Volunteers needed for Academic Decathlon competition

Adult volunteers are being sought to help with the North Bay Region Academic Decathlon planned in January and February in Fairfield. The event runs on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Gomer Historical School, 4522 Abernathy Road, and Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, at Rodriguez High School, 5000 Red Top Road. The North Bay Region Academic […]

U.S. urges creativity by colleges to gain diversity

By Sam Dillon The Obama administration on Friday urged colleges and universities to get creative in improving racial diversity at their campuses, throwing out a Bush-era interpretation of recent Supreme Court rulings that limited affirmative action in admissions. The new guidelines issued by the Departments of Justice and Education replaced a 2008 document that essentially […]

‘How to be Happy’ is topic of Thursday talk

Winston McCullough will talk about “How to be Happy” at an evening program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. in Davis. Tibetan Buddhism teaches methods to enjoy life fully — friends and family, work, the world we inhabit and ourselves — infusing life with bliss and […]

Protests of past hold lessons for today

By Kevin Fagan Former Berkeley police Sgt. Don Cameron remembers the days when cops and protesters often had a tacit understanding. The protesters rallied, made their point — but then, after police warned them to leave or be arrested, those who didn’t want to go to jail departed and the rest submitted nonviolently to handcuffs. Those days have […]

Davis poets will read their work at book-release party

Davis’ own poetry anthology will be released to the public at a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so poets may pick up their books and others may purchase them. The Davis Poetry Book Project was organized by Davis Poet Laureate Allegra […]

Shoppers brave pepper spray, nab purse thief

By Joe Garofoli In this Occupy Wall Street era, it was a crime against the 1 percent: Two people grabbed a handful of purses worth more than $10,00o Saturday night in the Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek and sprinted for the exit. But they wouldn’t get far. A pair of holiday shoppers braved blasts of pepper spray from […]

Taste dessert wines Friday at Co-op

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host its last wine tasting of the year, “Ports and Dessert Wines,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit the Willett Elementary School PTA. The Willett PTA’s mission is to build a community between teachers, parents […]

Lee campaign event planned

The Brett Lee for Davis City Council campaign has announced a neighborhood holiday gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Elisabeth Bogren, 3428 Breton Ave. in Stonegate. This will be an informal opportunity to meet the candidate. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

For the record

The Sierra Club Yolano Group’s holiday potluck dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. An incorrect date was published in Sunday’s Enterprise. ———— The holiday gift project coordinated by Paulette Coffman, owner of Let Them Eat Cake, is […]

25 die in Syria, as defectors battle regime forces

BEIRUT (AP) — Violence sweeping across Syria killed 25 people on Saturday, most of them in a battle between troops and a growing force of army defectors who have joined the movement to oust the autocratic president, activists said. The Arab League, meanwhile, agreed on the details of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the regime. […]

Giving Tree back for second year at Let Them Eat Cake

Toilet paper isn’t a present most people think of to give for any special occasion, much less for Christmas. Yet it’s just one of many practical gifts needy individuals have requested through the Community Giving Tree this year. “The idea is just to give back to people who don’t have what we have for Christmas. […]

Spotlight shines on local heroes

Scanning the 400 faces in UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall, it wasn’t obvious which of the 25 belonged to the heroes being honored by the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross. There were all shapes, sizes, genders and ethnic groups represented. They blended into the massive throng at the Heroes Luncheon on Friday, but […]

Children’s Secret Store goes green

This year, the Children’s Secret Store has gone to local artists for its merchandise. Instead of the usual bulk orders of cheap toys and gift items, children also will find brightly colored hand-painted scarves, flower growing kits, handmade ornaments, ceramics and even locally grown coffee to buy for loved ones. Following a call from the […]

Sacramento man charged with indecent exposure, evading officer

A Sacramento man was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of indecent exposure and evading arrest following a freeway pursuit out of Davis. The incident began when Davis police received a call just before 1 p.m. Saturday of a man who appeared to be naked sitting in a car in the 1100 block of Richards Boulevard, according to […]