Pre-holiday market opens at noon

Shoppers will find everything but the turkey for their Thanksgiving tables at the Davis Farmers Market’s pre-Thanksgiving market on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The market is bursting with farm-fresh, organic and conventionally grown fall fruits and vegetables; local eggs and honey; cheese; wine; […]

Volunteers needed to grow plants for habitat restoration

The Putah Creek Council is recruiting volunteers to help grow plants for habitat improvement projects along the creek and its tributaries. The plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed, and are propagated and maintained by community volunteers to be planted out in various project areas during the […]

Students come together for sustainability

By Gary Nelson More than 600 students from college campuses across the state gathered to attend the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s Fall 2014 Convergence at UC Davis on Nov. 14-16. The coalition is a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, unites, connects, supports and empowers students from around California to transform their schools and communities into models […]

Adopt a family for the holidays

You can help What: Adopt a family for the holidays When: Food and gifts must be delivered by Dec. 9-11 to First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd. How: Sign up for a family by calling 530-758-8435, emailing or visiting Or, send cash: To the STEAC office at 1900 E. Eighth St., […]

Learn how to accommodate low-vision readers

A talk about how to convert documents to an accessible format for low-vision readers is planned at UC Davis as part of the ongoing UCD Campus Community Book Project. David Ritz, who works in human resources at UCD, and Joshua Hori of the Student Disability Center, will be the presenters from noon to 1:30 p.m. […]

‘The Nutcracker’ magic returns to Vets’ Theater

The magic of the holiday season comes to the Veterans’ Memorial Theater stage this weekend as Hanneke Lohse & Co. and the Davis Art Center present their annual “Nutcracker Ballet.” Performances are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The show and story allow everyone to be transported back to their childhood and remember their memories about the holiday,” says Sarah Nguyen, who shares the role of Clara with her younger sister, Kristy; both are Davis High School students. “That connection allows the watcher to relate to Clara following her journey and adventure.

Senior Center hosts holiday sing-along

All are invited to join fellow music lovers at a holiday sing-along on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Pianist Sharon Cuthbertson will play familiar holiday songs, plus a sprinkling of pop favorites of baby boomers, as all join voices in a casual, welcoming setting. […]

As snow fades, California ski resorts are left high and very dry

By John Branch TWIN BRIDGES — At ski areas up and down the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, where California’s drought has hit historic proportions and the broader threat of climate change hangs heavy over an industry built on optimism, the man-made snow is flying. A couple of resorts have managed to open a […]

Adults with autism may be ‘wired’ to ignore external feedback — even when it’s positive

Learning is complicated for students with autism. Their challenges include the social pitfalls of interacting with classmates and their instructors and ignoring their areas of intense focused interest, such as video games, which may compete for their attention. New research from the UC Davis MIND Institute may have identified another important reason why students with […]

Rainbow City community meeting set Dec. 1

Community conversation about how to rebuild the beloved Rainbow City playground in Community Park will continue at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Children’s activities and supervision will be provided, so parents may participate in the discussion. Representatives from Siegfried, the project architects, and Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, who […]

Wolks share their unique perspective on Davis

Former Mayor Lois Wolk and current Mayor Dan Wolk, mother and son, will talk about “Davis: Past, Present and Future” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the auditorium at the University Retirement Community, 1515 Shasta Drive. Lois Wolk, now a state senator and twice mayor of Davis in the 1990s, and her son Dan, […]

Open your heart

What: Classes for prospective foster parents, taught by experienced foster parents and child welfare staff When: Ongoing Where: Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland Learn more: Visit or email Cherie Schroeder at

Berkeley, Santa Cruz students protest fee hikes

BERKELEY (AP) — Student protesters remained inside buildings at two University of California campuses as their demonstrations against tuition hikes stretched into the weekend. A peaceful sit-in began on Wednesday in hallways and lobbies at Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The next day students took over a building at UC, Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz […]

Bob Dunning: Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

In late October, just a few days before Halloween, in fact, as I was using a back road to sneak into Davis after a visit to the Big City across the river, I found myself waiting at a red light at the Gas ‘n’ God intersection in far East Davis. I was westbound on the […]