Yolo Audubon walks Davis’ West Pond

All are invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society and the Friends of West Pond for a two-hour birding and botanizing walk Wednesday, Oct. 2, along the West Pond in Davis. This field trip is free to the public. The West Pond area is a comfortable locale for birding, with level paved paths. The walks take […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Flower alchemist’ on radio program

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. This week’s guest is Katie Hess, who has one message: that flowers create certain feelings and support people by creating inner peace. As a flower […]

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‘Nutcracker’ applications due Friday

Friday is the deadline to apply to be a cast member in the 2013 edition of the holiday favorite, the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker.” The children’s play follows a young girl, Clara, as she’s taken on a journey through a magical world by a Nutcracker Prince. The show is open to all Davis children ages 6-12. […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

OLLI courses on DVD available at library

Selected Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses have been recorded on DVDs and the entire collection will be showcased at a free open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. OLLI, serves the local community with intellectual entertainment — learning […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tickets still available for Pence Gallery Art Auction

Tickets for the Sept. 20 Art Auction at the Pence Gallery are on sale for $30 for members ($40 nonmembers) and may be purchased at the gallery, 212 D St., or at www.pencegallery.org. The event is the biggest fundraiser for the gallery, and helps support its exhibit and education programs. Nearly 150 works of art […]

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Furnish your home at the Bizarre Bazaar

Visiting Yolo County’s biggest yard sale, the Bizarre Bazaar at the University Retirement Community in Davis, has become a tradition for many. Held annually in September, the Bizarre Bazaar is a magnet for many returning students and others looking for bargains on a wide range of items. This year, the Bazaar will run from 8 […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Volunteers recruited for projects to clean up local waterways

“Let’s Make Trash Extinct’ is the theme for this year’s annual Coast and Creek Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. For the 11th year, projects are planned at various sites in Yolo County; they’ll run from 9 a.m. to noon. In 2012, almost 400 volunteers participated in the cleanup. The local events are part of […]

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Loud voice fighting tide of new trend in education

By Chester Higgins Jr. Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards. After […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Local event celebrates swami’s birth

The Davis Vedanta Satsang Group will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at 9:50 a.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Cowell Blvd. in Davis. Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk from India, electrified the audience at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 with the opening remark, […]

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California takes steps to ease landmark law protecting environment

By Adam Nagourney SACRAMENTO — A landmark law that has been a symbol of California’s tough environmental philosophy for more than 40 years is facing an unlikely challenge from Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown, who contend that regulations protecting the environment have been abused and are thwarting legitimate development. With the Legislature moving toward adjournment […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Logos Books hosts language, art events

Logos Books, at 413 Second St. in downtown Davis, will host a trio of gatherings in October. La Table Française meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is on Oct. 9. Check logosbooks.wordpress.com for topic information. Come be “Surprised by Life” with the cunning pen-and-ink animal drawings of artist Ann […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Anniversary marked with somber tributes

NEW YORK (AP) — As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition. At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza at the site of the World Trade Center, relatives […]

September 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council picks citywide plastic-bag ban

Pack it up, plastic bags. Your time is through.

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Davis City Council directed staff to bring back an ordinance that would prohibit all retail businesses in Davis from handing out single-use carry-out plastic bags from their stores, a move that likely will bring to an end to the debate swirling throughout the community for the past few years over the wayward litter.

The ordinance, which also would regulate paper bags in Davis by imposing a 10-cent charge on them, will not become law until the council approves the final language.

Obama conditionally backs offer on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conditionally endorsed a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy deadly chemical weapons in Syria as efforts to avert retaliatory U.S. missile strikes shift from Washington to the United Nations. In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Obama offered a rationale for greater U.S. intervention in a […]

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