‘Running of the Turkeys’ raises funds for Food Bank

The “Running of the Turkeys” 5K run Nov. 19 at Nelson’s Grove in Woodland generated more than $16,000 for the Food Bank of Yolo County, executive director Jose Martinez has announced. In addition, 85 turkeys were donated to help feed hungry families, an increase from 44 turkeys donated and $15,000 raised last year. A total […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

GMO labeling supporters will be trained to gather petition signatures

A LabelGMOs ballot initiative campaign is under way that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMO food) in California. Collecting the necessary signatures will be done primarily by volunteers. A signature-gathering training led by Scarlet Boggs will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the community room at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, 675 […]

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Feeling blue? Join others at Sunday’s service

The holidays are not always as easy or joyous as they could be because of the losses suffered in life. For some people, the holidays are a time of loneliness or isolation as loved ones who have died are remembered. For others, they are a time of frustration as the economic realities of job loss, […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ira Gershwin’s music featured at Citizens Who Care benefit concert

Tickets are available now for the 20th annual Citizens Who Care benefit concert, “ ‘s Wonderful: The Great Lyrics of Ira Gershwin.” Ira Gershwin is best known for his work with his younger brother George, producing one of the most successful and prolific collaborations in popular music history. Ira also worked with other great composers, […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Friday Night Live features Davis flutist

Flutist Sue Anne Sheya returns to the Rominger West Winery tasting room for another performance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winery, at 4602 Second St., Suite 4, will feature wine by the glass during the Friday Night Live event. Sheya is an active flute performer and teacher in Northern California and is the […]

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Pleasant Valley Boys make for a Happy Thursday

Guests at Happy Thursday, the weekly happy hour event at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, will sip on discounted wine by the glass and enjoy lively tunes from the Pleasant Valley Boys on Thursday. In addition, Stone Soup Catering will serve fresh and flavorful “California comfort food” at Happy Thursday, which runs […]

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Lawmaker on pepper spray probe recalls protests

By Michael Gardner The San Diego Union-Tribune SACRAMENTO — San Diego Assemblyman Marty Block remembers as a teenager sitting transfixed to the television as police in riot gear violently broke up a protest outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Block says he will reflect on that watershed moment in American politics and his […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Yolo County announces holiday closures

Due to budget constraints, a number of Yolo County departments will be closed during the winter holidays. Departments that will be closed Dec. 19-23 are County Administrator, Cooperative Extension, County Counsel, Human Resources, Parks, Planning & Public Works and Purchasing Closed Dec. 22-23 will be Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health and Public Guardian. Closed Dec. 23 will be Assessor, […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Docents are among the treasures at Hattie Weber Museum

By Mary Lee Thomson There are many treasures in the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, including William Oeste’s 1917 phonograph (still in working order) and record collection, a coin silver embossed water pitcher awarded to Jerome Davis for excellence in stock raising, Robert Haussler’s gold scales and a buffalo gun found buried at Fifth and […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explore landmark trees on Downtown Davis Treewalk

Many Davis residents walk through downtown without realizing they are passing a number of landmark trees, which are awarded this special designation to provide additional protection for trees with significant environmental character and history. The city of Davis recognizes a tree as a landmark tree if it is an outstanding specimen of a desirable species, […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Enjoy a walk under the redwood canopy

Enjoy the peace and silence of the redwood grove on a misty winter day and learn about the complex and fascinating ecosystem of the redwood forest during a free guided tour at the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday. This 2 p.m. walk will provide a brief introduction to the ecology and history of the coast […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Roberts to lead Arboretum walk Wednesday

Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday. Enjoy the crisp weather, explore the pleasures of the winter garden, and get a little exercise. Meet at noon at the Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UCD campus. There is no charge for the tour. Parking is […]

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Strong quake shakes from Mexico City to Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck in Mexico’s western Guerrero state Saturday night, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation’s capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. There were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The U.S. Geological Service initially estimated the quake at magnitude at 6.8, but downgraded it to […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Leads become leaders, making ‘Nutcracker’ timeless

As fun as performing in the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” is, from the music to the dancing to the costumes, it’s often the interaction with the teenagers who teach them everything that leaves the deepest impact of all.

For years afterward, in fact, children will spot their leaders around town, working at Nugget, teaching a swim lesson, passing them on a sidewalk downtown, and respond with a shriek of joy: “That’s my ‘Nutcracker’ leader!”

It’s no wonder, then, that many of these children grow up to be leaders themselves, sharing their love for the “Nutcracker” year after year with the kids who follow in their footsteps. And they do so with a sense …

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,