The perfect date

In California’s desert at this time of year, there’s a blessing of the dates. The ceremony opens the Riverside County Fair, since dates are a large part of the agricultural industry in Coachella Valley, and includes prayers for the date palms, and for the safety of the workers and equipment as they prune, pollinate and harvest […]

Giddyup on over to Pony Club

See for yourself Those of you interested in seeing a Pony Club rally in action are in luck. Panache has a rally scheduled When: Saturday, April 16 Time: Events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Willow Creek Horse Barn, 23355 County Road 100A How much: Free More info: Watch the Panache Pony Club Facebook […]

College Corner: How much test prep is a good idea?

It’s a new year and a new set of high schoolers are entering the college admissions phase. The question I am fielding quite frequently these days from juniors, sophomores and their families is how to prep, if at all, for standardized tests for college. So let’s go through what the options are and what makes […]

Need a new best friend?

Muffin is a 2-year-old spayed female terrier mix with a fluffy white coat. She was shy when she first arrived at Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue but she’s gotten braver by the day. She’d probably do best in an adult home or one with older children. She has a gentle, cheerful nature that’s guaranteed to […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Sweet Potato (No. 137413), an 11-month-old neutered male orange tabby cat. Also hoping for a good home is Oliver (No. 140789), a 2-year-old male gray-and-white pit bull. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter […]

What’s happening

Ongoing * The city of Davis holds “Teen Open Gym” every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. All teens in grades 9-12 are invited to drop in for a game of badminton or basketball. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but some will be provided. Hours […]

Science bowl team’s hard work pays off

Since 2010, there’s been a large trophy in Gary Slizeski’s science classroom at Emerson Junior High School, a third-place award won by that year’s Emerson science bowl team in the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual National Science Bowl regional competition. One day last week, Slizeski took the trophy down from its perch atop a cabinet and […]

Forum on sexting, cyberbullying set for Monday

The Davis school district will hold a community forum on sexting, harassment and cyberbullying on Monday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The event is free and open to all students, parents and community members, but the forum’s presentations are designed […]

Top 12 fruits for flavor

It’s fruit-tree season in nurseries, garden centers and hardware stores. That means staff get some questions over and over. Two that tend to stump us are: What’s the best one? Which one tastes the best? The first is a very open-ended question, since there are lots of variables that would make a particular variety “better” […]

Point of Brew: Let’s drink to the growth in craft beers

The Brewers Association reported recently that there are 4,144 breweries in the United States; that is the highest number since record-keeping began in 1873. This not only represents astonishing growth of 250 percent in the past five years, but breweries are being added to this total at the astounding rate of two per day. It’s […]

Peacemaker pasta — no meat needed

Eating meat — is it moral to do so? Or does it not rise to the level of being a moral issue, given everything else we’re exhorted to care about? Two months ago, a catalog from Oxford University Press, devoted entirely to books by philosophers, arrived in our mailbox. As I teach critical thinking to […]

Future subscriber: Henry Nash Windsor

Julie Helmus, formerly of Davis, and her husband Ryan Windsor have announced the birth of their first child, Henry Nash Windsor, on Dec. 15, 2015, at Sutter Davis Hospital. Henry weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. His mother, a  Davis High School graduate and former Davis Enterprise columnist, is an optometrist in private practice with her […]

Spreading the joy of soccer around the world

Funny thing about that shiny red soccer jersey your 10-year-old used to wear that ended up in a donation box in the AYSO building at Community Park. There just might be a little boy in Burkina Faso wearing it today. Or a little girl in Haiti. And those soccer cleats your 11-year-old outgrew in a […]

What’s happening

Ongoing * The city of Davis holds “Teen Open Gym” every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. All teens in grades 9-12 are invited to drop in for a game of badminton or basketball. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but some will be provided. Hours […]