From field to fork: pondering produce prices

Two numbers caught my attention this past weekend. Nugget was selling California asparagus for $1.77 per pound. And at the Davis Farmers Market, a grower from Sanger, near Fresno, did indeed have fresh tomatoes (good-looking ones, too) for sale, as they’d promised me the week before. Their cost was $3.75 per pound. If you buy […]

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What do May showers bring?

Last May I wrote a column that began, “What’s up with this weather? …. Below-average temperatures every month … by as much as 10-15 degrees. If we complete May without breaking 90 degrees, it will be the first time since 1971. Pleasant as that may be for gardeners, the weekly rain and cool temperatures have played havoc […]

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Future subscribers: Milana Grace Monheit

Adam and Kristi Monheit of Austin, Texas, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Milana Grace Monheit. She was born on May 21, 2011, in Austin. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Her father works as a Realtor with Del Webb. Her mother is a homemaker. Her grandparents are Diane and Andy Monheit […]

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Future subscribers: Layla Aria Wolk

Jamima and Dan Wolk of Davis are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Aria Wolk. She was born on April 30, 2o11, at Sutter Davis Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Her mother, a former professional triathlete, is a small business owner in town. Her father serves on the Davis City […]

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Holmes invites community to arts festival

Holmes Junior High School invites the community to its annual “Festival of the Arts” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The event features musical performances by the Holmes choirs and bands, and all of the school’s elective classes will sell handmade crafts, art and food. The home economics department will barbecue hot dogs and corn; […]

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What’s happening for youths

Thursday, May 26 Holmes Junior High School invites the community to its annual “Festival of the Arts,” from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features musical performances by the Holmes choirs and bands and all of the school’s elective classes will be selling handmade crafts, art and food. The festival takes place outside in the […]

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Kids in the News: Brian Li of Holmes wins first in ‘Fight the Bite’

Brian Li of Davis is the first place winner in the ninth through 12th grade category of the 2011 Fight the Bite Design a Calendar Page contest. Li is a student at Holmes Junior High School. In an effort to have children learn about mosquito prevention, the contest encouraged kids to use art and creatively […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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