Library offers Chinese conversation group

Yolo County’s Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, will start a new language conversation group from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the small conference room. The group will meet weekly and will be led by volunteers teaching conversational Mandarin (Chinese) at the beginner level. No language experience is necessary. […]

Newcomers invited to University Farm Circle coffee

Learn more What: University Farm Circle Newcomers Coffee When: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 18 Where: 1347 Cassel Lane in Davis Why: So women of all ages can meet new friends Call: Janine Mozée at (530) 204-7820 or Sheila Beyer at (530) 231-5059 University Farm Circle will get the new academic year off to an […]

College founders to be honored at Woodland event

The Woodland Community College Foundation will honor founders of the Woodland campus, formerly known as Yuba College, Woodland Center, at a Founders Day dinner event recognizing their contributions in bringing higher education to the Woodland community. The event will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception Thursday, Oct. 4, in Building 800 at the college, 2300 […]

Yoga Aid Challenge is Sept. 9 in Central Park

The community is invited to a free yoga class at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Donations will be accepted at the event or through Yoga Aid Challenge, a worldwide event to raise money for charity. All of the proceeds from the Davis Yoga Aid Challenge […]

‘The Painted Word’ author to speak at bookstore

Phil Cousineau, author of “Beyond Forgiveness,” “The Art of Pilgrimage” and “Wordcatcher” among many other books, will appear at The Avid Reader at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to discuss his newest book, “The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins.” The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. […]

Come make music at free class

Community members are invited to join Music Makers, a free class for children, that begins again on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The class will run weekly through May from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 615 Elmwood Drive, on the corner of Eighth Street. Turn on Elmwood and drive around […]

Taste Yolo’s bounty at A Day in the Country

Tickets are still available for the Yolo Land Trust’s signature event, A Day in the Country, which will take place this year from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Terrain Ruisseau along Putah Creek. Tickets purchased before Saturday are $85, and are $95 after that date. This event sold out last year so […]

Halden’s old-school style still echoes at Davis High

Dewey Halden was as Old School as you could get. But if it wasn’t for Halden’s trailblazing days, it’s improbable that Davis High School athletics would have earned the lofty reputation they enjoy today. From the day DHS opened in 1927 until the late 1950s, Halden often oversaw the entire sports program. He taught, he […]

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the […]

Council works on improving efficiency

The City Council held its annual retreat for most of the workday Friday to focus on, among other council issues, itself. Unlike past retreats where council members have met simply to draft goals that they would like to accomplish over the next two years, the new City Council instead used six hours in the meeting […]

Firefighters making progress against blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite a daily battle with searing temperatures, gusty winds and struggling through rugged terrain, the nearly 8,000 firefighters battling a series of wildfires across California were beginning to make progress in containing the blazes, officials said Saturday. The Ponderosa Fire, burning about 25 miles southeast of Redding, was 74 percent contained […]

Empire State victims hit by police gunfire

NEW YORK (AP) — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when […]

Davis celebrates eighth annual Village Feast

A warm summer afternoon and a cool breeze under the shade of the sycamores in Central Park made a perfect setting for the eighth annual Davis Village Feast, a fundraiser for the Davis Farm to School Connection. The feast, prepared and served by the Buckhorn Restaurant in Winters, was served family style, with all produce, […]

The sky is his office

Some are enthralled by the careful steering and swift work of agricultural aviators like 36-year career pilot Russ Stocker.

Others, Stocker says, have some trepidation about his sky-high operation.

“Many people think of us as some daredevils, young barnstormers. … As my mother used to say, ‘Now you quit doin’ them there stunts!’ ” Stocker said. “What I say is, that’s not stunts, that’s actually what I do.”

Given that he is entrusted with a plane that costs nearly $500,000 …