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Don Shor: Back to basics: feeding plants

All plants need four things: light, air, water and nutrients. Some need protection from pests or weather. Learning about gardening is simply discovering how individual plants differ in regard to these things. Notice I didn’t say “soil.” You can grow plants without soil, as is done in hydroponics. The nutrients are in the water solution […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Asparagus: Bonanza year goes local

This has been an asparagus season like no other. Asparagus from south of the border was in the supermarkets at unheard-of prices this winter. A dollar a pound, $2 a pound — there was a huge supply, depressing prices. Even Nugget had asparagus at 99 cents per pound, presumably as a loss leader. And the […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Night at the WWI Museum

Every year, for a night, Da Vinci Charter Academy transforms itself into the battlefields of Europe, where World War I rages and students become participants. It is the biggest project of the year for Da Vinci sophomores, who spend six weeks studying the war and creating exhibits that bring the war to life. This year’s World […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

O’Malley-Schipper engagement

Colleen E. O’Malley and Tyler Schipper of Eugene, Ore., are engaged to be married. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lynn Narlesky and Michael O’Malley, both of Davis. She is a law student at University of Oregon School of Law and will graduate in the spring with a J.D. The groom-to-be is the son of […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged

12 for $40: Planning and prep save the day

My first real job was in a very small restaurant, where I was officially the dishwasher, but also the only kitchen staff other than the cook. She very kindly taught me to do food prep (which almost certainly made more work for her than it saved) and how to work to restaurant-kitchen standards. That early […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Davis Parent University continues its lecture series with an appearance by best-selling author John O’Sullivan, who will talk about youth sports and raising high-achieving athletes in a positive atmosphere. The lecture is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St. Davis Parent University lectures are free and […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Citrus Circuits rules at robotics competition

Citrus Circuits is on a roll. The team of Davis junior high and high school students dominated the competition at the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics competition over the weekend, winning the final match 226-87 before a hometown crowd at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion. This is the third time in four years that Citrus Circuits […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College corner: California community college CliffsNotes

For many students, heading to college after high school has become a rite of passage. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that about 20 million students enrolled in American colleges and universities this past fall. Yet the path to a four-year school is not the right fit for every student. Financial concerns, family requirements […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Kids between the ages of 1 and 12 are invited to Friday Night Live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the city of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center. For a $5 fee, children can work on gymnastics skills, jump on the trampoline and more. Gymnastics and dance staff will be available for coaching questions, supervision […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Returning youth sports to the youths

Are you too invested in your child’s youth sports accomplishments? John O’Sullivan has a few simple questions to help you decide: * Do you share credit for your child’s successes, saying things like, “We won” instead of “She won”? * Do you try to solve your child’s sports-related problems for him, perhaps by calling the […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: George earns Stewardship Award

Melvin R. George of Davis received the W.R. Chapline Stewardship Award at the Society for Range Management’s 67th annual meeting held Feb. 8-13 in Orlando, Fla. This award gives special recognition to members of the society for exceptional accomplishments and contributions in the application of the art and science of range management to specific to […]

March 06, 2014 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: Collins chairs CAFF board

Rich Collins, a Davis area farmer, is the new chairman of the board of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. Founded in 1978, CAFF has been recognized nationally and internationally for its pioneering biological agriculture, farm-to-school, buy fresh/buy local, public policy and technical assistance programs. The organization’s mission is to advocate for California family farmers and sustainable […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged
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