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Making a difference, one step at a time

There’s not much anyone can do about their genetic inheritance — the genes you get are the ones you’ve got. But if those genes carry with them a heightened risk of cancer, well, you can do something about that. Raychel Kubby Adler is proof positive. Born with the BRAC2 gene which greatly increases the odds […]

Earth Day conservation tips for home and while traveling

Earth Day is a good time to start your spring cleaning. Make sure you’re properly maintaining home appliances and keeping them clean, which keeps them running at peak efficiency. This saves electricity, which conserves resources and reduces global warming. * Remove lint and dust from your refrigerator coil and freezer. Clean up lint around your […]

For Earth Day, the enduring message of a nature writer

By Vick Mickunas Earth Day is Monday. Mother Earth has endured a lot over the millennia. The adverse impact that our civilization is having upon the planet in the form of accelerating climate change is becoming more clear with each passing year. Ancient glaciers are receding. The ice caps diminish. Ocean levels are rising along […]

Here’s how to prevent vitamin loss when cooking vegetables

Food Network Kitchens Q: How can I prevent vitamin loss when cooking vegetables? A: There’s no doubt vegetables have lots of good nutrition to offer, but how you purchase, store and prepare them can dramatically affect their value. Here’s what you need to know when cooking your favorite veggies. The less time it takes for […]

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 […]

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