‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream': From art comes hope

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani’s adult life was, in a sense, bookended by tragedy. And yet out of that tragedy grew extraordinary art.

Born in Sacramento in 1920, Mirikitani grew up in Hiroshima, Japan, he returned to the United States until at age 18 to pursue a career in art and escape the militarism growing in Japan.

He would be spared the devastation Hiroshima would experience at the end of World War II, but he also would spend much of the war imprisoned in the Tule Lake internment camp in Northern California. Later, after finally being released, he spent the rest of his life on the East Coast, working as a cook, often homeless, but always working on his art.

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Harry (No. 114013), a 6-month-old neutered male black and white domestic short-haired cat. Also hoping for a good home is Ren (No. 113411), a 9-month-old neutered male tan and white […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Retiring court executive lauded for fiscal foresight

WOODLAND — After 20 years of working for California’s courts, Jim Perry is calling it a career. The Yolo Superior Court executive officer announced his retirement last week, setting a departure date of May 1. “It will give me a chance to connect with my family more,” said Perry, the father of three children ages […]

March 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland man assaulted with car

Woodland police are investigating a bar fight that spilled into the streets, leaving one man hospitalized Monday morning after he was intentionally struck by a car. Sgt. Victoria Danzl said the assault occurred in the area of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, just blocks from where two parties had been involved in an altercation at […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Motorcyclist injured in Capay Valley crash

A Campbell man suffered multiple broken bones Sunday after being ejected from his motorcycle during a ride through the Capay Valley, the California Highway Patrol reported. Just after 5 p.m., Edward S. Whitfield, 42, was traveling eastbound on Highway 16 near County Road 85B when his Harley Davidson entered a left-hand curve and drifted onto […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids invited to sign up for Madrigals’ choral workshop

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers invite Davis’ elementary school children to join them for an afternoon of singing on Sunday, March 17. The annual Madrigals Choral Workshop, geared to kindergarten through sixth-grade students, is an outreach program designed to give younger children the opportunity to work with high school singers. The workshop will run […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bloggers speak March 5 at UC Davis

The University Writing Program continues its “Conversations with Writers” series with Chris Higgins and Nina Amir talking about blogging from 4 to 6  p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Amir is an editor, author and life coach. She will discuss “How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time.” Higgins, a […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Preschool hosts open house Saturday

Davis Community Church Nursery School, a parent cooperative preschool, will host an open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The school is on D Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, near the Davis Farmers Market. DCCNS will accept applications for fall enrollment starting Saturday and continuing through March 29 for early explorers, toddler and […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Morning tour set Saturday at Davis wetlands

Visitors to the city of Davis wetlands for a free public tour Saturday are invited to look for a diverse population of waterfowl on the wing and shorebirds in shallow ponds. Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead the tour from 9 to 11 a.m. March is a time of transition in the wetlands as many […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Peregrine School hosts campus visits

Prospective students and their parents are invited to visit Peregrine Elementary School, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite C, on Friday and again Friday, April 19. Hours both days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visiting student will have the opportunity to participate in Friday projects with current students while parents observe. They also may join in our […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo MoveOn members will meet Thursday

Members of the Yolo MoveOn Council will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The public is invited. National MoveOn strategy has changed in 2013 from a top-down to bottom-up approach called the Million Leader campaign. The Core members of Yolo […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Progressive Business Exchange will meet

Davis Film Festival Director Judith Plank and local attorney Mike Jansen will be the two featured speakers at Wednesday’s meeting of the Davis Progressive Business Exchange. Plank will speak about the 2013 Davis Film Festival, the 10th annual event, which has been moved from its traditional early spring date to the beginning of summer. Jansen […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Embroiderers Guild will visit UC Davis Design Museum

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. From there, the group will car-pool to the Design Museum, in Cruess Hall on the UC Davis campus. The current show is called “Structures, Signifiers and […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Everything is just ducky

Area residents got their fill of fish, birds and sunshine during Duck Days on Saturday. The annual festival celebrates the wetlands and wildlife in the region. Winston Spiller, 2, of Davis, took time to look at the fish in a special mobile aquarium. The fish were caught in the Delta on Friday. Several field trips […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,