Sunflower art due this week

Calling all artists! Friday is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday […]

Cal State chancellor announces retirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced Thursday that he plans to retire as soon as his successor is found. Reed, 70, has led the nation’s largest public university system for the past 14 years, overseeing an expansion that added 100,000 more students and a campus in the Channel Islands. […]

Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling SUV

Americans still love riding high above the ground in their vehicles but have been opting for smaller sport utility vehicles to save on gasoline costs. No wonder, then, that sales of the Nissan Rogue were up 25.1 percent last year from the calendar year before — to 124,543 — and they’re up another 12.4 percent […]

Toilet paper drive helps Yolo nonprofits

You can help * Drop off donations of toilet paper between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Cal Expo main entrance, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento * Drop TP off on June 14 at the Woodland United Way office, 1017 Main St. in Woodland. For information, call (530) 662-3633 * Donate […]

West Nile virus-infected mosquito trapped in Davis

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed the first five positive mosquito samples in Yolo and Sacramento counties and two new dead birds infected with West Nile virus in Sacramento County. Though birds already had tested positive in recent weeks, the positive mosquito samples found in both counties are coming much earlier than previous years and could signal a […]

Foster parents host meet-and-greet sessions

Local residents are invited to learn more about foster care and the foster-to-adoption process in Yolo County at two upcoming information sessions. Foster families who already have “traveled the road” will be on hand to describe their experience and answer questions. The first session will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at […]

Meet DK and his big bike ideas

When the Davis City Council awarded its May Bike Month proclamation on May 1 to a who’s who of bicycle personalities in Davis, there was a new face among those to accept the honor.

It was the city’s recently hired bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Dave “DK” Kemp.

Three weeks later, however, Kemp is no longer the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the city. But don’t fret, he hasn’t lost his job. He’s simply changed his title.

“As we talked more and more with DK and went through the interview process, it became apparent that while cycling is clearly a foundation element of our active transportation system, it’s not the only element,” said Ken Hiatt, director of community development and sustainability, about Kemp’s responsibilities with the city.

Try synchronized swimming at free class

Davis AquaStarz is teaming with SwimAmerica to offer a free synchronized swim class at SwimAmerica, 2121 Second St., from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Potential swimmers should be at least 5 years old and comfortable in deep water. No registration is necessary. Interested swimmers also can join the Junior AquaStarz program, which will […]

See summer’s winged residents at Davis wetlands tour

Members of the public are invited to join docents from Yolo Basin Foundation on Saturday, June 2, for a guided tour of the city of Davis wetlands to look for summer residents and their nests. Like yellow-headed blackbirds, marsh wrens are one of several species of birds that build their nests over water. Males build […]

Rotarians honor student role models

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 12 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as May’s Students of the Month. They are: * Destina Agar, nominated by social studies teacher Hillary Brittan, who wrote, “Destina is a wonderful and vivacious young lady whose energy and passion for education is commendable. Destina, although wanting to […]

Barnyard Theatre auditions slated

Barnyard Theatre will hold auditions for its summer productions Sunday and Monday. The company will present a mainstage production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche,” a darkly humorous retelling of the Greek myth, and a workshop of Briandaniel Oglesby’s “Dammed,” an original work being developed about a family’s struggle to come together during the last days of […]

Explorit’s new neighbor is a real hoot

By Lisa Justice From the burrowing owls at Wildhorse to the occasional river otter in Putah Creek, Davis is blessed with an abundance of wildlife. And one feathered friend — a common barn owl — has recently taken up residence around Explorit Science Center, 3141 Fifth St. in Mace Ranch. Barn owls are found almost […]

I-House will host talk on Syria

Local residents are invited to learn about the future of Syria at free talk by Mohammad Kabbesh that will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Kabbesh is a physician who has been practicing in the Sacramento area for almost two years. He was born and raised […]

Chamber PAC hosts mixer Friday

The Davis Chamber of Commerce PAC will host a mixer from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. in Davis. “Come to Sudwerk to find out why we believe that Lucas Frerichs, Stephen Souza, Dan Wolk and Measure D can best help Davis to achieve a sustainable future,” a news release said. […]