Almond Festival offers family-friendly fun

For nearly 100 years, the annual Capay Valley Almond Festival has showcased the Capay Valley and its communities — Rumsey, Guinda, Brooks, Capay and Esparto. The regional festival, which takes place this year on Sunday, Feb. 24, traverses a 21-mile route along Highway 16, with each site offering different activities and unique atmosphere. Early spring […]

UC Davis astronaut will speak in Folsom

In his tiny office at UC Davis, professor Steve Robinson holds up two letters. One is a letter rejecting his application to come to UC Davis as an undergraduate. The other, dated nearly 40 years later, is an invitation from UCD for Robinson to join the engineering faculty as a tenured professor. “A career in […]

Woodland Healthcare grants help hundreds in need

Woodland Healthcare, an affiliate hospital of Dignity Health, has awarded $60,000 in grant funding to six nonprofit organizations in Yolo County. The grants will build capacity in the community to offer much-needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to chronic disease management, shelter and various social support programs for underserved and vulnerable populations. […]

Two local agencies will benefit from book drive

Local residents can help 145 Yolo County kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s second annual STAR Readers Book Drive Feb. 18-March 8. The drive benefits more than 650 children across five counties in United Way’s STAR Readers project, which is working to increase graduation rates by improving early […]

Genealogy speaker highlights newspapers as treasure troves of information

” ‘Read All About It!’ Genealogy Newspaper Research Online” is the topic of the Davis Genealogy Club’s free program on Tuesday, Feb. 19. It will be presented by researcher Kathryn Moore at 1 p.m. in the Valente Room at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Birth announcements, marriage announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, town news […]

Purim Carnival celebrates freedom with fun

Congregation Bet Haverim will present its annual Purim Carnival and magic show on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the synagogue, and community members are invited to join in the fun. Bet Haverim is at 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 20 games and activities […]

Calling all high school artists

YoloArts invites high school artists in Yolo County to apply for the 27th session of the California State Summer School for the Arts. The school offers a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age. Each summer, only 500 students are […]

Tuleyome hires O’Hara as fundraiser

Brendan O’Hara of Davis has been hired as development officer for Tuleyome, a regional nonprofit agency that recently celebrated 10 years of conservation work. O’Hara’s 15 years of conservation experience will aid Tuleyome’s growth as it embarks on new goals for the years ahead, said Sara Husby-Good, executive director. Tuleyome has offices in Woodland and […]

Fencing academy reopens in expanded location

The Davis Fencing Academy will host a grand reopening from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at its expanded Davis facility, 2121 Second St., Suite C102. Free one-hour introductory lessons are offered to anyone who wants to learn about modern sport fencing. Refreshments will be served. Classes will start at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., […]

Bunco games benefit Yolo Hospice

The Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will host an all-sports bunco fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Holy Rosary Parish Hall, 305 Walnut St. in Woodland. Doors open at noon and games begin at 12:30 p.m. There will also be prizes, a raffle and no-host bar. Club members are asked to donate a prize. […]

Speakers to discuss role of land-grant universities

A half-day symposium at UC Davis on Friday, Feb. 22, will spotlight the mission of the contemporary land-grant universities and what changes may be needed in university policy to better fulfill that mission. The free public event will run from 1:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center’s multipurpose room. Set to speak […]

Ask the expert: We’re fine with well water

* Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of “Ask the expert” columns appearing in advance of the Measure I election, regarding various technical aspects of the city’s water utility and the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project. The expert: Walt Sadler, a registered professional civil engineer in California with a bachelor’s degree in […]

Learn about the Constitution at all-day seminar in Davis

An all-day seminar on our U.S. Constitution will be offered Saturday, March 9, in Davis. Titled “The Making of America: The Founders’ Principles of Liberty and the Meaning of the Constitution,” the program material is provided by the National Center for Constitutional Studies. Presented in an accessible manner, the program looks at the context in […]

A call for drastic changes in educating new lawyers

By Ethan Bronner DALLAS — Faced with profound and seemingly irreversible shifts, the legal profession is contemplating radical changes to its educational system, including cutting the curriculum, requiring far more on-the-ground training and licensing technicians who are not full lawyers. The proposals are a result of numerous factors, including a sharp drop in law school […]