Field to Fork: Which produce should you buy immature?

When sun-loving, locally grown eggplants appear in the markets, you know it’s the heart of summer in the Sacramento Valley. I just bought one and made ratatouille in honor of the moment. I used a simple stovetop recipe that Mark Bittman, The New York Times food writer, posted online recently. His video also gave me an idea for this […]

City law bars food trucks from Davis

SACRAMENTO — When Davin Vculek parks his food truck, the clock starts ticking — he’s got 30 minutes to fire the grill and sling as many burgers as he can before authorities might arrive and slap him with a fine. Vculek, 28, is part of a growing band of culinary entrepreneurs who are steering away […]

Davis resident close to bringing new dog park to Yolo County

In less than three weeks, Yolo County could be the proud owner of a brand-new, $500,000 non-leash dog park, if Davis resident Susan Bennett and her dog EllieMae receive enough votes by the local public to bring it here. A panel of judges recently selected Bennett and her 6-year-old half-Labrador, half-German shorthair pointer as one […]

South Davis shopping center changes hands in $35 million deal

The Oakshade Town Center — a South Davis shopping complex that hosts Safeway, OfficeMax and Rite Aid, along with several smaller stores — has been sold for $35 million. Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, purchased the center at Cowell Boulevard and Pole Line Road on Aug. […]

Try out Baby Signs at free class

Parents are invited to attend a free Baby Signs sample class from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Mother & Baby Source, 714 Second St. in downtown Davis. The class will give parents an opportunity to learn more about using sign language with babies and hear about the research and benefits of this program. BeeBo, […]

New genetically engineered vaccines target Rift Valley fever

Two genetically engineered vaccines for Rift Valley fever, which causes severe illnesses in livestock and people in Africa and the Middle East, have been developed by a team of researchers at UC Davis, University of Connecticut and University of Texas Medical Branch. The scientists hope that the new livestock vaccines can be further developed for […]

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 Lady (No. 96667), a 1-year-old spayed 
female Chihuahua mix dog with a tan-and-white coat. Also hoping for a good home is Solitaire (No. 98012), a 5-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired […]

A zen garden in Davis

The first clue that this isn’t a traditional California landscape is the branch of the Japanese maple peeking out behind the front gate. The drain channels filled with smooth pebbles and elegant “rain chains” are the next signs of some non-Western influences. Small plantings on the side as you walk around the house use gravel and interesting foliage plants. […]

Rare bird sighted at Davis wetlands

Birdwatchers are driving and flying in from around the state to see California’s first-ever common ringed plover, an Asian species. It was spotted at the city of the Davis wetlands on Friday afternoon by Todd Easterla, who was doing a shorebird survey for the city.

Club iROC’s plans brainstorming meeting on Friday

Parents and caretakers, along with young adults ages 18 and older who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or challenges with social skills or academics, are invited to join Club iROC. The group will have a brainstorming meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Social and Cognitive Learning Center, 907 Third St., Davis. For more information, […]

Davis Waldorf School offers tour

Davis Waldorf School will offer a tour for adults only at 9 a.m. Thursday. “Our school tours are an excellent opportunity to have a personalized introduction to the Davis Waldorf School,” a news release said. “Led by our administrator, Kelly Brewer, you will receive a general overview of our programs, methodology and curriculum. You will […]

Bomb squad training may get noisy

If you hear explosions north of the Davis city limits later this week, never fear — it’s just some routine police training. The Yolo County Bomb Squad, FBI and Sacramento regional bomb squads are planning two explosives-related homeland security training sessions Wednesday and Thursday at the police range along Pole Line Road north of Covell […]

Public meetings

The following is a list of public meetings of local governmental agencies for the week of Aug. 22: Today: Davis Bicycle Advisory Commission, 5:30 p.m., U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St. Davis Business and Economic Development Commission, 7 p.m., East Conference Room, Davis Joint Unified School District, 526 B St.

Families maintain hope Iran will release hikers

By Nasser Karimi TEHRAN, Iran — Relatives of two American men arrested more than two years ago in Iran said Sunday that the news they had received eight-year prison sentences for spying hit them hard, but they remain hopeful the men will be released eventually. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced Saturday to three […]