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, […]

Future subscriber: Bella Elizabeth Stout

David and Katrina Stout of Davis are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Bella Elizabeth Stout. Born on Jan. 17, 2011, at Sutter Davis Hospital, she weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches at birth. Her father is a self-employed builder and her mother is a clerk at Nugget Markets. […]

Engagement: Christensen-Jacboson

Janel Christensen of Bellevue, Wash., and Luke Jacobson of Renton, Wash., are engaged to be married Oct. 2, 2011, at Bonney Lake in Washington. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jean and Jerry Christensen of Gig Harbor, Wash. She grew up in Davis, graduated from Davis High School and moved to Washington state six years […]

Dancers bring love of culture to powwow

Before you could see Henrietta McGurk on Saturday, you could hear the tinkling metal of the jingle dress in her garment bag. McGurk joined about 150 dancers at the 39th annual UC Davis Contest Powwow at The Pavilion. Some, like McGurk, dance for a living. Others, like Alorha Baga, who lives and teaches dance on […]

One cancer survivor’s success story

When Pam Mari received a call in June that something suspicious had turned up on her recent mammogram, she was more irritated than anything else. “I’d been called back in before and it was always nothing,” said Mari, director of student services for the Davis school district. “I felt quite inconvenienced actually, and was in […]

Our Sunday Best: Raychel Kubby Adler is a FORCE to be reckoned with

Wednesday was a significant day in Raychel Kubby Adler’s life. It marked not just a birthday — No. 39 — but also the second anniversary of the week she underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, a surgery that cut her likelihood of developing breast cancer from 87 percent to 2 percent. To celebrate that exceptional improvement in […]