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In a Holi-Daze? Escape the kitchen with these local favorites

Much to my parents’ dismay, my sister and I grew up past the age of 12. We then did the unthinkable and married men with loving families instead of doing the considerate thing and marrying orphans. This means every other year, we leave my parents empty-nested for the holidays and no amount of new dogs […]

November 18, 2015 | Posted in Local Eats, Treats & Drinks | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Sudwerk and the new truly global brewing company

I’m not sure how my friends, here and abroad, who work at SAB-Miller will look upon the purchase of that venerable and far-flung company by Anheuser-Busch Inbev; whatever their view, the $106 billion deal is expected to close in 2016. On the downside, there will be a major departure from the company of the upper […]

November 18, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Davisite chosen as Yosemite ambassador

Yosemite National Park has selected Davis native Claire Finn to help prepare Yosemite for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. She is one of 70 centennial volunteer ambassador interns chosen to connect local communities to parks through volunteer opportunities over the next year. “Growing up in Northern California, Yosemite has always had a special […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Mushroom season — unleash your inner hunter-gatherer

Mushroom hunting is my favorite outdoor sport, and nowhere in northern California are there better hunting grounds than in Mendocino County. Starting in late October, after the first fall rains, and continuing into February, the forests of Mendocino County are blanketed with mushrooms. Black and golden chanterelles push their way up through tan oak leaves; […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Australian plants for Davis gardens

A rainy day is perfect for a walk in the UC Davis Arboretum. I learned long ago that plant people should never go to botanical gardens with non-plant people. My father, upon arriving, would stroll briskly down the wide paths, eyes up at the horizon, admiring the general park-like atmosphere and treating it as though […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Buddies share a love of writing

A few weeks ago, Pam Rhodes wrote a paragraph or two about one of her favorite people — her granddaughter. She brought what she wrote to Montgomery Elementary School and shared it with second-grader Kyle Yu. Inspired, Kyle draw a picture featuring one of his favorite people, his grandmother, and then wrote a bit about her. […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Nominate special teens for Golden Heart Award

For more than two decades, the city of Davis’ Golden Heart Awards have served two purposes: ensuring that some good can come from even the most unthinkable tragedy, and reminding the community that for every teenager who ends up in the news for the wrong reason, there are countless more youths quietly doing good — […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged , ,

What’s happening

Ongoing * Registration is open for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Rehearsals begin Jan. 19 and the show runs through Feb. 29. Participation is open to youths ages 8-15. Rehearsals will be held at Peregrine School, 2650 Lillard Drive, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

There will be no blue-plate specials for Thanksgiving

I recently read an article directed at seniors that was filled with weight loss advice. It included the usual suggestions — exercise, watch your calorie intake and avoid my favorite food group, the P Group — pasta, pizza, potatoes. (They just don’t understand that al dente pasta is a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet, that […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

From Paris with love

“Every country possesses, it seems, the sort of cuisine it deserves,” wrote Waverly Root in his 1958 tome “The Food of France,” “which is to say the sort of cuisine it is appreciative enough to want.” The French, and those to travel to its shores to eat with them, want good food. Food eaten in […]

November 05, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Da Vinci showcase extols virtues of internship program

Da Vinci Charter Academy hosted an internship showcase called “Learn to Apply, Apply to Learn” last Thursday. The event was organized by Da Vinci Internship Specialist Susan Kirby, who invited local business leaders to educate parents and students about internships during several workshops held around the Da Vinci campus. The keynote speakers at the event were Kemble Pope, […]

November 06, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

What’s happening

* Registration is open for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Rehearsals begin Jan. 19 and the show runs through Feb. 29. Participation is open to youths ages 8-15. Rehearsals will be held at Peregrine School, 2650 Lillard Drive, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. […]

November 06, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Kids in the News: O’Keeffe and Browning shine

Davis High School senior Fiona O’Keeffe landed a spot in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” feature last month for her victory in the 5K Stanford Invitational. Her time of 16:32.10 was the top time in the nation this season. A weekly feature, “Faces in the Crowd” introduces some of the top athletes in the […]

November 06, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

High school students encouraged to join Poetry Out Loud

Since 2013, YoloArts has shepherded Poetry Out Loud in Yolo County. The free high school program is designed to encourage youths to learn about great poetry through the memorization and recitation of poems. The program helps high school students master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn literary heritage and compete for monetary prizes. The lesson plans […]

November 06, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,
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