Mummenshanz brings unusual costumes, visual illusions to Mondavi

For 40 years, the Swiss visual theater company Mummenschanz has been delighting audiences worldwide with a wordless mix of pantomime, unusual costumes, specially made masks, complex lighting and sound effects, used in combination to create visual illusions that can take on surreal proportions. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, Mummenschanz will visit the Mondavi Center […]

October 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tuleyome lecture looks at plant taxonomy

Photo Caption: Ellen Dean collecting and pressing plants at Grover Hot Springs State Park with Kate Mawdsley. Photo by Sylvia Wright, UC Davis campus news service.

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD researchers are manipulating memory with light

Just look into the light. Not quite, but researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and department of psychology have used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together to retrieve episodic memories. Optogenetics, pioneered by Karl Diesseroth at Stanford University, […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis cuts August water use by 16.7%, falls short of 30% mandate

Residents and businesses in Davis continue to conserve water, using 16.7 percent less of the precious resource than they did last August. The reduction beats the state average of 11.5 percent, but conservation measures still fall short of the governor’s 20 percent goal and the city’s own 30 percent mandate. City officials could not be reached for […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Malala Yousafzai shares Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner. The news set off celebrations on the streets of Mingora, the main […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Forum informs teens, parents of drug dangers

Learn more What: “Be Smart — Don’t Start” forum Who: Speakers include Jon Daily, Recovery Happens Counseling Services; Ilya Bezuglov, Davis police detective; Trevor Edens, Davis police sergeant (formerly of YONET); and Courtenay Tessler, Davis High School head counselor When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, DHS, 315 W. 14th St. An alarming increase in […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: We’re not voting for your great-grandfather

THE NATIVE SON … California Assembly candidate Charlie Schaupp, who has about as much chance of winning this election as the MRAP has of remaining in Davis, has decided to play the “I was here first” card … yes, our retired Marine Corps officer says in his candidate statement that he is a member of […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Marrone Bio slashes staff, forthcoming products

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. announced a third round of tough news this week: The company laid off 23 percent of its staff at its Davis and  Michigan operations on Wednesday. “It is painful for people to lose their jobs, but we’ll be a stronger and more focused company,” said Pam Marrone, CEO and founder of […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Munn fined by state for campaign finance reporting errors

John Munn, a former Davis school board member, Assembly candidate and 2014 Davis City Council candidate, recently paid the state Fair Political Practices Commission part of a $3,500 fine for failing to properly report contributions to his 2011-12 Assembly campaign. The FPPC will formally acknowledge the stipulation at an Oct. 16 meeting, a kind of […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ask a designer: outdoor decorating for fall

By Melissa Rayworth Homes in the northern United States. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete. In warmer climates, it […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months. “You can turn your home into a safe haven […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Trendy tactics tenants can use to refresh for fall

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Here are 10 top home decor trends resulting from a survey of more than 140 home design experts across the country. […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Smoke detectors save lives: Make sure yours work

Need help? The Davis Fire Department will install smoke alarms for residents who are unable to do so. The department also will provide alarms to residents unable to afford them. Call 530-757-5684 to request an alarm or assistance with installation. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Davis will change smoke alarm batteries for senior citizens or residents with […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Now’s the time to nominate stellar citizens

Shine the light What: Nominations for the C.A. Covell Award for the Citizen of the Year and the A.G. Brinley Plaque for outstanding service in a particular endeavor When: Due by 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 Where: Email to Janet Berry, chair of the Community Awards Steering Committee, at [email protected] or mail to Berry at 5307 Tufts St., Davis, CA […]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,