Perennials keep garden blooming through the seasons

Question: What are the benefits of growing perennials? Answer: Webster defines perennial as “… having a life cycle of more than two years, …plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year.” The UC Davis Arboretum All-Star list says, “Perennials are long-lived, soft-stemmed plants that don’t form woody stems.” These […]

‘Tea Time’ fundraiser benefits Food Bank

It’s “Tea Time” again, as a group of local teenagers host their second annual fundraiser for the Food Bank of Yolo County. Local residents are invited to enjoy hot or iced tea with a selection of fresh fruit, home-made scones, cookies and other delicacies on Friday, June 17. The hostesses are sophomores at Davis High School […]

District offers tips for cleaner air this summer

Now that the warm weather has arrived in the region, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District offers tips to maintain a healthy environment and reduce the number of Spare the Air days when ground-level ozone reaches unhealthy levels. * Barbecues that use charcoal lighter fluid can add a not-so-healthy morsel to the air. Volatile organic […]

Kids can learn to cook this summer

Calling all aspiring chefs, rôtisseurs and sauciers! Peregrine School is offering cooking workshops this summer for children ages 5-13. Students will learn the arts of Italian and Mexican cuisine as well as kitchen and garden science with Peregrine’s own Chef Julie House. In addition to cooking activities, each day will include basic food and kitchen […]

State Senate opens debate on budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Months of debate about how to close California’s budget deficit will shift Friday to the first substantive discussions on whether to renew recent tax increases, first through a vote of the Legislature and then through a possible special election. The Senate is scheduled to meet throughout the day, as Democrats hope to […]

Residents decry water rate hikes

Tripling water rates will strain Davis residents already short on cash, residents told public officials Thursday evening. About 40 people, many of them senior citizens, peppered city and water officials with questions at the Davis Senior Center over the $325 million Woodland-Davis Clean Water Project that would bring Sacramento River water to taps in Davis. […]

A personal send-off for DSIS graduates

In a personalized ceremony punctuated by anecdotes, laughter and plenty of cheering and applause, 26 Davis School for Independent Study students graduated Thursday afternoon at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. Optimism infused the celebration as DSIS students gave speeches, many of them focusing on the promising futures ahead of them. “(The future) […]

Da Vinci grads are ready for the world

Da Vinci Charter Academy graduated 94 seniors Thursday night in a ceremony that also marked a farewell of sorts for former Principal Matt Best. Best, who served as lead teacher at the school in its early years and as principal for the past four, recently took a position of associate superintendent of human resources for […]

They just want us to pay up and shut up

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE … my friend Glen, who knows a thing or two about sewers, fired off a guided missive to our esteemed council members, but is still waiting for a reply … “The proposed increases to our water rates are shocking,” he writes, “and will surely have a huge negative impact on many of […]

Flag honors veteran serving in Afghanistan

A Blue Star flag in the window of Yanice Tejeda will be a constant reminder to neighbors and friends of the service and sacrifice her husband, Pedro, is providing on his fourth tour in Afghanistan. Pedro Tejeda is an E4 specialist with the 649 Engineering Company, a California National Guard unit. Yanice received a Blue Star […]

Fishing guide reveals secrets to catching trout

When people think of Putah Creek and recreation, it’s not often that outstanding trout fishing comes to mind. Not so for Jordon Romney of Winters. Romney is a fly fishing guide for Putah Creek. He leads his clients up and down the interdam reach, a section of creek upstream from Winters but below Monticello Dam, […]

Airsoft gun on Woodland campus leads to student’s arrest

For the second time in two weeks, a Woodland High School student has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a weapon onto the school campus. Woodland police Sgt. Dan Letamendi said a school resource officer notified police Thursday — the last day of school — that a person had a gun on campus, although the […]

Davis Adult School offers exercise classes

Yoga and Pilates are among the classes offered this summer by the Davis Adult School. Classes meet at Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St. in South Davis. They include: * Beginning yoga: This Iyengar-based Hatha yoga class is suitable for beginners and experienced students. Through an emphasis on alignment, the student will develop body awareness, […]

Senior Center presents classes, film, parking lot sale

The Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., will present several classes, a film and parking lot sale this month. Shell Culp of Smooth Transitions will present “Take Control of Downsizing” at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Culp will address some of the tough downsizing questions that seniors often have and walk attendees through some simple steps to make […]