Learn about drought-tolerant plants at Storer Garden tour

Local residents can learn how to create an abundant garden while conserving water on a free guided tour of the Storer Garden on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Storer Garden is the UC Davis Arboretum’s demonstration garden of drought-tolerant flowering shrubs and perennials, with an emphasis on sustainable, low-maintenance gardening. The tour will meet at 10 […]

Get expert advice at Arboretum Plant Faire and Sale

Anyone who grows plants in their yard, garden or home will want to attend the biggest and best plant sale in the Central Valley, on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the UC Davis Arboretum. This year’s Plant Faire and Sale is a celebration of the Arboretum’s 75th anniversary, and will feature hundreds of varieties of great […]

Vegans meet monthly at Davis Food Co-op

The Davis Food Co-op hosts a free monthly meeting for vegans at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in its Teaching Kitchen, 537 G St. in downtown Davis. A vegan diet is free of animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products. Co-op Club Vegan will offer guests a chance to […]

Co-op wine tasting benefits FARM Davis

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., will host a wine tasting of “Notable Locals” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The tasting will feature wines from Senders, Spoto and Bob Marr. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit FARM Davis. FARM Davis reclaims public space to build community, provides services […]

Bones for Life class offered

Hoping to improve your posture and alignment?  The Bones for Life: Fundamentals class beginning can help. Students also experience a greater sense of security and strength while stimulating bone density with controlled weight-bearing challenges, a city of Davis news release said. The class meets from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Davis Senior […]

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City offers cooking class for kids

Parents are invited to introduce their children to the city of Davis’ Kids in the Kitchen class. Not only will they love to taste something new, but they’ll also feel a great sense of creativity and accomplishment when they make something they’re proud of, a city spokeswoman says. The class meet Thursdays, Sept. 29 through […]

Wineaux: Expense is in the eye of the shopper

I haven’t ranted for weeks (aside from the occasional snarky comment that you’ve come to expect) in spite of worse and worse political news, but the heartbreaking unemployment numbers have put me over the edge. Here goes. Remarks I keep hearing: “You go to the Davis Farmers Market? It’ so expensive.” “Oh, I don’t have […]

Name droppers: Landon is new CA Alliance for Arts chief

Joe Landon has been named the California Alliance for Arts education’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1. The current policy director for the alliance, he will replace Laurie Schell, who has served as executive director for the past ten years. Schell, who has led the alliance for the past 10 years, said she was leaving to pursue […]

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Field to Fork: Which produce should you buy immature?

When sun-loving, locally grown eggplants appear in the markets, you know it’s the heart of summer in the Sacramento Valley. I just bought one and made ratatouille in honor of the moment. I used a simple stovetop recipe that Mark Bittman, The New York Times food writer, posted online recently. His video also gave me an idea for this […]

City law bars food trucks from Davis

SACRAMENTO — When Davin Vculek parks his food truck, the clock starts ticking — he’s got 30 minutes to fire the grill and sling as many burgers as he can before authorities might arrive and slap him with a fine. Vculek, 28, is part of a growing band of culinary entrepreneurs who are steering away […]

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Carey, Ullman named to Entomological Society of America

Professors James R. Carey and Diane E. Ullman of the UC Davis 
department of entomology are newly elected Fellows of the Entomological Society of America, a prestigious honor awarded annually to no more than 10 outstanding entomologists from the 6,000-member global 
society. They will be inducted at the ESA’s 59th Annual Meeting, Nov. 13-16, in […]

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A zen garden in Davis

The first clue that this isn’t a traditional California landscape is the branch of the Japanese maple peeking out behind the front gate. The drain channels filled with smooth pebbles and elegant “rain chains” are the next signs of some non-Western influences. Small plantings on the side as you walk around the house use gravel and interesting foliage plants. […]

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Hogwarts in Davis? Art Center presents Harry Potter camp

“Incendio!” “My potion is fire-resistant.” “Aguamenti!” Students pointed their wands, shouted spells and clutched their jars of potion protectively, getting a small taste of Hogwarts at the Harry Potter Wizard Camp at the Davis Art Center last week. Taught by art teachers and “Professors” Diana Taylor, Jill Bowlus and Margaret Kelly, the popular camp ended […]

Cat’s meow: Local trapper helps control feral colonies

John R. has trapped 1,330 feral cats, then released them back to the great outdoors after getting them spayed or neutered.

He started the gig in January 2009 and has been so successful at it, he asked that his last name not be published. He said he learned the hard way that without some anonymity, people will track him down and leave boxes of kittens at his doorstep.

John, a big guy with wire-rim glasses, black sneakers and a fanny pack, is not your average cat lady.

In fact, he and his wife …