The beer industry will never become like VW

Some time ago I gave students in my Master Brewer class practical observations that they needed to interpret, explain and recommend action on. One group was advised that a batch of malt contained some dark grains: Why? What to do? To my great surprise, the students decided the dark grains were not merely a low-grade […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wedding: Hope-Barnes

Mollie Hope, daughter of Håkon Hope and Sally Springer, of Davis, and Josh Barnes, son of Julie and Sean Putnam and Nick Barnes, of Lincoln, Neb., were married on June 20.   The garden of the historic Leavitt House just outside Lincoln was the setting for the wedding. A reception followed in the circa 1900 […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Go from brown to green as the seasons change

We’re getting lots of questions about what to do with the yard now that summer is over. Lawns are brown, nearly dead. Some folks piled mulch over large areas to smother grass and weeds. Others have dead or dying plants to remove, and want to figure out what to do before the rains arrive. From […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged , ,

These Girl Scouts make a world of difference

Yolo County is a better place thanks to the Girl Scouts in Troop 2048. From making habitat boxes for native bees and bats, to educating young children about autism to creating an attractive, art-filled outdoor space for families staying at the Fourth & Hope homeless shelter in Woodland, these ninth-graders from Davis have improved their community over […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

What’s happening

Friday, Oct. 9 * Students from Da Vinci Charter Academy invite the public to the 2015 Pinhole Photography Exhibit at Radiate Art, 231 G St., Suite 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Beginning photography students have been learning about the basic principles of photography by building pinhole cameras and accompanying manuals and taking a variety of images […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

The Alaskan bush — a first fly-fishing trip

Salmon fishing is just a sport, isn’t it? I recently flew to the Alaskan bush to fly-fish for the first time. I thought, surely there are so many fish, I will cast my line and catch some. I had beginner’s mind. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are […]

October 07, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

A book before bed

The Stephens Branch Library hosted a stuffed-animal sleepover on Saturday, Sept. 19. Kids brought their parents and stuffed animals for storytime and to spend the night at the library. Each child received a certificate and photo of their stuffed animal sleeping over.

October 02, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

What’s happening

Saturday, Oct. 3 Davis Parent Nursery School hosts its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the school’s campus located at 426 W 8th St. Come support DPNS by shopping for all things baby, kid and maternity. University Covenant Nursery School also plans a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the church, […]

October 02, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

Girl power: Making a difference for a family in need

The first weekend in March was pretty typical for Willett Elementary School student Hayli Thomas and her family. At least in the beginning. She took the court in a basketball game and then went to a friend’s house to play. But then her parents, Kerri and Mike, got a phone call: Hayli wasn’t feeling well and […]

October 02, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

Name droppers: YCOE welcomes new administrators

The Yolo County Office of Education has five new administrators on board. Carolynne Bottum, the new assistant superintendent of the Special Education Local Planning Area, joins the office after serving as a special education teacher, vice principal of Pioneer High School and director of pupil services in the Woodland school district over the past 10 years. Bottum holds a […]

September 30, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Do right as the summer ends

With the pope coming to my country last week, I began to feel a little guilty. I was born Irish Catholic. However, over the decades I’ve moved away from the back half of that descriptive. Then this moment happened when I was in my garden and the pope was in Washington. It was a hot […]

September 30, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Wineaux: The last rosé of summer

In the category of Things That Delight Me: a hot-shot sommelier touting as his current favorite a wine I’ve been writing about for years. Like Peter Eastlake enthusing in a recent issue of Food and Wine about Kermit Lynch import Domaine de Fonsainte Gris de Gris (Valley Wine Company, $15). Hey, I think, maybe I […]

October 01, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

What’s happening

Through Sept. 30 The third annual “Best of Davis” photo contest takes place during the month of September. Participants enter in one of three age categories: 6-11; 12-17; and 18 and up. Visit for contest rules and how to enter. Saturday, Sept. 26 The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites students in grades 6-9 and their […]

September 24, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Robotics team gets up-close look at manufacturing in Japan

While many Davis High students were relaxing at home over the summer, Citrus Circuits robotics team members were broadening their cultural horizons with a trip to Japan. Fresh off a victory at the world championships in the spring, the team was invited by sponsor DMG Mori, a Japanese-based manufacturing company with a plant in Davis, on an […]

September 24, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,