Lovenburg says she’ll bring experience, deeper understanding to board

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of five stories profiling candidates in the Davis Board of Education race. Susan Lovenburg was the top vote-getter when she was elected to the Davis school board in November 2007. As she joined the board the following month, California’s state budget crisis went from bad to worse, […]

Trustees ponder potential $6.9 million in new cuts

The Davis school board will ponder several budget options on Thursday night that the trustees undoubtedly hope they never will have to implement — contingencies if Proposition 30 and Measure E fail at the polls on Nov. 6. Prop. 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to fund education and public safety through temporary tax hikes. […]

Standing in: My son has a special silent strength

By Kate Duren Today I had one of those moments every mommy dreads. I took my 6-year-old son, Truman, to camp and left him watching me with all the stoicism he could muster. I don’t think he bought my confident façade, and I caught a glimpse of his lower lip trembling, thus betraying his own […]

Using app, UCD prof to track real-time debate reaction

Learn more What: Presidential debate on domestic issues between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney When: 6 p.m. Wednesday Where: Airing live on major networks and cable news stations, and streamed online When President Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday, Amber Boydstun will be watching — through the eyes of college students across the […]

Republicans will watch the debate

The Yolo County Republican Association will hold a debate-watching party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, will square off in their first campaign debate.

Co-op collects shoes and coats for kids

In conjunction with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., is accepting donations of new or gently used children’s shoes and coats throughout October. Donations help clothe the 2,400 children living at or below poverty level in Yolo County. As their families struggle with dwindling resources, these at-risk kids may […]

National Merit honors 14 Davis High School students

Thirteen Davis High School seniors were named semifinalists in the 2013 merit scholarship competition by the National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, DHS senior Fatuma-Ayaan Rinderknecht is a semifinalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for black American high school students. DHS semifinalists are John Blattner, Lindsay Brandt, Erin Fong, Benjamin […]

Levine, Schwartz featured at Poetry Night

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Julia Levine and Ruth Schwartz at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Levine is a poet and therapist who earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. Her poetry has won numerous national and international awards, including a Discovery Award, […]

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 […]