Unitarians celebrate their new Social Hall

By Marilu Carter For a moment, Odin Quintanar, project manager for Harrison Construction, was taken aback. He stood in the new Social Hall he had helped to construct, surrounded by nearly 250 people — the minister, congregation members and founders of the Unitarian Universalist Church — dedicating and celebrating their new building. Odin smiled. Above, […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Remembering a friend

North Davis Elementary School first-graders, from left, Harry Jiang and Mick Dunning look at the set of commemorative tiles that were dedicated Thursday in memory of North Davis second-grader John Henderson, who died in December after falling from a chairlift during a ski trip. The colorful tiles were made by classmates, family and friends, including […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Chinese 1 course to be offered after all

Some quick fundraising by parents and community groups, as well as some conferencing with the school district’s leaders, is bringing the Davis school district’s Chinese 1 course back into the 2012-13 academic schedule. In May, the Davis school board voted to limit Chinese 1 and German 1 — which had been offered at Davis High […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Library opening late Monday

All seven Yolo County branch libraries — including two branches in Davis — will have shortened hours Monday, so staff members may attend systemwide training. Branches normally open on Mondays will reopen from 2 to 6 p.m. Yolo County’s Central Services and Archives also will be affected. The Stephens Branch is at 315 W. 14th […]

June 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sacramento metro area ranks near middle of the pack for college grads

California has two of the highest — and five of the lowest — ranking metropolitan areas in terms of the percentage of population with a college degree, according to a list compiled by The New York Times based on data from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The Sacramento metropolitan area — including Yolo and Placer […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,

Workshop helps families plan for care

The Yolo Adult Day Health Center and Woodland Healthcare are sponsoring an advanced care planning workshop to help families deal with future decision-making, especially emotional and financial issues. “Advanced care planning enables a family to be better prepared for what lies ahead in caring for a loved one,” a news release said. “It helps to […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Lavender festival conjures images of France

How about a nice vacation to the south of France? Not in your budget? Fortunately, there’s an alternative close by that will spare your pocketbook. The Cache Creek Lavender Festival takes place this weekend in the blooming lavender fields of the Capay Valley. Featured are live music, wine tasting, crafts demonstrations, field tours (complete with pick-your-own […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Willett Principal Heidi Perry recognized with administrative award

Principal Heidi Perry — who is wrapping up her fourth year at Willett Elementary School — has been honored with an Excellence in Education Award from the Yolo County Office of Education. The office honors one administrator and one special program from each school district in the county each year. This year’s awardees include the […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Enjoy contra dance this week

The last contra dance until fall will take place Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Explorit: More household goods needed for summer science camps

By Lisa Justice Explorit Science Center wishes to thank the Davis community for its support of our summer science camp programs by collecting, cleaning and donating recyclable materials. Every year the young engineers, artists and naturalists attending summer science camp rely on an inexhaustible supply of toilet paper tubes, soup cans and soda bottles as […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Adios: Amigos off for summer adventure

All the months of training and preparation have finally drawn to a close. The funds are (mostly) raised, the inoculations against exotic diseases received and what’s left is largely anticipation about the experience of a lifetime.

“The excited part definitely outweighs the nervous part,” says Davis High junior Monica Leflore as she looks ahead to June 27 and her departure for the town of Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic.

Traveling for the first time without her family, Laflore will spend six weeks living with a host family, providing a daily summer school …

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Long haul

Cyclists with trailers, tag-a-longs, and other cago-pullers joined up Wednesday at Community Park for a “Cargo Ride” to Central Park to join the Picnic in the Park celebration.

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

King High School graduates 35

Some came to King High School for just a quarter or a semester, arriving short on credits and at risk of not graduating. Others had been there for a year or more, coping with life challenges beyond their control and often beyond what any teen should endure, but determined to earn their high school diplomas. […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

A historic clean sweep for ‘King Dan’

ONE FOR THE BOOKS … no, in answer to your question, no candidate in city of Davis history has ever swept every precinct in town, going back to the first city election nearly 200 years ago when Father Junipero Serra edged out a four-man field that included John Sutter, Jerome C. Davis and General Six […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,