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There are so many reasons to join 4-H

Youths between the ages of 5 and 19 are encouraged to check out 4-H, a program aimed at improving leadership, citizenship and life skills, not to mention providing old-fashioned fun. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the country and well-represented locally with some 450 Yolo County families participating. “This year we have so […]

Science in action: Willett students study underwater volcano thanks to Skype

They were lined up 14 deep on Wednesday. Students in Leslie Whiteford’s sixth-grade class at Willett Elementary School were preparing to take their turns introducing themselves and asking a question using a microphone at the computer. “What do you do for exercise?” “How is the food?” “What are the biggest threats to Jason on the […]

Getting started with native plants

Fall is an especially good time to plant native and low-water plants. Managing the watering is easier as the days get cooler. Root rot is less likely. The native plant club has its annual sale in late September. The Arboretum has a big sale in early October. Garden centers often have promotions or special sections […]

Preserve tomatoes by making tomato paste

By Aimee Blume As September rolls on and your tomato plants go into their final fury of production, if you can or preserve, you might consider making tomato paste from some of that bounty. Although canned diced tomatoes or tomato sauces are certainly delicious and just what you need for some recipes, there are benefits […]

What’s happening for youths

Sept. 1-30 * Submissions are being accepted all month for a Citywide Photo Contest sponsored by the Davis Community Services Department. Participants will be split into three age groups: 6-11, 12-17 and over 18. Categories include portraits, environment, black and white, and more. For rules and details on how to submit photos, visit www.cityofdavis.org, or […]

Safety first! Bike program an ongoing focus as school gets underway

Davis kids are doing their part to remind both children and adults that following the rules of the road and remembering basic safety tips will keep everyone safe on the roads as the school year kicks off. Colorful Street Smarts posters providing information and safety tips now adorn some 30 bus shelters around town and […]

Back-to-school bike safety tips

Wear a helmet It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. * Find the right helmet fit: Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Your child’s helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product […]

Apply now for FBI Teen Academy

Are you curious about what being an FBI agent and working cases is really like? If you are a high school junior, you’re in luck. On Nov. 22, a group of high school juniors selected from schools in the 34 California counties served by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Sacramento field office will have the […]

Future subscribers: Paige Sienna Edmonds

Paige Sienna Edmonds was born in Chicago on June 17, 2013. The daughter of Brendan and Erinn Edmonds, she weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Paige’s father grew up in Davis and is a partner at Atlantic Pacific Capital, while her mother works as a school psychologist. Paige joins her older brother Charlie.

From the Ground Up: La Superior SuperMercados in Woodland is the real deal

Bright piñatas hang over mounds of watermelons, pineapples, limes and mangos in open bins as we walk through the front doors of La Superior SuperMercados in Woodland. The 12-year-old Sacramento-based chain of Mexican grocery stores, with seven locations in the Sacramento area, is owned by Uriel Barajas. It caters to Spanish-speaking people for the most […]

What’s happening for youths

Sept. 1-30 * Submissions are being accepted all month for a Citywide Photo Contest sponsored by the Davis Community Services Department. Participants will be split into three age groups: 6-11, 12-17 and over 18. Categories include portraits, environment, black and white, and more. For rules and details on how to submit photos, visit www.cityofdavis.org, or […]

City offers smart cycling program for elementary students

Get your bells and your bike baskets ready, because the city of Davis is beginning a new program for third- through sixth-graders called Smart Cycling. The program includes instruction of smart and safe bicycling techniques and etiquette. Participants will utilize their new knowledge to explore Davis utilizing the city’s extensive bike trails and residential streets. This […]

College corner: Why college is worth it

After a summer break, I wanted to start the college corner column with a broad topic: Is college worth it? Parents and students are facing more pressure than ever when it comes to college, which has led many to ask this question. Rising tuition and large student debt loads — an average of $24,803 for […]

Field to Fork: Comparing apples to apples … to mustard

Earlier this month, Diane and I dropped in on the Dane County farmers market in Madison, Wis., shopping for both vegetables and trout. It was our night to cook for the relatives, and of course I wondered how their farmers market stacked up. Well, it’s bigger. Much, much bigger, filling four long blocks that form […]

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