Potluck ideas that will make you the hit of the party

Summer means entertaining, and entertaining often means potlucks. I love them — I’ve had some really delicious and inspiring food at potlucks. You do run the risk, however, of attending the sad, hungry potluck: three kinds of chips, two liters of off-brand soda and an assortment of packaged dips. When I mentioned that I was writing […]

Name Droppers: UC Davis honored for work-life balance

The Alliance for Work-Life Progress has presented a seal of distinction to UC Davis, for the second year in a row, honoring the university for its fostering of work-life balance. The seal came with additional honors: top ratings in the categories of health and wellness, and medium-sized companies. Work-life programs on the Davis campus are […]

Visitors’ Guide: Farm tours

Yolo County is agriculture land, and there are many ways to get out and experience it. As Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor explained, “Yolo County plays a unique role in our region. When we talk about a ‘farm to fork’ effort in the Sacramento region, more often than not, the farm is in Yolo County. […]

Visitors’ Guide: UC Davis

The largest University of California campus, UC Davis is known for standout academics, and is widely recognized for its specialties in agriculture, viticulture and enology, the biological sciences and veterinary medicine. UC Davis ranks high across the board, according to many outside measures that assess university reputation. The university offers 100 undergraduate majors and 90 […]

Visitors’ Guide: UCD Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is a living museum with more than 4,000 kinds of trees, plants and shrubs. Established in 1936, the Arboretum stretches along the old north channel of Putah Creek, covering about 100 acres. Students and teachers use the plant collections for research and study. Visitors come to attend classes, gather ideas for […]

Visitors’ Guide: Davis parks

With more than 400 acres of parks and greenbelts throughout the community, Davis has plenty of places to go out and play. Thirty-two neighborhood and community parks, 12 large, reservable picnic areas and many smaller ones, 33 tennis courts, and other amenities such as horseshoe pits, disc golf, basketball courts and four pool complexes provide […]

Visitors’ Guide: California Raptor Center

The California Raptor Center is a unique facility that combines education, research and conservation. Students and volunteers learn under the direction of the School of Veterinary Medicine to provide medical care for an average of 200 raptors from throughout Northern California each year. About 60 percent of the patients are released back into the wild; […]

Visitors’ Guide: The Bohart Museum

f you’re into bugs, the Bohart Museum of Entomology on the UC Davis campus has plenty of them. Butterflies? Check. Dragonflies? Check. Native bees? Check. In fact, the Bohart houses more than 7 million insect specimens, plus a live “petting zoo” that includes Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, a millipede and six different kinds of […]

Visitors’ Guide: Bat talks

At the beginning of every June, 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats — one of this species’ largest colonies in California — migrate to the 3-mile-long Yolo Causeway for some quality hunting. All of them sleep during the day in the bridge’s expansion joints, crevices that are about 12 inches deep, directly beneath causeway traffic. The spectacle […]

Visitors’ Guide: Camping/regional parks

Yolo County’s public parks, which total 2,300 acres, spread out over the county’s 1,021 square miles. Some span hundreds of acres, offer dozens of campsites and boast oak trees older than the United States of America. “It’s everything from Elkhorn Regional Park along the Sacramento River to parks on Cache Creek, parks on Putah Creek, […]

Visitors’ Guide: Lake Berryessa

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa’s water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports. Anglers enjoy fishing for both cold- and warm-water species, such as rainbow trout, bass and catfish. One […]

Visitors’ Guide: Golf courses

Public golf courses in Yolo County include: — Wildhorse Golf Club, is a challenging course for golfers of all caliber, and includes a driving range and putting green. * Location: 2323 Rockwell Drive, Davis * More information: 530-753-4900; www.wildhorsegolfclub.com — Davis Municipal Golf Course is a full-service facility. Besides the 18-hole course, it has a […]

Visitors’ Guide: Double-decker buses

In 1968, Unitrans, UC Davis’ bus system, purchased vintage double-decker buses from London and brought them to Davis to start a bus system. Over time, Unitrans added 10 more of the vintage buses, although only a few run now. To catch a ride on one of the iconic buses during the academic year, take the […]