Tree-Lighting Choir begins rehearsals soon

Students hoping to participate in this year’s Tree-Lighting Choir, for children in grades K-2, will begin rehearsals at the Davis Art Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Director Mindy Manville and assistant director Kaitlin Coppinger will teach seasonal songs and movements for this chorus to perform at the downtown Davis tree-lighting […]

Sagging taxes a bad sign for the disabled

The everyday grind of cooking food, washing clothes, shopping for groceries and scrubbing toilets would have forced Valerie Smith into a rest home if she didn’t have her sister. “She’d be up a creek without a paddle,” said Judy Smith, 67, of Woodland. “She can’t cook. She can’t cook her meals. She can’t clean her […]

Kids’ music classes fund instruction for homeless preschoolers

Spaces are available in Kindermusik “Our Time” classes for 18-month-olds to 3 1/2-year-olds, starting Sunday from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. The course fee is $95 for a six-week session. Classes will meet at a private home in South Davis. Discounts are available for refer-a-friend and siblings. A portion of the money from these classes will […]

City solicits community budget priorities

The city of Davis will host two community open houses to receive input and suggestions about budget priorities as the City Council considers additional cuts to the 2011-12 fiscal year budget in late September. Meetings are planned: * Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. […]

First day of classes includes brief power failure at some schools

There was plenty of energy in classrooms throughout Davis on Tuesday, the first day of the 2011-12 school year. But a brief afternoon power failure made for a few short-term adjustments to activities at Emerson Junior High, Willett Elementary, Patwin Elementary and the school district’s administrative offices downtown. By and large, the first day of […]

Neighborhood resolves parking rift around Davis mosque

In recent years, the parking situation around the Islamic Center of Davis on Russell Boulevard during Ramadan has caused a minor rift between nearby residents and those who worship at the mosque. The issue has forced Othman Alsoud, director of the center, and the rest of the local Muslim community to take extra precautions about […]

World record bid marks National Gymnastics Day

OK, everybody: Stand on your hands! The city of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center will celebrate National Gymnastics Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, by joining forces with gymnasts around the globe to attempt to break a world record of most handstands at one time. The world record attempt will take place from 9:15 to 10:30 […]

Drop-in grief support groups meet weekly

Grief resulting from the loss of a loved one can be significant and life-changing. Yolo Hospice offers free, drop-in support groups, which are continuously available. These groups are kept small so the loss can be explored, shared and worked through mutual support and education. Individuals in any stage of grief are welcome. Registration is not […]

Hear folk music at UCD Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join […]

Embroiderers Guild members meet Sept. 1

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at 9050 Sparling Lane in Dixon. Members and guests will tie quilts for the children at the Wallace-Vannucci shelter for battered women and their kids. Quilts, supplies and instructions will be provided. More quilts, ready to tie […]

Mental health support offered in Spanish

NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, sponsors an ongoing support group in Spanish for those who care for a family member or friend living with a mental disorder. The group provides Yolo County families with a secure and friendly environment for sharing experiences, problem-solving strategies and information about mental illness, including topics […]

Mothers of Preschoolers get back together

The Davis chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers invites moms and tots to the annual fall open house at 10 a.m. Monday at University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. This is the group’s seventh year. “Come see old friends, meet new ones, have brunch and let your kids play,” a spokeswoman says. “Discounts on […]

Bike parade needs volunteers

Have you ever wanted to walk around wearing one of those shirts that reads “EVENT STAFF”? Well, wait no more. The organizers of the World’s Greatest Bicycle Parade are looking for 100 volunteers to help out on parade day, Sunday, Oct. 2. Volunteers will receive a complimentary T-shirt. “We’ve got lots of volunteer assignments along […]

Stroll Through History returns to Woodland

Visitors to Woodland’s annual Stroll Through History on Saturday, Sept. 10, will travel to a bygone era through tours of vintage homes, walking tours of historic neighborhoods and landmarks, an antiques fair, an antique vehicles show and an old-time baseball game. Also planned are a pet parade, food and entertainment. The daylong celebration features a […]