Mondavi Center anniversary: Where are they now?

There were many people who played prominent roles in the opening of the Mondavi Center in fall 2002. Where are they now? Robert and Margrit Mondavi, of the Napa Valley, donated the “naming gift” to the emerging performing arts center in 2001, as well as funding that created the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science, […]

Mondavi sidebar: A decade of changes

At first glance, the Mondavi Center looks today pretty much as it did when it opened 10 years ago. But actually, there have been quite a few physical changes. Some are small and cosmetic, others are substantial. Here’s a rundown: * A large fabric banner hung on the south wall facing Interstate 80 when the […]

Mondavi Center marked turning point for UCD

When Larry Vanderhoef became chancellor of UC Davis in 1994, he announced his intention to build a new performing arts center at the university.

It was a gutsy move on Vanderhoef’s part. The idea had been on his mind since at least 1990. And while there was wide agreement in the campus community that a new performing arts center would be a good thing, there were “lots of other things the campus needed (as well),” Vanderhoef recalled. “Almost everybody had a better idea about how to spend the money.”

Not all of the funding to build the new arts center was in place when Vanderhoef …

The parenting guide for the rest of us

Amazon’s top-selling book in the motherhood category on Friday wasn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill “how to be a good mom” book. With chapters like “Ten-Second Rule: Pacifier on the Ground” and “Is Your Child ‘Slow’ or is He a Boy?” this top seller is definitely not your mother’s parenting guide. But “Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide […]

Locals can help create a community mural at Davis Art Center

If you missed out on taking part in “Off the Grid,” one of the collaborative artworks created as part of the Art Center’s inaugural Discovery Art program, another opportunity for working on a community mural is being offered this fall. Members of the public are invited to help design and paint the Davis Art Center […]

For the record

Ann Evans, co-author of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook,” will be at Davis Ace Housewares, 240 G St. in downtown Davis, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, not Saturday, to offer a class on canning. The event is free.

Chicago looking for goats to graze at O’Hare

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Department of Aviation is looking for a few good goats. WFLD-TV reports that Chicago recently put out a bid for goats to trim the grass at O’Hare International Airport. The bid also calls for a goat herder. Amy Malick is the department’s point person for sustainability, and she says the city […]

Panelists debate religion’s role in Middle East politics

It is a mistake to paint recent unrest in Libya and Egypt with a broad brush, said Hatem Bazian, a senior lecturer of Near Eastern and ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, on Thursday at International House. Appearing during a panel discussion on Abrahamic religions and politics in the Middle East, Bazian said he believes they […]

Water committee prepares for decision on design-build-operate

The Water Advisory Committee continued its education on the design-build-operate delivery method at its meeting Thursday, essentially the third piece of the surface water project puzzle that it must fit into a recommendation to the City Council. After the committee chooses between projects with Woodland or West Sacramento, and after it makes a decision on […]

The truth is always the best argument

WASTE NOT … my friend Laura at is 100 percent behind the local push to ban plastic bags at grocery stores … in fact, so sold is she on the idea that she’s written me on several occasions in an attempt to get me on board … not being a plastic bag user myself, […]

King High graduation posters ready for pickup

Students who graduated from King High School in 2011-12 may pick up their graduation posters at the school, 635 B St., after 3:30 p.m. daily. Posters not picked up by Sept. 30 will be recycled. For more information, contact Karey at or (530) 757-5425.

Compassionate Friends meet this month

Yolo Compassionate Friends, a peer-led support group for families who have suffered the loss of a child, will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court in Davis. Anyone who has lost a child or grandchild at any age is welcome to attend, whether the loss is […]

Woodland CHP hosts car-seat check

The Woodland California Highway Patrol office will host a child safety seat check from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 13739 Andrew Stevens Drive in Woodland. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and […]

See shorebirds at guided tour of city wetlands

Members of the public are invited to join docents from Yolo Basin Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 6, on a free, guided tour of the city of Davis wetlands from 3 to 5 p.m. The change of season from summer to fall can be prime time to view shorebirds and anticipate the arrival of migrating waterfowl […]