Summer fun on tap at the Davis library

Few places in Davis are as popular as the public library during warm summer days, and this summer is likely to be no exception.

The calendar at the Stephens Branch Library is chock full of reading programs — complete with prizes for children and teens — as well as presentations, story times, activities and movie nights.

New this year: The scan-and-notify system will be available.

That means parents can send their children off to the library and receive a text message, email or phone call notifying them that their children have arrived.

Wolk makes his campaign official

Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk will announce his decision to run for California Assembly at an event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Park in Davis, next to Willett Elementary School, 1207 Sycamore Lane. Wolk, who was appointed to the Davis City Council in 2011 and elected in 2012, invites all community members to […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Key figure quits Dixon film studio project

DIXON (AP) — A plan to bring a movie studio to Northern California is on hold again, after a key Hollywood figure pulled out, saying the money’s not there. Howard Kazanjian, a producer on blockbusters like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi,” said funding for the $2.8 billion project in Dixon […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Closing date for Yolo County Fair entry forms approaches

The deadline for residents of Yolo, Solano, Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties to submit entry forms for the Yolo County Fair is June 28. Forms are due in the fair office in the following categories: Adult Baked Foods, Clothing, Canned Foods, Arts, Crafts & Photography, Junior Baked Foods, Clothing, Canned Foods, Miscellaneous, Vocational Education, Art, Crafts and Photography. […]

June 18, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Winters agritour looks at greenhouse tomatoes

The Winters Chamber of Commerce will hold its third agritour of the year on Wednesday, July 17, at Tumber Farms, owned by Ravi Tumber. Tumber Farms is off Highway 128 and grows pesticide-free beefsteak tomatoes in a greenhouse. Participants will meet at Steady Eddy’s, 5 E. Main St. in Winters, at 9 a.m. for a […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Affordable senior housing opens soon in Dixon

The newest affordable senior housing in the area will open in late June in Dixon. Heritage Commons, at South First Street and Valley Glen Drive, will be available to tenants age 55 and older. Heritage Commons is designed to feature low energy bills, with south-facing apartments for winter warmth and sun as well as through […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids can learn programming, robotics

A half-day workshop at the Davis Art Center is designed to teach kids the basics of software programming, game design and an introduction to robotics. It will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Art Center, 1919 F St. Kids ages 8-14 will learn how to program games with Scratch, a […]

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

City Hall adjusts its hours beginning June 24

Beginning Monday, Davis City Hall will switch to new hours designed to enhance customer service and save energy at the same time, city officials announced. City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternating Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offices will be closed every […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mutts & Martinis fundraiser benefits Rotts of Friends

All are welcome for an evening of food, fun, mutts and martinis to benefit Rotts of Freinds Animal Rescue. The third annual Mutts & Martinis dinner and auction will begin with a cocktail hour and open house at 6 p.m. Saturday at 34505  County Road 29 in Woodland. Dinner will follow, catered by Merchant & […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Youngsters can learn quilting this summer

The Flying Needles Quilters Guild opened its recent show to junior entries, and four girls — Brooke Shein, Julia Shein, Jordyn Mohan and Claire Hays — displayed their projects. The guild offers free instruction for children in grades 4-12 every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting June 18 and continuing through the summer […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sutter Davis Hospital seeks new volunteers

Back in her teen years, Chris Dechoretz served as a volunteer candy striper at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, a job she “enjoyed very much.” Perhaps that’s why, after retiring from her UC Davis job in 2006, she immediately thought of volunteering at Sutter Davis Hospital. “I wanted to do something that would provide meaning […]

June 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Volunteers needed for Livestrong Challenge

Local residents who want to be part of a huge fundraiser are invited to sign up as volunteers for the Livestrong Challenge, a series of bicycle rides leaving from Davis on Sunday, June 23. Approximately 800 cyclists from throughout the Western states will ride through Yolo and Solano counties to raise money for the Livestrong […]

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

State employees get raises in proposed deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) — About 95,000 state employees could be in line for a 4.5 percent pay raise as part of a tentative three-year agreement reached Tuesday between Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s largest public employee union. In an email to members, Service Employees Union International Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said the pay hike would […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council opts for farmland preservation over potential economic benefits

Rather than pulling the plug on the city’s plan to preserve 391 acres of farmland east of Davis, the City Council on Tuesday instead stood by long-standing community values of open space preservation and, on a 3-2 vote, moved forward with its original intention of permanently saving the land. Purchased in 2010 for $3.8 million […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,