Apply now for Soroptimists’ service grants

Soroptimist International of Davis is accepting applications from local nonprofit and charitable organizations for grant funding for 2013. The maximum amount to apply for has increased to $1,500. The deadline for submission is Jan. 11. Applications are available online at http://sidavis.org, or by contacting Crystal O’Hara, Service Grants Committee chair, at grants@sidavis.org or 530-902-5530. Soroptimists […]

Explorit: Learn about telescopes and accessories

By Vinita Domier Join us Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., when we will discuss the different types of telescopes and accessories. For those interested in examining telescopes with thoughts of purchasing one for the holidays, we will have a variety of telescopes and binoculars set up for display at Explorit beginning at 6 […]

San Francisco OKs ban on public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity. Casting aside complaints that forcing people to cover up would undermine San Francisco’s reputation as a city without inhibitions, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Tuesday in favor of an […]

Bob Dunning: So much to give thanks for in Davis

THANKSGIVING 2012 … wow, so much to be thankful for this year in the City of All Things Right and Relevant … despite the many irritating only-in-Davis issues we have to deal with, is there really a better place on God’s Green Earth to live than our not-so-humble little town? … Yes, a year ago […]

Defense lawyer: Abusive childhood affected Hirschfield’s later conduct

SACRAMENTO — Through mental-health experts and childhood friends, attorneys for convicted killer Richard Joseph Hirschfield will portray their client as the product of a “damaged, chaotic” youth, fraught with multiple forms of abuse, in hopes of sparing him from the death penalty. “It had a significant impact on his childhood development, and it certainly mitigates […]

Officer fires gun at fleeing burglar’s car

Davis police thwarted a car burglary early Tuesday, an incident in which one officer fired his gun to disable the burglar’s car. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said an officer was patrolling the South Davis area at about 5:20 a.m. when he heard a car alarm sounding near Davis Swim and Fitness, 303 Ensenada Way. When he […]

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 […]