Retirees turn more attention to personal legacies

CHICAGO (AP) — A growing number of retirees are looking to pass along more to the next generation than money and possessions. Life histories, ethical wills and video recordings are just some of the ways people are leaving their personal legacies for loved ones. Their use is becoming more common and small businesses are emerging […]

Palm Gardens marks Alzheimer’s Month

WOODLAND — This November is time to help raise awareness about one of America’s fastest growing health problems, Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century the number of people afflicted is expected to triple. The good news is that research, treatments and information are moving in new directions to not only find a cure for Alzheimer’s but also […]

Can you give them a home?

Trooper is a very people-friendly neutered male 1-year-old German shepherd whose tail never stops wagging! He loves kids and plays well with female dogs. Jangles is a picture-perfect, 6-month-old neutered male dachshund/Chihuahua puppy. Jangles loves to play with everything and everybody and is full of wags and kisses. Come and meet the many dogs that […]

Peterson sets final campaign activities

Giving voters a final opportunity to make their choice for Davis school board, Nancy Peterson will be available to shoppers outside Nugget Market at 1414 Covell Blvd. on Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Between now and Tuesday’s election, she’ll also be available to speak with anyone by phone to answer last-minute questions at 530-574-5622. […]

Thriller! Downtown teems with ghouls on Halloween

Trick-or-treating, a Dia de los Muertos celebration and a flashmob performance of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” dance highlighted a busy Halloween in downtown Davis on Wednesday.

Members of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre were joined by community members who attended several rehearsals to learn the “Thriller” dance, which they presented flashmob-style Wednesday evening on the lawn at Davis Commons, First and E streets.

While they were dancing, hundreds of costumed youngsters — dressed as princesses and fairies, witches and warlocks, tigers and lions, superheroes and villains — followed a Treat Trail to dozens of merchants, collecting Halloween goodies in their jack-o’-lanterns and sacks.

El Dia de los Muertos

Poet Francisco Alarcón, left, leads El Dia de los Muertos procession from Tres Hermanas restaurant at Second and H streets to the E Street Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. Davis Downtown organizers set up a community altar on the plaza and invited local residents to contribute offerings like photos, letters, flowers, food and mementos to celebrate […]

Brown pleads for votes for struggling tax hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With time running out and his odds growing longer, California Gov. Jerry Brown pleaded with voters Wednesday to support his $6 billion-a-year tax increase and warned of deep cuts unless residents send more money to Sacramento. In sometimes uncharted remarks that included fleeting references to the bleak movie “Blade Runner” and […]

Judge confirms ruling to look at Arizona donation

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A state judge has approved a request from California’s political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang’s final ruling issued Wednesday night said voters would suffer if the California Fair Political Practices Commission is not allowed […]

Hirschfield jury may get case today

SACRAMENTO — It was a closing argument fit for All Hallows’ Eve. Sacramento prosecutor Dawn Bladet hurled words such as “evil,” “predator” and “sexual deviant” repeatedly Wednesday as she summarized her case against Richard Joseph Hirschfield, the man accused of abducting and killing UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves on a fog-shrouded night […]

Bob Dunning: Help a good cause, see a good game

A DEVILISH GOOD CAUSE … there are a couple of good reasons to attend Friday night’s Davis High-Elk Grove football game at DHS, the first of which is that it’s likely to be a great game as the dramatically improved 2012 version of the Blue Devils takes on perennial power Elk Grove … and how […]

Learn about school meals at Nutrition Advisory Committee

Interested community members are invited to attend a Nutrition Advisory Committee meeting co-hosted by Davis Farm to School and the Davis Joint Unified School District’s Student Nutrition Services from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The meeting will take place at the Central Kitchen at the school district’s Operations Building, 1919 Fifth St. Individuals […]

Explorit: Seeking meanings of art

By Lisa Justice Think about your favorite piece of art. Maybe it’s a Van Gogh painting or a Beethoven symphony. Or maybe it’s something your child brought home from school that now hangs proudly on your refrigerator door. Whatever it may be, your favorite piece of art is your favorite because it has meaning to […]

Sierra Club leaders will meet in Davis

The Management Committee of the local Yolano Sierra Club Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the home of Jim Cramer, 1225 Cedar Place in Davis (off of East 14th Street near the Stephens Branch Library). The agenda will include updates or discussions of burrowing owl habitat maintenance at the […]

Former Greek education official to speak at UCD

John Panaretos, former Greek deputy minister of education, lifelong learning and religious affairs, will give a free public talk, “Public Universities at a Time of Austerity and Crisis: Some Lessons from Greece,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Mondavi Center. Panaretos will be speaking as part of the Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series, hosted […]