Workshop helps families plan for care

The Yolo Adult Day Health Center and Woodland Healthcare are sponsoring an advanced care planning workshop to help families deal with future decision-making, especially emotional and financial issues. “Advanced care planning enables a family to be better prepared for what lies ahead in caring for a loved one,” a news release said. “It helps to […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Lavender festival conjures images of France

How about a nice vacation to the south of France? Not in your budget? Fortunately, there’s an alternative close by that will spare your pocketbook. The Cache Creek Lavender Festival takes place this weekend in the blooming lavender fields of the Capay Valley. Featured are live music, wine tasting, crafts demonstrations, field tours (complete with pick-your-own […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Willett Principal Heidi Perry recognized with administrative award

Principal Heidi Perry — who is wrapping up her fourth year at Willett Elementary School — has been honored with an Excellence in Education Award from the Yolo County Office of Education. The office honors one administrator and one special program from each school district in the county each year. This year’s awardees include the […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Enjoy contra dance this week

The last contra dance until fall will take place Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Explorit: More household goods needed for summer science camps

By Lisa Justice Explorit Science Center wishes to thank the Davis community for its support of our summer science camp programs by collecting, cleaning and donating recyclable materials. Every year the young engineers, artists and naturalists attending summer science camp rely on an inexhaustible supply of toilet paper tubes, soup cans and soda bottles as […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Adios: Amigos off for summer adventure

All the months of training and preparation have finally drawn to a close. The funds are (mostly) raised, the inoculations against exotic diseases received and what’s left is largely anticipation about the experience of a lifetime.

“The excited part definitely outweighs the nervous part,” says Davis High junior Monica Leflore as she looks ahead to June 27 and her departure for the town of Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic.

Traveling for the first time without her family, Laflore will spend six weeks living with a host family, providing a daily summer school …

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Long haul

Cyclists with trailers, tag-a-longs, and other cago-pullers joined up Wednesday at Community Park for a “Cargo Ride” to Central Park to join the Picnic in the Park celebration.

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

King High School graduates 35

Some came to King High School for just a quarter or a semester, arriving short on credits and at risk of not graduating. Others had been there for a year or more, coping with life challenges beyond their control and often beyond what any teen should endure, but determined to earn their high school diplomas. […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

A historic clean sweep for ‘King Dan’

ONE FOR THE BOOKS … no, in answer to your question, no candidate in city of Davis history has ever swept every precinct in town, going back to the first city election nearly 200 years ago when Father Junipero Serra edged out a four-man field that included John Sutter, Jerome C. Davis and General Six […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Driver — but no baby — injured in I-80 crash

Emergency personnel experienced a few frightening moments Tuesday when they thought a baby had been ejected from a car during a single-vehicle crash. The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on westbound Interstate 80 near Old Davis Road, where a red sport-utility vehicle ran off the side of the freeway, struck a tree and caught […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Emergency crews revive man following workplace collapse

Davis firefighters and an ambulance crew used CPR and a defibrillator to resuscitate a man who collapsed on the job Tuesday in downtown Davis. Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said the 55-year-old man was in his first day on the job in the 200 block of E Street when he collapsed shortly after 11:30 a.m. […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Report blasts handling of Occupy Berkeley protests

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A report released Wednesday criticizes the use of batons by campus police against student demonstrators during Occupy protests at UC Berkeley last fall. In its report, the campus Police Review Board committee said members were particularly disturbed by the repeated striking of some protesters during the Nov. 9, 2011, crackdown. Police jabbed and […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Choreographed chaos

Students at Patwin Elementary School dance to “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in a flashmob dance performance Wednesday for retiring Principal Michelle Flowers. All 400-plus students secretly learned the dance, choreographed by Denise Mathieu of Fiesta Dance n’ Fitness, and surprised Flowers with the performance. Wednesday also was Beach Day, so kids looked […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Is this a great town, or what?

Is this a great town, or what? Even after living here for 30-plus years I keep finding new reasons to be impressed. We may not live near the ocean, or enjoy the clear mountain air, but this is a special place. A NON-TAXABLE BIKE RIDE: On May 5, Davis Waste Removal held a free shredding […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,