City photography contest returns

The city of Davis is holding its third annual photo contest, and local residents are invited to enter their best images of Davis. Age groups: 6-11, 12-17, 18-plus Accepting submissions: Though Sept. 30 What makes a photograph a winner? Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important, but so is a flair for the unexpected and […]

NAMI offers basics about youth behavioral difficulties

The Yolo chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor the NAMI Basics Education Program this fall in Davis. This free, six-session program is designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children understand the illnesses […]

Speedy planes will fly a pylon course

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers’ first radio-control airplane pylon race Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Competitors from California, Oregon, Arizona and Utah will race high-speed models around a three-pylon course at speeds of up to 190 mph. The event will be held at the Woodland Davis Model Airplane Field on County […]

Acorn harvest set Sept. 12 at Bobcat Ranch

The Putah Creek Council is in need of volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 12, to help harvest acorns at Bobcat Ranch in Winters. This is a Yolo Creek and Community Partnership event, sponsored by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. California’s oaks provide food and habitat for deer, elk, squirrels, rabbits, bears, livestock and many species of […]

Breast cancer group to hear from speaker

Albert Petty will present “Breast Cancer and Genomics” at the open-door educational program of the Northern California Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Petty is the senior genomic science liaison of medical affairs at Genomic Health in South San Francisco. He will present information on how genomic information contributes […]

Teachers may apply for school arts grants

The Davis School Arts Foundation is accepting grant applications to support arts programs in Davis public schools during the 2015-16 academic year. DSAF is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child should have access to the arts at every grade level and that visual and performing arts are essential for the […]

$1.2 million grant continues help for underrepresented students

Angela Jimenez had her fears. Her parents hadn’t talked with her about going to college. And until high school, she hadn’t even known anyone who’d advanced beyond a diploma. Was she ready for the academics and other challenges? Now, as a freshman at UC Davis, the 18-year-old from Sacramento is enjoying the support of a program […]

City Council extends comment period on innovation center report

If the Davis City Council approves the Mace Ranch Innovation Center, voters won’t have a say on the project until November 2016. The council on Tuesday night unanimously extended a comment-period deadline for the innovation center’s environmental review to Nov. 12 from Sept. 28, giving an additional 45 days. The move follows several requests at public […]

Adventurous kayaker, 14, makes a splash

There is little doubt that 14-year-old Audrey Adamchak has adventure in her blood.

The personable — and courageous — Audrey already has dabbled in bike racing, gymnastics, rugby, water polo, soccer and swimming.

She says she’s going to stick with recreational biking, “maybe go back to rugby” and, just this week, began testing the water at River City Rowing at Lake Washington.

But the Holmes Junior High ninth-grader’s real passion seems to be white-water kayaking — an activity she’s undertaken with a unique approach and a big appetite.

Lawmakers advance aid-in-dying bill on second try

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that would allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending medications, after an effort to pass a similar right-to-die bill stalled in the Legislature. The Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee heard from some of the same advocates and opponents before approving the new bill, ABX2-15, on […]

Bob Dunning: New season stirs old Aggie memories

Every now and then, especially around this time of year, those few folks who remember my long-ago days as a sports writer for this newspaper will ask me which was the favorite Aggie game that I covered. A difficult question, indeed, since the first game I covered also was the first game that Jim Sochor […]

Police nab three in alleged automotive fraud ring

Davis police have arrested three Bay Area residents who allegedly schemed to buy pricey car engines with stolen credit card information. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the investigation began last month when a woman purchased a Corvette engine at Hanlees Chevrolet in South Davis with what turned out to be a stolen credit card. The dealership […]

Creative math teacher always willing to try new things

Join the fun What: Davis High School Blue & White Foundation’s 2015 Hall of Fame induction dinner When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 Where: UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom Tickets: $65 each, available at www.dhsblueandwhite.org Info: Lynne Yackzan, 530-681-5020 Cal Crabill — one of this year’s inductees into the Davis High School Hall of Fame — made […]

Craft circle, office spruce-up projects planned

Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. From building garden beds at schools to helping at a backpack drive for refugee children, anyone can find their niche at United Way’s Day of Caring. Taking place on Friday, Sept. 11, at Suicide Prevention and Yolo Hospice in Davis, the third annual Day of Caring will begin […]