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Get ready for the holidays with these easy ideas

Home & Garden Television George Washington wasn’t just the first president elected; he also started Thanksgiving by calling for a “national day of thanksgiving” in 1789. And it was President Abraham Lincoln who officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Thanksgiving-specific tips: * Instead of one large centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, which has to be […]

From field to fork: Persimmon two ways for Thanksgiving

With the spate of warm weather ending, the fall roster of fruit and vegetables is gaining appeal. Black kale, brussels sprouts, an autumn mix of radicchio and arugula for salad — these ended up in our kitchen last weekend. We already had a bag of crisp, sweet, Fuji apples from Ikeda’s, which has its own […]

What’s happening for youths

Nov. 19-21 * Come “tumble with turkeys” at a special city of Davis mini-camp. Children ages 5 to 12 will learn gymnastics skills and enjoy games and crafts. The camp, which takes place at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd., runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and participants should bring a bag lunch. The […]

Foundation seeks socially conscious Jewish teens

Do you know a socially conscious teen who is helping repair the world? Ten such teens could be awarded $36,000 each this year by Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller. The Helen Diller Family Foundation has expanded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, issuing a national call for nominations to identify Jewish teens whose volunteer service […]

Fun, food and fleece: Adding community service to a community feast

Da Vinci Charter Academy has long had a tradition of a “Community Feast,” where students gathered for fun, food and community-building. Their counterparts at Da Vinci Junior High are continuing the tradition, but adding a new component as well: community service. Last week, 260 Da Vinci Junior High students biked or were bused over to […]

Wednesday is deadline for Street Smarts poster contest

Children in grades K-6 are invited to submit artwork for the 2012 Davis Street Smarts Traffic Safety Poster Contest. All submitted artwork will be displayed Dec. 7-15 at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., and prizes will be awarded for the best art. Artwork must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday to […]

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 […]

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