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Food rituals may enhance enjoyment of food

By Bill Ward Is an Oreo cookie better when pulled apart? The answer might be yes, but not because a separated cookie has more flavor. Those who prefer the lift-and-lick method might not know it, but they’re performing a ritual. Same with people who peel an apple from left to right, fold a piece of […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Friday * Today is the deadline to submit a nomination for the city of Davis Golden Heart Awards. The awards are bestowed annually on junior high and high school students for outstanding community service or for overcoming personal challenges. Nominations are due in the Community Services Department, 600 A St., Suite C, by 5 p.m. […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Young robotics enthusiasts in a league of their own

The Citrus Circuits robotics team should be getting a regular influx of new talent in the coming years, not that it necessarily needs it. The team of Davis ninth- through 12th-graders has been dominant in FIRST Robotics competitions in recent years, winning regional championships and even making it to the Final Four of last year’s […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Mother-daughter community service is hallmark of National Charity League

By 11:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday, a line of people is snaking around the interior of the meeting room at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis. Some of them look like they’ve seen better days, that perhaps they slept outside last night. Others look like the mother or father, grandma or grandpa […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

From the Ground Up: Winter holiday gift-giving

As the days grow shorter and colder, our thoughts turn to cracking open a new book and reading it by the fire, to family coming home and to holiday gift-giving. There are so many books, old and new favorites, to choose from for those on your list who love food. Here we pair a few […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,


James Michael Schwab and Alma Cecilia Perez, both of Sacramento, were married on Nov. 16, 2013, in San Jose. The groom is the son of Margaret Schwab of Davis. He is a 1997 graduate of Davis High School and attended UC Davis. He works as a legislative consultant for state Sen. Alex Padilla. The bride is […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Ongoing Tickets for the 2014 Davis Grad Night Celebration are now available for purchase online through the Davis Grad Night website at http://groups.dcn.org/davisgradnight/tickets. Scholarship tickets are also available through school counselors. Grad Night gives graduates a fun, safe and sober way to celebrate completion of their high school education. For the past 28 years, Davis […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Kids in the News: Student raises money for animal shelter

Natalie Simons, a fifth-grader at César Chávez Elementary School, has made life a little bit brighter for some shelter animals in Sacramento. Simons, 10, adopted her kitten, Pumpkin, from the Front Street Animal Shelter in April and wanted to do her part to give back to the shelter. So in October, during the annual Halloween […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Author! Author!

Sarah Chinn, a fourth-grader at Patwin Elementary School, smiles after getting her book signed by author Rose Cooper. Cooper visited Patwin’s Book Fair Family Night last week to read from her book, “Gossip from the Girls’ Room.” The book was featured in the Scholastic Book Fair; Cooper explained how she illustrated it and answered questions […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Rec Report: The tradition of the ‘Davis Children’s Nutcracker’ continues

By Kristina McClellin As the holiday season ramps up into full swing, the city of Davis staff, volunteers and cast members are making their final adjustments in preparation for the 37th annual production of the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker.” The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without the local production of the classic tale of […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Author and educator Mike Riera kicks off Davis Parent University series

Details What: Davis Parent University lecture series featuring author and educator Mike Riera When: Friday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seats are first-come, first-served) Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Mike Riera brings much to the topic of parenting. With a Ph.D. in psychology, a […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Name droppers: UCD prof earns Harvard alumni award

Professor Marc Schenker of UC Davis received an alumni award of merit in November from the Harvard School of Public Health, where, in 1980, he received a master’s of public health (epidemiology and occupational health). Schenker, a physician, joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983. He is affiliated with the department of public health sciences (serving as […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Don Shor: Why don’t more people plant oak trees here?

I love oak trees. They are stately, enormous trees, very well behaved with deep roots and excellent branch structure. Long-lived: Oaks are wonderful trees to plant for posterity, to honor someone, to provide a grand canopy across a large lawn or public area. The answer is: Leaves that don’t drop, and leaves that do. So […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

From Field to Fork: Pasta Dave presses for excellence

Dave Brochier makes pasta with all the love and craftsmanship you’d hope for … and then some. He can regale you for hours about the nuances of pasta. Take chitarra, which he tells me was first made in Abruzzo, Italy, in the 14th century. It’s properly known as spaghetti alla chitarra, the latter being the […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,
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