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Philosophical (gastronomical, enological) fragments

On Easter eve, I overheard 8-year-old grandkid Rowyn say to our daughter Benedicta, “Mom, it’s really hard to believe in the Easter bunny. But I do. I do!” I was amused, charmed and moved by his declaration. And it got me thinking that although I no longer engage in the herculean task of believing in the […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Da Vinci students honored for watershed proposal

Three Da Vinci Charter Academy students placed in the top 10 of the Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest. Allison Farrar, Gracie Berry and Peter Carlip took ninth place for their proposal, “Removal of Invasive Plant Species.” The students received a $350 prize. The contest — a joint program of Agrium and the Center for […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Don Shor: Blooming despite the drought, for all of us to enjoy

What’s the most beautiful street in Davis? Right now it would be Eighth Street. I urge you to take a walk, bike or slow drive along Eighth from L Street and enjoy the beautiful garden — really three gardens — all grown together in the front yards there. This is one gardener undeterred by drought, […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Don’t miss the tastes of spring

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, it threw me when I encountered the word “curated” applied to food and drink. Previously, curators functioned only in cultural institutions. They are content specialists who put on cultural exhibitions, experts with extraordinary knowledge of dinosaurs or Pop Art. At Ray’s, a restaurant in the Los Angeles County […]

April 29, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Will the drought hit your kitchen?

According to the latest USDA forecast “California Drought 2014-15: Food Prices and Consumers”, food prices aren’t expected to increase more than usual, that is a 2-3 percent increase over last year. (They note, however, that the 2005 drought resulted in a 4-percent increase, and they do update forecasts regularly.) Even a 2-percent increase can seem like a lot […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: It’s time to educate the throngs of ‘craft’ brewers

Last week, my copilot and I drove north to Portland to attend the Craft Brewers Conference. Along the way we saw a delightful production of the musical “Guys and Dolls” at the Bowman Theater in Ashland, were awed by Crater Lake in its magnificent winter livery of blue sky and white snow, called in on […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Future subscribers: Jacob Goodhew Wollrich

Dan and Katie Wollrich of Columbus, Ohio, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Goodhew Wollrich. He was born on April 16, 2015, in at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces. His mother is a digital advertising manager. His father is a Navy Reserve officer and a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State, a UC Davis […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Ride of Silence remembers traffic victims

All are welcome to join Davis’ Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 20, to honor and to remember all those who have been injured or killed while riding on the public roadways, and to remind motorists of the vulnerability of those with whom they share the roads. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. in […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

What’s happening

Saturday, April 25 The Davis Schools Foundation invites the community to “Meet Me at the Carousel,” a fun-filled event for families celebrating the foundation’s 10th anniversary. The event, from 9 a.m. to noon during the Farmers Market in Central Park, will include free carousel rides; musical performances from the North Davis, Montgomery and Korematsu elementary […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

King High brings cycling specialist full circle

King High School has given a lot to Theo Buckendorf.

Raised by a single mom who was too busy to supervise him, Buckendorf “ran wild” while growing up in Davis and says he was destined for dropping out of Davis High School during his sophomore year.

He was referred to King High and didn’t know what to expect.

“As soon as I got there, it (had) this relaxed, familial kind of vibe to it. … ”

‘All Joy and No Fun': the parenting paradox is topic of lecture

Journalist and author Jennifer Senior brings a slightly different perspective to Davis Parent University this month — one that focuses on how children impact their parents rather than the other way around. While previous lectures have tended to focus on how parental attitudes, choices and styles affect the physical, emotional and mental health of children, Senior […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Davis Cheer is loud and proud

The Davis Cheer Team found success early and often, placing in the top three at its first competition last year, followed by a second-place nod, and since then, nothing but first-place finishes. Not bad for a program that only recently took root in Davis. But a step back certainly would have been understandable during its most recent […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Wine and beast: the vegetarian version

Reading “Diet For A Small Planet” persuaded me as a young adult to eat plenty of plants. I didn’t avoid meat altogether, but I didn’t consume much of it. So, years later, when 16-year-old daughter Allegra announced that she had joined PETA and become a vegetarian, it wasn’t a big deal to accommodate her. Sympathetic […]

April 16, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DSF kicks off 10th anniversary celebration at the carousel

When a group of community members formed the Davis Schools Foundation 10 years ago, the focus was on enriching the educations of every public school student in Davis. Through its annual “Dollar-a-Day” fundraising campaign, the foundation helped pay for sixth-grade outdoor education, ensuring that every child would be able to go, and campus climate programs […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,
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