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UCD’s plant breeding academy to help with food security

The African Plant Breeding Academy, run by UC Davis in collaboration with Mars Inc. and their global partners, graduated its first class of plant breeders in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. The academy, a program of the African Orphan Crops Consortium, is based at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. It is designed to increase food […]

School board will vote on repairs, new portables

After ceremonially swearing in two recently elected trustees, the Davis Board of Education will face a full agenda when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The board is scheduled to vote on two projects involving aging buildings at the Valley Oak, Holmes Junior High and […]

Million Cat Challenge aims to rescue shelter felines

One million homeless and abandoned cats may get a new lease on life over the next five years thanks to the efforts of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis; the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida; and hundreds of animal shelters throughout North America. Together, they have launched the Million […]

Parent/toddler art and music program offered

Peregrine School in South Davis is launching a new program in January, “Parent and Child in the Arts,” a shared experience between a parent or grandparent with a toddler ages 12 to 30 months, exploring art and music together. The program will offer a playful environment designed to provide experiences that foster creative thinking and imagination, and […]

Soup’s On will benefit NAMI-Yolo

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor announces that next year’s Soup’s On fundraiser will benefit NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Now in its 11th year, the fundraiser will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the St. James Church Community Center, 1275 B St. in Davis. For more […]

Beer and film tour boosts bike group’s coffers

The 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour — New Belgium Brewing’s beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show — raised $139,524 this year after traveling to 21 cities across the nation. Approximately 20,200 people attended the various tour stops this year. The tour stopped in Davis’ Community Park on Friday, Aug. 1, and raised $6,772 for Davis Bicycles!, a […]

Free food and fellowship offered at Christmas Eve Holiday Meal

Local residents who crave the fellowship of community on Christmas Eve are invited to the Davis Food Co-op’s 29th annual Holiday Meal, a free dinner offered to everyone on Wednesday, Dec. 24. The buffet meal will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Coffee and snacks […]

Fibro Friends will update their journals

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will gather from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for their monthly meeting at the Vaca Valley Health Plaza, 1000 Nut Tree Road, Suite 240, in Vacaville. Members are asked to bring the journals they have been keeping, and will work on them during this meeting. There will be journals available […]

Yolo County needs a few good advisers

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on more than two dozen advisory bodies. For more information and to submit an application, visit www.yolocounty.org (go to Residents > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or contact your Yolo County supervisor. Vacancies exist on the Capay Valley […]

Chávez winter concert is about more than entertainment

On Wednesday night, the Spanish Immersion first-graders at Chávez Elementary School will proudly present a multicultural winter choral concert for their families. The program features songs in Spanish and English — and even one in Hebrew — celebrating various seasonal holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Students will perform alongside a live band that includes Chávez teacher and musical […]

Study: National monument could boost local economy

A national monument designation for the Berryessa Snow Mountain region in Northern California is likely to have significant economic benefits for the local economy, according to a new independent study by Economic & Planning Systems Inc. The increase in annual visitation to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, estimated at 20 to 30 percent, would have […]

Per Capita Davis: Time to stop fooling around

I use the last column of each year to sum up, in my own mind, the progress, or lack thereof, we’re making to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. As in past years, the first measuring stick is the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Data from the National Oceanic and […]

Input sought on county’s facility needs

Yolo County is seeking residents’ input on a strategic plan for managing its facility needs now and into the future. This past year, Yolo County contracted with Jacobs Engineering Group to conduct a space utilization study. The need was identified through the development of the county’s capital improvement plan and the desire to take a […]

Libraries will be closed around the holidays

All Yolo County Library branches, including the Yolo County Archives and Records Center, will be closed Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Additionally, there will be some reduction in hours beginning Monday, Dec. 22, and continuing through the end of the year. “In years past, we have had extended closures during the winter holidays […]

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