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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Da Vinci puts new focus on internships

At Davis High School, internships are part and parcel of many Regional Occupational Programs. From students in Robbie Thayer’s auto tech class interning in Davis auto shops to those in Ann Moriarty’s ROP biotechnology class working in university and private industry laboratories, on-the-job experience is a regular part of ROP programs. But over at Da Vinci High School, the […]

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Local auto shops open their doors to high school interns

On a recent sunny Friday afternoon, Hanlees Chevrolet technician Dan Terry was talking Davis High auto tech student Derrick Coronado through the installation of a bed liner on a pickup truck. It’s a job that likely would have gone quite a bit quicker had Terry just installed it himself, but then Coronado, a senior at […]

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UCD graduate, partner win $150,000 investment on ‘Shark Tank’

Jason Lucash got a shark bite. The UC Davis graduate and his business partner, Mike Szymczak, walked off the “Shark Tank” reality show with a $150,000 investment in OrigAudio, their portable audio device company. “We’re pretty excited,” Lucash, 27, said in a phone interview Saturday. He said the company’s website,, crashed several times due […]

Village Feast tickets go on sale next month

August is still several months away, but organizers of the seventh annual Village Feast can’t contain their excitement as they firm up plans for the popular event. Tickets will go on sale June 15 for Davis’ favorite feast, at which friends and neighbors and spend the afternoon sipping Yolo County wines and enjoying a Provencal-inspired […]

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Wet winter, spring affect bearded irises

Learn more What: Free garden workshops offered by Yolo County Master Gardeners When: Saturday, June 4; 9:30 a.m., “Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden”; 11 a.m., “Lavender Distillation” Where: Central Park Gardens, Third and B streets, downtown Davis By Diana Morris, Merle Clarke, Gail Oliver and Willa Pettygrove Q: I have a couple bearded irises […]

Village Harvest: Two years and 66,000 pounds of fruit later

It’s a little like the legend of Robin Hood: taking from the rich to give to the poor. Only instead of gold and jewels, it’s fresh-picked oranges, grapefruit, apricots and peaches, plucked ripe from trees in Davis back yards and donated to families in need. Oh, and there’s no stealing involved — those with more […]

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61 years later, buried ‘treasure’ is unearthed

Sixty-one years ago, Robert Vyvlecka and his brother, Frank, buried a time capsule in the front yard of their home at 1500 Olive Drive in Jourdanton, Texas. They drilled a 6-inch hole 15 feet deep in the ground, then lowered a small Mason jar via a phone wire to the bottom. A white metal pot was […]

Looking toward our future downtown

By Carol Bourne Four couples, including myself and my husband, Dick, are planning to build a four-unit senior project in downtown Davis at the corner of Fourth and D streets. Our decision to do this stems from the lack of adequate senior-friendly homes here in Davis. When we discovered Davis 33 years ago we were […]

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