Walking for one of their own

RelayW A group of Davis kids are rallying behind their friends Dylan and Gabriel Lee to walk in the Relay for Life in honor of their mom. Walkers include, from left, Molly Burke, Bryn Goedde Matthews, Mathew Belenis, Dylan Lee, Sam Blakewell, Nick Blakewell, Joe Blakewell, Brandon Pacciorini, Ricky Pacciorini and Gabriel Lee. The Relay for […]

Superman coaster takes riders to new heights

Superman is an iconic hero; his image and emblem are easily identifiable. Despite using his namesake, the newest roller coaster experience at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is far from the familiar.

Superman: Ultimate Flight, which opened last month, is challenging what is possible in roller coasters with unique construction. The design stands out due to its towering vertical spin, now the tallest inversion west of the Mississippi River.

The red, blue and yellow track twists riders through two disorienting vertical rolls and two upside-down loops. Lap restraints allow passengers to experience some weightlessness through the intense flips.

Walking for one of their own

Details What: Davis Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk to benefit the American Cancer Society When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, to 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 Where: Emerson Junior High School track, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Info: http://relayforlife.org They’ve known each other pretty much their entire lives, these kids. Their families met more than a […]

Davis woman ‘died doing what she loved to do’

Taking care of people was one of Sara Johnson Moss’ joys in life. About a year and a half ago, she was thrilled to get a job with United Cerebral Palsy’s day program in Woodland, helping adults with developmental disabilities strengthen their mobility, technology and communication skills. “She was a star there,” Moss’ husband, William […]

Online votes sought for paint giveaway

Local residents can vote online until July 31 for the three finalists in Brooks Painting’s sixth annual Charity Paint Giveaway. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in time and painting services. Past recipients are Davis Little League, the Sharp family, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County, Davis Summer House and […]

Summer festivals offer classical music on the coast and in the mountains

From September into May, Davis is the place to be for classical music lovers. Between visiting artists who come to give concerts at the Mondavi Center, the various ensembles at UC Davis, community groups and the orchestras and choirs at Davis High School, there’s something interesting to just about every week. But when summer rolls […]

Partnerships between farmers, conservations save rare blackbirds

The rare tricolored blackbird, a California bird species of special concern that is found in California’s Central Valley, “is having a good year,” officials say, thanks in large part to four farmers who have agreed to partner with conservation agencies. Together, the farmers and biologists protected 60,000 breeding birds — one-fifth of the species’ entire […]

Who has the best salsa in town? Find out at festival

The fifth annual Woodland Tomato Festival is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Freeman Park on Main Street in downtown Woodland. This free festival features family fun for all ages, including live musical performances, free tomato tastings, a “Best Salsa in Town” restaurant competition and a Top Tomato Chef contest. […]

UCD breast cancer researchers receive IDEA grants

Three multidisciplinary teams of UC Davis researchers have been awarded IDEA grants from the California Breast Cancer Research Program. The three were among 11 in California to receive $150,000 IDEA research grants this year. The program funds innovative research through the tobacco tax, the voluntary tax-check-off on personal income tax forms and individual contributions. The […]

‘Wings of Victory’ event showcases radio-control planes

The public is invited to attend the Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers’ annual “Wings of Victory” World War II scale radio-control aircraft meet next weekend. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 22. There will be scale models of WWII war birds, […]

Monsanto Fund sponsors Wildlife Area field trips

Every school year, children look forward to taking field trips. This year, the Yolo Basin Foundation will be able to provide 10 or more field trips to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, thanks to Monsanto in Davis, which nominated the organization for a $20,000 grant. The nonprofit foundation promotes the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands […]

Waste cleanup went well, city reports

About 85 percent of the waste generated in Community Park on the Fourth of July was diverted from the landfill and was recycled or composted, city Conservation Coordinator Jennifer Gilbert reports. Only 400 pounds of trash was produced, much less than the 2,080 pounds that was landfilled after last year’s Independence Day celebration, she says. […]

Students can win cash for creative videos

Youths interested in moviemaking can turn their knowledge of phones, combined with their video-making skills, into some extra cash. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and honorable mentions in two grade categories — fourth through eighth and ninth through 12th. Prizes range from $250 cash to having an entry shown on local and regional cable […]

All flutes all the time at summer concert

Check it out What: Davis Youth Flute Choir Summer Music Concert When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students, available at the Art Center, (530) 756-4100; $10 at the door The Davis Youth Flute Choir will perform its 29th annual Summer Music Concert, featuring both […]