A ghostly Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Joel Grey, left) shows Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) a glimpse of his former life in TNT’s 1999 TV adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”

A viewer’s guide to various versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’

OK, it’s December and you feel like indulging in Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, but there are several versions on TV on multiple channels … and one of them is a musical. How do you choose? Fear not, gentle reader, for I am here to lead the way. I’ve seen them all, picked them apart and […]

Going pro: Gamer’s dream comes true

Coby Yamauchi was 7 years old when his older cousin, Richard O’Brien, introduced him to the wonders of the Xbox. The introduction could not have come at a better time: Coby had recently been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder that had robbed him of his ability to run around on a field with friends, kick […]

Tour guides sought at Jepson Prairie

Solano Land Trust is recruiting new guides, known as docents, to lead tours at Jepson Prairie, a preserve south of Dixon. Docents are volunteers who graduate from docent training for a specific land trust property and serve as knowledgeable guides on that property. Solano Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) public benefit organization that permanently protects […]

Farmers help feed the hungry

Capay Valley farmer Jim Durst has donated 19,953 pounds of fresh produce — including zucchini, snap peas and tomatoes — to the Food Bank of Yolo County this year. He is a longtime member of the Food Bank’s board of directors. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Local farmer believes in the right of everyone to eat well

When local farmer Jim Durst’s workers combed through the recent harvest of butternut squash from his fields, it was business as usual — meaning they ensure that some of the vegetables are set aside for charitable agencies. “Only the cosmetically good ones go to retail anyways,” Durst said. “The ones with little blemishes, or the misshapen, we […]

Will he or won’t he? Italy awaits Monti’s decision

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president dissolved parliament Saturday, setting the stage for general elections in February and leaving only one lingering question from Premier Mario Monti’s 13-month term trying to fix Italy’s troubled finances: whether he will run. Monti will announce his decision Sunday, ending weeks of speculation and jockeying that have dominated Italy’s political […]

More heavy rain, snow in NorCal forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy rain, pounding waves and plenty of snow in the mountains were all in the forecast as Northern Californians braced for a weekend of wintry weather and potential delays in holiday travel. As one storm system moved through the region Saturday, a second, more powerful system was expected to hit the […]

Davis sends virtual hugs of comfort to Newtown parents

The rain stopped and the sky cleared just in time for Saturday evening’s candlelight vigil in support of grieving families in Newtown, Conn. The event, which took place eight days after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was organized by a Davis mother at Candy Cane Court in Wildhorse. “Like most folks, I […]

A holiday gathering full of community

Share the joy What: Davis Food Co-op’s 27th annual Christmas Eve Holiday Meal, offering a full traditional and vegan meal When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Admission: Free, but donations will be accepted with gratitude It takes 150 pounds of potatoes to make 800 servings of mashed potatoes, and […]

Bob Dunning: Bethlehem? Davis? What’s the difference?

* Editor’s note: The following column was first published in December 2000. “What if Jesus was born in Davis?” Asked the provocative headline hidden deep between the creases of The Davis Enterprise one day last week. Yeah, what if Jesus was born in Davis? What would that have been like? Said the first line in […]

Community Santas make for a merry Christmas

The holidays will be a lot brighter for 651 Davis children, thanks to the second annual Davis Community Gift Project, which took place on Saturday. Low-income families from throughout the community were invited to visit a special toy shop at Davis Community Church where parents could pick out new toys and other gifts for their […]

Police use Taser during arrest of Davis man

Police on Saturday used a Taser to subdue a 32-year-old Davis man whom they arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. At about 5:30 a.m., four officers responded to a call on the 900 block of J Street from a caller who said a man was threatening […]

At the pond: Great horned owl is calling

Have you ever been owling? Have you listened for your resident great horned owl? Now is the time to go owling since December is when the great horned owls start calling and nesting. You can hear them at dawn and dusk. There is the rhythmic hoo hoodo hooooo hoo. I hadn’t experienced owling until last […]