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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 […]

Future subscriber: Mitchell Isaac Thaxton

Sarah Standiford and Keith Thaxton of Woodland are pleased to announce the birth of their child, Mitchell Isaac Thaxton, born on March 8, 2012, at Sutter Davis Hospital. Mitchell weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. Mitchell’s father is a staff information systems analyst for the state Department of Water Resources. Mitchell’s mother is a […]

Future subscriber: Alexander Drake Mussen

Noelle and Tim Mussen of Sacramento are pleased to announce the birth of their child, Alexander Drake Mussen, born on Aug. 31, 2012. Mitchell was born at the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Alexander’s father is an environmental and fish specialist. Mitchell’s mother is an accountant. Alexander was born on […]

What’s happening for youths

Thursday * Davis Little League registration opens on Thursday for the spring season. Little League is open to boys and girls ageS 4-14 (based on player’s age as of April 30, 2013). DLL has levels from Tee-ball to Juniors and serves nearly 1000 Davis players each season. Register at http://davislittleleague.org/index.php: Costs are $100 for Tee-ball; […]

Street Smarts poster contest under way

It’s that time of year again — the city of Davis Street Smarts program invites children in grades K-6 to design a traffic safety poster for the annual Street Smarts Traffic Safety Poster Contest. New this year: Winning artwork will be featured on special-edition Street Smarts bookmarks that will be available at downtown Davis stores, […]

Helping the ‘kneady’: Learn. Bake. Share.

Learn how to make bread. Go home and bake some. Then share it with your family and community. That’s the motto and purpose of the life skills program that Vermont-based King Arthur Flour has been bringing into elementary schools for the past 20 years. Last week, it was instructor Pam Jensen who brought the program […]

College corner: Time for the college application season rally cry

Everywhere I go these days, I see acute signs of “application-itis.” You may have noticed the symptoms in many high school seniors and their families … that fatigued, overwhelmed look of heightened stress that students — and parents — suffer while in the midst of the college application process. There’s a common panic in their […]

Holiday Home Tour benefits UCD scholarships

Tickets are on sale for the University Farm Circle Holiday Home Tour, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The tour will feature seven Davis homes, decked out for the holidays with the holiday decorations, collections and traditions of the homeowners, as well as arrangements by designers and florists from Davis and Dixon […]

Gulf to fork: a fish’s journey

More and more, Californians want to know about the origins of their food these days. For example, we have an initiative, Proposition 37, whose passage would require that products with genetically modified organisms be so labeled in the marketplace. Also, our farmers markets succeed in part because people can meet the growers face to face. […]

What’s happening for youths

Thursday * Pioneer’s PTA announces its new fall fundraiser, the “Dog Dash” jog-a-thon. Olympians Scott Weltz and Cathy Carr West will help Pioneer Elementary with morning stretches from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. at Pioneer, 5215 Hamel St., Davis. Olympian Kim Conley will cheer on the kids from 1 to 2 p.m. as they run/walk their […]

Good news, bad news on Yolo County’s children

Children in Yolo County are more likely to be breastfed as newborns, enrolled in preschool as 3- and 4-year-olds and receive regular health care than children in other counties throughout the state, according to a new report. But they are also less likely to see a dentist, to participate in free and reduced-price breakfast programs […]

State grant will aid county’s farm-to-school program

While Yolo Food Connection focuses part of its efforts on increasing participation in free and reduced-price school meal programs, efforts at improving the quality of those meals got a boost last week. The California Department of Food and Agriculture awarded the Yolo County Department of Agriculture $399,930 over a three-year period to develop the countywide farm-to-school […]

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