State budget deficit shrinks to $1.9 billion

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that. The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a positive but cautious forecast Wednesday in the state’s first budget assessment since […]

Warm for the winter: Davisite collects donations for Sandy’s victims

Davis resident Leslie Blevins was horrified by the news of the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to the East Coast — a place she called home for a period of time, and where many of her friends still live. Updates on the disaster trickled in from her best friend, who lost power along with 7.5 million other people […]

For a good cause

Steve Boschken, left, and Kevin Whiteford, members of the Sunset Rotary Club of Davis, do the cooking at Sunday’s barbecue to benefit Yolo Military Families. The event was hosted at The Davis Graduate, with proceeds helping to pay shipping costs for 125 Hugs From Home packages to be sent to deployed service members. Volunteers from […]

Taste specialty foods at open houses

Z Specialty Food welcomes visitors at its third annual open house, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and again Saturday, Dec. 8. In addition to live music by The Jonny Gold Trio, raffles and giveaways, all of the company’s award-winning products will be open for tasting and purchasing at discounted prices at the company’s […]

Buddhist meditation master continues his teachings

Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, continues to be in residence in Davis during November and early December. An authentic Drikung Kagyu yogi, he is offering traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and teachings at A Shared Awareness loft space, 105 E St., Suite G, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. […]

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 […]