Bob Dunning: Tea at the Empress, if you please

VICTORIA, British Columbia — No visit to Victoria, we are told, is complete without stopping by the elegant, castle-like Empress Hotel for afternoon tea. Never mind that Butchart Gardens is a treasure of stunning beauty or that the Royal B.C. Museum has a fascinating “Race to the South Pole” exhibit, if you haven’t done afternoon […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

House approves lower rates on student loans

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill that would reduce the costs of borrowing for millions of students passed the House on Wednesday and was heading to President Barack Obama for his signature. The legislation links student loan interest rates to the financial markets, offering lower rates for most students now but higher ones down the line […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Two people fall ill with West Nile virus

The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed, one each in Yolo and Sacramento counties. The Sacramento case is neuro-invasive, symptoms of which can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures and paralysis. This case “is a reminder to us all that mosquito season is here and it is […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

County issues coyote warning for North Davis

Coyotes have been sighted on the greenbelt between Catalina Drive and F Street along Covell Boulevard in North Davis, Yolo County Animal Services officers report. In addition, several cats have gone missing in the neighborhood. “Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in suburban or urban neighborhoods because they don’t see them,” said Vicky Fletcher, chief […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Residents break fast at community iftar

“Five more minutes,” whispers a teenaged girl to her friend excitedly, while each balance warm bowls of lentil soup in their laps.

The soup, after the traditional date, of course, will be the first food or drink to pass through their lips since before sunrise 16 hours earlier.

The last few minutes tick by, the clock strikes 8:18 in the evening and the girls dig in. The daylong fast that all Muslims observe throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has ended. The iftar, or the dinner held once the sun has dipped below the horizon, has begun.

Katehi, college leaders: Close ‘innovation deficit’

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and university leaders from across the country on Wednesday urged political leaders to pump more money into research and education, warning, “our nation’s role as the world’s innovation leader is at stake.” “The combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pair of car-bike collisions reported

Davis firefighters responded to two car-versus-bicycle collisions Tuesday. The first occurred at 11:23 a.m. on LaRue Road near Russell Boulevard, sending the female bicyclist to Sutter Davis Hospital with unspecified injuries, Davis Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said. A second collision occurred at 5:13 p.m. at Russell Boulevard at Highway 113, resulting in minor injuries […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Poor vision can lead to poor school performance

By Dr. Sara Niyati-Haddadan Special to The Enterprise With the first day of school just around the corner, most parents are busy checking off lists for things to do before school starts. Is a visit to the optometrist on the list? A comprehensive eye exam is one of the most important things to do and […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Diagnose and correct vision problems in children

Dr. Les Busby Special to The Enterprise Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye-health problems face many barriers in life — academically, socially and athletically. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential. Vision doesn’t just happen. A child’s brain learns how to use eyes […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Early education is child’s play for UCD husband-wife team

By Linda Turpin When Janet Thompson shops at Nugget, she hears Davis parents educating their very young children. Thompson is director of UC Davis’ Center for Child and Family Studies’ Early Childhood Lab School, a model program for children from birth through age 6. The lab school doubles as a teaching and research lab for […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Getting kids immunized protects all of us

Dr. Paula Watts-White Special to The Enterprise It is time to get ready to go back to school, which for many families means it is time to visit their physician’s office to have a routine physical and to get caught up on immunizations. August is a particularly good time to get the community focused on […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Celebrate the tomato at Aug. 10 Woodland festival

The sixth annual Woodland Tomato Festival will celebrate this ubiquitous local fruit, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Woodland. To accommodate its growing popularity, the festival moves to Main Street, with activities centered at Heritage Plaza at Second and Main. Attendees will enjoy tomato and salsa tastings, an expanded children’s activity area, […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tickets still available for Davis Village Feast

Picture this: a meal of fresh heirloom tomatoes, roasted vegetables and grilled lamb, served family-style to dozens of your closest friends under the sycamore trees in Davis’ Central Park. That’s the Village Feast, which returns for its ninth year at noon Saturday, Aug 24, to benefit local farm to school programs. Tickets are $75 per person in […]

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

Citywide festival celebrates all things beer

A weeklong celebration of Davis’ beer culture, highlighting and promoting the community’s thriving craft beer culture begins Monday and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25. The inaugural Davis Beer Week, organized by de Vere’s Irish Pub and Sudwerk Brewery, will take place at various venues in and around downtown Davis. This seven-day citywide festival aims to […]

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