Library marks progress in adult literacy

Yolo Reads, the Yolo County Library’s adult literacy program, will hold its fifth annual Literacy Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. This event will honor the adults who have worked to improve their reading and writing skills through Yolo Reads, and the […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

A new era of marine sciences at UC Davis

The new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis will bring an undergraduate program in marine sciences, a spruced-up Bodega Marine Laboratory and enhanced opportunities for collaboration and education among marine scientists spread across UCD.

From the laboratories at the university’s main campus near the state’s political center of Sacramento to the shores of Bodega Bay on California’s north coast, a diverse group of marine scientists and policymakers at UCD has been studying the most critical issues affecting oceans, and the creatures …

Audit will examine how universities deal with sex assaults

By Nanette Asimov SACRAMENTO — Early on a pitch-black February morning in 2012, Sofie Karasek, a UC Berkeley freshman, lay sleeping in a room with 10 classmates during a student getaway. The 19-year-old woke suddenly, confused, feeling the touch of a hand. She realized with horror that another student had slipped against her, so close she […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Friends of the West Pond are inspiring

Friends of West Pond are at it again — improving habitat, creating beauty, sharing knowledge and having a good time doing it. They are a great model for neighborhood groups. The latest big deal: Tall rocket-style bat roosting boxes are now at the north end of the greenbelt. This is a personal project of Eagle […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Library series offers tips for do-it-yourselfers

A series of informational workshops is planned this fall at the Stephens Branch Library in support of the growing urban homesteading movement. Led by local specialists, the four-part series, “Farm It! Darn It! The Urban Homesteading Series,” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 8, […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

FRESNO (AP) — An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday. The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

All set for school

Davis police Officer Nick Gillette and Michele Salisbury, secretary at Birch Lane Elementary School, unload backpacks Wednesday morning from Gillette’s patrol car. Thanks to donations from community members and residents and staff members at the University Retirement Community, 167 brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies soon will be in the hands of Davis schoolchildren in […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Horror films, comics come together for DHS grad

Surely, parallels have never before been drawn between these three things: Davis High School, Southern folklore and a web-slinging costumed crime-fighter. Yet there’s some commonality: Each influenced Tom Hammock, a 38-year-old Davis native. The former Blue Devil has credits on both the big screen and in hardcover (more on the South and Spider-Man’s part in […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Diamonds to make leap to new home

At last, Davis Diamonds Gymnastics has landed a new home.

With a hefty waiting list to enroll in its programs and burgeoning boys and girls teams that are shackled by the insufficient size and awkward dimensions of the gym, the gymnastics company has scoured Davis over the past few years in search of a new facility.

If plans stay on track, despite years of back-and-forth with banks and land owners, Davis Diamonds will build a brand-new facility in South Davis …

Bob Dunning: Board is jumping to conclusions

A TAXING SITUATION … “Trustees modify school parcel tax,” said the front-page headline late last week, providing a shock to the system of the 69 percent of us who voted for Measure E last November … yes, even though I had misgivings about some strange wording on the ballot measure about who had to pay […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Ideas take root at Third Space garden

A team of volunteers broke ground Wednesday on a new community garden adjacent to Third Space, the new name for the venue at 946 Olive Drive venue shared by the Davis Flea Market and a new art collective. The garden on the north side of the building is part of an effort to “beautify and […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Get information about UCD nursing school

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will host an information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 1222 of the UCD Health System’s Education Building, 4610 X St. in Sacramento. All admitted fall 2014 students receive financial support “to ensure that the most promising students who share […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Jewish High Holy Days celebrated in Davis

Jews in Davis and Yolo County will join millions of others throughout the world to celebrate the beginning of the Hebrew year 5774 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13. Known as the Days of Awe, the most solemn time of the Jewish calendar, the period highlights the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Former resident returns as an author

Former Davis resident Tom Hoskins returns to town at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss his book, “When I Was a Kid,” at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. “It’s designed to encourage mentors of all ages to encourage our youth,” said Hoskins, 64, of his semi-autobiographical book. “I attempt to reverse the message most people […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,