Davis nonprofit produces guide to serving local produce in schools

Farm-fresh food is making a comeback in schools — more than half of California’s 1,000 school districts are engaged in Farm to School activities, according to the USDA’s new Farm to School Census. However, many programs face similar barriers in procuring and preparing fresh produce in the cafeteria. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers, based […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Environmental update: Here’s how to reduce holiday waste

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate an extra 1 million tons of waste each week. Here are a few ways to make Davis an exception to that rule by reducing, reusing and recycling. * Corrugated cardboard boxes: Reuse as storage containers or recycle. * Wrapping paper, gift boxes, cardboard boxes and cards: Save wrapping […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Enjoy a free guided tour of Lake Solano Park

A free, guided historical nature walk is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lake Solano Park near Winters. Volunteers Cricket Kanouff and Kitty Van Newkoop will lead this two-hour, easy-paced tour. Walkers will learn about the Patwin Indians, the Berryessa brothers and John Wolfskill’s impact on the region. In addition, there will […]

December 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor veterans

Volunteers for Wreaths Across America will begin placing holiday wreaths on the graves of this nation’s veterans at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon. This year’s event features the U.S. Air Force Golden West Band. The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Support Committee, Civil Air Patrol, veterans […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hear DHS Madrigals at Connections Café

Visitors to the city of Davis’ 7th and A Connections Café on Monday evening will enjoy a performance by the award-winning Davis High School Madrigal Singers at 6:15 p.m. The weekly café is an opportunity for local residents to drop in and enjoy entertainment, have pleasant conversation, sit in a quiet side room with a […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Day of Buddhist meditation offered in Davis

The Buddhist Meditation and Study Group is offering a free day of meditation and teaching with Vipassana teacher John A. Travis from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. The event will consist of periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and talks by […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Loopy is a 10-month to 1-year-old neutered male purebred black and tan German shepherd. Loopy is a very friendly, happy-go-lucky dog. He has one ear that stays bent to the side, which just adds to his character. He loves to play with other dogs and would be a perfect addition to any family. Jet is a 1- to 1 1/2-year-old […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Enjoy a tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a free public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14. Northern pintails, green-winged teals and northern shovelers all spend summer in the Arctic and return with the cooler weather to winter in the Central Valley. Late migrating waterfowl include snow geese, […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

I-House offers language, workout classes

International House, Davis, is offering a new and continuing language class — beginning Sanskrit and beginning Italian — and a Zumba class this month and in January. Michela Huang-Ciofi will teach a beginning Italian class starting Friday at 4 p.m. in the Hagan Room at I-House, 10 College Park. UC Davis student Pushun Sheth will […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Safe Routes to School project seeks community input

Parents and others interested in ensuring a safe route to school for Davis children are invited to attend a community forum Wednesday evening. The results of the Safe Routes to School walk and bike audit report project will be released at the event, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice offers help to cope through holidays

In grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially difficult. Coping sessions are being offered in English and Spanish from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Yolo Hospice offices, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, in South Davis. This workshop will provide practical and […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Get some ho-ho-ho at your home

By special arrangement with the Davis Odd Fellows, Santa Claus will be making the rounds of homes in Davis, Woodland, Winters and Dixon on several nights before he heads off for his Christmas Eve travels. Local residents can reserve a visit by Jolly Ol’ St. Nick by calling 530-757-2216. The cost is $50 for a […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

BART train gets stuck in tunnel

OAKLAND (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train’s emergency brakes malfunctioned Wednesday, stranding hundreds of passengers in a tunnel and sending at least nine people to hospitals, officials said. Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said the nine were among 11 passengers who were treated for medical issues. The extent of their […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Western cold snap expected to last a week

DENVER (AP) — The jet stream hunkered to the south Wednesday, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to minus-20 or worse in the northern midsection of the country, and forcing much of the rest of the nation to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures. The wintry blast delighted Rocky Mountain ski […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,