Talent showcase planned Saturday

Twelve finalists in the Davis’ Got Talent competition will perform at the finals at 6 p.m. Saturday for a grand prize of $200 and the opportunity to perform at the city’s Fourth of July celebration. The talent showcase will take place at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Advance tickets are […]

Learn to make holiday treats from around the world

Local residents who sign up for a new city class, “International Holiday Sweets,” will learn the recipes of favorite holiday treats from around the globe. Instructor Adrienne Capps will present desserts from countries celebrating Christmas, including Germany and Italy, and look at sweet holiday treats in Indian, Jewish, Buddhist and winter solstice celebrations. The menu […]

‘Scandalous’ world of olive oil explored in new book

Tom Mueller will celebrate the world release of his new book, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil,” on Tuesday at UC Davis. A reception and book-signing will follow his presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the UCD Conference Center. Mueller received wide acclaim for his 2007 New Yorker article “Slippery Business: The […]

Celebrate the season with DCC Christmas Concert

Davis Community Church will present an Advent and Christmas Concert that is open to the community at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the church, 412 C St. The concert will feature all of the church’s choirs, including the Chancel and Chamber Choirs, the Bell Choir and the Worship Band. The stories are familiar but […]

County Road 102 paving work delayed

Low overnight temperatures and fog have delayed work on the Interstate 5/County Road 102 interchange project in Woodland, city officials report. Paving will resume Monday and continue through Thursday, Dec. 1. Daytime work will begin Monday with paving of Road 102 between Maxwell Avenue and East Main Street. Motorists can expect significant modifications and adjustments of […]

Holiday festival supports Winters library

The Winters Friends of the Library will present the annual Family Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Activities will include crafts for children, live music performances, holiday wreaths for sale, the Scholastic Book Fair and food from Mrs. Claus’ Café. Santa will […]

Blue Devil alums hit the hardcourt

Former Davis High basketball players — both men and women — will be in action Saturday when four divisions of current DHS teams lace ‘em up against the old-timers. The second annual Blue Devil alumni basketball games take place in the North Gym on campus, 315 W. 14th St., beginning with alumni women playing this […]

More ways to reduce landscape water use

This month, we continue our theme of reducing water use in the landscape. It is estimated that 80 percent of residential water use goes to yard watering. Last month’s column focused on water use by lawns. To recap: * reduce total square footage of grass; * plant seed of grass species that can use less […]

Former UCD officer: Pike used homophobic slur

A former UC Davis police officer has identified Lt. John Pike, the officer filmed dousing unarmed protesters with pepper spray last Friday, as one of the colleagues whose alleged harassment led to a lawsuit against the university. Calvin Chang, who is gay and Asian-American, sued the university in September 2005, saying he was subjected to […]

A little home cooking for Occupy protesters

Kim Cole, assistant dean of education at UC Davis, left, dishes up homemade soup for student Audrey Gnesa on Tuesday at the Occupy UC Davis encampment on the Quad. Chancellor Linda Katehi said tents could remain while a task force conducts its investigation into Friday’s pepper-spraying incident, as long as everyone is peaceful and safe. She also […]

Occupy protests: Shop mom-and-pop on Black Friday

PORTLAND, Ore. — Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and the crowded aisles of big-box stores on Black Friday. Some don’t want people to shop at all. Others want to divert shoppers from big-box chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. The actions appear uncoordinated but have similar themes. Those […]

International criticism of Egypt’s rulers mounts

CAIRO — International criticism of Egypt’s military rulers mounted Wednesday as police clashed for a fifth day with protesters demanding the generals relinquish power immediately. A rights group raised the death toll for the wave of violence to at least 38. The United Nations strongly condemned authorities for what it deemed an excessive use of […]

Costlier holiday travel off and running across U.S.

CHICAGO — Holiday travel got off to a soggy start in parts of the country Wednesday as millions of Americans undeterred by costlier gas and airfare set out for Thanksgiving celebrations, but few major problems were reported. About 42.5 million people are expected to drive, fly or ride trains to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to […]

Dunning column: Don’t compare pepper spray to molestation

THE COMPARISON GAME … I guess it’s human nature to compare one situation to another, but that game reached the height of silliness when one letter to the editor author likened the pepper-spraying at UC Davis to the apparent child molestation cover-up at Penn State … wrote a “John” from San Francisco, “When it comes […]