Agency brings water solutions to villagers

Davisite Patrick Widner cocks his head slightly and, without hesitation, brings a glass of water to his lips.

“Isn’t it nice to never really have to worry about the water you’re drinking?” he asks, as he gulps the last of it down.

You don’t often hear that question, but it’s not unusual considering the perspective Widner has as executive director of International Water and Health Alliances.

The local nonprofit, which Widner co-founded with retired Sacramento State microbiology professor Robert Metcalf, aims to decrease water-borne diseases that plague millions worldwide.

Davis Bridge enters new phase as founder moves on

After 10 years with the Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, founder and longtime executive director Janet Boulware is moving on. But the tutoring program will continue under the auspices of the Davis school district. “I started Davis Bridge while my sons were growing up because I noticed there were Latino children in our school district who […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Common Core standards, tech upgrade, sixth-grade field trip on board’s agenda

Details What: Davis Board of Education When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video at The Davis school board will hear updates on implementation of the new Common Core academic standards, consider (and perhaps approve) the school district’s […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Four to graduate from Yolo’s felony drug court program

The Yolo Superior Court will hold a court proceeding and formal ceremony Monday for graduates of Felony Probation Drug Court. Judge Janet Gaard will preside over the ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in Dept. 4 of the courthouse, 725 Court St. in Woodland. Felony Probation Drug Court has been operating in Yolo County since […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Arboretum plant clearance sale set

The last spring plant sale of the season will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive on campus. Customers will find the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, including Arboretum All-Stars. This plant “clearance” sale also will showcase 30 “Durable Delights,” […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Arboretum hosts ‘Bugtopia 2.0′

Visitors to UC Davis on Sunday can learn about the Arboretum’s hidden insect wonders from Arboretum Ambassadors Melissa Cruz and Mira Parekh. Families are invited to tour the collections and learn insect names, trapping methods and ecology. The event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum Gazebo, is free. Parking is free […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sutter farmers market returns

The Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market will reopen Thursday and will continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, at the hospital’s entrance at 2000 Sutter Place in West Davis. Opening-day festivities include cooking demonstrations and tastings, face time with Dinger and Sacramento River Cats players (bring your cameras), giveaways, plus a […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

2 arrested in Craigslist robbery scheme

Woodland police arrested two men Monday on suspicion of robbing a victim of his tablet computer — and in the process linking one of the suspects to a similar incident that occurred the day before. The investigation began at about 2:40 p.m. Monday when a Placer County resident reported being the victim of a strong-arm […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City hosts sixth-grade graduation party

The city of Davis’ annual sixth-grade graduation party will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6. All recently graduated sixth-graders are welcome. The cost is $10 and tickets may be purchased from the Community Services Office at 600 A St., Suite C, starting Tuesday, May 21. A current 2013-14 waiver is mandatory for […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Parents’ night out set at Pole Line Baptist

Pole Line Road Baptist Church is hosting a parents’ night out from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at 770 Pole Line Road in Davis. This is a fun evening of games, crafts, Bible stories, movies and refreshments for children while parents spend some time on their own. All children, from infants through sixth-graders may attend. All workers have been approved through an extensive […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Who can see for miles? Caltrans replaces I-80 sign

Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and his wife Janet have been puzzled for years by the Caltrans sign on eastbound Interstate 80 near Dixon that reads “Davis 8 … Sacramento 20.” In fact, if you drive eight miles east from that sign, you are right at the Mace Boulevard exit, having driven way past UC Davis’ […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Locals can tour Yolo cattle ranch

The Winters Chamber of Commerce will offer its second agritour of the year at Yolo Land and Cattle Co. on Wednesday, May 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Steady Eddy’s Coffee House,  5 E. Main St. in downtown Winters. Once checked in, participants will be treated to a pastry and beverage of choice […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Thank a teacher with a ticket to tea

Have you thanked a teacher lately? A perfect opportunity is available now from AAUW-Davis and Monticello Seasonal Cuisine. T(ea) is for Teachers is an appreciation tea to honor teachers and support Tech Trek, a summer camp to introduce junior high school girls to math and science careers. The fundraiser is planned from 3:30 to 5 […]

May 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pony rides will benefit public schools

A Pony Ride Day at Pine Trails Ranch from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday will benefit the Davis Schools Foundation. Pony rides are $5 each. Pine Trails Ranch is at 35270 County Road 31. For more information, visit

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,