Davis teenager raises second assistance dog

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about Mikaela Zufelt’s experience training an assistance dog. It was published Dec. 30, 2010. The second story was published April 8, 2011. Thirteen-week-old Neffa poses enthusiastically for photos as he sits, then lies down and curiously sniffs the camera. When shown a treat, his nose eagerly […]

Dog in training

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about Mikaela Zufelt’s experience training an assistance dog. The first story was published in December 2010. At six months old, Neffa has doubled in size and learned more than half of the 30 commands he needs to master before leaving the Zufelt household. “He’s very advanced […]

Library activities revolve around poetry

Thursday is national Poem in Your Pocket Day and Davis poet laureate Allegra Silberstein has an afternoon of poetry activities planned at the Davis public library. Activities start at 1 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Participants, from toddlers to seniors, are […]

Birch Lane students love their picture books

Birch Lane students have a message for the publishing world: They love their picture books. So much so, in fact, that students read a grand total of 4,590 picture books during their recent “Love a Picture Book Month.” During the month of February, students received punch cards and kept track of how many picture books they […]

Rec Report: Party like it’s summer 2011

By Anne Marquez Special to the Enterprise The sun has been teasing us and we hope it starts to hang out more often. We are over the rain. Ugh. Bleck. Enough already. We here in the Community Services department, love the rain, but we are really ready to get outside! Thoughts of 90 degrees and […]

Avid gardener shares the wealth

By Valerie Durbin Many Davis residents are contributing “under the radar” and in unique ways simply for the satisfaction of doing something to enhance their community. One is Varda Topkis, whose handiwork — purple bearded iris beginning to bloom on the Senda Nueva greenbelt in North Davis — brightens the day of all who walk along […]

Davis herbalist shares recipes for good health

Meet the author Who: Kami McBride, author of “The Herbal Kitchen,” presenting her book and serving teas and hors d’oeuvres made with her recipes When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis Info: (530) 758-4040 Kami McBride wants people to peek inside their spice cabinets and imagine […]

Name droppers: Ashley Wilson receives Women’s Opportunity Award

Ashley Wilson is the winner of the Women’s Opportunity Award, presented by Soroptimist International of Greater Davis. The award is given annually to a deserving single parent and head of household who is re-entering a college or university. Soroptimists raise money for the award through their annual benefit golf tournament, which this year will take […]

From field to fork: Artichokes, a treat now in season

Because I wrote about artichokes a year ago, you might reasonably wonder if I have a family member who grows them. I am trying to drum up interest. The rest of America can only wish that it had fresh artichokes grown nearby; we have that blessing here in Northern California, yet so many people won’t […]

Kiteboarders welcome spring weather

UC Davis student Alex Koutzoukis takes advantage of perfect kiteboarding weather last week in a rain-filled pond between Interstate 80 and Chiles Road near the Yolo Fruit Stand. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Parrella inducted into Floriculture Hall of Fame

Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis department of entomology, was inducted into the California Floriculture Hall of Fame on Feb. 25 in San 
Diego. The award, sponsored by the Kee Kitayama 
Research Foundation, was presented at the 
Society of American Florists’ Pests and Production Management Conference. Parrella, who holds a joint appointment […]

Students do their part to aid Japan

Whether it was something as small as selling hot chocolate or collecting shoes, or something as big as planning a benefit concert, kids in Davis last week were finding ways to help those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Take the Davis High School Key Club — it’s always willing to contribute to […]

Kids in the news: DHS students excel in science and engineering fair

For the third year in a row, a Davis High School student has taken first place in the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair. DHS junior Clara Fannjiang was awarded the fair’s grand prize for her project, “The Effects of Sample Distribution on Radio Interferometry by Compressed Sensing,” which studied a new approach for transmitting […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day is coming

What’s in your pocket? Some coins or keys or gum or even a wadded-up tissue? How about a poem? No? Well be sure to have one on Thursday, April 14, because that’s national Poem in your Pocket Day, a day to pull out a favorite poem to share with family and friends. All of April, […]