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Twelve for $40: Super-easy and fast meals

Spring is in the air, the whole town is jumpin’ and everyone seems to have three different places to be every night. With all that, who has time to cook? We do, if we play our cards right. Here’s a week of super-easy dinner menus, all of them on the table in 30 minutes or […]

What’s happening for youths

Ongoing Recovery Happens Counseling Services is offering a professionally facilitated parent support group in Davis. The group, for parents of teens and young adults with substance abuse issues, meets on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at 204 F St., Suite E. Space is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $35 per person and […]

Walk and bike audits underway at Davis schools

The Safe Routes to School walk and bike audits are underway in the city of Davis, with many more audits to come. The city and school district invite community participation in the audits, which involve meeting at the designated school site and branching out on bikes or on foot to determine the safest routes children […]

Kids in the News: Six in the running for Presidential Scholars

Six Davis High School students have been named Presidential Scholar candidates. Benjamin Baek, Andrew Block, Kenneth Chow, Sanchita Raychaudhuri, Don-Wook Shin and Daniel Zhu are among approximately 2,600 students selected from a pool of more than 3 million nationwide based on their SAT and ACT scores. Once selected as Presidential Scholar candidates, the students undergo […]

Eagle Scout gives kids a place to sit a spell

Elementary school students enjoying the huge outdoor classroom of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area headquarters will find their visits just a little bit more comfy thanks to a Woodland Eagle Scout. Ryan Stevens, 16, spent a good chunk of the past year planning and building 16 redwood benches in an outdoor area where students previously […]

Name droppers: Grant to UCD prof targets costly crop losses

Entomologist Diane Ullman of UC Davis, along with a team of eight other investigators from six institutions, has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop and implement a national scientific and educational network to limit thrips-caused crop losses. Thrips […]

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Students in grades 7-9 are invited to a junior high dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased in advance at the Community Services Department, 600 A St., Suite C. For more information, call 530-757-5626. Saturday * Children can […]

Rec Report: Make memories at a Davis summer camp

By Celeste Torres Ah, summer. Time to enjoy Popsicles, sunny days, picnics, pool time and summer camp, of course. Every year around this time I think about my summer memories and how thankful I am to my parents for signing me up. Summer camp led me to my career today in recreation and program coordinating. I […]

Davis sisters shine in national science competition

Two young Davis students with a passion for the environment are among 24 teams nationwide advancing to the finals of the world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition. Tess Boutin, a third-grader at Davis School for Independent Study, and her sister Lyla, a kindergartner at Peregrine School, invented the “Flying Photocatalytic Pollution Frog,” which could […]

(Nearly) weedless gardening is possible

By Lee Reich For a time many years back, I would become nervous every time I went out to my garden to weed. The weeds were so few that I feared something was wrong with the soil. True, I had taken deliberate steps to create this condition, but initially it was hard to believe that […]

Decals can transform a wall cheaply, easily

By Melissa Kossler Dutton During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up. So she went online and found a wall decal — roosting love birds on a branch. “I love them. It adds some individuality,” said Wright, who also has used decals in other parts […]

‘Dig a little, learn a lot’

As spring temperatures go up, it’s an excellent time for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to focus their attention down to the soil below them. A spring check-up of your soil’s health gives clues of your ground’s ability to feed plants, hold water, capture carbon and more. No fancy equipment required. Just grab a spade or […]

Tips on hiring and working with a home decorator

By Melissa Rayworth Home-decorating television shows and shelter magazines have many Americans dreaming about inviting an expert interior designer into their homes. It looks so effortless when a popular designer arrives in a whirlwind of creative ideas and quick-working craftsmen. By the end of an hour of cable TV, he or she has transformed a […]

Go low-cost but bold with rental home landscaping

By Maureen Gilmer So long as there’s a backyard outside your rental house, the door is open to creating affordable outdoor living spaces. Many rental homes lack backyard landscaping or it’s dull and doesn’t reflect any personal style. To create a wonderful space in just one or two weekends, consider tips from the Small Budget […]

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