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Night at the museum: Willett students study early man

Willett Elementary School sixth-grader Eli Vilestrom, foreground, points to a drawing of Homo Habilis, during last week’s “Museum of Early Man” exhibit at the school. With him, from left to right, are Charlotte King, Elan Kalman and Kayla Xu. All are students in teacher Marla Cook’s class at Willett. The group examined the environment where […]

Kids Farmers Markets have youngsters eating well

April Vargas loves the Kids Farmers Market that takes place on Friday afternoons when class lets out at Whitehead Elementary School in Woodland. She loves using “funny money” to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, to sample some tasty produce and to try her hand at a game or two. In fact, when her dad had […]

A legacy of gardening continues

Sorting through my mother’s files recently, I came across a remarkable one in her “household” folders. Starting in 1981, my mother recorded all the garden produce they had put up for the freezer. They had been gardening actively at this house since building it in 1953. I think the list began as a way of […]

Consider using pumpkin in treats other than pies and cookies

By Gretchen McKay When it comes to pumpkin, why stop at pies, cookies and tarts? A low-calorie food that adds protein, fiber and mega amounts of vitamin A to your diet, pumpkin lends itself to an endless variety of dishes, like the White Bean, Chicken and Pumpkin Chili. If you want to make pumpkin puree […]

What’s happening for youths

Friday Join Davis High School’s celebration of Homecoming with a parade through downtown Davis. The parade, featuring a marching band, clubs, sports teams, and school district officials, kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at Central Park. The parade travels south on C Street, east on Second Street, north on F Street and west on Fourth Street […]

Girl Scout’s project fueled by her love of books

One of Colleen Perry’s favorite things to see at CommuniCare Health Centers in Davis is families in the waiting room, children sitting on their parents’ laps, reading books together. Perry, director of clinic operations at the center, said the staff keeps a small cart full of children’s books in the waiting room for just that […]

Girl Scout’s creativity makes a difference for people and the planet

When clients of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance arrived for the Yolo County Food Bank’s weekly food distribution in West Sacramento one recent morning, they discovered they were in for a special treat: In addition to the fresh produce they’d be receiving, each client also would get to pick out a set of beautiful cloth […]

Seniors can get smoke alarm batteries changed

Fire officials recommend that everyone replace their smoke alarm batteries twice a year, in October and April when clocks are switched from daylight-saving to standard time and back. Members of the Rotary Club of Davis will provide this service for senior citizens on Saturday, Nov. 9. Seniors may sign up by calling the Senior Center at […]

From the ground up: Let’s talk charcuterie

If you want to talk charcuterie and all things meat and butchering, speak with Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller, owners of Fatted Calf Charcuterie in Napa and San Francisco. We’ve both taken butchering classes from Boetticher, most recently a lamb butchering class in which we, along with 10 other eager would-be butchers, broke down a […]

What’s happening for youths

Saturday * Davis Parent Nursery School hosts its annual Children’s Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon at 426 W. Eighth St. Shop for new and gently used children’s items, including clothing, toys, books, furniture and more. Donations for the bazaar are welcome and can be dropped off at the same location between 4:30 and 7:30 […]

Davis girls take lead in helping girls around the world

It may not have been a full passing of the torch, but Friday’s meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis provided a glimpse of what’s ahead: The next generation assuming responsibility for the sort of community event their parents have long organized here. As their mothers looked on, made suggestions and applauded their forward […]

Davis teen has a heart for Rwanda

The Rwandan village of Mayaga is better place to be a kid because Lyla Godfryd is in the world. Two decades ago, the village became home to many widows and a large group of children orphaned by the genocide of 1994 that killed as many as 1 million men, women and children in the African nation. […]

Bruce and Mary Alice Carswell celebrate 50 years

Bruce and Mary Alice Carswell of Davis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 14, 2013. The couple enjoyed a celebration planned by two of their daughters at The Buckhorn in Winters. Attending were their family and friends visiting from the Bay Area and Nevada. The Carswells were married in Sacramento in 1963 and moved around […]

Field to fork: From bracero to granddad of the market

A great many people walk on by, but there are those who stop. It’s a small stall, as vendor space goes at the Davis Farmers Market. It’s fundamental, easily passed, as it doesn’t sport the eye-catching retail design displayed by some of the other vendors. Small baskets, boxes, piles. Whatever’s fresh that week is on […]

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