12 for $40: Good preparation saves time

It’s a truism that if you want to get something done, you should ask a busy person to do it. Many cooks are very busy people, yet they manage to get dinner done without breaking a sweat. One secret to their success: good food preparation. Half the work in cooking is the prep: finding tools, […]

Tour Asian garden and help those in need

Davis resident Huei Young is making her one-of-a-kind Asian garden available again this year for tours to benefit a local charity. Proceeds from the tours will be donated to two local health care professionals — David Kira, M.D., and William Wagner, O.D. — who provide free eye exams and eyeglasses for local children and senior […]

Davis family heads out on the road again

The rock group Steppenwolf would have loved these folks. “Get your motor runnin’…” The motorcycles are fine-tuned. Supplies are being packed. “Head out on the highway …” The maps have been traced. A trip to Chicago begins Thursday. “Looking for adventure, in whatever comes our way.” Welcome to the Borden family: Sandy and husband Terry […]

Perennials keep garden blooming through the seasons

Question: What are the benefits of growing perennials? Answer: Webster defines perennial as “… having a life cycle of more than two years, …plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year.” The UC Davis Arboretum All-Star list says, “Perennials are long-lived, soft-stemmed plants that don’t form woody stems.” These […]

Curves welcomes SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit members for free

Curves of Davis is rolling out the red carpet to members of the award-winning Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, a national exercise program designed for older adults. SilverSneakers members are now eligible to join Curves of Davis at no cost. Ladies with HealthNet’s Silver & Fit insurance coverage also are eligible to join for free. Check […]

Future subscribers: Ariana Winonamay Smith

Jennie Lynn Wylie-Smith and Kevin Andrew Smith of Warsaw, Mo., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Winonamay Smith. She was born on Feb. 11, 2011, at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, Mo. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her mother, a former resident of Davis, is a stay-at-home […]

Future subscribers: Lorelei Abigail Erickson

Jessica and Kyle Erickson of Arizona are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lorelei Abigail Erickson. She was born on Jan. 29, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Her mother, a 1999 graduate of Davis High School, is a photographer. Her father is a student doctor attending medical school. […]

Future subscribers: Julia Katelyn Ayala

Lauren Dickerson Ayala and Brian Richard Ayala of Roseville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Katelyn Ayala. She was born on May 2, 2011, in Davis. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Her mother is a veterinarian. Her father is a firefighter.

Affordable fashion — thrift store puts on show at Rancho Yolo

The Right and Relevant “Traveling Fashion Show Troupe” entertained Rancho Yolo residents and friends during a Saturday morning brunch on May 21. The show featured a wide range of affordable clothing available at the R&R thrift store, 1640 Eighth St., Davis. The shop’s profits benefit mental health agencies in Yolo County. Moderator Gracie Goodpaster, longtime […]

Point of Brew: Americans get 410 mpg; wow!

When odd sets of data come my way, I make something of a fetish of juggling the numbers. This mostly boils down to dividing one number into another, which is an ample stretch for my mathematical competence. Simple division, however, can be a useful check on whether the data are nonsense or plausible. I suppose […]

From field to fork: Try local pork, cherries, for spring dinner

The USDA has reduced the recommended minimum “safe temperature” for cooked pork from 160 degrees to 145 degrees. Big deal? In a way. It authorizes a shift to more tender, juicier pork chops and loins. We already think of lamb and beef as meat that can safely be pink as a matter of choice. Now […]

Name droppers: Three area students receive scholarships for being blood donors

Ashmita Baral of Davis High school, Jeremy Kaizer of Dixon High School and Kayla Brunner of Pioneer High School in Woodland received $500 scholarships from BloodSource. BloodSource, not-for-profit since 1948, will award a total of 95 scholarships to graduating seniors. Students who participated on their high school blood drive committees submitted an essay detailing the reasons for […]

Theater group will benefit from wine-tasting

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a tasting of wines from Simas Family Winery and Berryessa Gap on Friday. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit Acme Theatre Company. Acme is a nonprofit independent, self-sustaining community theater group for young artists of high school age. Its mission […]

Kids in the News: Da Vinci senior awarded Rotary Student of the Month

Colette Roblee, a senior at Da Vinci Charter Academy, was honored recently by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis as one of May’s Students of the Month. Her counselor, Carol Curinga, wrote the following nomination: “Colette has raised five assistance dogs and has dedicated her young life to help provide these dogs to help enable others. […]