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Garden Doctor: Japanese maples are worth the extra work

Question: I see Japanese maples growing around town. Some seem fine and others seem to be suffering. What’s the secret? Is the Davis water’s boron at fault again? Answer: The Garden Doctor has a keen fondness for Japanese maples. These small shrubs or trees rarely get taller than 25 to 30 feet; many are much smaller, […]

Name Droppers: ‘The Little Mermaid’ comes alive

The Schwerin family of Old Willowbank took home both the best adult and best youth costume awards, dressed as The Little Mermaid’s family and friends. Krissy Schwerin dressed as Ursula, Jay Schwerin as King Triton, August Schwerin as Flounder, Ruby Schwerin as Ariel and Valerie Rios as Chef Louie. The prizes were given out during […]

What’s happening for youths

Today * Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to try a free yoga class from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at FIT House, 630 Pena Dr., Suite 500. The introductory class, Yoga for Young People, will continue every Tuesday at the same time for a fee. Students will learn breath control as a tool to […]

Cal Grant facts

What is a Cal Grant? Cal Grants are entitlements funded by the state of California. The awards do not have to be paid back. How to apply for a Cal Grant: * Complete and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a federal form that must […]

Local students urged to apply for Cal Grants

Teresa Ramirez moved to the United States from Mexico when she was 8 years old. She recalls asking her father at the time, “Why are we doing this? Why are we leaving our country?” His answer: “Because I want you to have an education.” The family settled in east Oakland, and were, in Ramirez’s words, […]

Think pink! Raising awareness with a Tree of Hope

Throughout November, a bright and sparkly pink Christmas tree will sit in a front window of Outdoor Davis, the downtown store on the corner of Second and F streets. Covered in glittery lights and colorful jewels, the tree will serve as another piece of public art for the Davis community to enjoy, while also raising […]

Low-water plants continued: great natives for Davis gardens

* Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of articles on plants that can grow and look good with low water. The focus here is on low to medium shrubs for very limited irrigation, especially natives. Low-water taller shrubs were discussed in the November 2011 article. By Don Shor Note that some California […]

Future subscriber: Mitchell Isaac Thaxton

Sarah Standiford and Keith Thaxton of Woodland are pleased to announce the birth of their child, Mitchell Isaac Thaxton, born on March 8, 2012, at Sutter Davis Hospital. Mitchell weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. Mitchell’s father is a staff information systems analyst for the state Department of Water Resources. Mitchell’s mother is a […]

Future subscriber: Alexander Drake Mussen

Noelle and Tim Mussen of Sacramento are pleased to announce the birth of their child, Alexander Drake Mussen, born on Aug. 31, 2012. Mitchell was born at the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Alexander’s father is an environmental and fish specialist. Mitchell’s mother is an accountant. Alexander was born on […]

What’s happening for youths

Thursday * Davis Little League registration opens on Thursday for the spring season. Little League is open to boys and girls ageS 4-14 (based on player’s age as of April 30, 2013). DLL has levels from Tee-ball to Juniors and serves nearly 1000 Davis players each season. Register at http://davislittleleague.org/index.php: Costs are $100 for Tee-ball; […]

Street Smarts poster contest under way

It’s that time of year again — the city of Davis Street Smarts program invites children in grades K-6 to design a traffic safety poster for the annual Street Smarts Traffic Safety Poster Contest. New this year: Winning artwork will be featured on special-edition Street Smarts bookmarks that will be available at downtown Davis stores, […]

Helping the ‘kneady’: Learn. Bake. Share.

Learn how to make bread. Go home and bake some. Then share it with your family and community. That’s the motto and purpose of the life skills program that Vermont-based King Arthur Flour has been bringing into elementary schools for the past 20 years. Last week, it was instructor Pam Jensen who brought the program […]

College corner: Time for the college application season rally cry

Everywhere I go these days, I see acute signs of “application-itis.” You may have noticed the symptoms in many high school seniors and their families … that fatigued, overwhelmed look of heightened stress that students — and parents — suffer while in the midst of the college application process. There’s a common panic in their […]

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