What’s happening for youths

Friday, Jan. 20 * The semi-finals for Davis High Idol 2012 get underway at 7 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W 14th St. and continue at the same time Saturday evening. Hosted by the Advanced Treble Choir, this annual event is for all students in grades 10-12. Finals will take place on Saturday, […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Cub reporter: Davis girl named to Scholastic Kids Press Corp

School children all over the country likely will become a lot more familiar with Davis, thanks to a local 10-year-old who has been named a Scholastic News kid reporter. Maev Dunning, a fifth-grader at North Davis Elementary School, is one of 32 new members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a nationwide fleet of […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Top 5 Kids: Facts about Scholastic News press corps

1. The press corps was started in 2000. 2. About 50 kids between the ages of 10 and 14 make up the press corps. 3. Applications to become a kid reporter are accepted each August and September. 4. Articles can be read at http://www.scholastic.com/kidspress or http://www.scholastic.com/news. 5. Famous people interviewed by kid reporters include President Barack […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor: Reducing olive production, caring for citrus

Question: What growth bears the fruit on olive trees? Do they need fertilizer? When do you prune olive trees? Is there anything you can spray on the tree so it doesn’t produce so much fruit? Answer: Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) have been cultivated since before recorded history. They grow best in a Mediterranean climate such as […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Community mourns impending loss of toy store

After 18 years, Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures will close its doors at the end of the month. Christine Hildebrand, owner of the beloved toy store, announced the decision Wednesday in a letter to her customers. “We have loved every minute of it,” Hildebrand wrote. “We are proud to have provided a warm, friendly place […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Blogs | Tagged ,

We were Yolo long before YOLO

When did Yolo become so cool? Last month, actor Zac Efron of “High School Musical” fame created a stir on the blogosphere when he turned up at an event in Japan with “YOLO” tattooed on his right hand. A few weeks before that, Canadian hip-hop artist Drake released the song, “The Motto (YOLO),” featuring, yes, […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Pull out your kilt and celebrate Robert Burns Night

Great Scot! Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, invites local residents to celebrate Robert Burns Night on Saturday, Jan. 21, with music, poetry and traditional fare. The restaurant will offer traditional Scottish dishes with a Czech twist, like Scotch eggs, lamb curry, filet mignon with whisky sauce, and baked salmon, as […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Crab feed tickets are going fast

A limited number of tickets are available for a crab feed Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The hall is at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $40 per person. The event is sponsored by the Davis Rebekah Lodge and features salad and bread, pasta and lots […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: An American Briton

I am usually very comfortable in Britain. After all, I spent the first one-third of my life there and grew from a twinkle in my father’s eye to a married man there; I spent all those years fully engaged in the social, cultural, physical and educational fabric of Britain. I am familiar with the place; it […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Family lights up the publicity machine to win $100,000 prize

Davis voters are keeping Jim and Kristy Powell’s festively decorated house on Henri Court in Wildhorse — aka Candy Cane Court — in the lead in an online nationwide contest. And it’s no accident that the Wildhorse home is continuing its reign, thanks to the efforts of the Powell family. Over the weekend, the Powells […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Leal elected as fellow of Royal Entomological Society

Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, is a newly elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of America. Fellows are nominated and selected for their significant contributions to insect science. The Royal Entomological Society plays a national and international role in disseminating information about insects and improving […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

From the ground up: The whole fish, from head to tail

“Whole beast” cookery has become so popular these days that more than a few restaurants and caterers offer it as an option. Some restaurants order the whole animal and butcher it in-house or even cook the animal whole, carving it for patrons. At One Market Restaurant in San Francisco, every week brings a different whole […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Beer-tasting benefits work on The Domes

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a tasting of organic beers from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. The cost is $5 to taste the slate or $1 per taste. In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, proceeds will benefit the Solar Community Housing Association, […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC Davis cancer researcher receives $720K grant

Lifeng Xu, a UC Davis researcher, was awarded a four-year, $720,000 grant by the American Cancer Society to conduct research aimed at better understanding how some cancer cells manage to remain immortal. The work promises to improve the efficacy of cancer therapies currently in clinical trials that focus on blocking the activity of an enzyme called […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,