Career-advancement programs showcased

Sign up soon for UC Davis Extension’s Professional Education Showcase, a free event that provides working professionals in the Sacramento region with the opportunity to learn about continuing education opportunities to help them advance their careers. Attendees will be able to meet program representatives, instructors and past and current students, ask questions, learn about financing […]

Explorit weaves a web of fun at Spider Spectacular

To ease some fear and educate the community on the important role spiders play in our ecosystem, Explorit will host a Family Exploration weekend all about spiders in conjunction with its pilot Community Science Project, “Spiders in Your World.”

How do spiders not stick to their own webs? How are insects and spiders different? Can a spider live underwater?

All these questions and more await your exploration. There will be lots of hands-on activities and opportunities for all ages to explore the often hidden world of spiders.

Explorit, 3141 Fifth St., will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Explorit members and those ages 2 and under.

Nominate a hero in your community

The American Red Cross is asking people throughout Yolo County to take a moment to recognize the heroic achievements of someone they know by nominating them for a Heroes award. Heroes will be honored at the 12th annual Red Cross Heroes luncheon for Yolo County on Friday, Dec. 7, at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall. Individuals […]

NAMI offers free mental health education program

The fall sessions of the NAMI Family-to-Family Program will run from Sept. 10 through Nov. 19, meeting from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Mondays. This 12-session program helps families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder understand the causes and origins of the illness and how to cope with everyday problems that arise in […]

Backpacks for Kids collected throughout county

Backpacks and school supplies are being collected for distribution to 5,000 Yolo County children in need through several local agencies, including the Yolo Wayfarer Center, Yolo County Department of Social Services, Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Yolo County Housing. The Backpacks for Kids program is in its sixth year. Backpacks and supplies may be dropped […]

Odd Fellows support local groups

Continuing a tradition that began in the 19th century, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has announced $1,500 in donations to six nonprofit groups serving the Davis community. Checks of $250 were given to the Davis Farm to School Connection, the Food Bank of Yolo County, the Elderly Nutrition Program, Yolo Hospice, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee […]

Yoga, teachings offered Thursday

ACI Sacramento/Davis presents yoga and teachings by senior students Angela and Eric Lucero from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. The class is free, but donations are accepted with gratitude. For more information, visit www.aci-davis.org.

Retirees to hear about ballot measures at luau luncheon

Friday is the deadline for reservations for the Retired Public Employees Association luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Cracciolo’s Banquet Room in Woodland, 1320 E. Main St. Members and guests are encouraged to don their loudest Hawaiian shirts for the luau-themed event (coconut bras optional). The cost is $7 for members, […]

School calendar

Davis school calendar First day of school: Aug. 22 Labor Day holiday: Sept. 3 Elementary student holiday (grades K-6): Nov. 2 Veterans Day holiday (observed): Nov. 12 Thanksgiving break: Nov. 19-23 Winter break: Dec. 24-Jan . 4 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: Jan. 21 Secondary student holiday (grades 7-12): Jan. 22 Lincoln’s birthday: Feb. 11 Presidents Day […]

Patwin principal, DHS band teacher among new hires

A principal at Patwin Elementary and a band teacher at Davis High School are among the hires made by the Davis school district as the new school year approaches. Nicole “Nikki” Smith — who has been teaching in the Davis school district since 1998 — will be the new principal at Patwin Elementary School. Smith […]

Roberson looking forward to third year as superintendent

Winfred Roberson is starting his third academic year as superintendent of the Davis Joint Unified School District. Despite the clouds on the budgetary horizon, Roberson insists he is optimistic about the 2012-13 school year. Voters will be making some big decisions in the Nov. 6 election that will have a major impact on the Davis […]

A Death Valley drive with the click of a mouse

By Tracie Cone FRESNO — Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National Park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon. Or picture a tight left turn on Yosemite’s Glacier Point Road where in the east iconic Half […]

Shooting, stabbing under investigation in Woodland

Violence reigned Friday night in Woodland, where police responded to a shooting and a stabbing that occurred just minutes apart. Reports of a shooting victim inside a vehicle sent officers to the Chandler Square Townhomes, 513 Cottonwood St., at about 9:20 p.m. They arrived to discover that the victim, a 30-year-old Woodland man, had been […]

Colorado massacre underscores need for local training, police say

Three shotgun blasts shattered the silence on the Davis High School campus on a recent Wednesday afternoon. As the gunman lowered his weapon, four Davis police officers rounded the corner of a nearby building in a “diamond formation” — one aiming his gun in front, two to the sides and one to the rear. “Everyone’s […]