Arboretum program Saturday features succulents

Visitors to the Ruth Rigdon Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday will learn about the origins and cultivation of succulents, nolinas and agaves, which are beautiful and extremely drought-tolerant plants. The program begins at 10 a.m. The event is free; parking is free and available along Garrod Drive near the garden or […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Writers’ workshop fuels author’s goal of publication

Adair McPherson, fresh from the Wild Acres Writers’ Workshop in her home state of North Carolina, is full of energy — again — for a very daunting task: getting her manuscript published. Finding an agent and getting “The Devil’s Footpath” published may be as difficult as getting the piece written — and that was no easy task. […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Visitors can go buggy at Bohart Museum open houses

Eight free weekend open houses are planned during the 2013-14 academic year at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. Themes include “Live from the Bohart!” “Beauty and Beetles,” “Snuggle Bugs” and “Arachnids: Awesome or Awful?” Each open house will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge building on […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Church offers low-cost baby-sitting Friday night

Pole Line Road Baptist Church will host a Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the church, 770 Pole Line Road in Davis. Parents’ Night Out is a fun evening of games, crafts, Bible stories, movies and refreshments for infants through sixth-graders while parents spend some time on their own. All workers […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Green fashion show planned Friday

What do zero ­waste and fashion have in common? You can find out by attending a fashion soiree and zero waste event showcase, “PlanIt GREEN PlanIt Local,” from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. The event, jointly presented by Sacramento Event Planners and The Wardrobe, will take place at the T.S. Glide Ranch, 36355 Russell Blvd., west […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Docents recruited for Discover the Flyway school program

The Yolo Basin Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife, is looking for new docents for its popular Discover the Flyway school program. Potential volunteers should have an interest in conservation, a desire to learn more about the flora and fauna of local wetlands and the enthusiasm to share […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice chooses local financial expert as its new director

Keith Volkerts, formerly director of finance at Yolo Hospice, has been hired as the local nonprofit agency’s new executive director. He was chosen by the board of directors after a nationwide search. Volkerts was born in Petaluma, and grew up on a dairy in Two Rock, between Petaluma and Tomales. He moved to Davis with […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Can you help sew veggie bags?

Volunteers are needed to sew veggie bags for the Cool Davis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. Pre-cut fabric and simple directions are available for any who wish to sew cloth bags that replace plastic bags in the vegetable and bulk aisles in the grocery. The bags are stamped with a Cool Davis stamp and are […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tour the city wetlands with docents on Sept. 7

The city of Davis and Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the Davis wetlands on Saturday, Sept. 7, for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month, year-round. Many shorebirds, waterfowl and even some raptors are seasonal visitors to the area, […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sutter market is winding down

Thursday, Aug. 29, is the last farmers market of the summer at Sutter Davis Hospital, 2000 Sutter Place. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday and next Thursday at the hospital’s main entrance. It is filled with farm-fresh produce, local honey, eggs and olive oil, baked goods, flowers, plants and […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Back-to-school can break the bank

By Becky Heard Back-to-school is an exciting time for families, but as evidenced by the number of agencies raising funds and supplies to stock student backpacks, it can also be stressful. With school budgets shrinking, students are expected to bring simple provisions like paper, pencils, scissors and crayons. In addition, they must tote assignments to […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

State about to send out 2,200 health law educators

By Victoria Colliver With fewer than 50 days before consumers can start signing up for health insurance under Obamacare, the state is busy training the first wave of what will be an army of people spreading the word about the new health law. They will be sent to circulate at neighborhood events, ethnic festivals and […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Deaf student, denied interpreter by medical school, draws focus of advocates

By John Eligon Speaking with the parents of a sick infant, Michael Argenyi, a medical student, could not understand why the child was hospitalized. During another clinical training session, he missed most of what a patient with a broken jaw was trying to convey about his condition. His incomprehension, Argenyi explained, was not because of […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Judge approves force-feeding California inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,