A wave of fun at oceanic library adventure

Local author/illustrator Heidi Joulios will entertain, inspire and educate children at a program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Leake Room at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. in Woodland. Using concepts and characters from her children’s book, “Color My Coral,” Joulios aims to raise awareness of coral reef pollution […]

Waldorf play group starts next month

The Davis Waldorf School is sponsoring a Dandelion Play Group on three Saturdays this spring, offering an introduction to play the Waldorf way. Preschool teacher Trisha Lambert will lead the sessions, which will include inside and outside playtime. Children will have a chance to play and explore in a protected environment and parents will be […]

Circus comes to Esparto on Wednesday

The circus is coming to town! Well, to Esparto, that is. Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, a one-ring, big-top circus, has scheduled two performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, on the grounds of Esparto Elementary School, 17120 Omega St. The fun starts earlier in the day, however, as the big top is raised between […]

For the record

John Buckel was incorrectly referred to as “Jim” in Wednesday’s story about the conversion of the former DISC/Explorit building into the new home of the UC Davis Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Buckel, a longtime Davis resident, and Rod Johnson represent Capital Partners Development Co. in Rancho Cordova, which owned the portion of the […]

‘Summerset Abbey’ author will visit local bookstore

Author T.J. Brown will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, to discuss the books in her new Summerset Abbey series. The series features two novels, “Summerset Abbey” and newly released “Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter,” which picks up directly after the first. A […]

Yamada bill, Assembly committee to address safety at state institutions

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, recently introduced AB 602, which would require state hospitals and developmental centers to report abuse, neglect, sexual assault and other serious incidents directly to outside law enforcement agencies. “The current internal process to report and investigate these violations is inadequate,” Yamada said in a news release. “These matters should be investigated […]

Spring plant sale set in Woodland

Yolo County Master Gardeners will sell more than 30 varieties of heirloom tomato plants as well as perennial ornamental landscape plants at their spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road. The college horticultural program will have additional popular hybrid tomato plants, a large […]

Talk focuses on managing rice fields as bird habitat

Shorebird habitat management is the topic of the Yolo Basin Foundation’s last Flyway Nights lecture for the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. California’s Central Valley provides important habitat for migratory shorebirds. In cooperation with the rice industry and rice growing community, PRBO Conservation Science and Audubon California are working to further enhance rice […]

Barnes & Noble hosts book fair to benefit Yolo literacy program

In an effort to raise funds for the Yolo Reads literacy program and as a kickoff to National Library Week, Barnes & Noble is partnering with the Yolo County Library to host a book fair at its Arden Fair store Friday through Sunday, April 12-14. During the book fair, the Yolo County Library will be […]

Per Capita Davis: The toughest nut to crack

The toughest nut to crack: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is, in some ways, painless and invisible to most of us. Others are doing it for us. If Congress raises miles-per-gallon standards for vehicles, we may or may not pay more for a car (we will pay less for gas), but in terms of our day-to-day […]

Grace Garden sets annual plant sale

Grace Garden will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the garden behind the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road in Davis. There will be squash, lettuce, herbs, lots of tomatoes, peppers and more. Also offered are summer annual flowers and some succulents. Grace Garden is a sustainable […]

Assault rifle ban out of gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — An assault weapons ban won’t be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban’s chances of survival now are all but hopeless. The ban is the most controversial firearms restriction that President Barack Obama and other Democrats have pressed for since […]

Water rates will increase on May 1

Without a majority protest of the ratepayers to stop it, the City Council unanimously approved five years of water rate increases Tuesday that will triple the average water bill in Davis by 2018.

The city needs the sharp uptick in revenue to begin raising funds to pay for the $113 million Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project that will supply Davis and Woodland with new drinking water from the Sacramento River.

Bob Dunning: Tournament renders season meaningless

THE THRILL OF VICTORY … count me among those who are not thrilled with March Madness, the major college basketball frenzy that has rendered the regular season virtually meaningless … not that there’s anything wrong with having a tournament with a select few teams — maybe 16 maximum — to determine the national championship … […]