I-House offers calligraphy class

A class in beginning calligraphy is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Community Room at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The workshop will be free but instructor Marlene Lee will charge $15 to cover materials and copy fees. The maximum class size is 12. To reserve a space, contact […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown releases budget proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown made his first campaign pitch in releasing his 2012-13 budget proposal, telling Californians they must choose between paying higher taxes or accepting cuts that would result in three weeks less school, higher college tuition fees and fewer staff to patrol the state’s scenic forests and beaches. The Democratic governor […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Big money gets people’s attention

A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A CAUSE … my friend Stephen at dcn.org says he “wondered about Alan Pryor’s statement that the city spends ‘in excess of $200,000 a year to pay for labor to pick up plastic bag litter.’” … Think we were all wondering about that one and asking where we can apply […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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.

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

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, […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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, […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

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) […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,