Sister-city visit strengthens global ties

The welcoming hand of friendship stretches across the globe, a band of local residents learned after enjoying a culturally rich visit to Davis’ sister city in China earlier this month. Mayor Joe Krovoza led the 11-member delegation of UC Davis faculty, local business leaders and students to Wuxi, a city in the Jiangsu province of […]

Adventurous, but safe

Visiting Wuxi, China, with a delegation of Davis residents was a life-changing experience for high school students Michael Dohn and Tessa Lewis. Here, the pair learn how to eat crab legs Chinese style with a food safety officer. The Chinese government assigned a certified food safety officer to accompany the delegation to all of their […]

Lohse’s ‘Nutcracker’ ballet is a family affair

Looking to extend your family time after Thanksgiving? Look no further than Davis’ annual “Nutcracker Ballet.” The 23-year-old tradition presented by dance teacher Hanneke Lohse, her students and the Davis Art Center opens at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center.

“There is magic here,” said Olivia Stroud, a 10th-grader at Davis High School, one of three ballerinas performing as Clara this year. “The wonderful thing about ‘The Nutcracker’ is there is something for everyone. Whether you have danced yourself or not, no matter your age, there is magic.”

UC Davis senior Kaitlin Coppinger, who has performed numerous roles in “The Nutcracker” over the past 12 years, added: “The Nutcracker’ …

City volunteers lend a helping hand year-round

In an average week, Sharon Hice puts in anywhere from 30 to 40 hours patrolling the streets of Davis as part of the city’s parking enforcement detail. For her time, her effort and her dedication, however, Hice receives exactly nothing monetarily in return. That’s because Hice is a volunteer, one of more than two dozen […]

Buddhist meditation offered Wednesday

This week, Yogi Lama Gursam, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and authentic Drikung Kagyu yogi, will offer traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and teaching from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at A Shared Awareness loft space, 105 E St., Suite G. There is no charge, but donations to support […]

Researchers plan to fight obesity with video game

Reversing the image of the sedentary game player, a new video game under development by UC Davis researchers will encourage children to strengthen their action-hero characters by logging miles walked and calories burned in the real world. Researchers in the School of Education and Foods for Health Institute are teaming with a professional game designer […]

Learn festive origami figures

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. Individuals will learn how to create holiday ornaments and set up a holiday […]

Family Holiday Festival in Winters

The Winters Friends of the Library will sponsor the annual Family Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad St. The Community Center will be decorated in festive style for the arrival of Santa and one of his elves — bring your camera for a great […]

Burn off extra calories on Thanksgiving morning

Are you already dreading the holiday bulge? Worry no more. Join the FIT House instructors for a “Burn the Bird” workout on Thanksgiving morning. Jennifer Miramontes and Lisa Herrington, owners of the FIT House in Davis, are offering the free pre-Thanksgiving workout at 8 a.m. Thursday. ” ‘Burn the Bird’ will be a fun workout and […]

College of the future could be come one, come all

By Tamar Levin Teaching introduction to sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: He has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition. But last summer, as he transformed the class into a free online course, he had to grapple with some brand-new questions: […]

Marriage expert will speak at retirement community

Howard J. Markman, author of “Fighting For Your Marriage,” will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. His talk is free and open to the public. Markman is a professor of psychology of the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, one […]

Schools chief will discuss GATE transition experience

Davis parents and educators who are interested in taking a closer look at the Davis school district’s Gifted and Talented Education Program are invited to a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District, will discuss how […]

What’s the buzz? Bohart Museum open house draws a crowd

A bee observation hive, a bumble bee nest and assorted bee specimens proved to be the highlights of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house on Sunday. Museum staffers and volunteers welcomed guests from 1 to 4 p.m. The theme was “Insect Societies.” Several open houses remain in the 2012-13 academic year. All are free and […]

Need a warm place to sleep? Local shelters are open

As wintry nights turn colder, emergency shelters are opening up locally for the homeless. In Davis, Davis Community Meals offers a shelter at 512 Fifth St. with room for eight men and two women. Shelter guests are not required to be clean and sober, but they must not pose a threat to the shelter environment. […]