Need help creating a business plan?

Marc Thompson, a Davis mortgage planner, will talk about how to create a business plan at a public lecture at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. All are welcome. To learn more about The Business Alliance, go to or call Andrew Dowling at 530-902-3999.

L.A. police collect 1,500 guns in buyback

By Eric Hartley Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — Looking to take weapons off the streets, Los Angeles police collected more than 1,500 firearms on Wednesday at city-sponsored gun buybacks in Van Nuys and South Los Angeles. The buybacks have been held on Mother’s Day since 2009. But on the day of the Newtown, […]

DPNS has pre-K openings

Davis Parent Nursery School has openings in its afternoon pre-kindergarten program. The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the DPNS campus at 426 W. Eighth St. For more information, email or call 530-757-5377.

‘Rock artist’ receives Chancellor’s Achievement Award

Donna Billick, an artist known for crossing disciplines and borders from Davis to Central America, has been selected the UC Davis staff recipient of the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2012-13. The award recognizes Billick for her “contributions in enhancing inclusiveness and diversity within the campus community,” Rahim Reed, associate executive vice […]

Big year-end music celebration at I-House on Sunday

The second season of “Sunday(s) @ I-House,” an ongoing fundraiser benefiting International House, Davis, is well under way. Sunday will feature live music at an end-of-the-year celebration headlined by the Sacramento Taiko Drummers, beginning at 7 p.m. I-House is at 10 College Park. James Williams and Matthew Harral are the co-producers of the event. “Since […]

Prytanean’s stockings brighten the holidays

The Prytanean Honor Society and local Prytanean alumnae at UC Davis donated 28 hand-made red felt stockings for the children staying at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center’s battered women’s shelter in Yolo County during the holidays. The stockings were crafted by the Prytanean alumnae members, decorated by the active members at UCD, and […]

Obama calls congressional leaders on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has made separate phone calls to congressional leaders to discuss the impending fiscal cliff. A White House official says Obama called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur), Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi late Wednesday. The […]

Former president in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering “a series of setbacks,” including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said. In a brief email Wednesday, Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, said the 88-year-old former leader had been admitted Sunday to the […]

Beer sales help rebuild NorCal monastery

VINA (AP) — Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer. The first phase of the building’s decades-long restoration project in the Sacramento Valley town of Vina has been completed, with the Chapter House of Ovila now standing, the San […]

Storm whips into Northeast bringing snow, rain

By Dan Sewell and Holly Ramer CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast Thursday, a day after it swept through the nation’s middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and wrecking post-holiday plans for thousands of […]

Feds set to reject No Child Left Behind waiver

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal education officials are poised to reject California’s self-styled bid to avoid the strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, which could lead to radical reforms at hundreds of low-income schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said U.S. Department of Education officials informed him last week that […]

Bob Dunning: Council has some water rates cleanup to do

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD … a couple of problems have surfaced with the water rate structure the Davis City Council approved several weeks ago as part of the Prop. 218 process … turns out the actual rates the council was presented in making its decision were in error … a stunning development, to be […]

Green presents floral designs to start the new year

The Davis Flower Arrangers will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis, for a presentation by Patti Green. Her demonstration will begin immediately after a short business meeting that starts at 7 p.m. Green designs for Beyond the Garden Gate in Davis and is well-known for her wedding arrangements. […]

Explorit Science Center: Experiment with corny chemistry

Special to the Enterprise This time of year you may find yourself with a little extra time on your hands and a few extra baking ingredients cluttering up your pantry. Why not bust out your chemist’s curiosity and whip up some organic plastic in your microwave? You will need: a microwave-safe container (a ceramic cup […]