UCD’s Early Childhood Lab earns national recognition

The children who attend the Early Childhood Lab School at the UC Davis Center for Child and Family Studies probably aren’t much impressed by the school’s recent designation as a nationally certified “Nature Explore Classroom.”

They’re too busy hiding in the bamboo forest, looking for bugs under rocks, following the meandering flagstone path through the native grasses and building structures in the “messy materials” area.

But the three-year project that transformed this outdoor oasis between First Street and the UC Davis Arboretum has indeed placed the program in select company …

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Paradegoers can help fight hunger

Yolobus has teamed with the Food Bank of Yolo County and Veolia Transportation to help fight hunger this holiday season with the inaugural Stuff a Yolobus food drive. Yolobus will accept nonperishable food donations during the Woodland Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, with the goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food. Volunteers from the Yolo […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Don’t light tonight, Dec. 8

Don’t Light Tonight is in effect through midnight Thursday, Dec. 8. Don’t Light Tonight is a voluntary wintertime air pollution reduction program. Thursday’s particle matter pollution (PM 2.5) is forecast to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter or higher and burning wood is discouraged. On winter nights when inversion layers are strong and air pollution […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Local glider club provides toys for tots

For the eighth year in a row, a local radio-control glider club has organized a Toys for Tots toy drive. Over the years, the Sacramento Valley Soaring Society has collected close to 400 toys for needy children with an estimated value of $7,000. Each year, the wide assortment of toys are picked up by James […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Free grief support group available

Yolo Hospice offers a free adult grief support group that meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, or 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Both meetings are at Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, in South Davis. The drop-in meetings are available to anyone experiencing grief and provide support through sharing, mutual understanding […]

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Learn more about artist at Pence film screening

All are welcome to attend a screening of “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?,” a 2006 film, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. The film’s running time is 74 minutes; guests are welcome to enjoy all-you-can-eat popcorn. The film chronicles Teri Horton’s 15-year journey clasing with the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Business expert on the radio

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT 95.7 FM or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. This week’s guest, Pam Slim, helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own business. Her blog, “Escape from Cubicle Nation,” is […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City leaders, staffers at market booth Saturday

The once-a-month city of Davis booth will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park. Councilmen Stephen Souza and Dan Wolk will be available to answer questions about city services, programs and facilities. The booth will be located at the north end of the market, near Fourth and […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Spend a winter evening with Shakespeare

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will present a staged reading of The Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Come ready to indulge in wine and scrumptious holiday treats,” a news release said. Tickets are $10 each; call (530) 802-0998 or email [email protected]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

DHS Concert, Symphonic bands present ‘Winter Rhapsody’ concert

Clarinetist Evan Hamaguchi will be the featured student soloist at the Davis High School “Winter Rhapsody” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This annual concert will put guests in the holiday spirit with a performance by the Concert Band, under the direction of […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

United Way funds local projects

United Way California Capital Region will make grants totaling $267,393 to the Yolo Family Resource Center and the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council over the next year, United Way president and CEO Steve Heath has announced. The Health Education Council, based in West Sacramento, is a funded partner in United Way’s Fit Kids project, helping […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Social services | Tagged ,

Teenage photographers to be honored

Local youths who participated in the city of Davis’ sixth annual Teen Photo Contest will be honored at a reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. All entries will be on display. The winning photographs in each category will be showcased throughout January at City Hall, 23 Russell […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Palm Gardens supports Alzheimer’s research

Palm Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Woodland has donated $628 to the Alzheimer’s Association, representing the proceeds from its document-shredding event last month. “All of us here at Palm Gardens and the local Alzheimer’s Association would like to thank everyone who participated and generously donated to this worthy cause,” said Laura Wayman, marketing director […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Project Linus volunteers provide cuddly love for kids in need

The Project Linus group will meet for its monthly gathering from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The group makes and distributes gifts of handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteers to provide love, warmth and security to needy children in our community. Those attending Wednesday’s meeting will […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,