Students raise animals with an eye on county fair

Students in the Davis Future Farmers of America program celebrated Saturday’s Tour de Cluck activities by hosting an open house at the Davis High School Ag Barn, showing off their animals and selling plants to visitors.

“We have all of our ‘county fair’ kids here today,” said teacher Ellie Michel, the group’s adviser. “Four swine kids, two goat kids, two sheep kids … and we’ll have about 22 chickens in the fair this year. The two chickens on display today are our class chickens.”

Raising an animal continues to have a timeless appeal among teens. And it involves daily tasks — feeding and watering the animal — plus weekly chores such as weighing the animal. An animal’s needs don’t stop, even during summer vacation.

Father and son to present cancer research

What started as a dinner-table conversation between a teen and his father has become a bonafide cancer research study for Matthew Lara, a Davis High School sophomore and the son of Primo “Lucky” Lara Jr., a medical oncologist and researcher at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento. Matthew, 16, will put on a […]

Tashima teaches tai chi this summer

Starting Sunday, June 9, the Davis Shambhala Meditation Center will offer an early-morning tai chi class taught in Yang style short form. The class will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the center, 133 D St., Suite H, downtown. Developed more than 1,000 years ago, tai chi is a part of the Chinese system of health […]

Kids can create bicycle art at summer camp

A bike-themed art camp for children ages 6-12 will be offered at the Davis Art Center in June. In this fun, relaxed studio art class, students will have time to explore many different kinds of bicycle art. They will learn how to design, cut and print bike stencils; how to make prints using bicycle parts; […]

Walk through Quail Ridge Reserve on June 15

Local residents are invited to take an interpretive walk on the Quail Ridge Reserve from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Frank Maurer, executive director of the conservancy, will lead the walk, pointing out highlights about wildlife and native inhabitants of the Lake Berryessa peninsula. Hikers should bring binoculars, a camera, drinking water and […]

Market concert benefits tornado victims

Selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” will be performed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Farmers Market as a benefit for victims of last week’s devastating tornado in Moore, Okla. Donations from listeners will be accepted with gratitude. Performers from the recent Davis Musical Theatre Company’s production of “Oklahoma!,” which ended […]

Free inspections set for child car seats

Parents are invited to have their infant and child car seats inspected free of charge between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday at the Winters Fire Department, 700 Main St. Inspections will be performed by certified technicians to ensure proper car seat installation and fittings. The experts also will advise parents and caregivers how to choose […]

Cuban philosophers will speak at UCD

The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas will host a talk by two Cuban philosophers on Wednesday, June 5. Yohanka León del Río and Felix Valdes García, professors at the University of Havana, were granted visas by the State Department to attend the Latin American Studies Association conference in Washington, D.C., and will then present their […]

Will Davis be the coolest California city?

The last day to join the Cool California Challenge is Thursday. Davis is competing with other cities around the state to be the best at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The awards ceremony is being planned; the press release will soon be written,” a news release said. “The time to help our city is now!” Local […]

More bolts fail on new Bay Bridge

OAKLAND (AP) — The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has another bolt problem — this one involving the bicycle path, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Numerous bolts used to anchor the railing along the path have failed, forcing the California Department of Transportation to make plans to replace hundreds of the steel […]

Davis High School honors its seniors

Scholarships worth more than $1 million were presented to Davis High School’s graduating seniors Tuesday evening as their parents, teachers and peers celebrated their achievements at the annual Senior Awards Night ceremony. More than 200 members of the Class of 2013 were honored. “It is a time to celebrate excellence — excellence in service, athletics, […]

Bob Dunning: Need a room in Eugene? Call me

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF … my goodness, gracious, that was quite an announcement from UC Davis late last week that our beloved Aggies will be heading to Eugene in three years to take on the merciless Oregon Ducks on the gridiron … now, a lot can happen in three years, but suffice it to say, this […]

Awards galore go to DHS seniors

The complete list of honors presented at Tuesday’s Davis High School Senior Awards Night: Local, state and national scholarships Association of California School Administrators Future Educator Award: Destiny Smith Cabrillo Civic Club of California Scholarships: Lucy Brazil, Samantha Ramos Cache Creek Conservancy Scholarship: Lindsay Brandt California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship: Hibatallah Eltahir California School Employees Association Scholarships: Abigail Furlow, Aidan Prien, Casey Schnathorst […]