Matthew Kennedy, 5, dressed as Yoda, uses The Force to catch smoke bubbles last October outside Chipotle during the ever-popular Downtown Davis Treat Trail activities for Halloween. Once again this year, children up to age 12, in costume, will be invited to trick-or-treat at participating merchants on Monday, Oct. 31. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo


Downtown Davis welcomes students, hosts fall events open to all

By From page A4 | September 14, 2011

Special to The Enterprise

With “Downtown UC Davis Guides” in hand, new and returning students are already descending upon downtown, eager to discover shops, restaurants and services through self-guided tours.

The brochures will be the first of a variety of doings designed to draw students, visitors and locals to shop and dine downtown this fall.

The “Downtown UC Davis” guides and map highlight businesses that appeal to freshman and transfer students, including discounts and special “Fall Welcome” offers. It was created as a partnership between the Davis Downtown Business Association and ASUCD, and was delivered to campus housing and apartment complexes throughout the city.

To find out where to pick up guides, call the DDBA at (530) 756-8763 or e-mail [email protected]

While students explore downtown, DIY-style (Discover It Yourself), locals and visitors can join them at a variety of fun events downtown this fall, which include:

* World’s Greatest Bicycle Parade: Pedal through history by joining more than 1,000 bicyclists as they vie for another Guinness world record for the longest single line of bicycles on Sunday, Oct. 2. The parade will start at precisely 10:02 a.m. in front of the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., and continue for two miles downtown before ending with a public festival at 11 a.m. in Central Park, featuring food, a beer garden, live music and a kids’ zone.

To register for the parade, visit worldsgreatestbicycleparade.com. The family-friendly festival is open to the entire community, not just parade participants.

In 2010, this same Davis parade set a new world record with 916 bicycles, but this year, organizers are aiming to break that with 1,200 participants. For more information, call (530) 758-4940.

* Destination Davis: Low Carbon Pathways to an Artful Life: Walk, bike, take a train or cruise your electric vehicle into the downtown for an art-filled evening at DDBA’s monthly Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday, Oct. 14, which will take an eco-friendly “low-carbon” theme for the evening.

Approximately two dozen galleries and art-friendly businesses will host art exhibits and receptions — many “green” themed — roughly from 5:30 to 9 p.m., as the Cool Davis Foundation simultaneously hosts a special downtown Electric Vehicle Cruise, showcasing an array of e-vehicles, from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

An ArtAbout map and list of cruise locations will be available at davisdowntown.com/events/2nd-friday-artabout by Oct. 1. For Cool Davis info, visit cooldavis.org.

Also that night: The Cal Aggie Alumni Association has its annual Pajamarino from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. at the Amtrak train station, culminating with the arrival of alums by train for UC Davis’ Homecoming celebration and performances by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and Alumni Marching Band.

The event, in its 99th year, commemorates the first students who snuck out of their dorm rooms to meet alumni coming back for Homecoming on the train. It’s a student/alumni/community celebration with food, games, performances and, of course, lots of pajamas! More information is available at alumni.ucdavis.edu.

* Fifth annual Davis Jazz Festival: The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts hosts a weekend of poetry readings, Beat art and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz, Oct. 21-22, in and near the gallery at 521 First St. For more information, call the center at (530) 756-3938 or visit natsoulas.com.

* DDBA’s Downtown Halloween Treat Trail: The sweetest day of the year returns to downtown on Halloween day, Monday, Oct. 31. Businesses will open their doors to costumed spooks ages 3-10 between 1 and 4 p.m.

A list of participating businesses will be posted in mid-October at www.davisdowntown.com/events, and “Treat Trail” participants will display bright orange posters prominently in their windows.

Shoppers will continue to be welcomed throughout downtown during the trick-or-treat hours, and the Davis Police Department will direct vehicles and pedestrians to ensure a safe and satisfying visit. For more information, contact the DDBA at (530) 756-8763 or [email protected]

* U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony & Dinner: Four legends of American cycling will be inducted on Saturday, Nov. 5, into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The four honorees — Marty Nothstein, Ruthie Matthes, Bobby Walthour Jr. and Mike Sinyard — represent a range of cycling disciplines, including Olympians, world and national champions, and industry pioneers from the 1920s to the present.

Induction weekend activities will include an awards ceremony, reception, dinner, cycling history symposium, a keynote speaker and the opportunity to meet and greet all of the honorees. To see a list of events and to purchase tickets, go to usbhof.org/news.

* Downtown Holiday Children’s Parade and Tree-Lighting: A long-standing downtown tradition continues this year on Thursday, Dec. 1, as local residents ring in the holiday season. In addition to the parade and tree-lighting ceremony, the evening includes visits with Santa Claus, live musical entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, free screenings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and open house receptions at participating businesses. Contact the city of Davis for more information at (530) 757-5602 or www.cityof davis.org.

Melanie Glover

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