What’s happening for youths

Wednesday * Davis Girl Scouts will host a parent information night from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. Girls and their parents can learn more about what Girl Scouts have to offer. * Norwood 4-H club’s second meeting of the year will begin at […]

October 04, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Hoops sign-ups

The city of Davis is taking registration for its Junior Basketball Program. Many teams are still open but they are filling fast. The program is for third- through sixth-grade boys and girls and seventh- to ninth-grade boys. The league starts the week of Jan. 16 and the fee is $110 per child. The deadline for registration […]

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Clowning around

Learn more What: Slide-show presentation about Thomson’s trips When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 Where: Village Homes 
Community Center, 2661 
Portage Bay East, Davis. More info: email Thomson at [email protected] More info on the programs Patch Adams has started: http://www.patch
adams.org. Mention the words “teenagers” and “clowning around” in the same sentence and you’re as likely […]

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‘Growing a Green Future’ is theme of Arboretum plant sale

Anyone who grows plants in their yard, garden or home — or would like to — may be interested in the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Sunday, Oct. 9. The sale, on the theme of “Growing a Green Future,” will feature hundreds of varieties of plants for sustainable Central Valley gardens, including Arboretum All-Stars […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Traveling through time on the V&T Railroad

I’ve always been intrigued by trains. My grandmother is pictured next a train in the earliest known entry of my family album.

“This is my mother & father and me & Bud & sis. We used to live in N.M. That is the reason I like the West,” she wrote on the back of the photo.

My young grandmother stands in a white coat next to the train with her family, all in black. Such a mystery, that family. I never knew them. How does one satisfy the urge to unravel such mysteries? Perhaps by walking in their footsteps, or in this case, riding a similar railway.

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Learn to cheer

Students ages 6 to 13 are invited to learn cheers, jumps, tumbling and a dance by the award-winning Davis High School cheerleaders (pictured performing at a recent game) at a clinic on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Davis High School South Gym, 315 W. 14th St. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will […]

October 04, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Taste wines each month at Gunrock Pub

Gunrock Pub in the Silo Union on the UC Davis campus, hosts wine tastings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month during the academic year. Tastes of four wines, each complemented by a food pairing, are served. The fall/winter schedule includes picnic wine on Oct. 5, seasonal sips on Nov. […]

Home improvement: Impact spots for fall decorations

By Mary Carol Garrity If the thought of transforming your home decor for fall makes your eyes glaze over, than I have some good news for you. It’s easy to transform your house when you concentrate on five key spots, and use these super-easy tricks — many of which I’ve suggested before but are always […]

The California poppy: Fall planting is best for their natural life cycle

By Maureen Gilmer Ask historians why California was first named “Tierra Del Fuego” and you’ll get an argument every time. Translated from Spanish, it means “land of fire.” One camp believes it was due to wildfires that burned every year from June through December. Others attribute it to the California poppy, with its fiery orange […]

Home improvement: Oriental rug

An Oriental rug can be a long-term investment that pays off in style and function. Be informed with these rug terms before you shop. What does “handmade” mean?: “Handmade” can mean many things. Price and quality depend on a number of factors. Hand-tufted: A tufted rug is made using a mechanical tufting tool that secures […]

Point of Brew: Ruhstaller Beer returns to region

Sacramento used to be the Milwaukee of the West. From the days of the Gold Rush to Prohibition, as many as a dozen breweries operated simultaneously in the city. Sacramento was famous for turning the grain and hops that grow so well in the fertile valley soils into beer and for exchanging miners’ gold dust […]

Early fall gardening

Questions from late summer and early fall: I just moved into the dorms. What are easy houseplants? Welcome to Davis! Here are the three easiest houseplants: golden pothos, easy ZZ plant and peace lily (actually, pretty much anything in the philodendron family, which those are in). I also find croton tough and reliable. I’m new […]

Home improvement: House leaks

By Dwight Barnett Here is more discussion on roof leaks and other areas of your home that are vulnerable to water. Q: I am writing to inform you that you said some inaccurate things in your article about attic insulation. Attic ventilation is still required with spray-on foam. There must be a minimum 1-inch-thick ventilated […]

Home improvement: The advantages of oak

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann What is so special about oak wood? Plenty. First, oak is a hardwood. It is very durable, and because of its hardness and durability, it is — and has always been — a very popular wood for home furnishings. Oak is thick, and has a deep grain, and when it is […]