Poetry reading, dance performance kick off Davis Jazz Festival

Neeli Cherkovski, a poet, critic, memoirist and literary biographer, will read from his work Friday night in Davis as part of the fifth annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation. The 7 p.m. reading will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. performance by the Linda Bair Dance Company of “One Mad Brunette at the […]

St. James Holiday Bazaar planned Nov. 5-6

The St. James Women’s Guild will host its 12th annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6, at the St. James Memorial Center, 1275 B St. in Davis. Artisans from throughout Northern California will have for sale handmade scarves, hats, jewelry, woodcraft, quilts, Christmas ornaments, paintings, handmade linens and […]

New gymnastics, dance classes start next week

Children can get moving at the city of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. “Children get great enjoyment in rolling, turning, jumping and swinging,” a city news release said. “The many different types of movement in gymnastics and dance offer coaches the chance to teach important physical concepts to participants. […]

Sutter doctor joined rescue effort at Reno air crash

Thomas Elliott could tell something was amiss. The Sutter Medical Group surgeon from Davis was sitting just behind the reserve grandstand at the National Championship Air Races in Reno last month, watching veteran stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward’s World War II-era plane, the “Galloping Ghost,” take to the air. “It went around the course, then this […]

Explorit: Sublime a good time with dry ice

By Lisa Justice As Halloween approaches, families will be looking for fun and spooky activities and decorations. Dry ice is a popular choice for its appearance of billowing smoke, good for turning a bucket of water into a witch’s brew or an otherwise unassuming porch into a foggy and forbidding lair.Let’s take a look at […]

Group supports mental health

A support group for those who care for a family member or friend with serious mental illness will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the César Chávez housing complex multipurpose room, 1220 Olive Drive. César Chávez housing complex is just north of the Lexington Apartments on the east side of Olive Drive. The […]

Davis industry exhibit continues at Hattie Weber Museum

Phase II of the exhibit “Davisville/Davis Industry — Windmills to Robotics,” continues this week at the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, 445 C St. Products and descriptions of 22 Davis industries — from garage-size, such as the cabinet shop of William Oberholtzer to the large, internationally acclaimed works of Schilling Robotics — are on display. […]

California’s olive oils challenge Europe’s

American food lovers have long taken for granted that only olive oils from the Mediterranean are worth buying — preferably with an olive tree, an Italian flag and some words like “authentic cold pressed” on the bottle.

But in the past decade, California producers have mounted a major new effort to bring back the domestic olive oil industry, producing oils that can be fresher, purer and cheaper than all but the finest imports.

Less than 2 percent of the olive oil consumed in the United States is produced here, but that figure is nudging upward.

Plant sale Saturday benefits Central Park Gardens

Central Park Gardens will host its fifth annual open house and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in conjunction with the Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival. This year, the garden volunteers are proud to be unveiling two new permanent garden features: a sculptural sundial created by artist Angela Ridgway and […]

Water resources talk planned in Woodland

David J. Guy, president of the Northern California Water Agency, will be the featured speaker at the Yolo County Landowners Association’s annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3. His topic will be protecting Yolo water resources. In addition, there will be a report of the association’s activities for the past year. The event begins at 7 […]

First-year community college dropouts come at a high cost

By Nanette Asimov Like making a bad bet in Vegas, taxpayers gamble hundreds of millions of dollars a year on community college students who quit as freshmen — many in California. A new study shows that from 2004 to 2009, Americans spent nearly $4 billion on full-time students who dropped out after one year and didn’t transfer. California’s first-year […]

‘Blood bugs’ featured at museum’s free drop-in program

Visitors are welcome at UC Davis’ Bohart Museum of Entomology on Sunday, Oct. 30, to discover “blood bugs.” “Learn about ticks, mosquitoes, moths and other creepy crawlies that leave us sqeamish!” says education coordinator Tabatha Yang. The museum is in 1124 Academic Surge on the UCD campus. The free drop-in program runs from 1 to […]

Muslim students appeal verdict

IRVINE (AP) — Ten Muslim students who were convicted of misdemeanors after disrupting the Israeli ambassador’s speech at UC Irvine have filed appeals. The Los Angeles Times reports that the students say the law used to convict them last month of willfully disrupting a meeting is vague and unconstitutional. Prosecutors argued that students broke the law by taking turns interrupting Israeli […]

State poised to finalize cap-and-trade’ plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is poised to formally adopt the nation’s most comprehensive so-called “cap-and-trade” system, designed to provide a financial incentive for polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State officials hope other states and Washington D.C. will follow suit with similar plans. “When Washington considers how to address climate change, as I think […]