Name droppers: Rosenberg chairs court committee

Yolo Superior Court Presiding Judge Dave Rosenberg has been appointed chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judge Advisory Committee by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court. Rosenberg serves as one of the three vice chairs of the committee. The committee is made up of all 58 California Superior Court presiding judges. Its duties include monitoring and […]

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From the Ground Up: Tomales Bay Oyster Farm

By Ann M. Evans and Georgeanne Brennan We all love to barbecue in the summer. We load up our grills with hamburgers, steaks, corn on the cob, even peaches and plums, enjoying our back yards, neighbors and the Central Valley’s warm summer nights. However, on those Central Valley days when the temperatures hit three digits […]

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Co-op wine-tasting Friday benefits FARM Davis

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a wine tasting of wines from Brassfield Estate Winery from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit FARM Davis. FARM Davis reclaims public space to build community, provides services for underserved and transient populations and rehabilitates […]

‘Love at First Bite’ showcases Davis Farmers Market

Saying thanks What: Film premiere and Watermelon Awards, presented to people and organizations who have championed the Davis Farmers Market When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., downtown Davis Tickets: $10 on sale Friday at Info: By Amanda C. Beck Davis locals, foodies and supporters of farmers markets will have […]

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Learn golf, vegetarian cooking in city classes

The city of Davis Community Services Department is offering two special interest classes for adults beginning next week: * Golf lessons: Beginning and intermediate level golfers ages 18 and older can learn the game from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 2-18, at Wildhorse Golf Course, 2323 Rockwell Drive. The fee is $90, […]

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Try Holly’s Hill for delicious summer Rhone varietals

I’m sure you’ve had the experience of hearing a new word or hearing about a writer or a band or a restaurant and suddenly it comes at you from everywhere. My most recent instance: Mary and John, regulars at Monticello’s Tuesday wine-tastings, had been raving about Holly’s Hill Vineyards outside of Placerville. They liked Holly’s […]

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2011 Yolo fair entries sought from home winemakers

The organizers of the 11th annual Yolo County Fair Amateur Winemaker competition are seeking entries for the event, which runs Aug. 17-21 in Woodland. Entry forms are due to the fair offices, 1125 East St. in Woodland, by Friday, Aug 5. Entry forms can be found on the fair’s website, or by calling the […]

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Garden pests, rain effects

We get questions. In the flower garden: Something is eating the flowers of my geraniums and petunias! Geranium budworm is a caterpillar, the larva of a moth, which eats flower buds, petals and leaves of common geraniums, petunias, callibrachoas and related plants. It is hard to spot because it turns the color of what it […]

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From field to fork: Turn a hungry eye to rib eye

What goes with great tomatoes, corn and other local vegetables on summer’s best days? I’ve devoted two past columns to buying local tomatoes, and two to corn. So I thought I’d focus this time on a protein to accompany this wonderful produce at a summer barbecue. I could write about ribs, burgers or tri-tip, but let’s splurge and consider […]

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Rominger West marks Last Saturday

Rominger West Winery celebrates the end of another great month with live music from Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks, tasty appetizers and a variety of wines by the glass at its Last Saturday event on Saturday. The fun runs from noon to 5 p.m. at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks […]

Chicken & Dumpling at Happy Thursday

Chicken & Dumpling will perform at Rominger West Winery’s weekly happy hour, Happy Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests are invited to snack on complimentary appetizers, sip discounted wine by the glass and enjoy the tunes of this Davis acoustic-blues duo. Chicken & Dumpling features Charles “Chicken” Oriel […]

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Tickets still available for Village Feast

Join in What: Seventh annual Village Feast, benefiting the Davis Farm to School Connection When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets Tickets: $65 general, $55 for Slow Food Yolo members; available at or at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. Tickets are still available for the seventh annual Village Feast, […]

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Landscape mulch may pose fire hazard

Landscape mulch provides many benefits to a garden, but people living in wildfire-prone areas should be careful about the type of mulch they use around their homes, a University of California Cooperative Extension adviser warns. Embers landing on combustible mulch may set the mulch on fire and lead the fire to the house. “We know […]