4-H offers something for everyone

Are you interested in archery? Arts and crafts? Cooking? Photography? Robotics? Animals? Come to a 4-H information night on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis to learn about these and many more things you can do in 4-H, a nonprofit organization open to all children, ages 5 to 19. […]

College Corner: Life in the fast lane — accelerate your college experience

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is accustomed to getting things fast. Instant messaging. Instant streaming. Instagram. So it is not surprising that some people are interested in getting a degree (or two) fast. Hence the proliferation of accelerated programs. What are accelerated programs? Basically, an accelerated program or degree is a program that enables a […]

Field to Fork: In Sweden, it’s ‘pass the potatoes’

Not long ago Diane and I traveled to Sweden for a wedding, where of course I had to query the locals and snoop around food markets to see how they embrace locally sourced food. “What do you look forward to in late spring and summer, coming from the land onto your tables?” I posed that […]

Name Droppers: Awards keep coming for UC Davis retiree

Sharon Coulson retired two years ago after nearly 30 years as the director of the Associated Students Coffee House at UC Davis, but she is still a big deal in the National Association of College and University Food Services, which recently gave her another award. In 1999 she received an award for outstanding service on the national level, and in 2013 […]

What’s happening, Sept. 18

Saturday Bring a picnic blanket and join fellow Davis families for “The Lego Movie,” a free family movie beginning at dusk under the trees in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Cotton candy will be available for sale. Movies are shown on a large inflatable screen thanks to the Davis Sunset Rotary Club. Friday, Sept. […]

Students get into the act with Shakespeare

Helen Spangler had a question for her seventh-grade English students at Emerson Junior High School. “How many of you have seen a Shakespeare play?” More than a dozen hands went up. “Now, how many of you understood what was going on?” Slowly, two hands crept up. “Why is that?” Spangler asked. The answer: “It’s hard […]

Eagle Scout project makes life easier for Yolo Basin volunteers

There was a bit of a problem at the Yolo Basin Foundation. When volunteers exited through a back door, they had to navigate a dirt-covered downward slope, which wasn’t always a problem, but when it was wet from rain, it was slippery. “Someone actually broke a bone from slipping,” said Davis teen Nick Grabert. So […]

Street-smart tips for safe cycling

Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. Remember to: * Wear a properly fitted helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. * Adjust your bicycle to fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to […]

Name Droppers: UC Davis announces eight new fellows

UC Davis has eight new fellows in nutrition, psychology, chemistry, geoscience and food science associations: * Barbara Schneeman, professor emerita in the department of nutrition — American Society for Nutrition. “Fellow” is the society’s highest honor, recognizing significant discoveries and distinguished careers. * Andy Yonelinas, professor in the department of psychology, and associate director of the Center for Mind and Brain — Society of Experimental Psychologists, […]

Name Droppers: Bamforth leads international brewing institute

Charlie Bamforth of UC Davis has been elected as the 63rd president of the international Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Bamforth is the university’s Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Science. Bamforth, who was born in Lancashire in the north of England, has worked for more than 36 years in academic and corporate roles in the brewing sectors of the United Kingdom […]

Just desserts? A sweet treat is worth the effort

While I cook a lot, dessert isn’t really my thing. On the rare occasion that I have a sweet after dinner at my house, it’s almost always ice cream. (The front-runner at this moment: Latest Scoop Salt Caramel.) I’m much more likely to devote time to making bread, stock or infused vinegar than a dessert, […]

Bill Walton: A century of life, love and music

Friends and family gather in the brightly painted home on K Street in Davis, the sound of chatter filling the room. They have come from near and far for this festivity, something that few of them have ever experienced. An older gentleman dressed in a crisp yellow button-up and blue jeans is seated in a […]

Dealing with drought issues in the garden

There are a lot of landscapes in transition in Davis: brown lawns will hopefully be changed over to low-water plants soon. Many gardeners have reduced water use considerably, which is great. But there have been some adverse side effects. Problems with vegetable gardens? “What happened to my tomatoes this year?” There’s been highly variable feedback […]

What’s happening

Saturday, Sept. 13 Bring a picnic blanket and join fellow Davis families for “Frozen,” a free family movie beginning at dusk under the trees in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Cotton candy will be available for sale. Movies are shown on a large inflatable screen thanks to the Davis Sunset Rotary Club. Saturday, Sept. 20 Bring […]