Stress of mental illness can unravel families

By Roger Pehlke “Coming Unglued: The Bipolar Home in Times of Trouble” will be addressed by the keynote speaker, Mason Spain Turner, M.D., at NAMI-Yolo’s signature Pat Williams Mental Health Dinner. The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 16. Doors at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Shelter offers discounted adoptions later this month

The Yolo County Animal Shelter will offer discounted adoption fees Feb. 21-25. Dogs will cost $75 and cats $55, a half-price discount. Adoption hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m. plus Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. The shelter, 2640 […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC Davis hosts its own Museum Day on Sunday

Four museums or centers at UC Davis that engage in education and research involving insects, vertebrates or plants will host open houses Sunday to celebrate Biodiversity Museum Day. The Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology and the Botanical Conservatory will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., while the Center […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Kids can learn TV production, animation

Summer may be months away, but it’s time to sign up for Davis Media Access’ popular Kid Vid Camp and Animation Camp. Kid Vid Camp is a one-week session in media production for youths ages 10-13. Participants will learn how to produce a program in DMA’s television studio, including storyboarding, operating cameras and sound equipment, […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Wine warehouse arsonist gets 27 years prison

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A former California wine keeper convicted of destroying more than 4.5 million bottles in a warehouse fire was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison. A federal judge in Sacramento also ordered Mark Anderson to pay $70.3 million to customers who lost their premium collections in the October 2005 blaze. Anderson, 63, […]

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Montessori educator will speak at Birch Lane School

All are welcome to attend a talk by Judi Bauerlein, a nationally recognized Montessori educator, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room at Birch Lane Elementary School, 1600 Birch Lane. Bauerlein is a pioneer in Montessori education and has trained many Montessori teachers, including some of Birch Lane’s. In 2010, she was […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City offers scholarships for rec programs

The city of Davis allocates scholarship money each year to low-income households to help offset the cost of city recreation programs. Those who qualify can receive up to 50 percent off program fees. Funding and the number of subsidy requests vary, and families with the lowest incomes will be granted subsidies first. The deadline for […]

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Downtown deal makes Valentine’s Day planning easy

Wracking your brain to come up with dinner and gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? Just in time, many downtown Davis restaurants are offering specially priced meals that come with a bonus — the receipt can be used for a discount at several retailers. Dine Out Davis and Shop Outside the (Big) Box are a pair […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Geothermal system offers a green option for pools

When Leigh and Irwin Segel wanted to remodel their swimming pool last year, they weren’t planning on an overhaul of their heating and air-conditioning system. But that’s exactly what happened. And today, rather than shivering in an unevenly heated home, the Segels enjoy toasty warmth — all thanks to heat from the Earth and their […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Explorit: Experiment with color-changing flowers

By Lisa Justice This Valentine’s Day, you can put your science knowledge to work to make colored flowers as special gifts. You will need: a white flower with a long stem (carnations are particularly good for this), two cups of water, a sharp knife and two colors of food dye. Start by adding several drops […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Workshop set on sustainable vegetable gardening

The Central Park Gardens’ workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday will be given by Master Gardener Tamar Rein, who will  discuss “Sustainable Vegetable Gardening” and “Getting an Early Start for Summer’s Bounty.” The gardens are near the corner of Third and B streets in downtown Davis. Sustainable gardening techniques maintain and enhance the quality […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Making a difference

Ezen Choo and Molly Suarez invite students and staff to give back at last year’s Together We Can drive. The annual canned food drive, sponsored by the Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association, returns this week on the UC Davis campus. SAA volunteers are collecting canned goods as well as monetary donations outside the Memorial Union. […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Learn all about water-wise landscaping

A free “Water-Wise Landscaping” workshop will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. It is jointly presented by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District, the city of Woodland and the University of California Master Gardeners. Workshop participants will learn about […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Music and nonviolence at Center for Spiritual Living

The Center for Spiritual Living presents a program of music, inspirational readings and the spoken word by Karie Hillery at noon Sunday, Feb. 26. Hillery’s free “Season for Peace” program is inspired by Associate Global New Thought’s 64-day initiative honoring Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi and César Chávez. Her original musical style blends the jazzy flavor […]

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