Feast for a good cause at the Epicurean Esprit

The Epicurean Esprit, which offers a taste of Yolo County’s finest wine and cuisine, is back for the 24th year on Thursday, May 23, at the Yolo Fliers Club, 17980 County Road 94B west of Woodland. The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., is a fundraiser organized by Friends of Meals on Wheels […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Back to school, but for the degree, not just the fun

By Geraldine Fabrikant School was out, and Jack Kaufmann, who teaches eighth- and ninth-grade Latin at the elite Hewitt School in Manhattan, was on his way to catch the train home to Westchester. That’s hardly surprising, except that Kaufmann is 71 years old and has been teaching for only the past three years. For much […]

May 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Trapped forever in my driver’s side door

MASS HYSTERIA … so I was coming out of Mass on a particularly warm Mother’s Day with the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams and enough kids for a driveway basketball game when I realized it was too hot for anyone to actually enter our locked-up van … so, I opened the passenger side door first, […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Campus beating investigated as hate crime

UC Davis police are investigating the Sunday night beating of a man who is believed to have been confronted because of his sexual orientation, according to a crime alert issued Tuesday by the UCD Police Department. The bulletin says the victim and a friend were walking in the area of Levee and Brooks roads near […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Breaking the record

We humans love data. We keep track of all kinds of stuff. How much rain did we get, is it more or less than “normal?” When was the last time a left-handed batter hit three home runs in a single game? And we like to know the most of everything, what is the “record” for […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Belfry benefits from wine-tasting fundraiser

Eight Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network volunteers and their sites will be honored at the annual wine-tasting fundraiser Sunday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nine wines will be offered and raffle items will be given out on the half-hour. Other items will be […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tour Four Winds Growers’ creekside property on Sunday

The Putah Creek Council will sponsor a special tour of Four Winds Growers, a wholesale, edible-ornamental nursery nestled along Putah Creek’s upper reaches, as a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Participants will learn how agriculture and wild lands can exist side by side as they explore this private stretch of Putah Creek. […]

May 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Suspicious box reported at Woodland school

Several classrooms at a Woodland elementary school were evacuated Tuesday while authorities investigated a suspicious box that turned out to contain a harmless stack of papers. Woodland police Cpl. Dave Krause said the unattended box was discovered at about 8:15 a.m. outside a classroom at Prairie Elementary School, 1444 Stetson St. School staff called police, […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Agency brings water solutions to villagers

Davisite Patrick Widner cocks his head slightly and, without hesitation, brings a glass of water to his lips.

“Isn’t it nice to never really have to worry about the water you’re drinking?” he asks, as he gulps the last of it down.

You don’t often hear that question, but it’s not unusual considering the perspective Widner has as executive director of International Water and Health Alliances.

The local nonprofit, which Widner co-founded with retired Sacramento State microbiology professor Robert Metcalf, aims to decrease water-borne diseases that plague millions worldwide.

Davis Bridge enters new phase as founder moves on

After 10 years with the Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, founder and longtime executive director Janet Boulware is moving on. But the tutoring program will continue under the auspices of the Davis school district. “I started Davis Bridge while my sons were growing up because I noticed there were Latino children in our school district who […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Common Core standards, tech upgrade, sixth-grade field trip on board’s agenda

Details What: Davis Board of Education When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv The Davis school board will hear updates on implementation of the new Common Core academic standards, consider (and perhaps approve) the school district’s […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Four to graduate from Yolo’s felony drug court program

The Yolo Superior Court will hold a court proceeding and formal ceremony Monday for graduates of Felony Probation Drug Court. Judge Janet Gaard will preside over the ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in Dept. 4 of the courthouse, 725 Court St. in Woodland. Felony Probation Drug Court has been operating in Yolo County since […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Arboretum plant clearance sale set

The last spring plant sale of the season will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive on campus. Customers will find the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, including Arboretum All-Stars. This plant “clearance” sale also will showcase 30 “Durable Delights,” […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Arboretum hosts ‘Bugtopia 2.0′

Visitors to UC Davis on Sunday can learn about the Arboretum’s hidden insect wonders from Arboretum Ambassadors Melissa Cruz and Mira Parekh. Families are invited to tour the collections and learn insect names, trapping methods and ecology. The event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum Gazebo, is free. Parking is free […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,