Davisites will get a charge out of new public artwork

The sun has risen over Davis many times in the past four years, but it’s taken that long for it to happen with this much style.

The sun is now upright, glowing and seesawing back and forth atop an antique gasoline pump. At least a depiction of a smiling sun and its rays are, as part of a new public art installation in East Davis’ Oak Tree Plaza.

Artists Diana Walker-Smith and Olga Garzon unveiled their long-awaited project on Thursday. The work — referred to as “Solar Filling Station” — was conceived of four years ago as part of the city’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Aside from promoting clean energy by virtue of its juxtaposition, the artwork has …

Davis school district welcomes new hires as classes near

After years of layoffs and a retirement incentive creating a dwindling work force in the Davis school district, Friday’s new teacher welcome was cause for celebration. Nearly 50 new faces were on hand for a breakfast reception followed by an orientation at the Davis Joint Unified School District offices. Students begin classes on Wednesday. Among […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Jean Kennedy new vice principal at Holmes Junior High

Longtime science teacher Jean Kennedy —who has taught at Holmes Junior High since 1999 — will be the new vice principal at the school this year. Kennedy has served as a “teacher in charge” at Holmes since 2009, covering for school administrators when needed — a position that often presages a later transition to a […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis man arrested for breaking protective order, domestic violence

A Davis man was arrested Friday after breaking an emergency protective order and getting into a fight with his girlfriend at their shared residence. Davis police received a call at 3:30 p.m. about a domestic violence disturbance near the 4500 block of Alhambra Drive in Mace Ranch, where the two individuals involved lived. The police […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Winters man arrested for possession of metal knuckles, DUI

A Winters man was arrested for possession of metal knuckles and driving under the influence after being stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Winters early Saturday. Davis police, who assist the Winters Police Department with DUI saturation patrol, stopped Chad Vender, 22, about 12:30 a.m. at Wolfskill Road and Winters Road, where he allegedly was […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

KDVS moves transmitter to new tower, boosts power

Campus/community radio station KDVS is now broadcasting — with a stronger signal — from a transmitter on a recently built tower at the Yolo County Landfill northeast of Davis. The move allowed KDVS to boost its signal power  from 9,200 watts to 13,000 watts, and the new transmitter location is 193 feet above ground vs. […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Obama says law school should be two, not three, years

By Peter Lattman President Obama urged law schools on Friday to consider cutting a year of classroom instruction, wading into a hotly debated issue inside the beleaguered legal academy. “This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck. I am in my second term, so I can say it,” Obama said at a town […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New technologies offer seniors more independence

The Woodland Senior Center will host a free presentation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, offering solutions to help those with low vision or other limitations maintain or regain their independence. Access Ingenuity, a company founded in 2002, will focus on assistive technologies through education and hands-on demonstration. Access Ingenuity carries a variety […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon tour offers a close look at visiting shorebirds

The public is invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a free field trip to learn about shorebirds migrating to Central and South America from as far north as the Arctic slope. Field trip leaders from Yolo Audubon will help participants identify the shorebirds that stop to refuel on invertebrates in the mudflats around Davis. […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Program explores link between birds, rockets

A Design and Launch Flight Derby is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. Participants can learn what birds, bats, butterflies and seeds have in common with rockets, planes and spacecraft. The group will examine the physics of flight and momentum in birds, butterflies, seeds, airplanes, rockets and […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Walk with Warren at the Arboretum

Community members can join Warren Roberts, the superintendent emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always-engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s west end gardens from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The group will meet at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo for the free walk. There is limited free one-hour […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

See native plants at the Arboretum

The public is invited to tour the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants to see many examples of Arboretum All-Stars, recommended plants for valley-wise gardens. The free event runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center at UC Davis. Parking is free and available in […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Butterfly ecology talk planned at Arboretum

The public is invited to join naturalist Steve Daubert and explore the ecological relationship between the flowering plants and the lepidoptera, and learn how the Arboretum functions as a butterfly preserve at a free butterfly ecology talk and tour. All ages are welcome to this event, set for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Financial adviser offers market advice

Manny Provedor, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Café, 2710 E. Fifth St. in Davis. He plans to continue the tradition on the last Friday of every month. The coffee club is an informal gathering at which Edward Jones financial advisers […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,