Point of Brew: Testing the limits of tipsy

The Wall Street Journal (which should know better) recently conducted an experiment with some partygoers to explore the world of drinking and drunkenness. The results of the experiment, plus some wise words about drinking and driving, were contained in a report that carried the same headline as this column. The WSJ report was made in […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Students invited to enter VFW essay contests

Are you proud of your country? Is there pride in serving in our military? Students in grades 6-12 are being asked to answer those questions in two youth essay contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Last year, more than 160,000 students nationwide participated in the contests and more than $3.4 million in scholarships, savings […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Raven appointed to Corrections Standards Authority

Jonathan Raven, 46, of Davis, has been appointed to the California Corrections Standards Authority. Raven has been chief deputy district attorney for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office since 2007 and was director of the Office of Victim Services for the California Department of Justice from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that, he worked in the […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

From field to fork: Chicken broth, not Grandma’s way

DanKennedyW Grandma Knapp believed that chicken soup could cure a great many ailments, and so did Grandma Chabza. Their names take my wife and me back to another era. Grandma Knapp had 11 children. My mother was the last. Grandma lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and her husband drove a delivery truck for Drake’s Bakery. There […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

On the go: Questions answered by TripAdvisor

By Lesley Carlin Q: Thanks to a new job requiring business travel, I have elite status with a hotel chain’s loyalty program. I’ve been getting gifts in my room — a basket of fruit, chocolates and, on a couple of occasions, half-bottles of wine. I have two questions. First, am I supposed to tip or […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Evening of Reds, Whites & Blues benefits Wolk campaign

Join state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, for an Evening of Reds, Whites & Blues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, Davis. The event features red and white wines served by Rominger West, Caffé Italia’s artisan woodfired oven pizzas and blues by Clarence Van Hook. […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Street Smarts poster contest under way

Kids, get out those pencils and crayons: The 2011 Street Smarts Traffic Safety poster contest is under way. Students in grades K-6 have until Thursday, Nov. 10, to produce a poster about one of four themes: safe helmet use, safe bicycle riding, safe driving or safe street crossing. Grand-prize winners in each category — grades […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Wednesday * Get ready for Halloween with crafts, games, silly songs and yummy treats at the city’s annual Halloween Haunts! The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center Club Room, 203 E 14th St., and is for children ages 6 to 8. The cost is $22. For more information, […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Top 5 Kids: Halloween movies for pre-teens

1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 2. “Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters” 3. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” 4. “Addams Family” 5. “Corpse Bride” Source: http://www.wired.com

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Kids in the news: William Liu wins Nordstrom scholarship

Davis High School senior William Liu was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Nordstrom in a surprise ceremony at Davis High last month. Liu’s parents, Taotao Hu and Sean Liu, were on hand when Nordstrom’s diversity affairs director, Leslie Aoyama, delivered a giant check and a MacBook computer to Liu in one of his classrooms. Nordstrom […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Local dentist offers alternative for all that Halloween candy

Join Thomas Dental Care in Davis for its first Candy Buy Back program. Children and their families can bring in Halloween candy and receive $1 per pound. The candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude, which sends the sweets to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. The candy buy-back takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

The Seven Wonders of Davis

What would you say are the “Seven Wonders of Davis”? Nine-year-old Gavin Pinnow recently set out to determine just that after his class at Birch Lane Elementary School finished reading the book “The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs,” by Betty Birney. In the book, 12-year-old Eben McAllister reads about the seven wonders of the world, and wishes […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Happy Thursday set at Rominger West

The weekly happy hour event continues Thursday at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, with Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks. They’ll perform Americana and acoustic folk tunes from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. while guests snack on complimentary appetizers and sip discounted wine by the glass. Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks have been performing […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Future subscribers: Brandt Alexander Schimmel

Mick Schimmel and Kristen Mandelaris, both of Davis, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brandt Alexander Schimmel. He was born on Aug. 5, 2011, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. His father is employed in real estate finance. His mother is a registered nurse. Brandt joins […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,