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 […]

Spanish-language guided tour of Arboretum set

The Arboretum Ambassadors, environmental leadership interns at the UC Davis Arboretum, will present “Buscando los raíces,” a free Spanish-language guided tour of California native plants, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road. Participants will learn about California ecology and traditional uses of native plants. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Free […]

Cabaldon named to higher education commission

Christopher Cabaldon, 45, of West Sacramento, has been appointed to serve on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Cabaldon, who serves as mayor of West Sacramento, has been a principal at Capitol Impact, LLC since 2009. Cabaldon was the president and chief executive officer of EdVoice from 2003 to 2008. He served as a […]

Celebrate spring and Yolo Land Trust

“Birds, Berries and Bouquets,” a celebration of the conservation work of the Yolo Land Trust, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hedgerow Farms, 21740 County Road 88, north of County Road 27 between Winters and Madison. Participants will enjoy “Strawberry Tres Leches Shortcake” prepared by Tucos Wine Market & Café […]

Co-op tasting features Belgian and sour beers

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a beer tasting featuring “Belgians and Sours” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20. The cost is $1 per taste or $5 to taste the slate of beers, and profits benefit Acme Theatre Company, a nonprofit community theater group for young artists of […]

Name droppers: Leslie Kendall will lead Woodland Polytechnic

Leslie Kendall, a veteran educator, will serve as Woodland Polytechnic Academy’s principal. The tuition-free independent charter high school will focus on providing students multiple educational pathways, including skills needed to move to higher education and the world of work. The school is scheduled to open this fall. Most recently, Kendall has served as the owner […]

Point of Brew: Lancias, Lagonas, Lamborghinis and lagers

I want an Aston Martin. Convertible. Though I have the same penchant for exotic motor cars that afflicts most men — and occasionally waste my money on shiny auto magazines where I read avidly about cars that are so far out of my price range as to make me giddy — this new-found desire specifically […]

Spend a night on a farm Friday

The Center for Land-Based Learning will host an evening of food and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 5189 Putah Creek Road in Winters. Chefs Nick and Eric of Serpentine will make a pizza dinner with produce from Free Spirit Farm, as well as dessert. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, and guests are encouraged to […]

End-of-season plant sale set Saturday at UCD

The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum end-of-season clearance plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive, across from the School of Veterinary Medicine. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants, most of which have been grown in Davis and […]

Name droppers: NSF awards UCD’s Tina Jeoh

Tina Jeoh, a UC Davis assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, was given an early career development award by the National Science Foundation. The prestigious CAREER award is worth $407,573 over five years and will support Jeoh’s studies of how microbial enzymes break down plant cell walls to release sugars for conversion to biofuels and other products. Jeoh hopes […]

From field to fork: Big birthday? Family tries vegan

Our family gathered in our eldest son’s house in Los Angeles this past week to celebrate a significant birthday of the paterfamilias. (That would be me.) Where to eat? The question was especially vivid because our son and his fiancée have no dining table in the short-sale house they acquired recently. Its restoration, in progress, […]