For young Latino readers, an image is missing

By Motoko Rich PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many […]

Radio show focuses on perseverance

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at Ariane de Bonvoisin, a frequent guest on “How She Really Does It,” has mentioned in previous interviews that she climbed tall ladders of success, graduating […]

Santa will pose for photos at Davis Ace

For one weekend, the Davis Ace Christmas garden department will host Santa Claus for pictures with children and pets. St. Nick will drop by from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 830 Fourth St. in downtown Davis. Donations for the Children’s Miracle Network are welcome. For information, call 530-758-8000.

Holiday cookie decorating set at Davis Ace

Davis Ace will host a holiday cookie decorating event for kids 12 and younger from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The store, at 240 G St. in downtown Davis, will provide the cookies and edible decorations. For more information, call 530-758-8000.

Blues giant Guitar Shorty at The Palms

Incandescent bluesman and ace performer Guitar Shorty will play 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters. Tickets are $20. Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix, who was Shorty’s brother-in-law, and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades […]

Yolo residents improving reading, health, financial literacy through United Way programs

Three projects funded by United Way’s California Capital Region are making significant differences in the lives of hundreds of Yolo County residents, president and CEO Steve Heath said at a recent town hall meeting in Woodland. “We are working with several partner nonprofits to produce measurable results on issues of vital importance to Yolo County […]

Environmental update: Here’s how to cut your holiday waste

By Jennifer Gilbert Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate an extra 1 million tons of waste each week. Let’s make Davis an exception to that rule by recycling and reusing as much as we can. * Corrugated cardboard boxes: Reuse as storage containers, or wrapping paper, gift boxes, cardboard boxes and cards. * […]

Yolo County Farm Bureau earns accolades

The Yolo County Farm Bureau earned a County of the Year award from the California Farm Bureau Federation at an awards ceremony Monday at the group’s annual meeting in Pasadena. Yolo’s Farm Bureau was honored among farm bureaus with between 1,001 and 2,000 members. Among its achievements this year were hosting numerous trainings and seminars […]

Per Capita Davis: UC Davis is putting us on the map

For years, whenever I traveled outside of the Sacramento region, whether to Europe, Asia, New York or Los Angeles, when the question was asked “Where are you from?” my answer was always either “Sacramento” or “near San Francisco” or “a small town between SF and Sacramento.” If ever I said “Davis,” the follow-up question was, […]

Lladró auction benefits St. James fund

Bids continue to be accepted in an online auction for several hand-crafted porcelain Lladró figurines from Spain. The collectibles were donated by Mike and Sandy Huitt from the Narcissa Peña estate, in her honor. Proceeds from the auction will support the St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center Fund. The memorial center, at 1275 B St., hosts […]

Consult the experts at Fly Fishers of Davis meeting

The Fly Fishers of Davis will hold their annual “Home-Grown” program on Tuesday, when members of the club will illustrate various aspects of fly fishing. The evening will start with a short presentation by Kevin Mathers of Trout Unlimited, who will describe conservation efforts being undertaken by the group and how to get involved. The […]

Stocks edge higher on hope for China stimulus

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher on Wall Street Wednesday after the Chinese government pledged to maintain policies intended to strengthen the world’s second-largest economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points to 12,994 as of 6:55 a.m. PST. The Standard and Poor’s 500 was up half a point to 1,408. The Nasdaq […]

Celebrate local musician Friday at Delta of Venus

A birthday celebration and musical tribute to Peter Brown will take place from 2 p.m. until late evening Friday at the Delta of Venus, 122 B St. in downtown Davis. The event is free and open to the public. Featured musicians include Robert Brown, Diane Patterson, John Burton, Jeremy Jackson, David Carey, Ken Kemmerling, Donna […]

Students take aim at college portfolios to stop climate change

By Justin Gillis SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no. As they consider how to ratchet […]