Bike commuter, nonprofit group show how to trim transportation footprint

Join the fun What: Earth Day celebration/John Muir’s 175th birthday party, featuring a slide-show talk by author Kim Stanley Robinson of Davis and presentation of Cool Davis’ 2013 Eco Hero and Climate Solutions Awards For kids ages 4-10: An adventure outing with Nature’s Theater, plus birthday cake and party favors When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 Where: Davis Community […]

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

Eco Heroes tackle local ‘food print’

Each year, Cool Davis recognizes visionary Davis residents who model how to incorporate sustainable practices into their civic and everyday lives. The organization seeks to honor some of the hidden heroes among us who are forging and implementing new ways to live lightly with less impact on the environment.

Acting out of personal conviction, they are just doing “the right thing” for themselves, their community and their planet. This year’s Eco Heroes are Dani Lee, Robyn Waxman and Diane Swann. Climate Solutions Awards, which go to local businesses or organizations for exemplary efforts …

Taste of Davis tickets still available

Imagine tasting the best offerings of 26 local restaurants wineries and breweries, but on one evening, under one roof. That’s what awaits ticket holders for A Taste of Davis, which runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Participating vendors include Paesanos, Seasons, […]

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

Earth Day planting project raises funds for creek education

Local environmentalists can celebrate Earth Day by planting native plants on a hillside overlooking Berryessa Gap on Saturday, April 20, all the while raising funds for the Putah Creek Council’s education programs. The “plantathon” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Winters, where volunteers will plant the landscape around the Solano County Water […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Library hours reduced for training

All seven Yolo County branch libraries will have shortened hours on Monday so staff members may attend systemwide training. Branches normally open on Mondays will reopen from 2 to 6 p.m. The Yolo County Library’s Central Services and Archives also will be affected be the closure. Davis has two branches — at 315 E. 14th […]

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

Craft fair features new vendors, entertainment

More than 40 vendors, guest performers and crafts tables for visitors will be featured at the Square Tomatoes Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. New vendors include Stephen Schuchman, a globe-trotting gemstone miner and lapidary artist. A mine owner, he has personally extracted 120 tons […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Brazilian academic will speak at UC Davis

“Challenges and Opportunities for Public Research Universities in Brazil” is the title of a talk to be given Wednesday, April 17, at UC Davis as part of the Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director and professor at the Sao Paulo Research Foundation and State […]

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Odd Fellows host open house Friday

Community members are invited to celebrate the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge’s 143rd birthday at an open house from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tours of the historic building, which has been refurbished top to bottom in recent years, will be offered. Guests are invited […]

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‘Kitty Kindergarten’ talk set at library

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author Sophia Yin will present “Kitty Kindergarten: How Early Socialization Can Create the New, Improved Cat” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Her talk will be in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The No. 1 and 2 behavioral problems with cats — urinating […]

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

Beerfest will benefit Citizens Who Care

Save the date for the ninth annual Davis Beerfest: Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 Second St. in Davis. Some 100 hand-crafted beers will be available for tasting at this fundraiser for Citizens Who Care, a nonprofit organization in Yolo County that provides social support […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security. The president’s proposal being unveiled Wednesday includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Students describe bloody scene at Texas college

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old student who told police he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death went on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college, hurting more than a dozen people, authorities said. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dylan Quick began […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Mixed-ability classes are focus of talk

Community members who would like to learn about alternatives to tracking in Davis schools are invited to a presentation by Dana Cope, GATE administrator for the Napa Valley Unified School District, speaking on “How Napa Serves Gifted Students through the School-wide Enrichment Model and Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Elementary Classes.” The talk will begin at […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Carwash supports singers’ historic tour

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers invite the community to a carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Joint Unified School District parking lot at Fifth and B streets. “Come visit downtown Davis or the Farmers Market for an enjoyable Saturday, while these talented singers demonstrate their skill and precision […]

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