From field to fork: As produce costs rise, buy smart

Produce prices are on the rise, in case you haven’t noticed. In response, people buy less produce, according to the United Fresh Produce Association. You might intuitively think that in particular, shoppers are buying less organic produce, since it usually costs more. Not so, the merry fellows and gals at the association are reporting. (I wonder what they did […]

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Stewart Teal enjoying time to write after long career as child psychiatrist

Dr. Stewart Teal, a resident of Davis for some 40 years, is enjoying the summer of 2011 as a retiree. Teal served as a child psychiatrist for many years with Omnibus Mental Health Associates, which was the first venture of its kind in Davis, launched back in 1971. Teal came to California after growing up […]

Grow the tallest sunflower for NAMI contest

Have you planted 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 […]

The healing power of horses

In a large corral in horse country off of County Road 96 west of Davis, a 25-year-old white Arabian horse named Cairo is munching on grass. The pastoral quiet of the area is punctured occasionally by bursts from the nearby firing range and planes taking off and landing at the county airport. But mostly the horses and […]

Magnum is top dog, literally

One of the most decorated dogs in America lives here in Davis. Magnum, a 6-year-old Canaan dog, already has many show achievements under his belt. His latest, and most prestigious award, was given at the June 5 Flatirons Kennel Club Show, where he was named America’s No. 1 Canaan Dog of 2011. After winning best […]

Smiles all around as UCD grads relive ‘Expedition Impossible’

Thursday night, The Graduate was pink with excitement for the premiere episode of ABC’s “Expedition Impossible: Morocco.” Literally pink. In solidarity with “Team California Girls,” family and friends of UC Davis graduates Brittany Smith, Christina Chin and Natalie Smith donned pink T-shirts and prepared to celebrate the women’s television debut. “It’s a little surreal,” said […]

DHS grad makes good in Hollywood

If you happened to catch the pilot of the new Nickelodeon series “Supah Ninjas” earlier this year — and you’ve spent any time at Davis High School — you might have noticed something a little familiar. A certain quad, in fact. Because featured in the pilot of the live-action comedy that follows three high school […]

Japanese war veteran is ready to be ‘thrilled’

You can help Donations to support Mino Ohye’s reunion with his brother Hiroshi in Japan may be directed to Debbie Reynolds, Eskaton Wilson Manor, 2140 Evergreen Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691; (916) 371-2060, [email protected] By Tommy Stone No one is more thrilled to be alive than Minoru Ohye. Recalling his harrowing experiences during World War […]

Point of Brew: well water or river water?

Everyone knows about water and beer, because for some reason brewers once thought it clever to advertise the water rather than the beer. Most of us, I suppose, remember Hamms’ “From the land of sky-blue waters,” or Olympia’s “It’s the water!” and Coors’ “Pure Rocky Mountain spring water.” Beer is better than 90 percent water […]

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Common landscape errors

Many landscape problems arise from the lack of nexus between landscape designers and landscape managers. In other words, it is the wrong plant, installed incorrectly or managed improperly. If it’s too big, someone is going to want to prune it. If it is in the lawn, they’ll want to (appropriately) keep the grass away. If […]

Corpse flower ‘Ted’ looks ready to bloom

It looks as though 16-year-old Ted the Titan, a titan arum, will bloom Tuesday at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, according to conservatory director Ernesto Sandoval. Called “corpse flowers” for their rotting meat-like smell, the Sumatra natives bloom every two years, with flowers collapsing in two to five days. This will be the fifth time […]

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Vault, pool, trips offer fun for teens

The Vault, a city-sponsored drop-in program for teens, runs throughout the summer at King High School, 635 B St. Hours are 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This year, teens can use an inflatable slip and slide, play laser tag and dodge ball, visit a psychic […]

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Language program targets young minds at the right time

In the airy and colorful Mojoflow studio overlooking Second Street in downtown Davis, serious fun is being had. Ten kids ranging in age from 2 to 8 are playing with Hula Hoops, bean bags and rubber balls. There’s an obstacle course to navigate; a big, multi-colored parachute to play with; and a rousing game of […]

Girl Scouts make crisis nursery a little more comfortable

Families visiting the Yolo Crisis Nursery will have a couple more comfortable places to sit a spell and visit, thanks to two Davis Girl Scouts. Atalanti Pitsillides and Ashlyn Barbieri, both 13-year-old Harper Junior High School students, delivered a beautifully refurbished loveseat and a hand-made, hand-painted wooden bench to the nursery on Thursday. The Yolo […]