Young actors present ‘Tempest’ in the arboretum

The goal, says Rob Salas, “is to plant the seed.”

Introduce children to the wit and humor and fun that can be found in the words of William Shakespeare and a few years down the line, when they are introduced to it again in a school setting, they’ll immediately get excited.

“Even if they only remember the words subconsciously, it will turn them on, rather than turn them off,” Salas said.

That’s why Salas and colleague Gia Battista are serving as head counselors of the Davis Shakespeare Camp, which has been taking place in the UC Davis Arboretum the past two weeks.

Were coyotes among the animals on Noah’s Ark?

BobDunning2W There were two provocative letters to the editor running next to each other on the Forum page of this very newspaper earlier this week. One was from a coyote lover and the other was from someone best described as a coyote non-lover. What struck me first was the statement from the coyote lover who […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Wife of sheriff’s deputy’s killer assaulted in Woodland

The wife of convicted cop killer Marco Topete was slashed in the face during an altercation in Woodland last weekend, an incident that led to the arrests of a Woodland couple on assault and mayhem charges. Angelique Topete, 42, “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she happened upon a dispute […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

CHP: Drugs, texting caused fatal County Road 102 crash

In the days after her daughter was killed in a head-on collision on County Road 102, June Stein was upset by the graphic images of the wreckage that appeared in newspapers and on television news broadcasts. But after the California Highway Patrol revealed Friday that the driver who caused the crash had been under the […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Chihuahua death is Yolo County’s latest animal cruelty case

It’s been a rough few months for four-legged creatures in Yolo County. On Thursday, a probation officer supervising a road maintenance crew in West Sacramento stumbled upon a grim case of animal torture — a dead Chihuahua-mix dog whose legs had been bound and its mouth tied shut, said Vicky Fletcher of the Yolo County […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Explorit hosts family weekend focused on spiders

To ease fears and educate the community about the important role spiders play in the ecosystem, Explorit Science Center will host a Family Exploration weekend — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 — all about spiders in conjunction with its pilot Community Science Project, “Spiders in Your World.” How do spiders not stick to […]

July 28, 2012 | Posted in Local News

Summer camp raises money for well in third-world country

More than 400 children descended on University Covenant Church in Davis this week for “Breakaway: Quest of the Time Travelers” — a high-energy, interactive summer day camp for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders. This is the fourth year that UCC has hosted the day camp, which has grown every year. This year, 476 kids experienced time periods […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tips from Preschool teachers

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think. Here’s how you can encourage them: 1. Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations — preschoolers included. “At school we expect […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew […]

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

$2B in California taxpayer money in special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than $2 billion in California taxpayer money has apparently been stashed in hundreds of special funds unaccounted for by the state Department of Finance, a newspaper reported on Friday. An examination of more than 500 special fund accounts, like the $54 million discrepancy in state parks money, showed a $2.3 billion […]

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

An occasional dose of humility is always a good thing

MEA CULPA … earlier this week, in a brilliant piece about discrimination against males, I noted the dramatically lower life insurance rates a woman pays compared to a man of the same age … I wrote, accurately, that “it seems to me the whole notion behind gender-equality laws is that we must all be treated […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

WAC eliminates three water project options

The Water Advisory Committee closed the book on the three most expensive surface water project options of the six presented by city staff Thursday, essentially ending any discussion of pursuing the original Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency project the Joint Powers Authority first proposed in 2009. In addition to the original WDCWA project, the committee also […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

UCD stem cell researchers awarded $53 million

UC Davis Health System researchers who are working to speed therapies to patients suffering from critical limb ischemia, osteoporosis and Huntington’s disease received approval Thursday for three separate research grants from the state’s stem cell agency totaling more than $53 million. Each of the research studies that can now begin at UCD are specifically designed […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Save on back-to-school items

By Kasey Trenum Q: How can I save on back-to-school items? A: Pencils, paper, glue sticks, crayons, back packs, new clothes, and school uniforms team up to make back-to-school shopping the second largest shopping season of the year after the Christmas holidays. The list never seems to end. It starts with the “needs,” move to […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,