Summer reading: a pathway to adventure

Picture this: your kids using the summer months to enrich their minds by reading award-winning novels instead of passing the hours by throwing dirt at each other.

Kids may be reluctant to read when it’s required, but when presented with the array of novels at the public library and the opportunity to make their own selections, they just may find something that engages their interest.

Most studies indicate that students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t. Not reading over the summer has the potential to stunt your child’s intellectual growth, despite how studious they are during the school year.

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

California voters to consider labels for GMO foods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to require special labels for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Advocates collected more than half a million signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. It was certified Monday by the state. The vote will be a test of consumer attitudes about […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rec Report: City programs for kids, teens change with the times

By Christine Foster One of my favorite things about Davis is its long-lived traditions. Did you know that the Davis Farmers Market has been going on for 37 years and Camp Putah has been in existence since 1970? You probably did know, because Davis residents love their traditions and take pride in their community. Recently, […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Relay For Life funds fight against cancer

Local residents are invited to form teams to participate in the American Cancer Society’s seventh annual Relay For Life, which takes place Aug. 4-5 at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. in West Davis. The event runs from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday; “we relay for 24 hours because cancer never sleeps,” […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Rotarians honor outstanding DHS, Da Vinci students

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 12 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as June’s Students of the Month. They are: * Da Vinci student Ariel Amon, nominated by internship coordinator Susan Kirby, who wrote, “Da Vinci junior Ariel Amon participated with the Patwin Elementary School Nature Bowl team as an intern. Ari […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Special prom honors memory of Woodland teen

The sale of some very special T-shirts will enable young people with life-threatening illnesses to attend the first “No Worries Now” prom in the Sacramento area. The dance, themed “Sunset in the Bahamas,” will take place Friday, June 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Woodland Elks Lodge, 500 Bush St. The T-shirts bear […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Jewelry-making classes offered at Davis Art Center

Artist/educators Diana Taylor and Jill Bowlus are teaching new weeklong jewelry classes this summer at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The classes are designed for students ages 8-18. In Wire-Wrapped Jewelry, students will create pieces of jewelry — a ring, pendant or other one-of-a-kind item — using various wrapping tools and techniques incorporating shape […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Nature preserve has free admission Saturday

The Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve west of Woodland will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. All are welcome to hike the trails and enjoy the natural area along the creek. The preserve is at 34199 County Road 20, Woodland. For more information, call […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

She’ll ply the pedals for the trees

Julia Bartens, a Davis resident and UC Davis employee working in urban forestry, plans to ride her bicycle 585 miles in seven days in August to raise funds for the TREE Fund ( The TREE Fund is a charitable trust that supports research and education to benefit arboriculture and urban forestry. “We all take trees […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

New Harmony housing lottery deadline is Friday

Applications for the housing lottery waiting list at New Harmony, an affordable community on Cowell Boulevard near Mace Boulevard, are due Friday. Applications must be postmarked by that date to be entered into the lottery. Housing lottery applications may be picked up at any Mutual Housing community in Davis: Owendale, 3023 Albany Ave.; Tremont Green, 5663 Marden […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Housing & Growth | Tagged ,

From the Ground Up: Little fish in the sea for summer

Choosing the freshest fish * All fresh fish should have shiny, slippery skins that glisten * The eyes of whole fish, no matter the size, should be bright and clear. Avoid fish with cloudy eyes * Fish should never smell “fishy,” but fresh and clean, sometimes even like fresh sea air Sardines and anchovies * […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

CHP investigating fatal crash in Clarksburg

Authorities are investigating whether alcohol played a role in a fatal crash Tuesday morning in Clarksburg. California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Konvalin said the victim, identified Wednesday as 68-year-old Jose Gomez of Sacramento, was driving a Ford-F250 that veered off Willow Point Road at Z Line Road and overturned into a water-filled ditch. The wreckage […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Ombudsman finds Conroy favored certain employees, former fire chief disagrees

Retired Fire Chief Rose Conroy promoted Bobby Weist to captain in 2008 despite the fact the city’s testing process revealed another candidate was more qualified for the job, the city’s chief ombudsman found four years ago. The city released a less-redacted version of a four-year-old report last month that details an investigation of the Davis […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Cabrillo Civic Club plans Linguica Breakfast

The Yolo County Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will host its regular Ethnic Portuguese Linguica Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at Holy Rosary Parish Tumulty Hall, Walnut and Court streets in Woodland. The menu will consist of special scrambled eggs, hash browns, linguica sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and the group’s famous […]

June 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,