Take a journey with Enrique and Davis Reads

A shy 5-year-old boy stands outside his house clutching his mother’s leg. He knows something is wrong.

“Don’t forget to go to church this afternoon,” she prods him, holding back tears. Then she bids farewell to his sister and aunt and walks off, never to return again.

“Where is my mother?” the boy wails. Left in the care of relatives, his life goes into a downward spiral. Finally, after years of waiting, the boy — now a teenager — sets out to find her. Alone.

The boy is Enrique, a youngster from Honduras. Heartbroken by his mother’s absence, at age 15, he embarks on the treacherous journey north.

Young kids, parents can play and learn at library

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, will host a four-part parenting workshop series for children age 1-3 and their parents. The series runs from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6. These workshops will provide preschoolers and their caregivers opportunity to play together with developmentally appropriate toys, learn […]

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

Restaurant menus remain unhealthy, study finds

While chain restaurants have added healthier entrees, their menus’ overall calorie and sodium counts haven’t budged. “Across the restaurant industry, we see a pattern of one step forward, one step back,” said Helen Wu, policy and research analyst at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System. “Restaurants make changes to their […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Visiting professor talks about Andes religion

Marco Curatola, professor and director of the Andean Studies Program at Catholic University in Lima, Peru, will speak on “An Aural Religion” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at UC Davis. His talk — which will cover the ancient and traditional Andean system of beliefs, collective representations and ritual practices — will be […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Debt restructuring to save UC more than $1 billion

The University of California announced this week that it will save $1 billion over the next decade after restructuring its debt through a series of bond sales. Through the sale of taxable and tax-exempt bonds, UC restructured $2.39 billion in debt. The sales began Sept. 23 in New York and were expected to end Wednesday. UC […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Libraries to cut hours for training

All branches of the Yolo County Library will have shortened hours on Mondays, Oct. 14 and 28, so staff may attend systemwide training. Branches will be open on those days only from 2 to 6 p.m. if the branch is normally open on Mondays, including the Stephens Branch Library at 315 E. 14th St in […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Read ‘Enrique’s Journey’ with the community

Upcoming events You do not need to have read the book to attend! English and Spanish speakers are welcome. All events are free. Refreshments will be served. * Monday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.: Presentation of “Enrique’s Journey” and screening of companion film, Blanchard Room, Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis * Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m.: Presentation and […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Research, policy are key in supporting ag, Chamber panelists say

There’s nothing new about how robust Yolo County’s agricultural economy is, yet there’s a certain buzz surrounding this “green Silicon Valley.” Speaking to Davis Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday about the future of regional agriculture were David Shabazian, senior planner for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of Marrone Bio […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Aggie Travel Fair planned Saturday

All are invited to an Aggie Adventures Travel Fair presented by the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center on campus. Guests will learn about excursions planned for 2014 while tasting wines provided by Aggie winemakers. RSVP to alumni.ucdavis.edu/rsvp. For more information, call 800-242-4723 […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Winters hay fire still smoldering

The embers continue to smolder at the scene of last week’s massive four-alarm hay fire in Winters, but the hay distribution business affected by the blaze is pressing on. “We’re back in business and doing our thing,” Haykingdom office manager September Ford said Tuesday, five days after the 10-acre fire destroyed an estimated 15,000 tons […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Trustees hear update on school rankings

The Davis school board will hear Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant’s annual update on the standing of local schools in the state’s Academic Performance Index and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress ranking when the trustees meet on Thursday night. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Report: Campus crime dipped in 2012

Most categories of crime at UC Davis fell or remained flat in 2012, according to statistics released by the campus on Tuesday. Down from 2011: Forcible sex offenses (18 reported), robberies (three), burglaries (55), motor vehicle theft (15), weapons violations (four), drug arrests (22) and liquor arrests (29), both at the Davis and Sacramento campuses, […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Babbitt to address endangered species event

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will speak Friday at a UC Davis School of Law event marking the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The daylong event at King Hall, which begins at 8 a.m., is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged. The conference seeks to bring together government […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Standing In: The future of food will play out here

The staff of life, the way to a man’s (and woman’s) heart, food is our direct linkage to the Earth, it links us to our friends and families and it is a defining element of our persona. I am more likely to know if my friend is vegetarian, pescatarian, omnivore, carnivore, locavore or vegan than […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,