Local grower thrives on both new and old ideas

DAVIS— For Paul Barger, a walnut and almond grower in Davis, practices that are centuries-old and the latest farming technologies are of equal importance when it comes to managing pests, water and nutrients for his produce. Hedgerows, used in Europe more than 5,000 years ago, are filling a necessary role in controlling weeds and attracting […]

Holiday craft fair benefits FamiliesFirst

A holiday craft fair benefiting EMQ FamiliesFirst takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2100 Fifth St. Items for sale include handcrafted jewelry and apparel, jams, jellies and other edible goodies, art and accessories, home decor and more. Door prizes will be awarded every half-hour. The event is presented by Soroptimist International of […]

It’s a winner: UCD challenge boosts efficient cooling

A UC Davis challenge to build more energy-efficient air conditioning has spurred a major global manufacturer to build a rooftop air conditioner that is 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional units. Trane, a provider of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, is the second manufacturer to achieve Western Cooling Challenge certification. The challenge, established in 2008 […]

Senior investments talk planned at Computer Club meeting

The Woodland Senior Center Computer Club’s final meeting of 2012 will start at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Nancy J. Garton of Sacramento will speak about investments that are or may not be appropriate for senior citizens. The meeting is open to the adult public; light refreshments […]

Sierra Club calendars, cards to be sold at market

Sierra Club representatives are selling calendars and holiday greeting cards at the Davis Farmers Market every Saturday morning, weather permitting. This is the Sierra Club Yolano Group’s major fundraiser. Those who are not market shoppers may call Ida Bryan at 530-758-1807 to request home delivery anywhere in Yolo County, or calendars may be picked up at […]

Books, singing, flowers on Senior Center agenda

The Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., will host several activities this month: * Have you read a book you think is worth sharing? Come to the Open Book Review at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Everyone is invited to bring a book and share, or bring a list of books they’re read recently and talk a little […]

Take this course, and be the best baby-sitter on the block

The city of Davis will offer a first-aid training for baby-sitters the weekend of Dec. 1-2. The purpose of this American Red Cross course is to provide youths ages 11 to 15 with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. In […]

Auction, music, refreshments highlight Gibson House Christmas Gala

The Gibson House will host its annual Christmas Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at historic Beamer Place, 712 Main St. in downtown Woodland. Built in 1892 by R.H. Beamer, the building was renovated in the early 1980s and houses offices and shops. The Gala will feature an auction of decorated trees, […]

Explorit: A leafy rainbow thanks to chemistry

By Lisa Justice One of the most beautiful transformations of the fall season is the changing colors of the leaves on deciduous trees. But how does that happen? And why? And how do trees survive the winter without their green leaves? Unlike evergreen trees whose foliage stays green continuously throughout the year, deciduous trees experience […]

Sixth annual Santa Saturday at the Gibson House Museum Dec. 1

The Gibson House Museum welcomes young and old from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to join the holiday family fun at the Gibson Museum grounds, 512 Gibson Road, Woodland. Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck at 11 a.m. to visit and take photos until 2 p.m. Visitors may have lunch, […]

Yudof picks new UC Berkeley chancellor

University of California President Mark G. Yudof has selected Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia University’s executive vice president and dean of the faculty for arts and sciences, as the 10th chancellor of UC Berkeley. Dirks, 61, the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History at Columbia and the author of three books on India, emerged as […]

Sunday bingo games benefit Soroptimists

Bingo lovers are invited to join the fun Sunday afternoon at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Proceeds will go to Soroptimist International of Greater Davis, a service club whose projects benefits women and children in the region and worldwide. Doors open at noon and play begins at 1 p.m. […]

Mori Seiki plant opens its doors

Mori Seiki is the start of something big.

At least, that appeared to be the overriding sentiment Wednesday when the sparkling new Japanese tool manufacturing plant on Second Street in Davis officially opened its doors to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

But the idea of big doesn’t allude to the sheer size of the facility, a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art high-tech factory that looks even larger and more impressive on the inside.

Universities to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education. At CSU and other public schools, colleges and universities across the state, educators are rolling up contingency plans they had prepared in the event Proposition […]