Celebrate the tomato at Woodland festival

The Woodland Tomato Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, will celebrate Yolo County’s special heritage — the tomato. “It’s that time of year once again when we can start enjoying fresh locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes,” a festival news release said. “Biting into a freshly picked Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato or enjoying […]

Libraries see reduced hours on Aug. 6 for staff training

All seven Yolo County branch libraries will have shortened hours on Monday, Aug. 6, so staff members may attend systemwide training. Branches will reopen from 2 to 6 p.m. if the branch is normally open on Mondays. Yolo County’s Central Services and Archives also will be affected. Davis has two library branches: the Stephens Branch […]

Author’s new book embraces pain of a ‘broken-open heart’

Sacramento author and hospice worker Julie Interrante, author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart,” will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Friday to discuss her book. Building on her decades of work in hospice care, Interrante weaves together insights from the ailing and dying with her […]

Tour Gibson House, grounds on Sunday

Docents will lead tours of the historic Gibson House and grounds from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, with proceeds going to help maintain the museum. The house, owned originally by William Byas Gibson, and its grounds are maintained for educational […]

State, federal officials to reveal water plans

FRESNO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is set to reignite the state’s water wars when he makes the long-awaited announcement this week about plans to build a massive twin tunnel system to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. Already the $23.7 billion proposal is facing heavy criticism. Opponents […]

21 burned in walk over hot coals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals. The injuries took place during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center hosted by […]

Police: Suspect planned attack for months

By Mead Gruver and Thomas Peipert AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The shooting suspect who went on a deadly rampage inside a Colorado theater planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said Saturday, receiving deliveries for months which authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs. […]

Name droppers: UCD med student bound for Switzerland

Annahita Sarcon, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis, received a 2012 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship to study takotsubo cardiomyopathy at the University Hospital Zurich, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. She is one of 20 students from throughout the United States selected for the program. ThinkSwiss is an official program of the Swiss […]

Stricter security measures in place at Davis theaters

Regal Cinemas — which operates two movie theaters in Davis — implemented extra security measures Friday in the wake of a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater earlier that day. At last count, the rampage at a Century theater showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” had killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. “Moviegoers […]

Inspired by nature

Yolo County’s Art and Ag Project not only develops a dialog between farmers, artists and local communities but it also brings awareness to the importance of protecting farmland and visual arts. Through the Artist-to-Farm Visit Program, Yolo County farmers allow artists access to their property July through November. Art created from these visits will be showcased […]

Davis firefighters assisting at Capay Valley grass fire

Davis firefighters were called out to help fight a grass fire in the Capay Valley on Saturday after the fire jumped a containment line near the Yolo County town of Guinda. The 520-are fire, at Forest Avenue and Highway 16 in the small town of Guinda — about nine miles north of the Cache Creek […]

Vanguard Awards will be presented Thursday

The Vanguard Awards honor the work of individuals and organizations on behalf of social justice. Awards will be presented Thursday evening at an “Ending the Death Penalty in California” dinner and ceremony at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland. Dinner will be catered by Ciocolat of Davis. Doors open at 5:30 […]

Fame, fortune await your golden words

Several years ago about this time I wrote that this is when “I announce the much-anticipated Contest to Replace the Above-Pictured Columnist, which draws entries from around the globe and leads to attractive opportunities in journalism for many of the winners. Or at least as attractive as an opportunity in journalism can be these days.” […]

Discover the Flyway seeks new volunteer docents

Yolo Basin foundation, a nonprofit wetlands and wildlife education organization, invites potential new volunteers to train as docents for the popular Discover the Flyway school program at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Any member of the public with a passion for conservation, a desire to learn more about the local wetlands and an enthusiasm for […]