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Cheers and Jeers: Enjoy our 100th Picnic Day

By From page A10 | April 11, 2014

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:

CHEERS to our favorite event of the year in Davis, Picnic Day!

Mother Nature is doing her part to support the 100th edition of this UC Davis celebration — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s are forecast Saturday. Then, it will be our turn to do our part — turn out and have fun!

The family-friendly festivities (200 of them!), which a hard-working student committee has been planning for months — include all of our favorites. From the parade to the Chemistry Magic Show to the Doxie Derby to the Battle of the Bands, we guarantee you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy.

About 75,000 people are expected to participate, and we ask everyone to be on their best behavior. Just five short years ago, hordes of drunken revelers downtown and in neighborhoods near the UCD campus caused university administrators and city officials to consider canceling Picnic Day altogether.

Fortunately, cooler heads — and better-behaved partiers — prevailed, and we’re marking the centennial milestone this year of a treasured community tradition.

For a complete rundown on Saturday’s festivities, see a special edition that was included in Thursday’s edition of The Enterprise. Go Ags!

JEERS to the hoodlums who attacked a 15-year-old Davis boy in broad daylight last Thursday in a bike tunnel near Korematsu Elementary School in Mace Ranch. The teen was beaten and his wallet was stolen, but fortunately, he was not badly hurt.

However, the attack serves as a cautionary tale for all of us: We must work together to be vigilant and ensure our safety. While advising your children to detour around tunnels may sound like a good idea, the tunnels are an important part of our transportation network. They provide safe passage for bicyclists and pedestrians away from vehicle traffic.

It’s probably a good idea for Davis bike cops to step up patrols near schools for a while. And all of us need to watch for, and report, suspicious behavior.

CHEERS to the Davis school district, one of only nine in California to be honored as a “Best Community for Music Education” for 2014.

School districts receiving the recognition “make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum, supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants, which organizes the annual awards.

The award is a much-deserved honor for Davis’ talented and dedicated music teachers, and for the students who are putting in the hours to master to their craft.

Such excellence does not come without community support as well. Davis voters have provided invaluable support by approving parcel taxes to fund music programs and other things that are considered “extras” in many other school districts.

This award certainly is music to our ears.

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