DPNS has pre-K openings

Davis Parent Nursery School has openings in its pre-kindergarten session for the 2012-13 school year. The class is aimed at older preschoolers and younger kindergarten-eligible children. Teacher Kathy Douglas, director of the pre-K program, uses transitional kindergarten curriculum developed specifically for the year prior to kindergarten, weaving both phonics and numeracy into DPNS’ play-centered approach. […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Frerichs welcomes supporters at ceremony

Davis City Councilman-elect Lucas Frerichs invites his supporters to the swearing-in of the new City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. A public reception outside the chambers will follow, then the council will begin its regular business meeting. Those who still have Frerichs campaign lawn signs […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Woodland child burned by fireworks

A 6-year-old Woodland girl was hospitalized Wednesday after being burned by a sparkler-type firework, according to police. Sgt. Steve Sexton said the girl had been playing with the sparkler in the 800 block of Harvard Bend when her clothing caught fire. She was taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Suicidal parolee halts I-80 traffic in Dixon

Interstate 80 was shut down in both directions in Dixon early Thursday while hostage negotiators coaxed a suicidal parolee off a freeway overcrossing, police said. According to Dixon police Sgt. Brad Harms, police were called out shortly after 3 a.m. to the Pitt School Road crossing over westbound I-80, where they discovered a man who […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Odd Fellows to host blood drive on July 15

The Davis Odd Fellows will host a blood drive at their lodge for BloodSource on Sunday, July 15, between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Odd Fellows Hall is at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Blood donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win four tickets to a Sacramento River […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Zumbathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The third annual Zumbathon for a Cure is planned Saturday, Aug. 4, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. All are invited to attend. A $10 donation is suggested with RSVP to [email protected], or a $15 donation is suggested at […]

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

Rain, rain go away: A London slog for Olympics?

By Danica Kirka LONDON — After a sodden spring, is Britain heading for a summer washout? It’s lurched from the cold, wet drizzle that dampened the queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the Thames to a sea of mud at the Isle of Wight music festival to frequent delays at Wimbledon, where even the retractable roof […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday. The economy added an average […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

AgraQuest acquired by German corporate giant Bayer

Bayer CropScience — a branch of the German corporate giant Bayer AG — announced this week that it will purchase AgraQuest Inc., a Davis-based biotech company, for $425 million plus milestone payments. Bayer’s acquisition of AgraQuest is the largest transaction involving a Davis-based biotech company since St. Louis-based corporate giant Monsanto acquired Calgene in a […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Moving out soon? Don’t toss stuff, donate it

If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your items for reuse. The SPCA Thrift Store, R&R Thrift Store and All Things Right & Relevant consignment store all take previously owned items for reuse. Check […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Horse heroes: Grant awarded to therapeutic riding center

Sharon Johnson’s childhood dream was to have a ranch that would combine both of her passions: horses and helping people with disabilities.

In 2007, with the help of family and friends, Johnson founded Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation. Only five years later, the organization’s efforts have been recognized with a $25,000 grant from State Farm’s Cause An Effect program to make some much-needed facility upgrades.

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged

PG&E to test natural gas transmission line along 2nd Street

PG&E will soon test 3.6 miles of natural gas transmission line running along Second Street in Davis. On July 16, the utility will begin excavating the road at several points along Second Street where it will dig up the 10-inch steel transmission line and test it using hydrostatic pressure, hosing water through the gas system […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids can get animated

Davis Media Access is ready to kick off the second summer session of its Kids Animation Camp. Participants learn how to storyboard an animation, record dialogue and effects, create stop-motion animations and experiment with 2D animation. The camp runs from 1 to 5 p.m. next Monday through Friday; the cost is $150 per student. Kids must […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Acme Theatre, Davis Dirt featured ‘In the Studio’

Acme Theatre Company and The Davis Dirt are currently highlighted on “In the Studio,” a program produced by Davis Media Access, the nonprofit media center serving Yolo County. DMA produces four segments of “In the Studio” each month, using the recording sessions as a hands-on learning lab for local residents interested in media production. The […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,