New technology aids hearing-impaired

The Davis chapter of Hear! Here! will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Tom Mentkowski, an audiologist, will present a program on the newly installed loop system in the Valente Room. Attendees of all ages are invited to learn about this relatively new technology that also […]

New spirit changes the old attitudes

Cranky, stubborn, senile, helpless, incompetent, sedentary, reclusive. And thus, irrelevant.

The list of unflattering stereotypes goes on for those in the evening of life, according to Mary Anne Ingenthron, a member of Davis’ Active Older Adult Discussion Group.

“We live in a world where we place a lot of emphasis on productivity — on work, physicality,” she said. “As people retire, the attitude in our culture is that they’re worthless: ‘Get them out of the way, they have nothing to contribute.’

“That’s being exaggerated today with the rapid pace of technology …”

New tech director sizes up school district’s aging infrastructure

Kim Wallace, who’s been a principal in the Davis school district since 2008, took on a new title in December: director of instructional technology and learning. And the job description that goes with that recently created position is pretty challenging. Basically, she’s on a mission to upgrade classroom technology in a school district that hasn’t necessarily kept […]

Homework, softball, enrollment projections on school board agenda

Details What: Davis Board of Education When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv The Davis school board will discuss possible changes to the district’s homework policy, hear a new set of enrollment projections and discuss […]

City seeks natural resources commissioners

The city of Davis is accepting applications from local residents who are interested in serving on the Natural Resources Commission. The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Its members promote the preservation, management and enhancement of the city’s natural resources, and recommend policies and […]

Picnic Day Parade float ideas sought

This year’s Picnic Day Parade will feature floats designed and built by Davis’ neighborhoods, thanks to the efforts of Davis resident Shelley Dunning. Five separate neighborhood float committees are fundraising and planning their creations for the popular annual event, on Saturday, April 20. Residents of Central Davis are invited to gather from noon to 1:30 […]

Chamber relocates during office remodeling

The Davis Chamber of Commerce is temporarily relocating a couple of blocks away from its office at 604 Third St. as construction begins on significant upgrades to its space. “We can’t imagine a better building or location to house the Davis Chamber of Commerce,” says board chairman Gregg Herrington. “However, we’re finally in a position […]

Bill calls for voting sites on campus

By Ellen Huet In November, politically minded students at San Francisco State University worked doggedly to get 4,000 fellow students registered to vote before the presidential election — but felt frustrated when they couldn’t promise the new voters a polling place on campus. “Since we were doing such a large registration effort, we felt it […]

It’s time, once again, to handicap the Oscars

Consider the irony: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Music Branch finally comes to its senses, once again granting us five Best Song nominees, and it’s wasted effort … because this year’s obvious winner will blow all the others outta the water.

The 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony, to be broadcast at 4 p.m. next Sunday, arrives with the usual controversy and cool factoids. Political chest-thumping obviously cost Kathryn Bigelow her director’s nomination for “Zero Dark Thirty,” and that’s a shame. But how could Ben Affleck also have been …

Former Davis resident tells tale of recovery

In the spring of 2000, Mike Medberry, a longtime advocate of conservation with American Lands, the Wilderness Society and the Idaho Conservation League, suffered a stroke in the remote wilderness of the Craters of the Moon in Idaho. He was rescued after nearly a full day lying alone and contemplating death in one of the […]

Paws for Thought: Striving for no more homeless pets

We all want to live in a community where animals as well as people are treated humanely, right? The problem is what to do about all the homeless animals. Since 1991, Best Friends Animal Society of Utah has declared a goal of “No More Homeless Pets.” At that time, 15 million cats and dogs were […]

Yolobus tickets may be purchased online

Yolobus now offers monthly bus passes and tickets online at www.yolobus.com. Sales of the passes, express stickers, cash-value tickets and ADA tickets are by credit card; buyers will receive their tickets by mail within a week. A $3 shipping and handling fee will be added to each order. Monthly pass sales for the upcoming month […]

Playfields batting cages will open soon

The city-operated batting cages at Playfields Park in South Davis will reopen for the season Saturday, weather permitting. The cages will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cages also are available for private rental. For more information, contact Lori Conrad at […]

Engineering dean elected to National Academy

Enrique Lavernia, dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for an engineer. Lavernia was elected for “contributions to novel processing of metals and alloys, and for leadership in engineering education.” “This is a wonderful recognition of Enrique Lavernia’s outstanding work, as […]