We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:
CHEERS to Transportation and Parking Services at UC Davis. Wait, do we hear a groan? Have you gotten a parking ticket at UCD and you blame TAPS? Well, consider this:
If you find yourself in a vehicular bind on campus, TAPS may be able to help. If you’ve locked your keys in your car, need a ride to the gas station, have a dead battery or a flat tire, you’re in luck. Just call 530-752-8277 (TAPS), and a friendly, helpful officer will be on scene in minutes to help.
Motorist assistance is available from Sept. 15 to June 15 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9:45 p.m., and from June 16 to Sept. 14 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. University holidays are excluded.
The service also is available during special events when parking attendants are present.
JEERS to the sad realization that the 2013-14 basketball season is over for the Lady Blue Devils. A deep and talented team, DHS couldn’t get the best of Enochs High School of Modesto on Tuesday night, losing 64-57 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
But coach Karen Foster is looking on the bright side: She’ll have all five of her starters back next year, and they’ll be loaded for bear. Watch for Emma Stenz, Caitlin Mazzoleni, Katie Grahn, Anna Belenis and their cohorts to come back stronger and hungrier next winter.
For now, we give them a rousing “Go, Devils!” cheer. We’re proud of them.
CHEERS to Margrit Mondavi, who attended a concert last Saturday at the performing arts complex at UC Davis that bears her name (and that of her late husband Robert).
She came to hear her friend Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the veteran French pianist who was the evening’s soloist. But she stayed to enjoy the full program by the Bahia Orchestra Project, a spirited youth orchestra from Brazil whose members shimmied and swayed in their seats like a pep band at a sports event.
At the concert’s end, the orchestra’s nine percussionists — clearly Carnival-trained — struck up a catchy samba beat, while the other musicians snaked around the stage in a conga line with their instruments held aloft, and then filed off into the wings, all smiles.
It was a marvelous South American twist on the ingenious way Haydn staged the finale of his “Farewell” symphony, way back in 1772.
CHEERS to Davis authors John Lescroart, Karen Levy and David Russ, who will be among more than 40 California writers at Authors on the Move, the Sacramento Library Foundation’s annual literary gala.
The sold-out event, on Sunday, March 9, at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, puts the focus on “Bridges to Other Lands” this year. The keynote speakers will be Orville Schell and John Delury, authors of “China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century.”
In addition, guests may bid on a variety of unusual auction items, with proceeds going to the library foundation. Here’s the description of Levy’s offering, valued at $1,000: “Imagine being transported to Israel, both through food and story and sharing the experience with up to seven friends! You’ll sit in the extraordinary garden of Kathy Les as Karen Levy, author of ‘My Father’s Gardens,’ takes you to Israel and back with tales of growing up divided between Israeli and American parents and how she propagated her father’s garden in Israel to her home in Davis.
“Expect to taste Middle Eastern-themed menu items from fresh seasonal produce (some even from Kathy’s garden), including an appetizer of fava beans, a complex fattoush salad, a spicy eggplant dish, savory fish and a dessert of whipped meringue and homemade ice cream. Includes four copies of ‘My Father’s Gardens.’ ”