Father, daughter build ‘Little Free Library’

An old-fashioned and nearly full-sized British telephone booth full of books might seem out of place in most playgrounds. But the kids who attend Davis Parent Nursery School wouldn’t think so, at least not since last month, when Davis’ most recent “Little Free Library” was donated to the school’s Danbury Street site in South Davis.

Mariah Hess, assistant director of the three-day program at DPNS, first considered building her students a Little Free Library during walks with her 3½-year-old daughter.

“There’s one in South Davis that Sydney and I always go to,” she said. “We always go to the park, stop by the Little Free Library, grab a book to read, and next time we come we’ll put a new book in there.”

Master Gardeners offer advice at Arboretum plant sales

Yolo County Master Gardeners will provide water-wise gardening information at the UC Davis Arboretum’s spring plant sales on Saturdays, March 15, April 5, April 26 and May 17. The sales will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UCD Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive. Volunteer Master Gardeners will have an information table and hold […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yamada honors Woodland centenarian

Lois Noel, a retired nurse who celebrated her 101st birthday on Feb. 12, is the newest member of Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada’s 4th Assembly District Century Circle. “I am proud of the fact that Yolo County has been home to many centenarians who have much to teach us,” Yamada said in a news release. “It is […]

February 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Camp Kesem brings ‘magic’ to children of cancer patients

Children who have a parent with cancer are invited to enjoy a weeklong summer camp with their peers, free of worries, thanks to UC Davis student volunteers who organize Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is held June 20-25 at Leoni Meadows in Somerset and has 120 spots open for children ages 6 to 16. Nearly 50 UCD […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Teens may apply for Yolo Youth Service Awards

Now is the time for Yolo County’s teenagers to apply for Yolo Youth Service Awards, presented annually by the Yolo Community Foundation. Applications are available online at www.yolocf.org and www.sacregcf.org and are due April 11. The awards will be announced by May 2, and honorees will be recognized at a reception hosted by Yolo Community Foundation in […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

See diving ducks at city wetlands tour

Docents will lead a free tour of the city of Davis wetlands from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month year-round, and this is the first morning tour of the season. Buffleheads, common goldeneyes and ruddy ducks are some of the more common diving ducks that […]

February 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fish-printing workshop will benefit Yolo Basin Foundation

A gyotaku workshop will be offered by Chris Dewees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Gyotaku is traditional fish printing started by Japanese fishermen to record their catch. Dewees, a Davis resident and fish biologist, has been a devotee of gyotaku since his graduate student days in the 1960s. He is internationally […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Register now for child development conference

Teachers, child care professionals, parents and interested community members are invited to attend the annual child development conference on Saturday, March 22, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The conference will offer a variety of workshops, such as “Avoiding Arguments and Power Struggles with Your Kids” and “Saying Goodbye — […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tuleyome’s fundraiser celebrates public lands

All are welcome to join Tuleyome for its annual fundraiser on Friday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. This year’s event will focus on celebrating public lands, as 2014 is both the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 150th anniversary of […]

February 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Play and learn workshops set at Winters Library

The Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters, will host a four-part parenting workshop this spring for the parents and caregivers of children ages 1 to 4. The series will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in March. Toddlers, preschoolers and their parents will have the opportunity to play together with developmentally […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pig out on porcine fun at market event

Davis residents get a chance to go hog-wild on Saturday, March 1, as the Davis Farmers Market hosts Pig Day, one of its most popular annual celebrations. The market opens at 8 a.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., shoppers and visitors will find baby pigs to […]

February 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Civil, human rights work honored with Huynh awards

Individuals and organizations who have improved civil and human rights in the community will be honored with the annual city of Davis Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Awards. Nominations are being solicited by the Davis Human Relations Commission. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13. The award was established to acknowledge the racially motivated stabbing […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD symposium examines ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

A symposium to explore John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” as well as the larger social, cultural and historical issues it raises is planned for Friday, March 7, at UC Davis’ Wright Hall. The symposium will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; admission is free. Participating UCD scholars include Sasha Abramsky, author of “The […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: What will happen to your pets when you die?

Americans love their pets, so is it surprising that we spend $61 billion-plus every year on pets? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of $500 per household on their pets. Topping the list are married people without children at home who spend an average of $698. Much as we love […]

February 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,