Crafts, cider and Santa set at Square Tomatoes fair

Hot spiced cider, photos with Santa and Mexican chocolate will be part of the festivities at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Davis’ Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Shoppers will find holiday wreaths, gourd ornaments, Santa’s stockings and Sierra Club calendars. Sonya Smith will be selling handmade […]

Final chance to see Candy Cane Court

For a full decade, Candy Cane Court has dazzled as one of the crown jewels in The Davis Enterprise holiday decorating contest. The court, dressed from head to toe in blinking lights, featuring full scenes of handmade wooden cut-out characters — and, of course, candy canes as far as the eye can see — became […]

Lights, get Camera, see attrActions

From candy canes and little toy trains to dancing lights and reindeer flights, this year’s Davis Enterprise Holiday Decorating Contest has a little bit of everything.

The entrants span the breadth and depth of the city of Davis, giving travelers the option of focusing on decoration close to home, plotting a course in the GPS or following the map on Page A11. To visit all the winning homes, fill up the Thermos with coffee and the sippy cups with cocoa and enjoy the ride around town.

Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama’s short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened […]

Water committee rebuffs council directive, holds firm on rate model

The Water Advisory Committee stood by its original decision Thursday to recommend that the City Council implement what it believes is the most fair and affordable model to bill Davis utility ratepayers for water. On Tuesday, the City Council rejected the untested consumption-based fixed rate structure, saying its complexity could jeopardize approval of the Woodland-Davis […]

UC still attracts top profs, report says

By Jill Tucker The University of California consistently attracts the country’s best and brightest, pays those professors well, and rarely sees any of them quit to take another job, a pattern that hasn’t changed despite the recession and years of budget cuts, according to a nonpartisan state report released Thursday. The 10 UC campuses have continued […]

Bob Dunning: Outdoor water use beautifies our town

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP FOR PLANTS … as the debate about the proposed multimillion-dollar water project rages on, we’re hearing much discussion about the difference between indoor water use and outdoor water use … indoor is being billed with such terms as “essential,” “basic” and “essential to life” … outdoor is billed […]

Library branches closed over holiday break

All branches of the Yolo County Library — including the Stephens Branch Library at 315 E. 14th St. and the satellite branch at Montgomery Elementary School in Davis — will be closed beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 1. The closures are necessitated by staff furloughs due to budget cuts. Library items will not be […]

Yolo nets $1.4 million in Walgreen environmental suit settlement

Yolo County will be one of four counties to receive more than $1 million from the Illinois-based Walgreen Co. under a civil environmental prosecution settlement, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in Alameda County back in June and led by the district […]

Brain cells activated, reactivated in learning, memory

Memories are made of this, the song says. Now, neuroscientists have for the first time shown individual mouse brain cells being switched on during learning and later reactivated during memory recall. The results were published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. We store episodic memories about events in our lives in a part of a […]

Davis High finals will precede winter break

Final exams before Christmas? Yep — Davis High School is trying it this year.

Although DHS traditionally has scheduled its fall-semester final exams in January, this year, students will take their finals next week as part of a pilot project. The goals are to boost the academic performance of struggling students, and put all students in a better position to relax during their two-week winter break.

Final exams will begin Tuesday and end Friday. Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 7.

From Snow White to bats, UCD shares holiday buffet of books

UC Davis has assembled its annual holiday gift guide to books from campus authors. Here’s a look: “Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health,” by Joseph Dumit (Duke University Press, $23.95, 280 pages) — Featuring a cover photo of stacks of pill bottles, this book discusses how the pharmaceutical industry has made people feel […]

Explorit: Many ways to offer your support

By Lisa Justice During this season of giving, there are lots of ways to support your local science center. You can start by using a scrip card every time you shop at Nugget Markets. Just pick up a card from Explorit’s office, 3141 Fifth St., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Register […]

Books galore!

César Chávez Elementary School third-graders, from left, Sophia Dahlgren, Helena Young and Jake Wilkinson check out some of the 6,000 books, DVDs and CDs donated for a Student Council used book sale that took place Wednesday and Thursday at the school. Two classes won pizza parties for their contributions: Gail Mitchell’s fourth-grade class contributed more […]