Ask the Expert: Dixon Landscape Materials

Great Landscaping Starts Here… Landscape is divided up into hardscape and softscape. These areas are defined in terms of drainage. Hardscape is patios, sidewalks, buildings, thick fences, swimming pools, small buildings — places with no exposed earth for drainage. Softscape is those areas like lawn and garden where there is exposed ground to afford drainage. Hardscape […]

Ask the Expert: Stabler’s A-1 Appliance

STABLER’S A-1 APPLIANCE… Your Local Appliance Dealer & Service Provider When you have a problem with your appliances, Stabler’s A-1 Appliance in Woodland, CA has a professional and experienced staff to help you. This multi-generational family business has been in the area since the 1960’s. They pride themselves on the Customer Service they provide. Stabler’s […]

Ask the Expert: Gregerson’s Gallery of Fireplaces

The Ultimate Backyard Grill or Pellet Perfection ■  If you have ever tried a “Wood Fired” steak, rack of ribs, burger, or pizza you will understand why high-end “Wood Fired BBQ Restaurants, Steakhouses, and Pizza Places are cropping up across the country. Wood is king because it is the only fuel that adds real competition quality […]

Don Shor: Back to basics: feeding plants

All plants need four things: light, air, water and nutrients. Some need protection from pests or weather. Learning about gardening is simply discovering how individual plants differ in regard to these things. Notice I didn’t say “soil.” You can grow plants without soil, as is done in hydroponics. The nutrients are in the water solution […]

Asparagus: Bonanza year goes local

This has been an asparagus season like no other. Asparagus from south of the border was in the supermarkets at unheard-of prices this winter. A dollar a pound, $2 a pound — there was a huge supply, depressing prices. Even Nugget had asparagus at 99 cents per pound, presumably as a loss leader. And the […]

Night at the WWI Museum

Every year, for a night, Da Vinci Charter Academy transforms itself into the battlefields of Europe, where World War I rages and students become participants. It is the biggest project of the year for Da Vinci sophomores, who spend six weeks studying the war and creating exhibits that bring the war to life. This year’s World […]

O’Malley-Schipper engagement

Colleen E. O’Malley and Tyler Schipper of Eugene, Ore., are engaged to be married. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lynn Narlesky and Michael O’Malley, both of Davis. She is a law student at University of Oregon School of Law and will graduate in the spring with a J.D. The groom-to-be is the son of […]

12 for $40: Planning and prep save the day

My first real job was in a very small restaurant, where I was officially the dishwasher, but also the only kitchen staff other than the cook. She very kindly taught me to do food prep (which almost certainly made more work for her than it saved) and how to work to restaurant-kitchen standards. That early […]

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Davis Parent University continues its lecture series with an appearance by best-selling author John O’Sullivan, who will talk about youth sports and raising high-achieving athletes in a positive atmosphere. The lecture is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St. Davis Parent University lectures are free and […]

Citrus Circuits rules at robotics competition

Citrus Circuits is on a roll. The team of Davis junior high and high school students dominated the competition at the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics competition over the weekend, winning the final match 226-87 before a hometown crowd at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion. This is the third time in four years that Citrus Circuits […]

College corner: California community college CliffsNotes

For many students, heading to college after high school has become a rite of passage. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that about 20 million students enrolled in American colleges and universities this past fall. Yet the path to a four-year school is not the right fit for every student. Financial concerns, family requirements […]

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Kids between the ages of 1 and 12 are invited to Friday Night Live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the city of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center. For a $5 fee, children can work on gymnastics skills, jump on the trampoline and more. Gymnastics and dance staff will be available for coaching questions, supervision […]