Researchers plan to fight obesity with video game

Reversing the image of the sedentary game player, a new video game under development by UC Davis researchers will encourage children to strengthen their action-hero characters by logging miles walked and calories burned in the real world. Researchers in the School of Education and Foods for Health Institute are teaming with a professional game designer […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learn festive origami figures

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. Individuals will learn how to create holiday ornaments and set up a holiday […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Family Holiday Festival in Winters

The Winters Friends of the Library will sponsor the annual Family Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad St. The Community Center will be decorated in festive style for the arrival of Santa and one of his elves — bring your camera for a great […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Burn off extra calories on Thanksgiving morning

Are you already dreading the holiday bulge? Worry no more. Join the FIT House instructors for a “Burn the Bird” workout on Thanksgiving morning. Jennifer Miramontes and Lisa Herrington, owners of the FIT House in Davis, are offering the free pre-Thanksgiving workout at 8 a.m. Thursday. ” ‘Burn the Bird’ will be a fun workout and […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

College of the future could be come one, come all

By Tamar Levin Teaching introduction to sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: He has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition. But last summer, as he transformed the class into a free online course, he had to grapple with some brand-new questions: […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Marriage expert will speak at retirement community

Howard J. Markman, author of “Fighting For Your Marriage,” will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. His talk is free and open to the public. Markman is a professor of psychology of the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, one […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Schools chief will discuss GATE transition experience

Davis parents and educators who are interested in taking a closer look at the Davis school district’s Gifted and Talented Education Program are invited to a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District, will discuss how […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

What’s the buzz? Bohart Museum open house draws a crowd

A bee observation hive, a bumble bee nest and assorted bee specimens proved to be the highlights of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house on Sunday. Museum staffers and volunteers welcomed guests from 1 to 4 p.m. The theme was “Insect Societies.” Several open houses remain in the 2012-13 academic year. All are free and […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a warm place to sleep? Local shelters are open

As wintry nights turn colder, emergency shelters are opening up locally for the homeless. In Davis, Davis Community Meals offers a shelter at 512 Fifth St. with room for eight men and two women. Shelter guests are not required to be clean and sober, but they must not pose a threat to the shelter environment. […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yamada, Cal Water help ensure a happy Thanksgiving

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, partnered with the California Water Service Company last week to distribute 100 turkey gift certificates to families in need through its annual Operation Gobble program. This marks the fourth year that Yamada has joined the holiday effort. “With over 19 percent of Californians going hungry daily, this program should also remind […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Happy holidays begin with you

By Becky Heard The Yolo Crisis Nursery is proud to announce the eighth annual Adopt-a-Family Program. Each December, members of our community join together to purchase holiday gifts for 25 of our families who’ve faced extreme hardship in the past year. Working from a personalized wish list, basic needs like clothing, blankets, toiletries and cookware […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Community input sought on racism in Davis

“Breaking the Silence of Racism” is the topic of a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the city of Davis Human Relations Commission. The event will take place in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Community members are invited to share their recent experiences and thoughts regarding racist incidents […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Israel ‘willing partner’ in potential cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says Israel would be a “willing partner” in a cease-fire with Gaza’s ruling militant group Hamas. Benjamin Netanyahu made the pronouncement today at a meeting with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, who is in the region as part of an international diplomatic push to end nearly a week of […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Friends, Davisites, countrymen, lend me your ears

A WACKY PROPOSAL … I come not to bury the Water Advisory Committee, but to praise it … or maybe the other way around … I’m not sure … all I know is the recommendation the WAC made to the City Council about water rates is confusing in the extreme, even in a town where […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,