AIDS ride to pass through Davis, Woodland

Cyclists will pedal through Davis and Woodland this weekend as part of a four-day bike ride fundraiser that will support HIV/AIDS services in Northern California. About 150 bicyclists and 75 crew members are participating in the 330-mile NorCal AIDS Cycle, which started Thursday at Folsom Lake. The event has raised nearly $275,000 for 12 Northern […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Explorit needs your recyclables

By Lisa Justice Explorit Science Center needs your help to gather supplies for our Summer Science Camp this year. Each summer, hundreds of students enjoy 10 weeks of camp at Explorit where they investigate the science in our daily lives by turning toilet paper tubes into sea anemones, cracker boxes into roller coasters and strawberry […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Wild Family Day planned Sunday at Arboretum

Wild Campus, a UC Davis student group, will host Wild Family Day on Sunday in partnership with the UCD Arboretum. All ages are invited to this free educational event designed to raise awareness about native wildlife and what the community can do to help conserve these special critters. There will be fun games and activities […]

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Learn about using plants for food, medicine and ritual

Local residents are invited to join the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors for an ethnobotanical plant walk and meditation on Saturday. Visitors will learn about traditional uses of California native plants for food, medicine and ritual, followed by tea and meditation. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

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NAMI invites sunflower art for 10th annual contest

Calling all artists! June 1 is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Enjoy free rock climbing Saturday at Nugget

Free rock-wall climbing will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nugget Market in the Oak Tree Plaza at Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road, courtesy of ClifBar and Nugget Markets. Guests also can enjoy free samples of ClifBars and Luna Bars, as well as giveaways including backpacks, yoga mats and other […]

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VFW Buddy Poppy sales help veterans

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Davis Post 6949 will support efforts to help homecoming Davis veterans when they sell Buddy Poppies this weekend. Buddy Poppy Day was founded after World War I, when French and British soldiers were greeted with a poppy and offers of aid. The practice crossed the Atlantic in the early […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nigerian insurgents examined in talk

Veronica Obodo-Eckblad will lead a discussion of “Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Who are they and what do they want?” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Friends Meetinghouse, 345 L St. Boko Haram is a fundamentalist Islamic group that is waging an insurgency against Nigeria’s government. This talk is sponsored by the Davis Friends Meeting Peace […]

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Kids, make an animal friend at art workshop

Children will explore color, shape and line while creating paper animals at a family art workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Kids will have fun designing animal friends using bold construction paper shapes and patterned fabric, under the guidance of artist Jennica Forrest. The […]

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Why I bicycle but my neighbors don’t

By Susan Handy Davis is one of the few places in the United States where bicycling is a substantial mode of transportation. According to the latest American Community Survey, more than 15 percent of Davis workers usually commute to work by bicycle. Surveys we have conducted at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Learn how to plan a fly-fishing trip to Alaska

The Fly Fishers of Davis will host John Squires on Tuesday to learn how to put together an affordable fishing trip to Alaska. Squires has been a fly fisher for 40 years, is a past president of a California fly-fishing club, and has planned and carried out wilderness fishing trips in California, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Early Music Ensemble performs Monteverdi

The UC Davis Early Music Ensemble will present music by the great Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. Monteverdi holds a pivotal position in the history of music; he wrote numerous madrigals over a period of 40 years, in addition to highly […]

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Music of Bali to waft through Mondavi Center

Just the ticket What: Gamelan Sekar Jaya When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $20 general, $8 students;, (530) 754-2787 Musicians from the Gamelan Sekar Jaya — a Bay Area-based professional ensemble dedicated to the music of Bali — and members of the UC […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Student cast presents a quality version of ‘Rent’

Check it out What: “Rent,” presented by Studio 301 When: 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: UC Davis’ Wyatt Pavilion Tickets: $16 general, $14 for students, available at Freeborn Hall box office or (530) 752-1915 It is tragic that composer/lyricist Jonathan Larson never lived to see the phenomenon that his musical, “Rent,” has […]

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