Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Willett running club invites community to ‘run with the owls’

When the bell rings at Willett Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays and children in grades 1-3 are released for the day, they don’t all head to the bike racks or pickup zone. At least 60 to 70 of those kids head to the field behind the school and start running. And they run and […]

What’s happening for youths

Saturday Birch Lane Elementary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a party at Davis Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. in downtown Davis. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and will include appetizers, a dessert buffet and silent and live auctions. Tickets will be $10 and may be purchased at or at […]

College Corner: What is the right number of APs to take?

About February every year I field the same basic question from a variety of families and students. No, not which team will win March Madness, but actually something even more mysterious … how many Advanced Placement courses should I take? Since this question requires some careful self-assessment, the answer is different for different students. What […]

Slow Food tour showcases area’s young farmers

Slow Food Yolo — a local branch of the national Slow Food USA organization — will host a farm tour and lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18. The tour and luncheon will feature a selection of young and beginning farmers taking root in the Capay Valley. The “Young Farmers, Young Chefs” […]

Food for the hungry

Eileen Barrera, a staff member at the Center for Families at Montgomery Elementary School, arranges bags of food to be picked up Thursday afternoon at the school. Thanks to the Yolo Food Bank, 1,300 families throughout the county are receiving a ham, turkey or chicken, plus an assortment of fresh produce and a variety of […]

Community invited to help create ‘welcoming bench’ at Willett Elementary

Community members are invited to participate in the creation of a “welcoming bench” at Willett Elementary. Acclaimed local artist Linda Fitz Gibbon will be working with community members to create tiles for the bench at 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, at the school, 1207 Sycamore Lane. A tax-deductible donation of $40 per tile […]

Former resident returns for book-signing

Former Davis resident Tanya Chalupa returns to town with her latest book, “A Rookie Cop Vs. The West Coast Mafia.” A book-signing is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Chalupa co-authored the nonfiction work with William G. Palmini Jr. The book shows how the Mafia in the West […]

Celebrate National Library Week in Yolo County

The Yolo County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Community members are invited to celebrate by participating in a number of programs and events in April featured at all branches of the Yolo […]

It was an ‘electrifying’ concert

On Sunday, March 30, Davis High School joined Distinguished Concerts International New York for “Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at New York City’s Lincoln Center. The wildly popular annual presentation with groundbreaking choral composer and Grammy winner Eric Whitacre featured a first-time collaboration with Academy Award- and Grammy-winning composer Stephen […]

Pete Seeger would have been proud

The Music Committee of the Davis Odd Fellows would like to thank all those who attended the last Thursday Live!Pete Seeger Tribute at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. The musicians (Steve Kahn, Dick and Carol Holdstock, David Hafter, David Campos, Camila Ortiz, Barry Melton, Biscuits and Honey, Five Three Oh!, Clarence Van Hook, Bill Fairfield […]

Result: a transportation problem

In my engineering studies at UC Davis, I don’t recall learning the term “road diet” or “undoing a fix” in the transportation realm. Unbelievable. If the city of Davis is not sure the Fifth Street redesign will help, hold off! Repair the roads first in this city. Like water, if you constrict the flow and […]

Tom Elias: Six Californias? A bad idea

Here’s a piece of advice for registered voters: When petition carriers accost you outside supermarkets, big-box stores or shopping malls asking you to help advance a plan to carve California into six states, don’t sign. This is one of the dopiest, goofiest ideas ever to come up in California, which has a long history of […]

Cheers and Jeers: Enjoy our 100th Picnic Day

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to our favorite event of the year in Davis, Picnic Day! Mother Nature is doing her part to support the 100th edition of this UC Davis celebration — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to […]