GiveLocalNow effort aims to increase philanthropy in Yolo County

The current state of charitable giving and exploring ways to increase gifts was part of the talk by Gail Catlin on GiveLocalNow to 40 Yolo County nonprofit agencies last week at the Heidrick Ag History Museum in Woodland. Catlin, the executive director of the Nonprofit Resource Center from Sacramento, expanded on GiveLocalNow, a multipronged program […]

Authors, poets, storyteller due at writers’ conference

Jennifer Basye Sander and Todd Walton are the keynote speakers for the fifth anniversary “Our Life Stories” writers’ conference Saturday, April 28, at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. The conference is open to all writers and will focus on memoir writing. The conference includes lectures by Sander and Walton and several workshops moderated by celebrated […]

Sign up now for Cache Creek fun run

Cache Creek Conservancy’s annual Fun Run — which includes a 10K run and a 5K walk — will take place Saturday, April 21. Families are encouraged to participate as a group. The course will take runners through the Nature Preserve and neighboring property that has been restored. Runners will be on county roads for only a […]

Farmers can get funds to enhance wildlife habitat

Farmers and ranchers in Yolo County who make changes to improve or enhance aquatic or wildlife habitat on their farmland are eligible to receive funds from a $1 million program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. The application deadline is Monday, April 16. NRCS staff will work with farmers and ranchers […]

‘Flocking’ benefits UC Davis’ Camp Kesem

Davis residents may notice a different kind of bird moving into their neighborhoods. As part of a fundraising campaign, volunteers at UC Davis’ Camp Kesem will be “flocking” Davis houses with up to 90 plastic flamingoes. The flockee then has the option of asking to have the birds removed, which volunteers will do free of […]

Davis Food Co-op reduces energy, paper bag usage

Thanks to a combination of in-house and customer habit changes, the Davis Food Co-op has made strides in sustainability over the past few years. Nationally, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that supermarkets — the most electricity-intensive type of commercial building — use an average of 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity per square foot. In 2010, the […]

Author Cara Black will speak at Woodland library

Bestselling author Cara Black is the next featured author in The Friends of the Woodland Public Library series celebrating National Library Week. Black will be at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St., on Wednesday to talk about her experiences and writing. A members-only reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Individuals who are not members may […]

Earth Day walk set at Quail Ridge on April 21

As spring rolls into the valley, see all the explosions of color up-close and personal on an Earth Day interpretive walk on Quail Ridge Reserve from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The reserve, run by the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy, is on a peninsula at the southwest end of Lake Berryessa. The walk […]

Still room for sign-ups on wildflower, bird walk

Are you looking to get outdoors and explore Yolo County? Well, you’re in luck. There are spaces available for the Putah Creek wildflower and bird hike on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, led by ecologists Michael Barbour and Melanie Truan. The hike is a fundraising event for Putah Creek Council: $35 for […]

Dixon Historical Society hears history of Carpenter family

The early immigrant Carpenter family will be the topic of discussion at the next Dixon Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Methodist Church, 209 N. Jefferson St., Dixon. Roberta Rohwer will present a history of the Carpenter family in Dixon. The Carpenters were early immigrants to Dixon and are connected […]

Award-winning film ‘Bicycle Dreams’ screens Monday at Varsity

“Bicycle Dreams,” the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America, will premiere at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in Davis, at 7 p.m. Monday as part of the film’s ongoing nationwide winter tour. The film “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” said Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of […]

Take a walk with Warren through the Arboretum

Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts will lead a lunchtime stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum’s native plant collections at noon Wednesday. Visitors will enjoy the early spring weather, learn about the Arboretum’s collections, see spring wildflowers in bloom and get a little exercise. The group will meet at noon at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors […]

Free DCN class teaches tools to manage group projects

Planning a fundraiser? Applying for a grant? Want to volunteer your talents but don’t have time for meetings? Davis Community Network is offering a free class that can help. Keith Bradnam will teach “Online Collaboration — Tips and Tools” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Davis Joint Unified School District computer […]

Learn how to protect yourself online

Do you know what to do if you get a computer virus, or how to turn off geolocation on your smartphone? These are two of the topics to be addressed in an upcoming Davis Community Network class on Internet security. The class is free. Other topics include malware, phishing, scams, identity theft, antivirus and firewall software, passwords, social […]