From Snow White to bats, UCD shares holiday buffet of books

UC Davis has assembled its annual holiday gift guide to books from campus authors. Here’s a look: “Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health,” by Joseph Dumit (Duke University Press, $23.95, 280 pages) — Featuring a cover photo of stacks of pill bottles, this book discusses how the pharmaceutical industry has made people feel […]

Explorit: Many ways to offer your support

By Lisa Justice During this season of giving, there are lots of ways to support your local science center. You can start by using a scrip card every time you shop at Nugget Markets. Just pick up a card from Explorit’s office, 3141 Fifth St., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Register […]

Books galore!

César Chávez Elementary School third-graders, from left, Sophia Dahlgren, Helena Young and Jake Wilkinson check out some of the 6,000 books, DVDs and CDs donated for a Student Council used book sale that took place Wednesday and Thursday at the school. Two classes won pizza parties for their contributions: Gail Mitchell’s fourth-grade class contributed more […]

Volunteers needed at Academic Decathlon

Adult volunteers are being sought to help with the North Bay Region Academic Decathlon planned in January and February in Fairfield. The event takes place Saturdays, Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, at Rodriguez High School, 5000 Red Top Road. The North Bay Region Academic Decathlon is the largest regional competition in California and includes high school […]

City: Cat killed by coyote in Mace Ranch

The report this week of a coyote capturing and killing a cat in the vicinity of Alhambra Apartments in Mace Ranch is “a new and unfortunate change in foraging behavior for these coyotes,” city wildlife resource specialist John McNerney said. The city received a report of the cat’s death on Tuesday. Although coyotes have been […]

UCD art fusion show extended

“Organism” — an art show fusing art, science and technology — continues its run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Old Nelson Gallery in the UC Davis Art Building. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UCD Art/Science Fusion Program. “This is a two-part show,” said […]

City offers rebates for efficient new toilets

Funds are still available in the city of Davis’ toilet rebate program. Residents who replace their old high-flow toilets with eligible 1.28 gallons-per-flush EPA WaterSense high-efficiency toilets may receive up to $100 for each toilet (maximum two per residence). The $100 covers only the cost of the new toilets. Installation costs are the responsibility of […]

Free holiday recycling slated at landfill

Free recycling of Christmas trees is available Dec. 26-Jan. 12 at the Yolo County Landfill. Treecycling turns household holiday trees into renewable and recyclable resources. Trees to be recycled should be free of all ornaments, flocking, tinsel, garland and lights. There is a limit of two free trees per Yolo County resident. Davis Waste Removal […]

School, community partners give the gift of life

Einstein Education Center students recently partnered with two Yolo County offices to host a blood drive with Sacramento Blood Source. On Monday, Einstein students in the Careers with Children class offered by the Yolo County Office of Education worked with the Department of Employment and Social Services to prepare fliers recruiting donors and volunteer at […]

Weekly US jobless aid applications drop to 343K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest […]

Need a new best friend? Dogs available for adoption

Zoe and Sugar — along with many other adoptable dogs of all ages and breeds — will be at Pet Extreme, 2091 Bronze Star Drive in Woodland next to Costco, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will benefit Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue. All dogs available for adoption are spayed or neutered, […]

‘Ditto’: Neighbor responds to elaborate light display

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona woman who knew she couldn’t compete head on with her neighbor’s elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response. Using red and green lights, Kristina Green of Maricopa spelled out the word “ditto” and made an arrow pointing toward her neighbor’s home. KNXV-TV reports that Green’s display […]

Farmers Market closed Wednesday

The Davis Farmers Market’s winter Wednesday market will not take place this week. The Wednesday market will resume from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 2, and continue every Wednesday through March 13. Wednesday market hours will change to 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20, the opening day of Picnic in the Park. For more information, […]

Yolo Hospice: Working through grief during the holiday season

* Editor’s note: This column originally was published in December 2011. Times and dates have been updated for 2012. This is the fourth holiday season since the death of Beverley Radford’s beloved husband. Often, people mark the time by how many holidays have passed since their loss. The loss and grief can be intensified during […]