Food given to needy local residents

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute food to eligible Davis residents on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as follows: * Davisville Apartments on Kennedy Place, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; * Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and * Owendale Community, 3023 Albany Ave., from 6 to 7 p.m. […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Workshops help students get cash for college

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is hosting 15 Cash for College Workshops throughout Yolo and Solano counties to help students apply for Cal Grants and other financial aid for college. “We want to help families overcome financial barriers to their higher education goals. A Cal Grant can be the first step in making a quality education […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Neuropathy Group meets Tuesday

The Davis Peripheral Neuropathy Group meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. All are invited for supportive sharing, and planning for 2012. The group will watch a CD from The Neuropathy Association titled “Coping with Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy,” covering a seminar by Eugene B. Richardson. “We hope you […]

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Science ‘magic’ featured at February show

The city of Davis Community Services Department presents “Spin Pop Boom,” an educational science presentation, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The event features experiments in physics and chemistry, from volcanic reactions to spinning centrifugal-force demonstrations. Guests also will learn about the physical forces […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hallmark Inn creates new retail spaces

The Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis has gone through several renovations since Reed Youmans and his family first bought the hotel about a dozen years ago. The Youmanses aren’t finished making changes just yet. The owners of the inn at 110 F St. recently gutted six bays of ground-floor hotel rooms that they plan to […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Playtime no more at Alphabet Moon

The message on the easel out front always said it all: “Come and play.”

And for nearly two decades, the children did.

Because Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures was never just a toy store; it was a Davis destination, a favorite place to visit, where to browse was to play, and where current owner Christine Hildebrand and her employees earned raves for their selection of toys and customer service.

But Christine Hildebrand, who bought the store nearly 10 years ago, said Alphabet Moon took two big hits about three years ago: the economy tanked, and Target opened in Davis.

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Man arrested after freeway foot chase

A Sacramento man was jailed on resisting-arrest charges Tuesday after allegedly leading California Highway Patrol officers on a foot chase along Interstate 80 in West Sacramento. Officer Bryan Konvalin said the CHP received a report at 8:20 a.m. of a man carrying a large metal object walking on westbound I-80 near the Yolo/Sacramento county line. […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Host families needed for young Chinese visitors

Davis families are needed to host Chinese elementary school students who will visit this community from Jan. 25 to 28. The students, from the city of Chongqing, are 9 to 12 years old. The U.S. China Culture Homestay Network would like to place two or four students with each host family. The students will have […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davisites are voting early, often

Davis voters are keeping Jim and Kristy Powell’s festively decorated house on Henri Court in Wildhorse — aka Candy Cane Court — in the lead in an online nationwide contest. The contest is sponsored by, a local news website owned by AOL, which will donate $100,000 to the school district where the winning home […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Memorial service set for wine yeast expert

The UC Davis department of viticulture and enology will host a memorial service Saturday for professor emeritus Ralph Kunkee, an expert on the role of yeast in winemaking. Kunkee died Nov. 12 from complications of cancer, at the age of 84. He came to UCD in 1960 as a research biochemist in the Pesticide Residue […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pepper-sprayed UCD student featured on TV show

An Occupy UC Davis protester and a  manufacturer of pepper spray will be part of the “hot headlines” segment on CBS’ health-and-wellness talk show, “The Doctors,” on Friday. The segment, during which the doctors “discuss the health and safety concerns associated with the use and misuse of pepper spray,” will include a taped phone interview […]

Animal studies cross campus to lecture hall

By James Gorman Once, animals at the university were the province of science. Rats ran through mazes in the psychology lab, cows mooed in the veterinary barns, the monkeys of neuroscience chattered in their cages. And on the dissecting tables of undergraduates, preserved frogs kept a deathly silence. On the other side of campus, in […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A long road for painter

Paintings by Jennifer Pochinski will be exhibited through Jan. 28 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. She will be honored at an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout. Born in 1968 and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Pochinski received her […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Local farmer honored for helping fight erosion

Fritz Durst, who owns Tule Farms in the Hungry Hollow and Dunnigan Hills area in Yolo County, is one of four recipients of the Conservation Tillage Farmer Innovator Award from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The award is based on demonstrated innovation and leadership in the development, refinement and use of conservation tillage systems […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,