Fun is born at the California State Fair

SACRAMENTO – The whole tent grew quiet at the California State Fair livestock nursery as not one, but two calves were born on the fair’s opening day.

The first calf was born just hours before the gates opened July 12, but a few fair-goers were lucky enough to see the birth of a bull-calf that afternoon.

Dr. Eric Davis and his UC Davis team began delivering the 100-pound calf from its mother. After a few minutes…

Protesters: Primate research wastes money, lives

About a dozen people, some sporting monkey masks, protested outside the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis on Thursday, accusing researchers of negligence in the death of animals there. The protest was one in a series — the “Open the Cages Tour” — sponsored by the Ohio-based group Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, which has repeatedly […]

City offers classes in fitness, cooking, dog training for adults

From yoga to Zumba, dog training, Italian cooking and singing, the city of Davis offers a wide range of classes for adults during the summer months. Classes are for those age 18 and up. Classes include: * Aqua Aerobics — Improve cardiovascular fitness, increase your flexibility, build strength and tone your body by taking advantage of the […]

Explorit: The science of sweat

By Lisa Justice When your body temperature rises above 98.6 degrees or your body recognizes that the temperature in the surrounding air is higher than the temperature in your body, it’s time to sweat. But what does sweat really do for you? Let’s try an experiment to find out. Take a damp sponge and use […]

Aveningo to read at Woodland library poetry series

Shawn Aveningo, owner of the Poetry Box, will give a reading on Wednesday at the Inspiring Words-Poetry in Woodland event. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the Leake Room at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. Following Aveningo’s presentation, there will be an open mic. Aveningo was voted one of the best poets […]

Youth drama workshop offered in Woodland

Center Stage, a summer drama workshop that allows young artists to be participants and teachers, meets next week at Douglass Middle School, 525 Granada Drive in Woodland. Participants ages 13 to 18 will become a small company of players to create theater for the fun of it from Monday to Aug. 2. No prior drama […]

At the Pond: California in the Grand Canyon

It has been an adventure month for me, in and out of Davis. We drove all of the way to Marble Canyon, Ariz., to start our 187-mile rafting trip down the Colorado River and the first bird we saw was a California bird, sitting right under the Navajo Bridge, wisely out of the furnace heat […]

Aeromodelers host Wings of Victory

The Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers will present their annual Wings of Victory air show this weekend at the new model aircraft complex on County Road 29 between County Roads 102 and 105, northeast of Davis. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is free to the public. This long-running family friendly […]

Online votes sought for charity paint giveaway

Local residents can vote online through July 31 for the three finalists in Brooks Painting’s sixth annual Charity Paint Giveaway. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in time and painting services. The finalists are the Yolo County Animal Shelter, Davis Community Meals and Explorit Science Center. To vote for your choice, visit www.brookspainting.com/vote2012.html. * Yolo County Animal Shelter on […]

‘A Day in the Country’ set Sept. 9 along Putah Creek

The Yolo Land Trust will present its signature event — A Day in the Country — on Sept. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Terrain Ruisseau along Putah Creek. Tickets purchased before Sept. 1 are $85. A Day in the Country features tastings from top chefs representing more than 20 restaurants throughout Northern California. […]

Cache Creek Nature Preserve to be open Saturday

The Cache Creek Conservancy has announced that the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to come out and observe the natural area along Cache Creek, hike along the trails and enjoy being outside. This is a good […]

Author, entrepreneur to speak at Avid Reader

Writer and entrepreneur Darrell Knoch — who rose to success after facial disfigurement and abuse as a child — will discuss his book, “Mastering a Healthy Self Image,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. “Mastering a Healthy Self Image” is an inspirational yet practical blueprint […]

SlowFood featured ‘In the Studio’

On the next episode of “In the Studio,” Patrick Shearer hosts a discussion with Kristan Reed and Rhonda Gruska, co-coordinators of SlowFood Davis. The concept behind “Slow Food” is to steer people away from the feeling of a hustled meal, preserving the pleasure one may derive from a meal enjoyed slowly. It also attempts to […]

From coyotes to carnival games and pain at the pump

WHO’S MANNING THE WELCOME WAGON? … lamenting the loss of five coyotes, Mayor Joe Krovoza noted that “A new family of coyotes will move in, and we must be prepared to welcome them.” … that may be going a bit far for those folks who are deathly afraid of anything wilder than Fido, but for […]