Take a walk on the west side

Reacquaint yourself with the UC Davis Arboretum’s west end by taking a leisurely group walk along Arboretum pathways Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The group will meet at the Nature’s Gallery Court. “Beautiful vistas, fond memories and exciting new projects await you,” a news release said. This free public tour is co-sponsored by UCD’s […]

Creative writing faculty read their work

Local residents are invited to listen to readings by award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis Creative Writing Program at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Wyatt Deck in the Arboretum. This week’s program features Joshua Clover, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, Yiyun Li, Joe Wenderoth and Alan Williamson. The free event is co-sponsored by […]

International Festival celebrates unity in diversity

Check it out What: International Festival, featuring music, dance, food, craft vendors and children’s activities When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.; a bicycle parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at I-House, 10 College Park, and ends at the Vets’ Center Admission: Free Info: 530-753-5007 or dir@internationalhousedavis.org International House, Davis, presents […]

Davis ballerina heads for the Bolshoi

Rose Vermazen stands en pointe, balancing perfectly on the tips of her ballet shoes.

How long can she stand like that?

“Until I want to go down,” she says, matter-of-factly.

Her dogged push for excellence has paid off. On Sunday, Rose officially began life as a student at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow.

Like many, the 15-year-old Davis resident began her dancing career in a children’s ballet class. Unlike the rest of the kids, however, Rose was serious, practicing the steps without breaking into laughter or goofing around.

Married with children, with dual batons

Christian Baldini and Matilda Hofman are conductors. They study musical scores, rehearse with subtantial groups of musicians, stand in front of large audiences and lead performances. What’s more, Hofman and Baldini each conduct more than one group. Baldini is going into his fourth season with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, and he recently began his […]

Bikes up for bids at UC Davis auction

UC Davis will hold its biannual bicycle auction on Saturday. More than 400 bicycles will be available for sale to the highest bidder. The bikes will be on display from 8 to 9 a.m., with bidding getting under way at 9 a.m. and lasting until all items are sold. The auction takes place inside the West Entry […]

Pence Gallery: Artist’s studio open all month long

The whole concept of Artober — a regional celebration of the arts during October — challenged me to collaborate with some amazing artists in order to engage the public in the very process of creativity. I’ve been reading this fascinating book on why people create, and how they come up with innovative solutions, be it […]

Pedro tourney benefits hospice

The Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will hold its All-Sports Pedro Party at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St. in Woodland.. The $15 entry fee includes a hot lunch, pedro card tournament and player prizes. Card playing will immediately follow lunch. Club members also are asked […]

Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes

SANTA ANA (AP) — Immigrant advocates blasted Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday for last-minute vetoes of bills that could have brought sweeping change to the state’s large foreign-born population. The criticism of his decision to nix measures to expand the rights of nannies and house cleaners and protect some illegal immigrants from deportation muted cheers […]

Standing in: Smuggling made easy

By Marc Schmatjen Do ballpark food and beverages prices make you feel like you need to take out a second mortgage on your house? Never fear. I can get you into the park with your own beer. No longer will you need to pay $27 for two Miller Lites. It’s simple. It’s ingenious. It’s a […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Lilo (No. 110268), a 4-year-old neutered male terrier mix. Also hoping for a good home is Little Grey, a 4-month-old neutered male gray tabby kitten. Fees are charged for licensing […]

Clarksburg man dies in rural crash

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 59-year-old Clarksburg man. A passerby discovered the wreckage at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday on South Netherlands Road east of Jefferson Boulevard, southwest of Clarksburg. CHP officers arrived to find a 1998 Ford Explorer that had run off the roadway and […]

Woman reports indecent exposure in North Davis

A woman reported an indecent exposure incident Sunday on North Davis, police said. According to Lt. Glenn Glasgow, the woman happened up on a man masturbating while standing next to his bicycle at the greenbelt entrance near Bella Casa Street and Catalina Drive at about 11:45 p.m. She went to her home and called police, […]