Explorit: Recyclable donations fuel science center’s challenges

In Explorit Science Center’s Challenge Center, ordinary items that most of us normally would throw away get transformed into wondrous creations fusing science and imagination. Plastic bottle caps become wheels for innovative vehicle designs while egg cartons turn into pigs, sheep and other barnyard friends. The Challenge Center unleashes creativity while inviting visitors to experiment […]

Environmental update: Got hazardous waste?

February marks the six-year anniversary of the statewide landfill ban on batteries, fluorescent light bulbs/tubes, TV and computer monitors, and other products containing mercury. These items are illegal to throw in the trash. There are 12 different places in Davis where residents can safely dispose of their household batteries for free: the Davis Senior Center, […]

Why the West Sacramento alternative wasn’t chosen

With hundreds of millions of public dollars at stake, the Water Advisory Committee had every obligation to turn over all available stones during its investigation of the city’s water utility and the possible addition of surface water. Perhaps the stone that the water committee scrutinized the most, aside from the Woodland-Davis surface water project, was […]

Sex assault suspect’s bail boosted to $1 million

The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the grounds of a downtown Davis church last weekend pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felony charges and one misdemeanor count stemming from the alleged crime. Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio also increased Christopher Lynn Romone Turk’s bail from $150,000 to $1 million during the […]

Try these fun and flirty custom candles for Valentine’s Day

By Sandi Genovese Valentine’s Day used to be my least-favorite holiday. It was difficult to find the right balance between a gift that was loving but not sappy. And if you’re not married, there’s the extra complication of celebrating the holiday without scaring off the man in your life by sharing too much love. Oh, […]

City sends Prop. 218 notices for water rate hikes

All property owners in Davis likely will begin receiving Proposition 218 notices from the city of Davis in the mail starting Thursday. The notices announce an upcoming public hearing at which the City Council plans to adopt higher water rates. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Community Chambers at […]

A spectacular Valentine’s Day cake for those who care enough to fuss

By Kim Ode Minneapolis Star Tribune This is a cake for those who care enough to fuss. Even better, it’s a cake for those who want the object of their fussing to think that countless hours, hand cramps and a certain head-over-heels giddiness went into making such a Valentine’s Day dessert. The truth — shhhh […]

WAC members worked hard for ratepayers

After a citizen-driven referendum forced the City Council to repeal a water rate hike that it approved in late 2011 to begin paying off the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project, the council took a step back and bought a year to assemble a Water Advisory Committee. The group was asked to examine the project — and the city’s water utility in general — and make recommendations to the council on how to proceed.

The WAC got to work in late December 2011 at the Senior Center, but the group was soon thrust into prime time …

Saylor meets constituents on Tuesday

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will hold open office hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at The Marketplace, 1411 W. Covell Blvd. in Davis. He invites local residents who have concerns or questions about county issues and operations to stop by. Saylor may be reached on Yolo County business […]

Brain monitoring shows memory at work

Working with patients with electrodes implanted in their brains, researchers at UC Davis and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have shown for the first time that areas of the brain work together at the same time to recall memories. The unique approach promises new insights into how we remember details of […]

UCD seniors plan financial literacy workshop

A workshop on school-related debt and other financial issues facing UC Davis students is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Student Community Center multipurpose room on campus. Topic will include having good credit, with a special section on ways to avoid increasing credit card debt while in school; personal finance; developing a […]

IHOP: Eat pancakes, help kids

On Friday, the International House of Pancakes plans to raise money for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital to mark “national pancake day.” Diners at IHOP’s Sacramento area locations will be encouraged to donate what they would have paid for a short stack of buttermilk pancakes to the Children’s Miracle Network, of which UCD is the […]

Zumba fitness coming to Stonegate

If you’ve ever wanted to give zumba dance fitness a try, now’s the time. Stonegate Country Club in West Davis is offering a 10-week session beginning Monday. Meera Klein is the instructor. Classes will run from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at 919 Lake Blvd. and incorporate international music and dance moves for […]

Art is everywhere

Today’s smartphones are for much more than just communicating — they can create art, too. That’s the premise behind Dave Webb’s “Saturate Yolo” exhibit at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., and an accompanying Facebook project. Webb, a longtime Davis resident, uses his smartphone to capture various images that are on display in the […]