It’s the summer of the spider at Explorit

By Sarah Thomas Spiders have gotten bad press; with the exception of Charlotte, spiders have been portrayed as scary, deadly creatures out to hurt people. To ease some fear and educate the community on the important role spiders play in our ecosystem, Explorit will host two Family Exploration weekends all about spiders in conjunction with […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I-House Friendship Program recruits local host families

Imagine yourself thousands of miles from home in a foreign culture where you must adapt to a new environment. Would you appreciate a supportive and welcoming local host? International House, Davis, offers a Friendship Program to do just this. “We match international visitors, students and scholars with a local host family,” said coordinator Lorrie Bortuzzo. […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Petunia is a small, sweet and cuddly, 10-month to  1-year-old spayed female Manchester terrier mix. Cher is a 1- to 1 1/2-year-old sweet, loving and trained spayed female German shepherd/Rottweiler mix. Both dogs love to play with other dogs and would make great family pets. They are two of nearly 60 dogs available for adoption […]

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

If it’s summer, there must be music

The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series kicks off with a free outdoor performance by the West Nile Ramblers, playing their unique brand of high-energy Western music, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Rotary Park Gazebo. The park is on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. With […]

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

Church hymns and jazz standards go swingin’ together

Check it out What: “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring Laura Didier When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $20 adults, $10 youths 17 and under; (530) 666-9617; “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring […]

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

Jam with musicians at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ravi Shankar performance canceled

Musician Ravi Shankar has canceled his Oct. 23 performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis officials announced Thursday. Shankar’s management company, Opus 3 Artists, provided the following statement: “It is with deep regrets that, due to health issues, Panditji Ravi Shankar must cancel his October 2012 tour. “Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Beer-tasting benefits food campaign

The Davis Food Co-op,  620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a tasting of “21st Amendment & Other Great Beers” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, proceeds will benefit the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association’s fundraising efforts for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Barbecue thanks Garamendi volunteers

Volunteers who worked on Rep. John Garamendi’s campaign this spring will be honored at an appreciation barbecue at noon Saturday at Garamendi’s district headquarters, 2939 Spafford St., Suite 140A, in Davis. Past volunteers also are welcome. The event will feature food and fun as well as a chance to chat with Garamendi, who will face […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC president will not ask for tuition hike

OAKLAND (AP) — The president of the University of California will not request a hike in tuition. UC Regents had been expected to raise tuition next month, with The Los Angeles Times reporting regents for the 10-campus university system would meet in mid-July to raise tuition by 6 percent, or $732 more a year. That […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown signs budget relying on taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California on Wednesday that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November. Democrats passed 21 budget implementing bills on a majority vote intended to satisfy the governor’s demand for deeper cuts to close a $15.7 billion deficit, and Brown signed the […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Right decision on downtown project

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD … it’s hard when dramatic change takes place next door or just around the corner, but the council did the right thing Tuesday night in unanimously overruling its own Planning Commission to approve a stellar four-unit housing project at the corner of Fourth and D … change is inevitable … neighborhoods […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Rist to resign from Yolo County Probation Department

Yolo County Chief Probation Officer Marjorie Rist is leaving her post so she can continue her education and pursue criminal-justice consulting opportunities, county officials announced Wednesday afternoon. In a phone interview Wednesday evening, Rist said she plans to seek out work that “plays to my strengths,” such as education, training and technical assistance. “I’m more […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,