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Mom takes witness stand in Davis elder-abuse trial

WOODLAND — She was called as a prosecution witness, but a Davis woman came to the defense of her son Friday at his trial for allegedly causing the death of a mentally impaired man who spent several years in his care. “Jimmy was the helper,” Darlene Mattos said of son James Matthew Mattos, 53, who […]

Paws for Thought: Dogs truly do make us healthier

Remember all those cautions about dirty dogs? Well scientific evidence offers a more positive view. For starters, research shows that not only do people have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, but that our canine companion’s microbes add to that mix, and that’s good. Scientists are finding that a diverse microbiome plays a […]

Raw milk bill spoils in Assembly

Two years ago, small family farmers who were issued cease-and-desist letters for sharing or selling their raw milk without a permit sought input from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and others to figure out a way of sharing and selling the excess raw milk. Home dairy farmers, with technical input from agencies such […]

Heinemeier, Hallmark Properties are helping the planet

Learn more What: “Call of the Wolf”: an Earth Day celebration plus awards presentation When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Admission: $10 adults, $5 children Pre-register: at www.cooldaviscallofthewolf.eventbrite.com Info: info@cooldavis.org * Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting Cool Davis’ Eco-Heroes and Climate Solutions Award winners. Today’s […]

Rotarians, students, teachers, parents collaborate on planter boxes

On a recent Saturday morning, members of the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club helped build seven redwood garden planter boxes in which Davis High School students will grow food for the school’s kitchen. The planters stand where the old multipurpose room was torn down last summer. Rotarians, parents and DHS students and teachers, in collaboration with […]

Garden doctor: Veggie gardening available year-round

Question: I moved from the Midwest last year, where we planted a vegetable garden in the spring and “put it to bed” in the fall. California is different! How can I grow onions here? Do people ever use sets? Mine bolted last summer. Also, when can I plant peppers? Tomatoes? Answer: In the Sacramento area, […]

Community invited to help create ‘welcoming bench’ at Willett Elementary

Community members are invited to participate in the creation of a “welcoming bench” at Willett Elementary. Acclaimed local artist Linda Fitz Gibbon will be working with community members to create tiles for the bench at 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, at the school, 1207 Sycamore Lane. A tax-deductible donation of $40 per tile […]

Environmental update: Helpful hints for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. What are your plans to help the Earth? How about reducing the amount of waste you generate? CalRecycle estimates that in 2012, Davis residents threw away 2.7 pounds of trash each day. That’s not bad compared to a 2012 statewide average of 4.3 pounds, but that’s still a lot of […]

Former resident returns for book-signing

Former Davis resident Tanya Chalupa returns to town with her latest book, “A Rookie Cop Vs. The West Coast Mafia.” A book-signing is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Chalupa co-authored the nonfiction work with William G. Palmini Jr. The book shows how the Mafia in the West […]

Care planning workshops will begin Thursday

Yolo Adult Day Health Center will present its popular four-part “Care Planning: A Part of Aging” workshop beginning Thursday. Meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, 20 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland. Advanced care planning enables one to be better prepared for what lies ahead in caring […]

Riparian restoration workshop on Wednesday

A workshop on the latest restoration techniques for riparian ecosystems will be presented from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20 west of Woodland. It is geared toward educating landowners, students, restoration professionals and other interested parties. Continuing education credit from the state Department […]

Road work closes route near Willow Slough

Due to road construction, County Road 98 between Roads 27 and 28 south of Woodland will be closed to all traffic April 21-25. Detour signs will direct motorists to alternate routes on Roads 27, 29, 95 and 99. The road will be closed to allow Teichert Construction to correct the approaches to the bridge crossing […]

Northern California photographer to speak at forum

The Woodland Camera Forum will present a photography program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland. The guest photographer will be Douglas Parks. Born in San Francisco in 1955, Parks has spent virtually his entire life in Northern California. He began taking pictures as a young boy with his […]

Hear poets at The Other Voice

Poets Ray Coppock and Carlena Wike will be featured at The Other Voice at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. Refreshments and open mic follow the reading, so bring along a poem to share. Coppock, one of the founders of The Other Voice, […]

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