Food Closet feeds pets, too

Polly Nelson of the Woodland Food Closet, center, accepts a $540 donation from Goose, right, with Delores Blake and Sophie, left, with Ginny Day. For several years, students of The Cultured Canine, owned by Blake, have collected money to make a holiday donation to a pet-related charity. This year’s beneficiary is the Woodland Food Closet, […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Flower arrangers hear from Mengali’s owner

The Davis Flower Arrangers will meet Wednesday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. After a brief business meeting at 7 p.m., the program will be presented by Denise Lewis, owner of Mengali’s Florist in Woodland. She will demonstrate her style of arrangements that has been developed through experience as a shop owner and […]

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Davis High Idol crowned

Sierra Clark impresses the judges with “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical “Hairspray” and wins the title of Davis High Idol at the Advanced Treble Choir’s seventh annual fundraiser competition Saturday night. Clark is a senior at Da Vinci High School. Davis High School junior Andrew Block earned the audience’s vote and won the […]

January 31, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Frida’ screens Friday at I-House

“Frida,” a 2002 American/Mexican film directed by Julie Taymor, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at […]

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New community chorus forms in Davis

A new community chorus open to singers of all levels without audition is starting in Davis, under the leadership of Laura Sandage and Katie Henry. This local group, dubbed the Free Range Singers, will be part of the Ubuntu Choir Network, an organization of choirs from all over the United States and Canada that are […]

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Kinder musicals return to Davis Art Center

“Mini-Musicals” director Mindy Manville will again be offering her “Kinder” version of these popular classes when she presents “It’s a Bug’s Life,” beginning in late February at the Davis Art Center. This charming, age-appropriate musical was written by the director and includes fun songs about bugs and the gardens they live in. “Mini-Musicals” allow for […]

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St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War’s end

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, born from a simple conversation between two St. Louis […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

SUV-light rail train crash kills three

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Authorities say a light-rail train has collided with a sport utility vehicle in Sacramento, killing a man, a woman and a baby and injuring seven other people. City fire Assistant Chief Niko King says the three dead were riding in a Nissan Pathfinder hit by the train Saturday at about 4 p.m. […]

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Police use tear gas on Occupy Oakland protesters

OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police used tear gas and “flash” grenades Saturday to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing. Three officers were hurt and more than 100 people were arrested, the Oakland Police Department said. No details on the officers’ injuries […]

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School board grapples with stubborn $3.5 million deficit

The Davis school board is grappling with a persistent $3.5 million structural deficit, which could result in program changes, layoffs, a shorter school year and salary concessions even if local voters approve a parcel tax this spring. “As good as Measure C is, we’ve still got this huge, huge problem,” school board trustee Richard Harris […]

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Norwood 4-H Club meets Wednesday

The Norwood 4-H Club of Davis will meet for its annual family potluck at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Holmes Junior High School, 1220 Drexel Drive. The potluck is for members only, but anyone interested in 4-H is welcome to come to the regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Many 4-H projects — […]

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Unitrans general manager headed for San Luis Obispo

Buses have been a part of Geoff Straw’s life for a very long time. The son of a blind single mother in San Francisco, he grew up riding buses, because his mom couldn’t drive. Straw earned a hardship driver’s license at 15 1/2 years old, but he couldn’t shake his affinity for public transportation. A […]

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Holy Rosary welcomes visitors during Catholic Schools Week

An open house and math night with an art and poetry show will highlight this year’s observance of National Catholic Schools Week at Holy Rosary School in Woodland. The events are part of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of  Jan. 29-Feb. 3. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service,” […]

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Senate honors Purple Heart recipients at state Capitol

The California Senate, led by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, honored three Purple Heart recipients from Travis Air Force Base on Thursday at the state Capitol. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Staff Sgt. David Adkins and Staff Sgt. Brian Buhrer, all 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight members, were honored. All three were wounded in […]

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