Catch a butterfly, win a beer

A butterfly for a beer, or a beer for a butterfly. Collect the first cabbage white butterfly of 2014 in the three-county area of Yolo, Solano or Sacramento and collect a pitcher of beer (your brand) or its cash-prize equivalent from professor Art Shapiro of the UC Davis department of evolution and ecology. Shapiro launched […]

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

Need a new best friend?

Oreo is a 1-year-old neutered male border collie/cattle dog mix. A handsome dog with a gentle nature, he’s full of fun, plays well with other dogs and loves people of all ages. Mr. Fib is a 10-month-old neutered male terrier mix. He’s a real sweetheart who loves everyone, including other dogs and even cats. Come meet Oreo, Mr. Fib […]

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

‘Christian Community’ sales to help those in need

An award-winning book co-edited by Davis resident Jeanne DeFazio is on sale at The Avid Reader bookstore, with proceeds going to Davis Community Meals and the AIDS Assistance Program. DeFazio was joined by John Lathrop as co-editor. “Creative Ways to Build Christian Community” recently received a Golden Halo Award for Literary Excellence from the Southern […]

January 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Apply now for county advisory boards

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is looking for candidates to fill vacancies on about two dozen county advisory bodies. For more information on the commissions specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Environmental update: Reduce your waste size in 2014

If you are still trying to think of a good New Year’s resolution, how about a resolution to reduce your waste size — the pounds of waste that you generate every day? Here are some simple suggestions: * Compost your Christmas tree. When you are finished enjoying your cut Christmas tree, you can keep it […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Donors, volunteers make for a great 2013

As the year draws to a close, Explorit Science Center would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped bring hands-on science fun to our community in 2013. The generosity of the Health Plan of San Joaquin has allowed us to prepare to offer some health education Family Science Nights in San Joaquin […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Video documents Davis man’s mountain quest

A 30-minute documentary about a Davis man’s 2013 climb up Denali (Mount McKinley), America’s highest peak, will be screened Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The film will be shown twice, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The event is free and snacks will be provided in the […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Snow-driven power outages persist

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Snow was falling this morning in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada. Southeast and parts of interior Maine that have been without electricity since Sunday were anticipating from 3 to 7 inches […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Health care overhaul tops 2013 news poll

NEW YORK (AP) — The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The saga of “Obamacare” — as the […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Co-op serves up some holiday spirit

Here’s a recipe for community: Take a delicious home-cooked dinner, serve it up with smiles and good cheer, and share it with several hundred of your closest friends and neighbors. Mix in some rollickin’ tunes, and you have the 28th annual Christmas Eve Holiday Meal, which took place Tuesday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center.

The local tradition is organized by the Davis Food Co-op …

Two Senate fellows join Wolk’s staff

Two participants in the California Senate’s prestigious fellowship program, Jazmine Gordon of Rialto and Maritza Urquiza of Santa Ana, have joined the state of state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis. “Jazmine and Maritza represent the best and brightest of the new crop of young women leaders coming out of California’s universities,” Wolk said in a news […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Getting out of the discount game, small colleges lower the price

By Tamar Lewin SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway. When Converse College, a tiny women’s college here, announced that it was “resetting” next year’s tuition at $16,500, down 43 percent from the current year’s […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Wait till death before setting in stone

OF DEATH AND STREET NAMES … Joel at enters the debate over naming Davis streets by noting that “Foshay Tower was the lifelong dream and namesake of Wilbur Foshay, an art student turned businessman who amassed his fortune by building up three utility company empires.” … turns out they chiseled Foshay’s name into the […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis Baha’i gathering focuses on believers in Iran

Baha’is of Davis will remember their fellow believers who are being persecuted in Iran and express appreciation for the continuing concern of the U.S. government during its weekly gathering for prayers and devotions on Friday. For information about the time and location, call or email the Davis Baha’i Community at 530-792-7175 or [email protected] Baha’is face […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,