See ‘Avatar’ under the stars at UC Davis

The Arboretum Ambassadors and UC Davis Entertainment Council present Movie Night in the Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn at Lake Spafford, next to Mrak Hall. Bring a blanket and enjoy the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” under the stars. There is no charge for the movie; parking is available for $7 in Visitor […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Forums spell out details of education ballot measures

Saving California Communities and the Associated Students of UC Davis are sponsoring forums on two proposed initiatives that voters may be asked to approve in November. Each of these ballot measures seeks to raise revenue for California’s public education system. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sandy Escobedo of the Advancement Project will present information on “Our […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Library gift will boost history, geography, biography collections

The Yolo County Library has received a $40,000 donation from Frederick J. Simoons in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Stadler Simoons, a former Yolo County Library branch manager and assistant county librarian. The donation will be used to enhance the history, geography and related biography collections at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis. Elizabeth Simoons […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Tour tickets are sold out, but c’mon and cluck!

The bad news, first. Tickets for the Tour de Cluck: A Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl are sold out. The good news: There are plenty of other fun activities for the entire community and out-of-town guests to enjoy on Saturday,the date of the event. Stay tuned for details that will be forthcoming this week. In the […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Don’t miss ‘Jazz-N-Pops’

Davis High School Jazz Choir members — from left, Bryce Vaewsorn, Elizabeth Kubey, Hailey Wright and Ben Alpers — invite local residents to “Jazz-N-Pops,” the final DHS choral concert of the year, featuring the Jazz and Concert Choirs. Performance time is Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 […]

May 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Talk examines Polish, Iraqi Jewish immigration experiences

Aziza Khazzoom, an Israeli sociologist serving as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor for the 2012 academic year at UC Davis, will speak about similarities and differences in the Polish and Iraqi Jewish immigration experience to Israel at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her talk is titled “Whither ethnic difference? The Kibbutz in the Immigration […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Someday You': Growing through caregiving

By Robert Clark Young Before 2008, when I was 47 years old, I led the self-involved life of the writer, most of my decisions turning on what I thought would benefit my career, almost to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. I published books and stories and articles, I had a girlfriend who helped […]

June 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Students win Yolo Youth Service Awards

Brenna Mockler of Da Vinci High School and Alina Lusebrink of Davis High School were two of four local students to win Yolo Youth Service Awards from the Yolo Community Foundation for their work, respectively, with migrant education and Acme Theatre Company. “This is one of our most important programs — to reward the contribution […]

May 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Food, fun and fireworks at Celebrate Davis!

Every now and then, we take time to celebrate what’s great about our community. Thursday’s Celebrate Davis! festival, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, offered just such an opportunity, drawing thousands of people to Community Park for an evening of food, fun and fireworks.

The annual event reminds us what’s so wonderful about living, working and playing in Davis. It features more than 100 booths showcasing local businesses and nonprofits, food, music, children’s games and an aerial fireworks show, presented this year by the University Retirement Community.

A dunk tank provided an extra wave of fun, as local politicians, coaches, business leaders …

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Stocks edge higher ahead of Facebook IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — Excitement about Facebook’s initial public offering gave U.S. stocks a small lift in morning trading on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 11 points to 12,453 in the first half-hour of trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up three points 1,308. The Nasdaq fell a fraction of a […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

They spew garbage, then go into hiding

DISAPPEARING ACT … when something bad happens to a big company or organization, public relations specialists always advise their clients to make it a “one-day” story … in other words, hold a press conference, come clean, do your mea culpas and leave the press with nothing more to talk about … hiding in the face […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Fire aftermath

Davis firefighters mop up the scene of a garage fire that broke out about 6:45 a.m. Thursday at 4016 Vista Way in South Davis. The cause of the blaze, which destroyed the garage and extended into the attic, is still under investigation. Three family members were home when the fire began; they said they heard […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DHS grad honored by UC Irvine Alumni Association

By Kimberly Lane Michael Gottfredson is a glass-half-full kind of guy. Where others see challenges, he sees opportunity. “There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic,” says UC Irvine’s executive vice chancellor and provost, who leads efforts to move the rapidly growing campus forward despite current financial pressures. That ability to see the best — […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Raise your glass at Davis BeerFest

Beer, sausages, music and brewery tours will be featured at the eighth annual Davis BeerFest on Saturday, June 2. Guests will be invited to taste more than 100 microbrews from 30-plus breweries. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Citizens Who Care, a local nonprofit agency offering social support and services to older adults and their family […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,