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From field to fork: Winery appointments — is it for you?

Anyone with enthusiasm for wine eventually ends up at wine tastings, and over time that will include a trip to Napa Valley. Or a dozen. Diane and I first went to Napa in the days when tastings were free and it wasn’t so commercialized. My mother, my mother-in-law, my wife’s sister and brother and their […]

Foster parent licensing classes coming up

Local residents who are interested in becoming Yolo County licensed foster parents are invited to attend a free introductory class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the West Sacramento Child Welfare Office, 500A Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100. The workshop — held in Community Room A — is the first in a series […]

A permanent family is an important gift

Learn more What: Introduction to foster adoption process When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Where: Child Welfare Office, 500A Jefferson Blvd., in West Sacramento. Info: 530-574-1964 or www.yolofoster.com By Cherie Schroeder National Adoption Month is an opportunity to bring the topic of adoption to the forefront and a chance to learn more about the kids […]

What’s happening for youths

Saturday * College-bound teens can take an SAT/ACT combo practice test from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. A follow-up class will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Participants can register for this two-part program to experience a practice test under test-like conditions, then come back for […]

New intro to ag class for junior high students

Ongoing efforts to enhance garden-based learning in Davis get a boost this winter with a new city class offering for junior high school students: an after-school “introduction to agriculture” class. The class will meet Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. Weekly lessons will be tied to […]

Street Smarts artists honored

Aspiring artists showed off their Street Smarts in the sixth annual city of Davis Street Smarts Poster Contest. Elementary school students were asked to create original artwork illustrating the importance of proper helmet use, safe bicycle riding, crossing the street safely and safe driving. The winning artists were acknowledged in a ceremony hosted by Mayor […]

BMX-ellent! Harper seventh-grader is reigning bike champ

Sumiko Yuki began coveting her little brother’s BMX racing trophies when she was about 6 years old. “He was competing locally,” Sumiko explained, “and I just really wanted one of his trophies. I said, ‘Can I have just one?’ ” Three-year-old Ryan’s response: “Earn your own.” So Sumiko started racing, too. That was about six […]

Fruit trees: quick answers to common questions

Fruit tree season is right around the corner! Dormant trees arrive in garden centers and hardware stores in January. We tend to get certain questions over and over each season. Usually, gardeners want to know: How easy is it to grow? What do I have to do? Do I need two types? When will they produce? […]

UCD professor elected to Brazilian Academy of Sciences

Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, a professor of entomology at UC Davis, has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Leal, a native of Brazil, will be honored at a ceremony on May 7 in Rio de Janeiro. Leal has been active in forging a relationship between UCD and the Brazil government’s Scientific Mobility Program, […]

Some like it hot — especially in the winter

Back in September, I promised to write about Hot Dish when it got cold, which has finally happened. It’s perfect timing, actually, since it’s the perfect dinner solution in these last busy weeks of the year. While every Hot Dish is a casserole — mixed foods baked in a vessel — not every casserole is […]

What’s happening for youths

Friday Today is the deadline for the city of Davis Golden Heart Award nominations. The awards, created to honor Davis student Andrew Mockus, who died in 1992, recognize local teens for outstanding service to their community or for overcoming significant personal challenges. To nominate a teen, download a nomination form at http://www.davisteenscene.org. Nomination forms are due […]

Eagle Scout project provides shady play area for preschoolers

Children at University Covenant Nursery School have a special new play area thanks to Davis High School senior Jack Meyer. Meyer, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Saturday for building a tree box at the school, providing seating, a play area and, eventually, shade for the children. The school is housed at the church, […]

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