Bulb-planting workshop Saturday

It’s time to plant spring bulbs. At 9 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Gwen Oliver will talk about how, where and when to plant spring flowering bulbs. She’ll also talk about how to divide and share the bounty with others. The informal workshop will take place at Grace Garden at the United Methodist Church of Davis, […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Labyrinth walk celebrates World Day of Prayer

A labyrinth will be open Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center in Davis for all who wish to join in celebrating a World Day of Prayer. Hosted by the Unity Center of Davis, the labyrinth will be set up in the Club Room at the Vets’, 203 E. […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

College students most at risk for identity theft

CHICAGO (AP) — College students are being urged to take steps to avoid identity theft as they head back to campus. The Better Business Bureau issued a release Wednesday that says college students are the most at-risk group for identity theft because of their high use of social media and smartphones. Steve Bernas is president […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Factory orders drop 2.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in July by the sharpest amount in four months, held back by weaker demand for commercial aircraft and heavy machinery. A key category that reflects business investment plans also fell. Factory orders dropped 2.4 percent in July compared with June, when orders rose 1.6 percent, the Commerce […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Service sector expands at fastest pace in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies in the U.S. service sector expanded at their fastest pace in nearly 8 years last month as sales and orders grew and employers ramped up hiring. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index rose to 58.6 in August from 56 in July. It’s the highest point since […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Summer goes out with a bang

By Kristin Sizemore and Lisa Justice Explorit Science Center thanks the UC Davis Chemistry Club and friends for helping us send summer out with a bang at the Final Blast chemistry show. More than 200 guests “oohed” and “ahhed” at two explosive shows. UC Davis chemistry professors Frank Osterloh, Kirill Kovnir and Annaliese Franz demonstrated […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

State seeks to shelve standardized tests

BERKELEY (AP) — California education officials proposed Wednesday to immediately do away with the standardized reading, math and social science tests used to measure student learning and school performance since the late 1990s. Instead of giving the multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper STAR tests in those subjects this spring, the state would introduce new language and math tests […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Paid on-street parking holds up task force, despite support for a new garage downtown

The Downtown Parking Task Force tentatively approved a recommendation Wednesday to study the feasibility of building a new parking structure at several potential sites in the Core Area. But while the group is inching closer to finalizing its overall recommendations to the City Council, without a decision on on-street paid parking, perhaps the most contentious […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Cannery homes would mean more students

With 547 residential units, the proposed Cannery project at East Covell Boulevard and J Street likely would generate somewhere between 238 and 320 students who would enroll in local schools. Back in February, the Davis school board was told by Scott Torlucci of Davis Demographics — the Southern California firm that does annual enrollment projections […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: American ingenuity to the rescue

DEVIOUS MINDS AT WORK … Davis may be the most over-regulated city in America, a situation that leads to a whole bunch of creative thinking from our above-average citizenry … for instance, Bill at sbcglobal.net is not at all worried about the proposal to require grocery stores big and small to charge us all a […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Author presents his book Saturday

Reno resident and first-time published author Mark Shaff will read from and sign copies of his book, “Redemption Road” (Moonshine Cove Publishing, May 2013) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. “Redemption Road” is a thriller featuring international intrigue. The story was inspired by a backyard barbecue conversation […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Donations still needed for memorial park

Local residents who wish to remember John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves in a tangible way are invited to contribute to a Warm Remembrance Family Play Area to be built in Redwood Park on Anderson Road. Riggins used to play in the park as a young child and Gonsalves worked there as a summer playground leader. […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

See sunset and moonrise in the Yolo Bypass

The Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to a sunset tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. Lifelong birder and international tour leader Terry Colborn will be the lead docent for the evening. Participants will have the opportunity to see and hear the shift […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Get back to the land on Capay Valley farm tour

A Capay Valley farm tour is planned as part of the “Yolo Farm to Every Fork” event series, highlighting county farm contributions and food security issues. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the group will stop at Fiddlers Green (farm tour), Yocha Dehe Olive Mill (with olive oil tasting) and Capay Organic (farm tour, harvest activity). Guests […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,