Taste of Davis tickets still available

Imagine tasting the best offerings of 26 local restaurants wineries and breweries, but on one evening, under one roof. That’s what awaits ticket holders for A Taste of Davis, which runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Participating vendors include Paesanos, Seasons, […]

Earth Day planting project raises funds for creek education

Local environmentalists can celebrate Earth Day by planting native plants on a hillside overlooking Berryessa Gap on Saturday, April 20, all the while raising funds for the Putah Creek Council’s education programs. The “plantathon” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Winters, where volunteers will plant the landscape around the Solano County Water […]

Library hours reduced for training

All seven Yolo County branch libraries will have shortened hours on Monday so staff members may attend systemwide training. Branches normally open on Mondays will reopen from 2 to 6 p.m. The Yolo County Library’s Central Services and Archives also will be affected be the closure. Davis has two branches — at 315 E. 14th […]

Craft fair features new vendors, entertainment

More than 40 vendors, guest performers and crafts tables for visitors will be featured at the Square Tomatoes Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. New vendors include Stephen Schuchman, a globe-trotting gemstone miner and lapidary artist. A mine owner, he has personally extracted 120 tons […]

Brazilian academic will speak at UC Davis

“Challenges and Opportunities for Public Research Universities in Brazil” is the title of a talk to be given Wednesday, April 17, at UC Davis as part of the Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director and professor at the Sao Paulo Research Foundation and State […]

Odd Fellows host open house Friday

Community members are invited to celebrate the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge’s 143rd birthday at an open house from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tours of the historic building, which has been refurbished top to bottom in recent years, will be offered. Guests are invited […]

‘Kitty Kindergarten’ talk set at library

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author Sophia Yin will present “Kitty Kindergarten: How Early Socialization Can Create the New, Improved Cat” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Her talk will be in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The No. 1 and 2 behavioral problems with cats — urinating […]

Beerfest will benefit Citizens Who Care

Save the date for the ninth annual Davis Beerfest: Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 Second St. in Davis. Some 100 hand-crafted beers will be available for tasting at this fundraiser for Citizens Who Care, a nonprofit organization in Yolo County that provides social support […]

Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security. The president’s proposal being unveiled Wednesday includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit […]

Students describe bloody scene at Texas college

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old student who told police he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death went on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college, hurting more than a dozen people, authorities said. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dylan Quick began […]

Mixed-ability classes are focus of talk

Community members who would like to learn about alternatives to tracking in Davis schools are invited to a presentation by Dana Cope, GATE administrator for the Napa Valley Unified School District, speaking on “How Napa Serves Gifted Students through the School-wide Enrichment Model and Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Elementary Classes.” The talk will begin at […]

Carwash supports singers’ historic tour

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers invite the community to a carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Joint Unified School District parking lot at Fifth and B streets. “Come visit downtown Davis or the Farmers Market for an enjoyable Saturday, while these talented singers demonstrate their skill and precision […]

New guidelines call for broad changes in science education

By Justin Gillis Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate change be taught as early as middle school. The guidelines also take a firm stand that children must learn about evolution, […]

Legislature seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders. Some cities have withdrawn free rent and other subsidies […]