Nonfiction author Feldman to speak at UCD

The University Writing Program at UC Davis will feature nonfiction author and novelist Jay Feldman in its next “Conversations with Writers” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in 126 Voorhies Hall. Feldman is the author of 2005’s “When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes” and 2001’s “Manufacturing Hysteria: A […]

Authors to discuss ‘Your Ideal Cat’

Benjamin and Lynette Hart will give a free public talk about their new book, “Your Ideal Cat: Insights into Breed and Gender Differences in Cat Behavior,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the MU Store Lounge inside the UC Davis Memorial Union. Based on a lifetime of research and interviews with 80 […]

Editor to discuss gay, lesbian romance on TV, in film

Pamela Demory will discuss her new book, “Queer Love in Film and Television: Critical Essays,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in 126 Voorhies Hall at UC Davis. Demory co-edited the book of 22 essays that ask how films and television programs in the past two decades “play with, imitate, subvert, mock, critique and […]

Garamendi to field questions in Davis

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has set dates for a series of town hall-style meetings, including one from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Garamendi will discuss issues relating to senior citizens — including proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare — followed by a question-and-answer […]

Skydiving party raises awareness of ALS

It’s not too late to join The Skydiving Specktacular crew, which will take to the skies Sunday to raise awareness and funding for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal, progressive neuromuscular disease. Instead of starting at 10 a.m., the gathering begins at 11:45 a.m. in the picnic area at SkyDance SkyDiving at the Yolo […]

Hear birds as well as see them at guided wetlands tour

Bird song abounds in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area now as many species announce their territories or attempt to attract mates. Members of the public are invited to hear the chorus on an early morning guided tour of the Wildlife Area, led by Yolo Basin Foundation docents, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11. […]

Central Coast poet visits Davis for reading

Monterey writer and poet Patrice Vecchione will read from her latest book of poetry, “The Knot Untied,” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Vecchione also is the author of “Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within,” which the San Francisco Chronicle called […]

City leaders share budget details at public forum

Community members who want to learn more about the city of Davis’ budget are invited to a free presentation by Mayor Joe Krovoza and City Manager Steve Pinkerton from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. This is the third presentation in the […]

UCD grad a judge on ‘Big Brain’ reality show

Reality  show judges don’t come much more qualified than Christine Gulbranson of “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Discovery. The network hopes the show will stand out among singing competitions, Kardashians and cooking competitions with what it promises in a news release are “seemingly impossible engineering challenges.” Gulbranson earned […]

What’s a Watsu? Benefits of aquatic massage therapy extolled

By Laurie Loving Are your joints — especially your hips, elbows and hands — aching with the throbbing pain of arthritis? Is your body stiff and contorted with the muscular contractions of Parkinson’s disease? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed from juggling children and a busy career? If you are experiencing chronic pain or stress, […]

Woodland-Davis water tour slated

The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency will host a tour of its proposed surface water facilities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 13. The free tour is open to Davis and Woodland ratepayers. Contact Lynanne Mehlhaff of the agency at 530-757-5673 or lmehlhaff@wdcwa.com to reserve a spot and receive details.

UNICEF official will speak at UC Davis

Dr. Susan Bissell, chief of child protection for UNICEF, will speak at UC Davis on Monday, May 13. Her presentation, titled “The Protection of Children In Our Globalizing World: Change, Challenge and Champions,” will discuss her work to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children. Bissell will speak at 5 p.m. in […]

School board to discuss GATE planning, DHS shade structure

The Davis school board will hear an update covering several aspects of planning for the Gifted and Talented Education program, consider a proposed shade structure over an outdoor dining area at Davis High School and review a draft version of a proposed five-year plan for the district’s career technical education courses when the trustees gather […]

Robotics team shines in St. Louis

The Citrus Circuits robotics team featuring local high school students took their robot all the way to the Final Four of the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis last weekend — the farthest the team has ever advanced in its nine-year history.

Along the way, the students and their coach — Da Vinci Charter Academy teacher Steve Harvey — displayed the innovative, problem-solving spirit and gracious professionalism they’ve become known for, including creating a sophisticated scouting system …