State aims to test students’ critical thinking

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple-choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled a set of proposals Tuesday to rewrite the state’s battery of standardized tests that students take every spring to measure achievement […]

Wireless: Tech CEO brings first-of-its-kind fermentation to UCD

In another advance for innovative winemaking, students and faculty at UC Davis are now processing wine with the world’s first wireless fermentation system, thanks to a recently completed $3.5 million network designed, built and donated to the university by Silicon Valley semiconductor executive T.J. Rodgers. Rodgers, a wine lover and winery owner, is founder, president […]

Sutter qigong classes begin Monday

Sutter-sponsored qigong classes begin Monday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. “Qigong for Healthy Aging” runs from 4 to 5 p.m., “Yin Yang Medical Qigong” from 5 to 6 p.m. and “Qigong Movement, Massage, Meditation” from 6 to 7 p.m. Classes are filling and space is limited. The fee for the 10-week session […]

County update: Tips for safe, clean drinking water from private wells

By Leslie Lindbo If you live in one of Yolo County’s incorporated cities, your tap water and the systems that deliver it are likely provided by a public agency, and therefore regularly and rigorously examined per state law. Private wells, however, are a different story. The quality and protection of private well drinking water is […]

Storyteller visits I-House on Sunday

The Children’s International Storytelling Program kicks of 2013 with a program at 2 p.m. Sunday in the lounge at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Sara Woo will tell an international tale, “Around the World with Sara Woo.” The event is free to I-House members, and others are asked to contribute $2 per child or […]

Two workshops Saturday at Central Park Gardens

Garden lovers are invited to start the new year with a free workshop on the ins and outs of dormant pruning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Central Park Gardens. Master Gardener Steve Radosovich will lead the workshop, explaining that dormant pruning is done to encourage growth to a desired shape as well as to strengthen a […]

St. James hosts blood drive Sunday

Local residents can give the gift of life by donating blood at a drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center, 1275 B St. in Davis. Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be generally healthy and […]

Applicants sought for county advisory boards

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on a couple of dozen county advisory bodies. For more information and to submit an application, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or contact your Yolo County supervisor. […]

Bingo benefits DHS Madrigals

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers will benefit from the Davis Odd Fellows’ bingo fundraiser Sunday afternoon. Doors open at noon at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., and games begin at 1 p.m. Cash prizes up to $250, pull-tab instant winners up to $100 and raffle prizes are included in the fun. The […]

Bee expert calls for habitat support

Learn more What: “Buzzed for Bees” with Robbin Thorp When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 Where: Rush Ranch, Suisun Directions: From Highway 12 in Suisun City, head south on Grizzly Island Road for about two miles. The entrance gate is on the right. The workshop takes place in the Nature Center past the big white […]

Big day of birding set with Colborn

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Terry Colborn will lead an all-day trip to multiple birding spots in the greater Sacramento Valley, taking participants on a search for wintering shorebirds, ducks, geese, swans, hawks, owls and sandhill cranes. The trip, which runs from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include a drive through the Yolo Bypass Wildlife […]

Training offered for new wetlands docents

The Yolo Basin Foundation is offering training for individuals interested in becoming docents for the city of Davis wetlands tour program. Participants will learn about the various biological processes that enhance water quality, the advantages of a native plant community, and how to identify the bird species that use the site’s wetlands. After the training […]

Free talk planned on the science of food

Ever wonder what UC Davis scientists are working on? Ever wonder how their research can influence your life? The SAY-IT public lecture series aims to provide you with these answers. This free public lecture series kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis, featuring Bruce German […]

Time to renew bike licenses

Bicyclists who registered their bikes with a California bicycle license in 2010 or earlier probably need to renew their registration. California bicycle licenses issued by Transportation and Parking Services at UC Davis and participating bike shops in Davis are valid until Dec. 31 of the second year after the license is issued. In other words, […]