Completely sustainable local company seeks to sustain the city’s beauty

Pedal Powered Landscaping, a sustainable local business founded by Evan Ware, is embarking on a crusade to beautify the city of Davis. Ware said his company aims to spruce up sites around the community, including high traffic areas, abandoned parking lots, local public gardens and other unmaintained public landscaping eyesores. He noted that his company […]

Summer decorating: Bring natural beauty to your home

By Mary Carol Garrity To embrace the blissful, mellow season of summer, I sweep through my home, gathering up winter’s rich, intricate layers and replacing them with light and breezy accents that let my rooms breathe. Giving your home a summer makeover can be as simple as weaving in a few key pieces of seasonal […]

Use navy to anchor your home decor

By Mary Carol Garrity Scripps Howard News Service For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession. Navy […]

Make your own chair-back covers

By Shari Hiller and Matt Fox Scripps Howard News Service Sometimes dining chairs don’t seem very welcoming or comfortable. In fact, wood-back chairs often aren’t very comfy and can cause a lovely dinner to be cut short. Well, never fear, a solution is here: chair-back covers. We wish we’d padded ours a bit, but that […]

Here’s how to ‘grow’ a beautiful patio in the backyard

By Maureen Gilmer Scripps Howard News Service It’s easy to create a drop-dead-gorgeous outdoor area for summer gatherings. Whether you have a new landscape or are just sprucing up your old patio, deck or terrace, consider these dos and don’ts from the pros as to what and where to plant. * Don’t oversize plants. Designers […]

Five secrets to high-contrast decorating

By Mary Carol Garrity Scripps Howard News Service Dan and I are proof that opposites attract. I tease him that he’s so mellow, he’s one step above a coma. And he says I’m so hyper, I could be a poster child for Ritalin. Pairing opposites may or may not be the recipe for a good […]

Per Capita Davis: Weird science may save us all

Somewhere deep in our hearts, I think we all fundamentally believe this climate change stuff is going to turn out OK; we will have some adverse effects but humanity will dodge the bullet and things won’t be as bad as we fear. We may not be optimistic about the future but we are hopeful and, […]

Woodland honors five homes of historical significance

Five homes of historical significance in Woodland will receive Heritage Home Awards at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the City Council Chambers at Woodland City Hall, 300 First St. More than 100 such awards have been presented by the Woodland Historic Preservation Commission  since 1989. The Heritage Home Award is given in […]

Clips Beer & Film Tour raised $9,400 for Davis Bicycles!

Nearly $9,400 was raised for Davis Bicycles! at New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour event on July 26. About 1,800 people came out to Central Park to sample beers and enjoy films. The tour is in its fourth year and will travel to 21 cities this season. The event showcases amateur films while […]

Tour Quail Ridge Reserve on Oct. 12.

Local residents are invited to take an interpretive walk on the Quail Ridge Reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. 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 […]

Bee-a-Thon raises awareness of insect’s importance

Bee-a-Thon 3, a free multimedia event, will take Davis residents on a deep dive into the microcosm and the symphony of pollination. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, from noon to midnight, E. Emmet Brady will host a variety of guest experts and entertainers as they open the window to the world of bees and other pollinators. […]

Cabrillo Club plans September meeting

On Monday, Sept. 9, the Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will hold its monthly meeting at Holy Rosary Pastoral Center, 503 California St. in Woodland. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. The agenda includes nominations for the 2014 board members, the results of the All Sports summer pedro card party and […]

Can you help identify family photos?

The newest exhibit at the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, 445 C St. in Central Park, is a set of dozens of family photographs. The photographs were discovered in 1984 in a drawer in a donated dressing table sold at a fundraiser at International House in Davis. No record of the donor was kept. A […]

Body ID’d as missing federal investigator

OAKLAND (AP) — A woman’s body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator, authorities said Tuesday. The Alameda County Coroner’s office has identified the body as 50-year-old Sandra Coke of Oakland, who had been missing since Aug. 4, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said during a […]