Author with ties to Davis will sign his novel

Sam Halpern, the father from Justin Halpern’s “Sh*t My Dad Says,” will be signing his own novel, “A Far Piece to Canaan: A Novel of Friendship and Redemption,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. In addition to being Justin Halpern’s father, the elder Halpern is […]

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

French, Spanish, poetry planned at Logos Books

September is shaping up to be a busy month at Logos Books, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis. Check logosbooks.wordpress.com for topic information. Planned events include: * La Table Française, which meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 11. * El Círculo Español meets the […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sign up now for police alerts

The Davis Police Department is using a new communications service called Nixle that allows the department to send important information directly to residents who subscribe to this free service. Using Nixle, the department can create and publish messages that can be delivered to registered residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications also […]

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

Davis Food Co-op pulls an all-nighter

The Davis Food Co-op will stay open all night long on Saturday, Aug. 31, to assist shoppers on the biggest move-in/move-out weekend of the year. The in-store deli will be open until midnight for sandwich and beer orders and will reopen at 6 a.m. to serve breakfast burritos. Live music is in the works, food […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Fraternity brothers go ‘Trekking for the Troops’

Members of the Sigma Nu fraternity at UC Davis have made it their mission to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury suffered by one-third of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. To show solidarity for what these veterans endure and to symbolize the long, difficult journey of returning home, 15 members will […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Embroiderers will tie quilts for shelter

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. Members and guests will be tying quilts for the Wallace-Vannucci shelter for abused women and their children. There will be quilts ready to tie, and materials and instruction […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Flower Arrangers are back in business

After a summer break, Davis Flower Arrangers will return to monthly meetings with the first program of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Renee Reibel, an independent floral designer, will present new and exciting fall arrangements. Her floral demonstration will take place in the Community Room at International House, 10 College Park, Davis. A short […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yosemite blaze threatens SF power, water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are running continuous tests on water quality as a 200-square-mile fire burns near the city’s main reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Deputy General Manager Michael Carlin told the Associated Press they fear ash could fall into the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. weighs Syria gas evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials sought Saturday to determine whether Syria’s government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration prepared for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria. Meeting on the issue Saturday with his national security team, President Barack Obama […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Wildfire threatens 80 NorCal homes

GEORGETOWN (AP) — A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has destroyed one home and forced the evacuation of 80 others. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire was sparked around 3 p.m. Saturday in El Dorado County, northeast of Sacramento. It quickly spread to 45 acres due to dry conditions […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

A community feast

Irene Fecht, left, holds up a plate of food for a photo snapped by Hope Wingert at Saturday’s ninth annual Village Feast in Central Park. The event — a long, leisurely, family-style meal featuring grilled lamb, roasted vegetables, fresh heirloom tomatoes and local wines — is a fundraiser for local farm-to-school programs. Guests bring their own dinnerware, […]

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

The Cannery series

Part 1: The history and final design (Aug. 11) Part 2: Impact on surrounding neighborhoods (Aug. 18) Part 3: Senior housing (today) Part 4: Sustainability Part 5: Cannery Farm Part 6: Business park vs. residential

August 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Senior housing availability in Cannery development up for debate

The Cannery series Part 1: The history and final design Part 2: Impact on surrounding neighborhoods Part 3: Senior housing Part 4: Sustainability Part 5: Cannery Farm Part 6: Business park vs. residential This is Part 3 of an ongoing series discussing the various aspects of The Cannery project.  The City Council will consider the […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

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 …