Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Missy (No. 129671), an 8-month-old spayed female Labrador retriever/terrier mix. Also hoping for a good home is Luke (No. 131884), a 13-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired cat. Fees are charged for licensing. […]

Birding tour will benefit Putah Creek Council

Did you know that more than 150 species of birds live along Putah Creek? Spring migration is in full swing and year-round resident birds are nesting. The riparian areas are home to a large number of breeding and migrating birds — from tiny hummingbirds to predatory hawks (Swainson’s, red-tailed and red-shouldered). Migrating warblers, flycatchers and Western tanagers should […]

‘True Story:’ In their dreams

‘True Story’ Two stars Starring: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Robert John Burke and Gretchen Mol Rating: R, for profanity and disturbing content Despite an absorbing first act, this crime drama goes nowhere By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Bad movies are irritating for all sorts of reasons. Many, easy to dismiss […]

Yolo County Neighborhood Court seeks new volunteers

The Yolo County Neighborhood Court program is recruiting community volunteers to participate in the successful restorative justice program. It was launched in 2013 in Davis and UC Davis and is branching out to West Sacramento and Woodland. Neighborhood Court is an adult criminal diversion program based on restorative justice that addresses criminal violations that impact […]

Feeding a vegan: In Davis, it’s easy

Sometimes, your life partner will make a decision that irrevocably changes your life. My day of reckoning came when Norma decided to go with a full-on vegan diet. (For those of you who’ve lived in Davis for less than a week, that’s “vegetarian” to the extreme — no animal products of any kind … no cheese, […]

UCD hosts a honeybee symposium

By Evan White Internationally renowned bee biologist Marla Spivak is coming to UC Davis on Saturday, May 9. She will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural “Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy.” Spivak, the Distinguished McKnight Professor in the department of entomology at the University of Minnesota, is known for her creative approaches to hive […]

Watershed Wonders activities return to Putah Creek

The Putah Creek Council announces its spring series of Watershed Wonders events that explore the places that make Putah Creek and its community special. “We are excited to offer this season’s Watershed Wonders series to our community as another way to experience nature nearby,” said Stephen McCord, vice chair of Putah Creek Council. The events scheduled […]

Gardening’s new ethos: Help the planet (and look good too)

By Katherine Roth From the biggest botanical gardens to the smallest backyard plots and terraces, there’s a movement underway to make gardens work harder for the environment. “It’s no longer enough for a garden to just look pretty. Every garden needs to do more and every garden matters,” said Douglas Tallamy, a professor in the […]

Proposed instructional materials available for public review

The Davis school district is considering new textbooks and other instructional materials, which are available for public review, preceding formal district adoption later this year. Members of the instructional materials adoption committees — consisting of staff, community members, parents, and, at the high school level, students — have determined that these are the titles they […]

Chamber Music Society to celebrate dance tunes, from the gavotte to the tango

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento will present a concert featuring dance tunes — ranging from the sprightly to the seductive — dating from the 1700s through the present day on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis. “We’re going to start with Baroque dances.. Gavottes and stuff like that,” explained violinist […]

Making the change: some answers about low-water landscapes.

In our fourth year of this epic drought, I spend a lot of time these days talking about replacing lawns with drought-tolerant plants, and  find two recurring concerns that seem to be holding some gardeners back from getting started. First is the belief that the entire sprinkler system needs to be replaced, at considerable expense. […]

Quixotic to present futuristic dance/cirque show at Mondavi

The Mondavi Center will host the touring dance/circus company Quixotic at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in Jackson Hall. Quixotic is an ensemble of artists who fuse movement, amplified sound, fashion and technology — lush strings and primal drums mix with digital technology, complex theatrical lighting, acrobatics and futuristic visual effects. The approach has been dubbed […]

Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

The Tremont Mite Society in Davis invites the public to its biennial social as it celebrates the society’s 152nd anniversary on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Tremont Church and Cemetery between Davis and Dixon. The address is 8290 Tremont Road, between Mace Boulevard and Bulkley Road. The Tremont region is […]

Pence Gallery: See artists at work during Garden Tour

The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 24th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m., where visitors will enjoy a peek into 10 spectacular gardens in the area west of Highway 113 in West Davis. Visitors will get ideas for new landscaping, chat with vendors and Master Gardeners, and see amazing ideas for […]