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 …

11 farmers to set up shop at hospital’s market

Thursday’s Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market — open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital’s main entrance, 2000 Sutter Place — will host 11 farmers, plus two prepared food vendors. Market shoppers will find fresh, local eggs from Isolde Farms in Esparto; cheeses from Winters Cheese Company; almonds, flavored almonds and almond butter […]

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Angels of Hope reaches out to the Philippines

It all started the summer of 2009 with a trip to the Philippines. A mother and daughter were merely hoping to reconnect with their Filipino heritage, but they returned from the islands with much more than they had anticipated. Zita Demaree, a budget and finance assistant at UC Davis, along with her daughter, Alicia, a […]

Cooking classes focus on breakfast, Mediterranean dishes

The city of Davis will serve up two classes to keep participants eating right. The cost for each class is $20, plus a $15 materials fee payable at the time of registration. Both classes runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The “Breakfast and Brunch” class on Tuesday, […]

Older Adult Community Fair on Aug. 28

The Mary L. Stephens Branch of the Yolo County Library welcomes older adults to the first Older Adult Community Fair on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the library, 315 East 14th St., Davis. Community, creativity, lifelong learning, financial security, health, caring for an elderly family member, productive […]

Future subscribers: Henry David Madsen

Andrew Gregory Madsen and Megan Elizabeth Madsen, both of Berkeley, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Henry David Madsen. He was born on July 21, 2011, in Berkeley. He weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces. His mother is a teacher. His father, a 2001 graduate of Davis High School, 2005 graduate of New York […]

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Future subscribers: Peyton Beau Pedroia

Brett and Heather Pedroia are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Peyton Beau Pedroia, born a Boston Red Sox fan on Aug. 7, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. He joins his sisters, Nyah, 10, and Ava, 5. His grandparents are Guy and Debbie Pedroia and Jeff […]

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Meares-Schrabeck engagement

Lisa Meares of Sausalito and  Randy Schrabeck of Carmel Valley are engaged to be married on Sept. 4, 2011, in Monterey. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ann and Claude Meares of Davis. She graduated from Davis High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and is employed as the managing director […]

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