From the ground up: Winter squash in Hungry Hollow

Slightly north of Esparto in western Yolo County, Jim and Debra Durst, co-owners of Durst Organic Growers, grow acres and acres of winter squash. “I started growing mixed winter squash in 1998. I was pretty much the only one is those days,” Jim Durst said. “I had a dozen or so varieties — cheese pumpkin, […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Prostate cancer support group meets Nov. 14

Physical therapist Risa MacDonald will discuss “Biofeedback to Help Restore Continence in Men, Post-Prostatectomy” at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Yolo Prostate Cancer Support Group. MacDonald, who has a doctoral degree in physical therapy, is co-owner of East Sacramento Physical Therapy. She has expertise in treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, including incontinence, a common […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ace of Bakes contest is sweet success

Room 27 at Birch Lane Elementary School smelled an awful lot like a bakery one day last month. That’s because the room was filled with baked goods handmade by Birch Lane students for their second annual Ace of Bakes contest. Like last year’s inaugural version, the contest doubled as a fundraiser for Birch Lane’s Student […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College questions and — thankfully! — answers

Top 5 Kids Factors colleges may consider when choosing students: 1. Athletics 2. Legacy status (parent attended that college) 3. Development (parents are significant donors) 4. Race, gender and ethnicity 5. Geographic and socio-economic diversity Source: Sally Springer, co-author of “Admission Matters” For many high school students these days, the college admissions process is fraught […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

State seeks funds for healthy food in new Farm Bill

By Stacy Finz A patchwork of food, farming, conservation and environmental groups fear that lawmakers could act on the 2012 Farm Bill as early as this week with no input from California — the largest agricultural state in the nation. Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees are proposing $23 billion in cuts — the 2008 Farm […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Tour showcases plants that adapt to seasonal change

Californians have the pleasure of enjoying their gardens year-round. Visitors to the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday will learn how to create a garden with beauty and interest in all seasons. The free public tour begins at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo on Garrod Drive on the UCD campus. The tour leader will point out […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Phister-Komosa engagement

Ann Komosa and Joseph “Joey” Richard Phister are engaged to be married on May 26, 2012, at Saint Vincent De Paul Church in Chicago. The reception will be held downtown. The bride-elect is the daughter of Barbara and the late Stanley Komosa of Barrington Hills, Ill. She is a 2001 graduate of Rolling Meadows High […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Dahls celebrate 50th anniversary

Sheldon T. Dahl and Susan Boyack Dahl of Davis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 13, 2011. The couple met at Brigham Young University. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 27, 1961. Sheldon is a retired educator and Susan is a retired […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Nominations open for Golden Heart Awards

Nomination forms for the 2012 Golden Heart Awards are now available at The Golden Heart Awards recognize outstanding youths in grades seven through 12 in the Davis community in two categories. The service award recognizes someone who has given outstanding service to their community, peers or school. The personal challenge award recognizes an individual who […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Study challenges link between poverty, fast food

Special to The Enterprise SACRAMENTO — A new national study of eating out and income shows that fast-food dining becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes, weakening the popular notion that fast food should be blamed for higher rates of obesity among the poor. “There is a correlation between obesity and […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Central Park Gardens welcomes visitors Saturday

Central Park Gardens will host its fifth annual open house and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in conjunction with the Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival. This year, the garden volunteers are proud to be unveiling two new permanent garden features: a sculptural sundial created by artist Angela Ridgway and […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Katehi elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi took a place in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences earlier this month. Katehi was among 177 top artists, scientists, scholars, authors and leaders to receive the honor from one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies. Of them, no fewer than 17 have current ties to the University […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Lewis graduates from Culinary Institute of America

Travis Mason Lewis has graduated with an associate degree in occupational studies from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Lewis is a Davis native and graduate from Martin Luther King High School. As part of his studies, he performed as the butcher/tournant in charge of all proteins in the kitchen of the […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,