College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

Many of you probably have read about the growing number of international students attaining degrees from U.S. colleges. What you may not be aware of is that there is a similar, albeit smaller, trend flowing in the opposite direction. Increasingly when I work with students to develop their college lists, we have some international schools […]

District learns from bomb threat incident

When a caller threatened North Davis Elementary School with a bomb on Thursday, Jan. 15, school and district response was immediate. “We had students evacuated within 20 minutes of the call coming in,” said Laura Juanitas, director of student support services, told the school board a week after the event. “The safety officer and the school […]

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

Chances are you’ve seen them walking the neighborhood or, if you’re lucky, they’ve come knocking on your door: Girl Scouts. Selling cookies. It’s that time of year again — a time for Thin Mints and Carmel Delites, Shortbread and Lemonades. Nine varieties in all are for sale this year — including one-gluten free and four vegan choices. […]

Feenstra-Fisher wedding

The Housing Works bookstore in New York City was the venue for the wedding of Heather Feenstra, formerly of Davis, and James Fisher, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Dec. 6, 2014. Heather, daughter of Robert and Gail Feenstra, is a 2003 graduate of Davis High School and a 2007 graduate of UCLA. She received a […]

Name droppers: Arboretum director wins leadership award

Kathleen Socolofsky, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, has received the Excelerate Foundation’s inaugural leadership award. The San Francisco-based foundation recognized Socolofsky’s efforts in co-creating — with her team, UCD students and the community — an innovative and transformative model for university and public gardens worldwide. The foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations […]

Lemon tree, very pretty: Our most local fruit?

What is truly the most local fruit or vegetable grown in our area, one that takes advantage of Northern California’s unique climate? Answer: the Meyer lemon. These citrus trees are so easy to grow here and so useful, they should be in far more yards. We have a 12-foot Meyer lemon tree that puts forth […]

Name Droppers: Lea Rosenberg leads Odd Fellows

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has elected officers for 2015. Lea Rosenberg, an active member of the lodge since 2004, was elected noble grand. In addition to her new duties, she co-chairs Breakfast with Santa, A Taste of Davis and Breakfast with the Bunny — all popular community events sponsored by the Odd Fellows. She is a member […]

January 27, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Trouble ahead for fruit trees?

As I admired my February Gold daffodils blooming in January, about three weeks ahead of schedule, I ruminated on the impact of the warm, wet December and the sunny, dry January we’ve had so far. In an average January we have 18.5 cloudy days. This January we’ve had three. Not that most gardeners are complaining […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Family Hui comes to Yolo County

A program long used in Hawaii to strengthen families — and, by extension, communities — is coming to Yolo County next month. Family Hui will operate as a pilot project in Knights Landing, Woodland and Winters thanks to a community grant provided by First 5 Yolo last year, while Davis will be home to a […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

What’s happening

Jan. 23-24 Davis Idol 2015 is coming, giving local students a chance to show off their singing talents and compete to be named Davis’ best high school singer. Preliminary rounds featuring 24 contestants will take place Friday and Saturday with the red-carpet finale on Saturday, Jan. 31. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Eagle Scout project makes everyone happy

Davis High School senior Brycen Wershing is a hard worker. He’s been on the Davis High robotics team for four years, and a Boy Scout for Davis’ Troop 66 even longer. His Scoutmaster, Craig Kibbe, described Wershing as “very determined and very motivated.” “In school he is a very, very high achiever,” Kibbe said. Wershing is a […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: UCD researcher wins NIH award

Kin Sing Stephen “Sing” Lee, a postdoctoral researcher and assistant project scientist in the Bruce Hammock lab in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, won a coveted National Institutes of Health K99 Award, often called the “NIH Pathway to Independence Award” or the “Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award.” Since his arrival at UC Davis, Lee has […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Cut out the sugar in the morning

Breakfast is a lovely meal. Pancakes, French toast, donuts, cereals of all kinds, muffins, mimosas, mochas — who doesn’t love breakfast treats? The problem is, of course, that they are very very sweet, and we are meant to be eating less sugar. That’s the inclusive “we” – all of us are supposed to limit our added […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Robotics team poised for another successful season

It’s time for the return of the most successful team at Davis High School. Not swimming, not tennis, not track and field — robotics. The DHS robotics team, known as Team 1678: Citrus Circuits, is in the middle of the build season, which is exactly what it sounds like — preparation and construction of the […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,