Point of Brew: The winter of my content

I’m writing this overlooking the rolling countryside of the Heart of England, Warwickshire. I think the English landscape is particularly beautiful in winter; the leaves have gone and one can see the bare bones of the fields and trees and the skeleton upon which the scene is built. This morning is unusually lovely; there has […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Name droppers: UCD’s Luckhart receives $100K Grand Challenges grant

UC Davis molecular biologist Shirley Luckhart, an internationally recognized malaria expert, will receive $100,000 from Grand Challenges Explorations to advance her work in developing nutritional supplements to reverse the malaria-induced intestinal damage that contributes to the development of non-typhoidal salmonella bacteremia in malaria-infected children. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

From the ground up: The whole duck

Artisan food classes Fatted Calf, www.fattedcalf.com: Sign up for newsletter; classes typically sell out well in advance. Cole Ogando, who operates the Preserve Public House in Winters with his wife Sara, is an accomplished charcuterie-maker in the Italian tradition, and will offer small classes by special arrangement. Contact him at www.preservedrinkery.com Cheese — Sasha Laurin, […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Enrolling now * The Davis Food Co-op is accepting students for an “express” session of their Co-op Hands-On Work (CHOW) training, scheduled for Dec. 19-21, noon to 5 p.m. daily. This 15-hour program is designed to give teens aged 15-18 the skills needed to volunteer or work in almost any situation. The program includes customer […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

DHS journalists get a taste of covering breaking news

For continuing coverage of the Occupy protests and other news that Davis High School journalists are covering, visit http://www.bluedevilhub.com. Student-journalists at Davis High School run their newsroom as much like a traditional news organization as they can, says editor-in-chief Chloe Kim. So in that sense, it’s probably no surprise that everyone from HUB photographers to […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Rec Report: Top 10 moments of 2011

By Anne Marquez Alas, it’s that time of year. As the trees go bare, the air gets dry  and we scour our smart phones for local holiday deals, so, too, begins the countdown to the end of one year and the beginning of another. We have had thousands of moments this year in recreation. Every […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Taste dessert wines Friday at Co-op

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host its last wine tasting of the year, “Ports and Dessert Wines,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit the Willett Elementary School PTA. The Willett PTA’s mission is to build a community between teachers, parents […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Children’s Secret Store goes green

This year, the Children’s Secret Store has gone to local artists for its merchandise. Instead of the usual bulk orders of cheap toys and gift items, children also will find brightly colored hand-painted scarves, flower growing kits, handmade ornaments, ceramics and even locally grown coffee to buy for loved ones. Following a call from the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Plan ahead for safe senior driving

No one wants to admit that aging affects their ability to drive safely. But experts agree that, although not all drivers are the same, driving ability generally begins to deteriorate around age 55. Kathleen Marvaso, AAA’s vice president of Public Affairs, said that as the population ages, senior-driver safety is becoming an increasingly relevant and […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Garden volunteers raised a half-ton of produce for the needy

Volunteers tending the Grace Garden at the Davis United Methodist Church raised about 1,000 pounds of fresh produce this year, which was donated to the Friday’s Harvest food program at the Davis Korean Church and distributed to the needy. Grace Garden has doubled in size since last fall, said Cid Barcellos of Davis United Methodist. […]

December 01, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Shop local for your wine gifts

Gift-giving season has arrived with its usual fanfare: fantastic sales, “White Christmas” muzak, craft fairs of all sorts and every imaginable incarnation of the North Pole crew. For my part, I’ve taken both the Buy Local pledge and the Simplify-the-Holidays pledge. The two occasionally conflict, of course (wouldn’t it be simplest to buy nothing?), but […]

December 01, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Schneider, Moffitt, appointed to Water Quality Control Board

Bob Schneider,63, of Davis, and Jennifer Lester Moffitt, 31, of Yolo have been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Schneider served as a member of the board from 2000 to 2006. He has been a partner Verve Enterprises since 1995. He also was a partner at Bob Schneider […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

From field to fork: Young Davis farmers look to break in

Now through the end of 2012, I’ll occasionally profile new young farmers looking to serve the Davis community. Do you value local produce on your dinner table? One day it might come from the farm of two young Davis women who are just starting out. They barely have a “farm” now — just a few […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,