Davis Loopalooza is back, and better than ever

It’s back: Davis Bicycles! Loopalooza takes place on Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and organizers say this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. Like last year’s inaugural event, this year’s Loopalooza is a fun bike ride for children and their families along the 12-mile Davis bike loop. Not […]

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Upcoming bike activities

Loopalooza isn’t the only upcoming bike-related event for kids. Bike rodeos are also on the calendar for the next few weeks, including one on Wednesday at Pioneer Elementary School, 5215 Hamel St., from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Rodeos will feature safety checks of both bicycles and helmets, as well as a skills course and other […]

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Baby birds, complex machines, lasers vie for Picnic Day visitors’ attention

It’s not the Doxie Derby, the Battle of the Bands or the Chemistry Magic Show, yet, but the members of Theta Tau like to imagine the Rube Goldberg Machine Competition will someday be a top draw at Picnic Day. They’re engineers, after all. They build things. “We just want people to know that engineering is […]

Bar near campus chill on Picnic Day

The epicenter of Picnic Day debauchery is humming along at lunch just like any other Saturday. The Davis Graduate boasted about 75 mostly young people between noon and 12:30 p.m. Their behavior was mild and low-key 1 1/2 hours after the bar and restaurant opened at 10:30 a.m. It was a stark contrast to years […]

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Our Sunday best: Enjoy the Pence Gallery Garden Tour

Need a reason to bask in the glorious spring weather? Looking for gardening tips and inspiration? Or how about an early Mother’s Day gift idea? Well then, mark your calendar for the Pence Gallery’s 20th Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 1, and you might even earn some good karma. Proceeds from the Garden Tour support the […]

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Fun for kids of all ages at Jelly Belly factory

It is hard for Jenny Gruenemay to say what it is that draws her again and again to the Jelly Belly factory tours — watching the colorful candy making process through the eyes of her children or the magical place it sparks inside her that returns her to the joy of childhood. “It’s fun for […]

Name droppers: Martha West receives high honors from alma mater

Martha West, an alumna of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has been inducted into the law school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor the school can bestow upon an alumnus. West is a distinguished legal scholar and professor and tireless advocate for women in many walks of life. Her interest in […]

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Name droppers: Todd Sasano receives Excellence in Education award

Woodland Community College’s Disabled Students Programs and Services department and its program director, Todd Sasano, were recognized on Monday, March 7, at the Excellence in Education Awards. The event, sponsored by the Yolo County School Board Association honored programs and educators throughout Yolo County for excellence in the field of education. Since his recent hire […]

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From the ground up: A quick spring trip to France

On a recent trip to France and an intense week of research on the French school lunch, we were once again reminded of how special France, French food, and the French sensibility for beauty and practicality are, from macaroons to free bicycles. Eggs seemed to be in the air this spring. From macaroons to fabulous […]

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What’s happening for youths

Thursday It’s national Poem in your Pocket Day, and poetry activities get underway at the Davis branch library at 1 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. in the Blanchard Room, 315 E 14th St. Elementary-age students are invited to recite a poem (either one they’ve written or an old favorite) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., […]

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Drunken drivers pay the price

It was boredom, essentially, that led to John’s tour through the criminal justice system. The UC Davis graduate student was new in town and decided to check out the Sacramento nightlife one night last July. “I went to a bar and drank a fair share, but I didn’t feel overly inebriated,” said John, 22, who […]

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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 […]

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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 […]