2012 ‘Nutcracker’ cast announced

The city of Davis has announced the cast for the 2012 production of the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker,” a holiday classic. The cast includes Laurana Hancock as Clara, James Hayakawa as the Nutcracker Prince, Emma Anderson as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Maya Alexander as the Forest Fairy, Ryan Fulks as Drosselmeyer, Joseph Thompson as Father, Andrew Montano as Fritz, Catherine Lautzenheiser […]

Visit Cache Creek Preserve on Saturday

The Cache Creek Nature Preserve west of Woodland will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Guests are invited to take an audio tour of selected sites on the preserve grounds. Participants can check out a listening device and hear stories from five different presenters on various aspects […]

Presentations explore Chinese dance

The Yolo County Library’s Davis and West Sacramento branches will present “A Talk on Shen Yun” this week and next. Local residents are invited to learn how the Shen Yun Performing Arts company performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance that has inspired countless Chinese artists. Based in New York, Shen […]

‘Oprah’ regular on local radio

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Fan favorite Peter Walsh, a New York Times bestselling author and contributor to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” returns to Motekaitis’ show. Walsh, who hosts “Enough Already” […]

Canning demonstration set at Davis Ace

Local residents can learn quick and easy canning recipes that make the perfect homemade gifts from Ann Evans, co-author of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook.” Evans will present a free seminar at 2 p.m. Sunday at Davis Ace Housewares, 240 G St. All are welcome.

Crafters plan spoof of Internet meme at fair

The monthly Square Tomatoes Craft Fair is moving to Central Park starting Sunday, featuring an expanded group of vendors, food booths and live music. A special treat this month will be “Square Tomatoes Style,” a spoof of the Internet meme “Gangnam Style,” scheduled for 1 p.m. and featuring vendors and volunteers as dancers. Sally Parker’s Davis-centric […]

Businesses asked to sponsor holiday flag display

The Kiwanis Club of Davis is signing up business sponsors for 2013 for its holiday flag display. The club has been putting up American flags in downtown Davis on holidays since 1983, when Red Francisco, a founding member of the club, started the tradition. “The club wishes to continue performing this valued community service for […]

Some county departments closed for holiday week

Budget cuts have forced the closure of some Yolo County offices next week, county officials announce. The following departments will be closed Monday through Friday: * Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (Wednesday through Friday only); * Assessor (Wednesday through Friday only); * Elections; * Health Divisions: Environmental Health, California Children Services Medical Therapy Units, immunizations clinics; […]

I-House hosts hurricane relief fundraiser

International House, Davis, will host a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. I-House is being assisted by Sunset Rotary of Davis and the interfaith community Celebration of Abraham. “Bring a dish to share for the potluck, and bring your checkbook,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, I-House executive director. “Checks in […]

DHS graduate aids in Hurricane Sandy rescue

Nobody thought it was going to be like this.

“The sentiment was very much (that Hurricane) Irene wasn’t that bad, so Sandy won’t be either,” said Jacob Vanderbilt, a June graduate of Davis High School who’s now a freshman in college in New Jersey. “But it was bad.”

Vanderbilt rode out Hurricane Sandy with his friends in his dorm at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, watching a movie on a laptop.

“One of the kids across the hall even got to see the whole city light up and (then) lose power,” Vanderbilt said.

Deadline extended to Nov. 26 for poster contest

The deadline has been extended for the annual Street Smarts traffic safety poster contest. Young artists are invited to show off their Street Smarts by creating original artwork illustrating the importance of proper helmet use, safe bicycle riding, crossing the street safely, and safe driving — including awareness about distracted driving and the dangers of talking […]

Holiday shoppers can fill their baskets at Farmers Market

Stock up on everything you need for your Thanksgiving table at the Davis Farmers Market pre-Thanksgiving market from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in Davis. More than 60 farmers, bakers and crafters will fill the market with organic produce, farm-fresh fall fruits and vegetables, local eggs and honey, […]

Bus service beefed up for holiday period

WOODLAND — Yolobus is preparing to bring thousands of Sacramento and Yolo County residents to and from the Sacramento International Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week. In addition to the regularly scheduled Yolobus 42 routes, Unitrans (Davis) is offering supplemental trips between UC Davis and the airport on Wednesday. Unitrans will run this service every […]

Final free flu clinic is Saturday in Woodland

Flu shots will be free for the final time this season as the Yolo County Health Department hosts a mass vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Douglass Middle School, 52 Granada Drive in Woodland. Flu vaccine is available for a $10 administrative fee as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic from […]