Court upholds California affirmative action ban

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES — Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities. The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Leo (No. 104161), a 4-year-old 
neutered male Chihuahua/Welsh corgi. Also hoping for a good home is Calvin (No. 104253), an 8-month-old neutered male tabby-and-white cat who’s described as affectionate and […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Acoustic tunes from The Syncopaths

N Street Music will host a house concert at 716 N St. in Davis for the nationally touring acoustic band, The Syncopaths, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27. From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish and American folk traditions. With […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mondavi opens 10th season with 2 weeks of special events

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis will start its 10th anniversary season this fall with two weeks of “opening events,” including some performers who are new to the center, several familiar favorites and two free events.

The new-to-Mondavi artists include singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt, who will perform Sept. 18, with soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples as an opening act.

Returning artists include jazz bassist Christian McBride, the first jazz artist to appear in Mondavi’s Studio Theatre, in 2002; the Alexander String Quartet, kicking off a cycle of Schubert concerts, marking the group’s 10th season as regular Mondavi performers; the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas …

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Your Life, Take Care’ classes offered in Davis

Woodland Healthcare and Atria Covell Gardens in Davis will present “Your Life, Take Care,” a program designed to assist caregivers and people living with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and obesity. The six-week series of classes will focus on helping patients take care of themselves […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Spring cleaning services offered

Davis residents can get an early start on their spring cleaning at the city of Davis’ annual Bulky Item Drop-Off Days next week at Davis Waste Removal, 2727 Second St. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Bring your unwanted bulky items: […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

‘Steeled’ on exhibit at Craft Center Gallery

Blacksmithing and welding instructor Anne Compton’s work, including this clock, is on display in “Steeled” through May 4 at the Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis. A reception in her honor will run from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in the South Silo Building on campus. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Songwriting workshop offered for teens, adults

Local songwriter/composer Laura Sandage is teaming up with teen songwriters Nat Lefkoff and Susanna Thomson to offer a new class for songwriting enthusiasts. “We will create a fun, playful setting open to all levels of skill and experience,” Sandage says. “And we will dive into the nitty-gritty of songwriting, with every session including solo or […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mutual Housing hires Chin as operations manager

Ryan Chin recently was hired as operations manager by Sacramento/Yolo Mutual Housing Association. In that position, he will oversee human resources, risk management, contracts administration, computer networks and systems, and office management. He also will play an integral role in organizational development of the nonprofit and be a member of Mutual Housing’s management team. In […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

As special programs grow, fewer kids pedal to school

Davis’ neighborhood schools are situated convenient distances from students’ homes. The community boasts one of the nation’s best networks of bike lanes on city streets and bike paths through greenbelts and parks. But there’s been a noticeable decline in the percentage of children who ride their bikes to school, a fact that is of concern […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Grace Valley Christian Academy hosts kindergarten readiness seminar

How can you help your child get ready for kindergarten? Come and find out at Grace Valley Christian Academy’s free kindergarten readiness parent seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the academy’s kindergarten classroom. The seminar will provide parents with fun and creative activities to enhance their preschoolers’ beginning math and reading skills. A […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Spot peregrine falcons on spring wetlands tour

Local residents are invited to join Yolo Basin Foundation docents on a free public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14. April is an excellent time to observe an abundance of species, including shorebirds, tropical migrants and raptors. Watch for peregrine falcons as they take advantage of […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Learn about hospice services at April 12 panel discussion

The Davis Senior Citizens Commission and Senior Center will co-host a panel discussion on hospice services at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Panelists include hospice representatives from the UC Davis Medical Center, Vitas, Kaiser and Sutter. To reserve a seat, call (530) 757-5696. The commission will conduct […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City seeks new poet laureate

Allegra Silberstein has served the city of Davis ably as its poet laureate for the past two years; now it is time to find her replacement. Applications for the two-year honorary position will be accepted through April 30, city officials have announced. The selected candidate will act as an advocate for poetry, literature and the arts […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,