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 […]

Home improvement: Organize your garage

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Is your garage currently a dumping ground for tools, sports equipment, outdoor toys, seasonal decorations and maybe even a little extra food and drink? Heck, is there even room for your car anymore? Believe me, I get it. Until recently, I was only able to fit one car in […]

Friday is deadline for sunflower contest

Did you plant sunflowers this year? NAMI-Yolo, a local education, advocacy and support organization working to improve the lives of people with psychiatric disorders, is looking for the tallest sunflower in Yolo County. To enter: * Take a photograph of you, your family or friend beside your sunflower; * Measure and record its height in […]

Slam poetry artists will perform at International Festival

Four award-winning young poets from the UC Davis Sacramento Area Youth Speaks program will perform their fast-moving spoken words at the International Festival on Saturday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Spoken-word artists who will perform beginning at 4 p.m. include Mannie Rizvi, a UC Davis student and president of the […]

‘Taste of Ghana’ event to benefit school

The nonprofit Otwetiri Project will host its third annual “A Taste of Ghana” dinner and silent auction Saturday, Oct. 22, to raise money to help furnish a school in a rural village in that country. The event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The Davis-based nonprofit […]

From field to fork: Comparing local foods of Davis, Cape Cod

Are the local foods in Davis preferable to those of Cape Cod, Massachusetts? I’d draw a line down a sheet of paper. On the Davis side, I’d immediately list tomatoes, stone fruits and figs. On the Cape’s side I’d write steamer clams, lobsters and local fish that aren’t frozen. This comparison arises because each summer […]

How will you be remembered?

When you die, who will tell your story? In your absence, will your friends and family be able to tell the story of your life the way it was meant to be told? Unfortunately, that is a question you will never know the answer to. But what if you could take an active role in […]

What’s happening for youths

Today The Yolo County Library and city of Davis Child Care Services Office welcome children, families, child care providers and the community to the grand opening of the Davis Toy Library at 7 p.m. in the children’s section of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. The toy library will have developmentally appropriate toys for […]

Macaroni Kid comes to Davis

A free weekly e-newsletter and website that highlights fun things for kids and families to do has come to Yolo County. Woodland-Davis Macaroni Kid covers everything from classes and shows to cooking projects, arts and crafts and more. Woodland resident Kali Slusser serves as editor. “As a mom in Woodland and a previous resident of Davis, I know […]

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