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Don Shor: Tips for being smart with water

What’s the lowest-water way to water my lawn? I can’t really afford to get rid if it, and I want it to look as good as possible. For years we’ve recommended giving lawns one inch of water, two times a week. While that is optimal for fine-bladed grass blends at the highest water-use times of […]

From the ground up: Spring remembered in a glass — elderflower cordial

Last summer throughout England, my husband and I encountered the traditional, quintessential countryside English drink of elderflower cordial everywhere we went. Fragrant, light and refreshing, this cordial could be a Yolo County classic given the elderflower’s ubiquitous nature on our back roads. The lacy, large-clustered cream-colored flowers line the roadsides and creek beds from now […]

Happy Arbor Day!

Arbor Day was celebrated at Fairfield Elementary School late last month with a ceremony commemorating the Russell Boulevard Tree Project’s bike path tree plantings, as well as by Fairfield students, teachers and parents who planted more than 100 trees and shrubs. 0506tree planting1W 0506treeplanting2W

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Kids between the ages of 1 and 12 are invited to Friday Night Live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the city of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center.  For a $5 fee, children can work on gymnastics skills, jump on the trampoline and more. Gymnastics and dance staff will be available for coaching questions, supervision […]

Montgomery students enjoy hands-on science

Montgomery Elementary School students enjoyed the school’s first-ever science fair last month — an event that featured hands-on activities for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The fair exposed students to a wide range of opportunities both in the field of science and in their own daily lives, teaching them about everything from the microbes […]

Rec Report: Splashing into summer

By Hollay Shayegi As a lifeguard, there’s a certain “calm before the storm feeling” walking onto the pool deck before opening up for recreational swim for the day. No laughing children, no splashes from the mushroom at Arroyo Pool or the Splash Pad at Manor Pool. The water is quiet. A lifeguard buddy walks in […]

Mother’s Day dessert that’s easy, flaky, delicious

By Alison Ladman The secret to this simple Mother’s Day dessert is frozen puff pastry. It is easy to work with and bakes up into a deliciously flaky pastry. You’ll find puff pastry in the grocer’s freezer section, usually near the frozen fruit and pie shells. Be sure to thaw it completely before trying to […]

What’s happening for youths

Through Friday Birch Lane Elementary School students are selling plants and vegetables grown by students in the school garden. Lots of heirloom tomatoes and Baker Creek heirloom plants will be available, with all funds benefiting the school’s garden program. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 […]

Once again, May is all about bicycles

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that every month is bike month in Davis.

This is Davis after all.

But there is most certainly something about May, especially if you’re a kid.

From the annual Loopalooza, which introduces families to the Davis bike loop with activity stations and prizes, to Bike to School parades and contests, there is much fun to be had during May is Bike Month activities.

And new this year: kids who regularly bike to school may emerge from class to find …

Field to fork: El Macero’s chef offers spring tastes

Sometimes it just seems right to talk about the chef before talking about the food. And so we shall. It’s an account of an individual who worked her way up from the bottom, becoming a master in her field. Fresh out of high school in Woodland in 1992, the young Rachael Levine had to plead […]

Willett running club invites community to ‘run with the owls’

When the bell rings at Willett Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays and children in grades 1-3 are released for the day, they don’t all head to the bike racks or pickup zone. At least 60 to 70 of those kids head to the field behind the school and start running. And they run and […]

What’s happening for youths

Saturday Birch Lane Elementary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a party at Davis Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. in downtown Davis. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and will include appetizers, a dessert buffet and silent and live auctions. Tickets will be $10 and may be purchased at http://blepta.ejoinme.org/atickets or at […]

College Corner: What is the right number of APs to take?

About February every year I field the same basic question from a variety of families and students. No, not which team will win March Madness, but actually something even more mysterious … how many Advanced Placement courses should I take? Since this question requires some careful self-assessment, the answer is different for different students. What […]

10 recreation lakes that can survive a drought

By Tom Stienstra On a trip through California’s Gold Country last month, we drove over the dam at Lake Tulloch near Sonora, and like most, had a provocative response: Look at all that water! Tulloch, as are a few recreation lakes across Northern California, is kept full or close to it year-round, even when other […]

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