County seeks applicants for commission vacancies

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors invites local residents to apply for openings on county advisory commissions. For more information on specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at (530) 666-8195 or contact their Yolo County […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Odd Fellows send 15 kids to summer camp

Fifteen boys and girls will be able to attend the Odd Fellows’ Three-Links Camp this summer, thanks to tuition funds supplied by Davis Encampment No. 21, which is part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. This will be the first camp experience for most of the children, who range in age from 7 to […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Swainson’s hawk tour to benefit Yolo Basin Foundation

Biologist and Swainson’s hawk expert Jim Estep will lead participants on a search for this California threatened species and well as other raptors in Yolo County on Saturday, June 16. Estep has researched Swainson’s hawk ecology since the early 1980s in his Yolo County study area and elsewhere in the Central Valley. A graduate of […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Student writers host spring symposium

Graduate student fiction writers and poets will read from their work Wednesday in the UC Davis Arboretum in celebration of their 2012 graduation. Participating writers include Nora Bergamino, Ryan Croken, Katie Dillard, Nick Falgout, Jon Ford, Julia Halprin Jackson, Evan Jones, Kitty Liang, Alex Russell, David Semonchik, Marissa Tinloy and Greg Wlasiuk. The free program […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Walk with Warren on Wednesday

Local residents are invited to join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday. Participants will enjoy the glorious late-spring weather, see the demonstration flower gardens in bloom and get a little exercise. The group will meet at noon at the Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Chamberlain clings to lead in redrawn district

Incumbent Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain was holding a 335-vote lead over his challenger, Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel, on Thursday, with several hundred provisional ballots yet to be counted. A final tally is not expected until late next week, but all signs point to a victory by Chamberlain in the county’s 5th District. “I’m feeling pretty […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Young Artists Competition expands with auditions on both coasts

The Young Artists Competition, an annual fixture at the Mondavi Center, will increase its national reach and funding for the 2012-13 season. During the coming season, the competition will feature regional auditions in Portland, New York City, Los Angeles and Davis. In addition, the grand prize award has been increased to $6,000. “Over the past seven […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

$100,000 Patch donation targeted for school technology in coming year

Last winter, when a local family won a national contest for best holiday lighting display, they designated the Davis school district to receive the $100,000 prize. Jim and Kristy Powell’s home in the Wildhorse neighborhood received the most votes in a competition organized by Patch, a nationwide string of local news websites owned by AOL. […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Water aerobics classes to be offered at Manor Pool

A summer water aerobics class will help you take your workout to a different level. “Improve cardiovascular fitness, increase your flexibility, build strength and tone your body by taking advantage of the water’s natural resistance and using your own body weight in a low-impact environment that will leave you refreshed,” a city news release said. […]

June 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 ,