Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

Police nab suspected bank robber

Davis police say it was the combination of a diligent employee and an observant cop that led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber Thursday morning. Paul Michael Schmeer, 29, of Humboldt County, is suspected of walking into the Chase bank branch at 330 E St. shortly before 9:30 a.m. and handing the teller […]

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Reynoso: Pepper-spray report out by early February

The task force investigating the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying and arrest of Occupy UC Davis protesters will finish its work by early February, University of California officials confirmed this week, a month later than requested by UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi. Led by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, the 13 students, faculty, alumni and staff […]

City to host 18th annual King Day celebration

On the national holiday that will forever commemorate him, Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream will live on in Davis on Monday, Jan. 16. The city of Davis will host the 18th annual celebration in King’s memory beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. Admission is free. All community members, […]

Range Rover boasts sleekest SUV

Boldly forsaking a history of boxy, gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, England’s Land Rover now sells a compact SUV that’s so stylish former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is consulting on a special edition model. The new-for-2012 Range Rover Evoque with standard all-wheel drive Terrain Response System also is impressively capable off-road and recently snagged the 2012 […]

New Year: More tips on getting finances in order

By Eileen AJ Connelly One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get on a budget and stay there. Yet many people don’t accomplish even the first step. Just 58 percent of Americans track their spending against a monthly budget, according to a Bankrate.com survey. Want this year to be different? You’ll have […]

Online votes pile up for Davis house

Only three more days of voting remain in a nationwide contest that could bring $100,000 to the Davis schools, thanks to Jim and Kristy Powell’s festively decorated house on Henri Court in Wildhorse — aka Candy Cane Court. Patch.com, a local news website owned by AOL, will donate the money to the school district where […]

New Year: Finance resolutions

It’s not too late to cut, save By Lauren Davidson If you’re like many Americans, financial goals such as “manage debt” or “save money” might zip from your pen and onto your list of New Year’s resolutions this month. But implementing those four little words can be much more daunting. Two financial advisers share these […]

Chinese new year party planned

The Davis Senior Center’s Chinese Culture Club invites all to welcome the Lunar New Year with a celebration at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Come learn about Chinese traditions and culture, participate in Tai Chi and taste traditional Chinese candy and treats. The event will be at the Senior Center, […]

Computer tutoring available

Did you receive a new laptop as a gift during the holidays, and you need some training? Maybe you still find it hard to search the Internet or send an email. The Davis Senior Center has volunteers available to provide computer tutoring. To make an appointment for one-on-one tutoring at the Senior Center, call (530) […]

Medicare disenrollment allowed until Feb. 14

Seniors who are covered by a Medicare Advantage plan and want to disenroll will have between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 to do so. Changes made during the Medicare Advantage disenrollment period go into effect the first day of the following month. During this period, those with a private health plan (Medicare Advantage plan) with […]

Pay tribute to special folks with a rose garden brick

The Hattie Weber Museum is again offering for sale inscribed bricks in the memorial rose garden next door to the museum, at 445 C St. in downtown Davis. Wheat-colored bricks can be inscribed to honor mothers, grandmothers and other exceptional women; they form a border around the central red bricks. The red bricks honor individuals, […]

Tax Aide program starts Feb. 1

AARP’s Tax Aide program will begin the new tax season on Wednesday, Feb. 1. In this program, volunteers provide free tax preparation for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older, although AARP membership is not required and there’s no minimum age necessary to receive help. Tax preparation sessions will […]

Mind Body Wellness Challenge kicks off new year

This year, the Davis Senior Center is joining the UCD Retirement Center’s annual Mind Body Wellness Challenge, which encourages everyone to adopt a new healthy habit and keep it for seven weeks. The challenge focuses on overall wellness — not simply diet and exercise — as a holistic approach to improving one’s health. Participants can choose […]