Need a last-minute gift? City of Davis items are available

City of Davis branded gift items are available in downtown Davis for last-minute holiday shoppers. The city of Davis throw blanket can be found along with “Hamburger Patty” and “Enjoy the Ride, Davis, California” T-shirts at the UC Davis Bookstore, 630 Second St. The 50-by-66-inch throw ($45.95) features 12 iconic Davis images, including the train […]

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

Free homework help at the library

Students may drop in to the Homework Center for free tutoring and homework help from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 6 through March 10 at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The Homework Center — in the Children’s Activity Room — provides tutoring for all subjects up […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Library presents animals from around the world

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, is pleased to present “Animals from Around the World!” from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Children age 5 and older will take a journey from the library to the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and North America through the eyes of […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science selfies commemorate 2013

Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “selfie” as its 2013 word of the year. Each year the folks at Oxford Dictionaries select a word to add to the lexicon that rose to prominence in common parlance in the previous 12 months. It doesn’t need to be a new word; “selfie,” in fact, has been in use for […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cabrillo Civic Club meets in January

The Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Holy Rosary Pastoral Center, 503 California St. in Woodland. The agenda includes the results of the All Sports Christmas Pedro Party Fundraiser and the Family Christmas Carnival Party. In addition, there will be discussion of the […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Panelists wary of Obama’s college ratings proposal

Consider context and guard against unintended consequences, panelists at UC Davis urged the U.S. Department of Education as it cooks up a new college rating system.

College leaders, staff, students, faculty, parents and education advocates shared concerns and ideas during a roundtable discussion with Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley on Monday at the Mondavi Center.

There’s not a recipe for a system yet. President Barack Obama put the department to work on one in August.

State review reveals secret veto power

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s office blocked the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing from taking action on a discrimination claim in 2011 filed by a government employee against a California agency, according to a Senate investigatory team that said the move was made in secret. The Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes said […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Poll finds uninsured down on ACA

WASHINGTON — Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Barack Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Fifty-three percent of the uninsured disapprove of the law, the poll found, […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,

A thousand firefighters battle Big Sur blaze

BIG SUR (AP) — Officials are hopeful that a late fall wildfire in California’s Big Sur region soon will be fully contained, after the flames destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee. As of Wednesday night, the fire had charred about 1 1/3 square miles of territory and was […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Release party tonight for Blue Moon Literary and Art Review

The Poetry Night Reading Series will provide a launching spot for a new issue of The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, the locally produced journal that features multiple genres of writing and visuals. Part holiday party, part celebration of the new publication, and part reading, tonight’s event will begin at 8 p.m. at the […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Scoring big is not always a good thing

They say it takes a village to raise an idiot, so I must admit I’m always grateful when our City Fathers and Mothers go out of their way to let me know when the Dunning household has screwed up royally, or conversely, when we deserve a little “attaboy” pat on the back. The most recent […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Flyway Nights talk focuses on birds in the bypass

Michael Perrone, a biologist for the Division of Environmental Services at the state Department of Water Resources, will kick off the new year with a Flyway Nights presentation Thursday, Jan. 2, on population shifts in bird species of the Yolo Bypass. His talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area headquarters, […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Alzheimer’s and art: Drawing out memories, one detail at a time

When Christopher Burright was a boy, doodling and drawing pictures, his grandmother — a professional artist — would give him little tips: “Try this,” she’d say, “or that.” She’d remind him of how important the details are, and of drawing “what you see; not what you think you see.” “It was always something easy for […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches

By Leanne Italie Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It’s that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we’re hearing. Mondegreens, the moniker for misheard words in song, aren’t restricted to holiday standards, of course, but the old-timey […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,