‘Smarty Marty’ breaks stereotypes

“Smarty Marty’s Got Game” by Amy Gutierrez (Cameron & Co., $17.95, 40 pages) shatters stereotypes for girls in sports and tells the story of a character named Marty, who teaches the game and her love of baseball to her younger brother. Gutierrez, a 16-year career sports journalist who covers the San Francisco Giants, is a […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmers Market turns into Gift Basket Central

Looking for that perfect “shop local” gift? Head to the Davis Farmers Market. There will be holiday music at Gift Basket Central from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. The market features locally grown and produced foods and more that will please any […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC, lecturers agree on contract

Ninety-eight percent of union-represented lecturers have voted to ratify a contract deal with the University of California. The two-year deal includes a 3.5 percent wage increase for 2013-14. The American Federation of Teachers represents more than 3,000 lecturers systemwide. The deal also includes: * Moving the minimum retirement age from 50 to 55 and maximum […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD holiday reads touch on Christmas, politics, food

A look at recent books by UC Davis authors: * “Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas” by Dolph Gotelli (http://Wonderanddelightbook.com, $75, 360 pages). Known as “Father Christmas,” UC Davis environmental design professor emeritus Gotelli has now featured his collection of toys and Christmas memorabilia in a book containing 570 color photos suitable for any […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Salmon spawning in Putah Creek

By Sara Tremayne Salmon are back in Putah Creek again, brought up by a weeklong pulse of water provided by the Solano County Water Agency. The return of the Chinook salmon to Putah Creek is a nearly annual event and, according to Peter Moyle, a UC Davis professor and renowned fisheries expert, signifies the recovery […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Splash is a 9-month-old spayed female blue merle Catahoula leopard dog. She’s gorgeous, with one blue and one brown eye. Splash is full of fun, plays well with other dogs and loves people of all ages. Beth is a 3-year-old spayed female German shepherd. She had an accident when she was a pup and had to have a leg […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rib Feed helps Aquadarts float

Dive in and join the fun on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. for the first Finger Lickin’ Fin Kickin’ Rib Feed benefiting the Davis Aquadarts. Guests at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., will enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecued ribs and chicken along with salad and other delicious goodies. Tickets are $45 and may […]

January 21, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

FDA targets antibiotics in meat

By Stacy Finz The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it will begin curbing the use of some medically important antibiotics commonly fed to animals to fatten them for market, a policy change that could significantly affect both the livestock industry and human health. Until now, politicians, scientists and consumer groups have tried to […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Learn about lichens at UCD workshop

Come learn about the special world of lichens — organisms that are part-fungus, part-alga — on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity. This beginning lichen identification workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be taught by lichen admirer and enthusiast Pam Kirkbride. She has been interested […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Blood clots absorb toxin, UCD researchers find

Blood clots play an unexpected role in protecting the body from the deadly effects of bacteria by absorbing bacterial toxins, UC Davis researchers have found. “It’s a significant addition to the short list of defenses that animals use to protect themselves against toxin-induced sepsis,” said Peter Armstrong, professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Donations sought for pets of homeless

If pets of the needy and homeless in our region could write to Santa, their wish list might include a new sweater or coat to ward off winter’s chill. Community members have an opportunity to help Santa deliver on those wishes through the Mercer Clinic holiday pet basket drive, annually coordinated by a team of […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Researchers take aim at fruit pest

The spotted wing drosophila, a major pest that targets berries and cherries and other fruits in the United States, Canada and Europe, is itself being targeted, thanks to groundbreaking genome sequencing at UC Davis and a public-access Web portal hosted at Oregon State University. The work is expected to accelerate basic and applied research, leading […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Writing Buddies needed for next year

The second session of Writing Buddies at Montgomery Elementary School in South Davis begins in early January. The program pairs adult volunteers one on one with third-graders to write stories. Each week for five weeks, both volunteers and schoolchildren write a story inspired by picture books that teacher Marsha Raney reads to her class. A […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Lots of ways to give to science center this season

Calling all talented craftspeople, scientists and artists! Have you been looking for a way to share your special skill with the public? Then look no further; Explorit Science Center would like to invite you to consider sharing that talent to inspire future generations of scientists, musicians and artists. We’d like to host public mini weekend workshops, […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,