More gas leaks reported in West Davis

Open house What: PG&E will host a second open house to answer residents’ questions about the reported gas leaks When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Stonegate Country Club, 919 Lake Blvd. in West Davis Forty-two gas leaks have occurred in the Stonegate area of West Davis, PG&E told residents at an open house Thursday. […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

UCD fleshes out cost of Mondavi Center’s new skin

UC Davis last week released the terms of a $7.1 million mediated settlement that will pay to fix its leaky landmark, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. UCD reached a deal with the general contractor, McCarthy Building Companies, Boora Architects of Portland, Ore., 10 subcontractors, three insurance companies and the company that produced the original […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Initiative petition for lower water rates not well-received by some

While Ernie Head waits to see if Yolo County election officials qualify the referendum petition that would overturn the City Council’s decision to raise water rates, he has begun collecting signatures for an initiative petition. The initiative would reset rates back to their levels before the council voted 4-1 on Sept. 6 for the new […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

‘Tis the season for European Christmas markets

By Shirley O’Bryan Smith It’s a scene played out all over Europe as the holidays approach: The air is cold, the sky is bright and snow crunches underfoot as crowds make their way through rows of little wooden structures that look like storybook houses with sloping roofs and rustic trim, each one offering some treasure […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Old West comes alive in tall tales

Storyteller Bruce Isham will tell tales of the Old West at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. The public is invited to this free event. Isham presents his stories with enthusiasm and energy, says Kathryn Green at Atria. “Although his performance is entertaining, he makes sure it is also educational and […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Poker tourney benefits foster youths

Soroptimist International of Davis will host its annual Texas Hold ‘Em & More fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Co-chairs Lea Rosenberg and Autumn Labbé-Renault invite the community to enjoy an evening of gaming, including a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, bingo and blackjack 22. Games are run by local […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Dixon celebrates the season on Dec. 1

An old-fashioned holiday season gets under way in Dixon on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the annual Tree Lighting Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown. Children can sit on Santa’s lap and have their photos taken. A craft and gift fair featuring local vendors will take […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Immigration film, discussion planned at I-House

“Why We Come,” a film about migrants living in a community like this one, will be screened at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. A discussion about immigrants in Yolo County will follow the screening. The event is sponsored by the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network. A special guest […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Honor everyday heroes at Red Cross luncheon

Tickets are still available for the American Red Cross’ annual Heroes luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall. Doors open at 11 a.m. “Join us while we honor everyday heroes who have made a difference in our community,” a news release says. “Nominated by their […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Rotarians honor top achievers at DHS, Da Vinci

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 11 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as October’s Students of the Month. There are three Rotary Clubs in Davis, which meet at noon Mondays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m. Fridays. Members provide service to their community and internationally. For more information about Rotary, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor weighs in on tomato hornworms, whiteflies, cover crops

Coming soon “Fruit Tree Pruning Questions and Answers: We’ll Show You How It’s Done,” 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 7, Grace Garden, Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, “Care and Pruning of Roses,” 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 21, Central Park Gardens, Third and B streets Question: A while ago, the Garden Doctor gave an answer about […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Toy story: Bringing the holidays to every child

For families struggling on the margins of society, facing unemployment, foreclosure, even homelessness, the holidays can seem like just another burden.

Because if there’s not enough money to pay the mortgage or rent or utility bill, much less to buy food or clothes, surely there’s nothing left over to fulfill a child’s holiday wishes.

For 13 years now, Elisa Stone has been doing her part to ensure that such children receive at least one gift during the holiday season, by organizing the Davis Community Church’s annual gift program, which has provided some 350 toys and gifts every year to local children.

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Putting sugar bugs on a diet

Sugar is the fuel that runs our body, we can’t live without it. However, we probably are having more than what we should each day. In children, more than 30 percent of the daily energy intake has been reported to come from energy-dense, low-nutrient snacks. It is hard to imagine, but 1 tablespoon of ketchup […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Multicultural program benefits kids in South Asia

CultureShock, an evening of multicultural music, dance and magic, is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis. Featured performers include 3D, Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness, The Spokes, Afterglow, Lashkara, Popping Club and Unbound Progression. The event is a fundraiser for Visions, which works with underprivileged youths […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,