See historic neighborhoods lighted by luminarias

The eighth annual Historic Area Luminary Display will take place Saturday evening along several blocks in Woodland. Many residents of First and College streets (between Lincoln and Marshall streets) will participate, along with the 500 blocks of Second and Third streets and Pendegast Street off of College. Best viewing times are between 5:30 and 7:30 […]

Civil rights, senior awards go to Yamada

The Sacramento chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the oldest and largest Japanese civil rights organization in the United States, honored Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada at their 17th annual Community Awards Dinner in Sacramento this month. Yamada, a Davis Democrat, was honored for her work on behalf of California’s aging population, including honoring centenarians in her district […]

Davis residents can help Willett win tech grant

The Davis community has come together to help Willett Elementary School try to win a $50,000 grant from the Clorox company to revamp the school’s technology department. Local real estate agent Jamie Madison has teamed up with, giving residents a push to go online and vote for Willett. Madison, a former graduate of the […]

It’s tea time at the Pence Gallery

The Pence Gallery invites local residents to celebrate the holidays in traditional fashion at its annual Holiday Tea from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Guests will enjoy fresh pastries and savories from Ciocolat, along with coffee and tea, while chatting with friends in the gallery. After […]

Science Café takes place at Crepeville

The second in a monthly series of free conversations with UC Davis scientists will feature chemistry professor Frank Osterloh discussing recent progress in the development of sustainable energy sources. The Science Café will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crepeville, 330 Third St. in downtown Davis, and will explore “Fuel From Water and Sunlight — […]

UCD teams aids wheat genome effort

Intent on developing wheat varieties with higher yields and enhanced nutritional content, UC Davis researchers have teamed up with scientists at nine other institutions in an attempt to sequence the wheat genome. Results from that endeavor, led by researchers at the U.K.-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, were reported Thursday in the journal Nature. […]

Can you give them a home?

Rexy is a very gentle yet playful neutered male 3-year-old purebred Rottweiler whose tail never stops wagging. Jangles is a 7-month-old neutered male dachshund mix. Both dogs love kids, play well with other dogs and would make a great family pet. Rotts of Friends is also looking for homes for four adorable 9-week-old Labrador/pit bull […]

The legend of the Christmas tree spider

By Lisa Justice Spiders are amazing spinners, but can they decorate a Christmas tree? According to an old European legend, they certainly can. As part of its current Community Science Project Spiders in Your World, Explorit Science Center is exploring cultural traditions about spiders, just in time for the holidays. Join us on Saturday, Dec. […]

Physicist speaks Tuesday in Chancellor’s Colloquium Series

Physicist Kumar Patel will be the featured speaker at 4 p.m. Tuesday as part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Series. Patel is a professor of physics and electrical engineering at UCLA. He also has served as UCLA’s vice chancellor for research. Patel invented the carbon dioxide laser. He was inducted this year into the […]

UC Santa Cruz expansion on hold over water

By Bob Egelko A long-planned campus expansion at UC Santa Cruz has hit a snag in a state appeals court, which says the city should not have approved the plan without considering alternatives that would drain less water from its dwindling supply. The proposed North Campus, approved by the UC Board of Regents in 2006, […]

Superintendent describes GATE transition experience

A discussion of Gifted and Talented Education drew a crowd of about 150 parents, teachers and administrators to Harper Junior High School on Wednesday night. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District in suburban Contra Costa County, described how that district had transitioned from a self-contained GATE program to a new model that focuses on […]

Bob Dunning: Where’s my check for the hackberry?

There was a time when I absolutely despised the two very large hackberry trees that graced my East Davis front yard. Or as much as a hackberry tree can grace any home in East Davis. You see, the berries on these trees — so named because they make you hack if you try to swallow […]

Sacramento boy, 15, held in Davis robbery

Davis police announced Wednesday the arrested of a 15-year-old boy last week in connection with a September robbery in the H Street bike tunnel. The victim, a 45-year-old Davis man, told police he was biking through the tunnel at about 8 p.m. Sept. 20 when three suspects surrounded him, pushed him off his bike and […]