Two workshops Saturday at Central Park Gardens

Garden lovers are invited to start the new year with a free workshop on the ins and outs of dormant pruning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Central Park Gardens. Master Gardener Steve Radosovich will lead the workshop, explaining that dormant pruning is done to encourage growth to a desired shape as well as to strengthen a […]

St. James hosts blood drive Sunday

Local residents can give the gift of life by donating blood at a drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center, 1275 B St. in Davis. Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be generally healthy and […]

Applicants sought for county advisory boards

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on a couple of dozen county advisory bodies. For more information and to submit an application, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or contact your Yolo County supervisor. […]

Bingo benefits DHS Madrigals

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers will benefit from the Davis Odd Fellows’ bingo fundraiser Sunday afternoon. Doors open at noon at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., and games begin at 1 p.m. Cash prizes up to $250, pull-tab instant winners up to $100 and raffle prizes are included in the fun. The […]

Bee expert calls for habitat support

Learn more What: “Buzzed for Bees” with Robbin Thorp When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 Where: Rush Ranch, Suisun Directions: From Highway 12 in Suisun City, head south on Grizzly Island Road for about two miles. The entrance gate is on the right. The workshop takes place in the Nature Center past the big white […]

Big day of birding set with Colborn

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Terry Colborn will lead an all-day trip to multiple birding spots in the greater Sacramento Valley, taking participants on a search for wintering shorebirds, ducks, geese, swans, hawks, owls and sandhill cranes. The trip, which runs from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include a drive through the Yolo Bypass Wildlife […]

Training offered for new wetlands docents

The Yolo Basin Foundation is offering training for individuals interested in becoming docents for the city of Davis wetlands tour program. Participants will learn about the various biological processes that enhance water quality, the advantages of a native plant community, and how to identify the bird species that use the site’s wetlands. After the training […]

Free talk planned on the science of food

Ever wonder what UC Davis scientists are working on? Ever wonder how their research can influence your life? The SAY-IT public lecture series aims to provide you with these answers. This free public lecture series kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis, featuring Bruce German […]

Time to renew bike licenses

Bicyclists who registered their bikes with a California bicycle license in 2010 or earlier probably need to renew their registration. California bicycle licenses issued by Transportation and Parking Services at UC Davis and participating bike shops in Davis are valid until Dec. 31 of the second year after the license is issued. In other words, […]

Boot camp helps adults understand ADHD

Adults who want to gain clarity and understanding about their own attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are invited to an Adult ADHD Boot Camp from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. This pilot program is offered at no cost to registered participants. The event will be hosted by IROC Consulting at 907 Third St. in downtown […]

UC online courses fail to fulfill promise

By Nanette Asimov The University of California is spending millions to market an ambitious array of online classes created to “knock people’s socks off” and attract tuition from students around the world. But since classes began a year ago, enrollment outside of UC is not what you’d call robust. One person took a class. “It’s […]

Tanker strikes San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coast Guard investigators on Tuesday plan to interview the pilot of an empty tanker that struck a tower in the middle of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while navigating beneath the hulking span. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar rammed the tower on Monday afternoon as it headed out to sea, according to […]

‘Justice Waits’ author on ‘Davisville’

Joel Davis’ book, “Justice Waits: The UC Davis Sweetheart Murders,” helped resolve the 1980 Davis kidnapping and murder of UC Davis students John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves. Last month, a Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted Richard Hirschfield of first-degree murder for their deaths. Davis appears on the current edition of the KDRT program “Davisville,” on […]

Bob Dunning: Can a compromise wash away closure?

VITAL SERVICE WASHED AWAY … I walked the three blocks from my humble East Davis home to our neighborhood laundromat, the Wash Mill, Monday afternoon and was pleased to see it was still open and operating despite reports it was closing for good the day before … this after providing a valuable service to a […]