In Ukrainian sister city, wary hope for peace

Daily life in Uman, Ukraine, appears to go on almost normally, but the people of Davis’ first sister city are tense and distracted by the news of the Russian takeover of Crimea.

“Can you imagine unfriendly actions from a proclaimed ‘brother?’ ” wrote Myroslava Geyko, 54, a senior teacher at Uman National University of Horticulture, who visited Davis in 1999 as part of a teacher exchange between the cities.

Geyko said she and her neighbors are shocked and concerned by the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin …

Bob Dunning: It’s March, so let the madness begin

ALL ABOUT HOOPS … more than a few folks have expressed frustration at the fact that a better-than-average UC Davis women’s basketball team continues to play before sparse crowds in the cavernous Pavilion they call home while the Aggie men’s team draws much larger crowds as it struggles to escape the Big West basement … […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Swami will share insights into Hindu philosophy

Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmaya Mission in Los Angeles will speak about Hindu philosophy when he visits Davis on Sunday. His free talk will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. All are welcome. The swami is a resident acharya or minister at the Chinmaya Mission, a […]

March 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Older adult group cancels March meeting

The Active Older Adult Discussion Group, which meets the second Thursday of each month, is canceled for March. The group will resume its monthly meetings on Thursday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.

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Man gets life term for 2006 robbery-murder

WOODLAND — There was no shortage of tears in a Woodland courtroom this week, shed not only by the family of a murder victim but also the man convicted of killing him. Relatives of Alfonso Prado wept for the loss of their son, brother and boyfriend, who on the night of June 18, 2006 — […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Patient-care workers set strike vote

The University of California’s 13,000 patient-care technical workers are set to vote March 12-13 on whether to authorize an unfair labor practices strike. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 has repeatedly accused UC of unfair practices during 18 months negotiating. They include UC imposing its final contract offer last July, […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

School board to hear another budget update, consider adoption of strategic plan

The Davis school board will hear the latest budget update from Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby, in addition to considering adoption of a proposed five-year strategic plan for the school district, and deal with several other agenda items when the trustees meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. During the past six years of fiscal turmoil, Colby has […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: DHS graduate tapped for leading role in New York production

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, a 2006 graduate of Davis High School, will be featured in a leading role in the March 14-16 production of the Benjamin Britten opera “The Turn of the Screw” (based on the Henry James novella) at Bard College in New York, where she is a graduate student. Fitz Gibbon earned multiple […]

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Wishing they could all be California hens

By Stephanie Strom ATWATER — Hens in California are living the good life. Many can now lay their eggs in oversize enclosures roomy enough to stand up, lie down — even extend their wings fully without touching another bird. Hens in most other states don’t have it so good. Their conditions, as the head of […]

March 06, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

City ramps up for work on B Street

Major construction work on B Street is set to begin Wednesday, eventually transforming curbs, gutters, sidewalks and repaving a portion of the street from Russell Boulevard to 12th Street, the city has announced. The project began in July 2013 with concrete work, continued with closures in September 2013 and got delayed in November by one […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

CASA trains 11 new volunteers

Eleven Yolo County residents have been trained as Court Appointed Special Advocates, ready to speak for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. They are Janna Haynes, Michelle Raj, Blake Flick, John Morelli, Maria Usacheva, Nancy Kam, Karen Selby, Seetha Reddy, Patrice White, Penny Gore and Marguerite Schaffron. After successfully completing a 30-hour […]

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I-House hosts an evening of sacred singing

Sacred singing and chanting will fill the Community Room at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Leaders will be Laura Sandage of Davis and Doug von Koss from the Bay Area. The event will support the Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle and International House. A donation of […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Harvest beets and carrots at farm tour Saturday

A farm tour Saturday at Capay Organic will kick off the event season sponsored by Farm Fresh To You, a local, organic Community Supported Agriculture delivery service. The tour will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23800 State Highway 16 in Capay. Nearly 7,000 people visited the farm last year throughout the event […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

LGBTQ+ youths are focus of Saturday workshop

A workshop Saturday will explore some of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning — teens and young adults as they navigate into adulthood. The event, sponsored by Woodland Community College’s Foster and Kinship Care Education Program, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of […]

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