Winkler dinner raises funds for scholarships

The 13th annual Winkler Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The annual event will include a five-course gourmet dinner, individually prepared by professional chefs. Dinner courses will be paired with premium wines, introduced by the winemakers who donated them. The dinner will be […]

For the record

An article in Tuesday’s edition of The Enterprise listed the wrong date for a performance by Catherine Mandela at the International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Mandela performed on Sunday, April 21.

Shorebirds fit into puzzling future of rice farming

Yolo County’s rice farmland is home to more than one entity that needs to cope with changes in order to survive.

“We get up every morning, look for the sunshine, and hope it’s going to be a good day,” said Yolo County rice farmer Jack De Witte. His 1,500-acre stretch of land sprawls in the Yolo Bypass, and neighbors many unlikely allies — long-legged shorebirds wading in wetlands.

The two — the rice farmer and the (native and migratory) waterbirds — are reliant on one another in their less than ideal circumstances.

Storytime for young children planned

Blending story, song and handmade puppets, Waldorf educator Jan Schubert will present the charming tale, “Going to Sleep on the Farm,” for children ages 2-5 and their parents at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Davis Waldorf School, 3100 Sycamore Lane. This will be followed by a seasonal craft for a parent and child to do […]

Good Health Festival coming May 18

The Good Health Festival, a gathering of local health care and family-service businesses to promote health and safety in the community and to raise funds for the public schools, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Covell Professional Center, corner of Anderson Road and Covell Boulevard. More than 30 vendors will […]

Extinct bird’s giant egg fetches $101,813 at auction

LONDON (AP) — A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction. Christie’s auction house said Wednesday that the  egg — a foot long and nearly 9 inches in diameter — fetched 66,675 pounds ($101,813). It had been valued at 20,000 to […]

State taxes exceed expectations

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is on track to collect $4 billion more in personal income taxes than Gov. Jerry Brown had expected, giving a potential boost to education funding, the legislative analyst’s office said Tuesday. The state has been posting strong tax collections so far this fiscal year, which ends June 30. […]

Council approves larger STEAC modular building

The Short Term Emergency Aid Committee will be able to erect the larger modular building it was hoping for after all. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved construction of a new 80-by-24-foot modular building on the southeast corner of Fifth and D streets that will replace the deteriorating food closet and garage that STEAC […]

UCLA first school in UC system to ban smoking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has become the first school in the University of California system to ban smoking on campus. The Los Angeles Times says a no-tobacco policy was launched Monday on Earth Day. The policy will operate on an honor system. The ban also includes smokeless tobacco and the sale and advertising of tobacco […]

Bob Dunning: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls

I’m telling you, the bicycle folks in this town are relentless. For many of them, riding a bike is a religious experience, which may explain why you see so many of them pedaling furiously along our country roads on a Sunday morning. The other day a dedicated cyclist named Jim responded to something I wrote […]

Name Droppers: Davis mom awarded grant

Soroptimist International of Davis gave a boost to a Davis mom when it presented its Women’s Opportunity Award on April 10. At a luncheon at Odd Fellows Hall, the women’s service organization presented Gesche Langen with the $2,000 grant. The award goes to women who are primary wage earners for their families, to help them […]

A hero’s welcome

The 2013 “Hero of the Year” award went to three employees of Liberty Safes in West Sacramento — Douglas Foster, Shawn McMahon and Andrew Wing — who on Oct. 27, 2012, chased and cornered a man who robbed an 86-year-old woman of her purse outside their business. Foster and his family were greeted by Aloha, […]

Transfer students into Davis have counterbalanced slow decline in number of local resident students

Approximately 550 out-of-district transfer students attend the Davis public schools. At times, this has produced some pointed public comment at school board meetings, with local parents and homeowners — who typically point out that they paid more to buy a home in Davis, and pay local school parcel taxes to support academic programs in Davis […]

Supervisors put skids on off-road vehicle recreation park

Off-road riding enthusiasts seeking a legal place to ride in Yolo County suffered a setback Tuesday when county supervisors chose not to seek a state planning grant for an off-highway vehicle recreation park that would be located northeast of Woodland. The proposed site of the recreation area — between county roads 102 and 103 and […]