Friday, August 29, 2014

Grande site has been a convoluted saga

The Davis school district bought the approximately 8.4-acre property on Grande Avenue in North Davis in February 1971 for $57,768. The seller was Liggett Development. The land was purchased with an eye toward eventual use as an elementary school site, in the expectation that Davis would be growing to the north. What was life in […]

Little Rock hero featured at reunion

Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine” — teenagers who were the first black students to integrate schools in Little Rock, Ark. — will be the featured speaker at an event Saturday in Davis. Beals is the author of “Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir Of The Battle To Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.” The […]

UCD ranks No. 16 for serving the public interest

The University of California again dominates Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, released Monday. The rankings assess how well colleges and universities serve the public interest. For the fifth consecutive year, UC San Diego is ranked first; for the second straight year, UC Riverside is ranked second. Also among the top five schools are UC Berkeley, […]

Banjo Fiddle to perform at Rootstock

RootStock in Winters is hosting bluegrass performers Banjo Fiddle while offering tastes of a newly available wine on Friday, Aug. 29. Banjo Fiddle’s apt name should tell bluegrass and country fans all they need to know about the act, the duo of Mark and Julie Peet. RootStock will be offering tastings of Julie LePla’s 2011 […]

Black and white explored in coming Artery exhibition

An exploration of balance and texture will soon be exhibited at The Artery. Jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics and more will be presented, all designed around the theme of black and white, according to a news release. The exhibit, titled “Black and White and Texture,” is open from Friday, Sept. 5, to Monday, Sept. 29, with a […]

Auditions set for Noël Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’

Auditions for the first show in Art Theater of Davis’ 2014-15 season, Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever,” will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at 946 Olive Drive in Davis. Audition sign-ups will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5 p.m. Enter through the side door of Third Space Art […]

Sundstrom Hill open for Wine’d Down Thursday

Wine’d Down Thursday this week at Sundstrom Hill Winery will feature multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriters Tim and Helen Spangler. As a duo, they fit into the folk genre leaning toward Americana when Helen plays tenor guitar. Her riffs have a bluegrass influence while Tim’s rhythm acoustic guitar is full and complementary. Their newest CD, “We’re All Fine Here Now” was released […]

Jam on Friday with folk musicians

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, on the Wyatt Deck on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) […]

Car Care: Feeling the summer heat? Your car battery is too

Special to The Davis Enterprise If the heat of summer is wearing you down, it is likely taking its toll on your car battery, too. Contrary to popular belief, summer highs rather than winter lows pose the greater threat to battery life, according to the non-profit Car Care Council. Sooner or later all batteries have […]

Court mandates buffer zones for five insecticides to protect salmon, steelhead

A buffer around salmon and steelhead watersheds will help protect the fish from five insecticides commonly used in farming. Following a 2013 lawsuit filed by the Northwest Council for Alternatives to Pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed last week to reinstate a 2004 court ruling that requires 20-yard buffer zones for ground applications and 100-yard […]

Having good posture can improve your confidence, mood and overall health

Sharon Naylor Are you a slumper? Check your posture right now to see if your shoulders are rounded forward and your back curled. Chances are you’ve eased into your natural posture: slouched down, head in alignment with your spine, shoulders back, back not straight. And your brain may be paying the price. Researchers at […]

Books, conversation and poetry at Logos

Besides having a large collection of hard-to-find used volumes, Logos Books in downtown Davis hosts occasional poetry readings and monthly conversation groups. Here’s the September calendar at the bookstore, 515 Second St.: * Italian lovers are invited to join Marinka Swift for “Una Chiacchierata,” an hour of Italian conversation meeting the first Thursday of every month […]

‘La Cage aux Folles’: a refreshing take on a classic

Check it out What: “La Cage aux Folles” Where: Wells Fargo Pavillion, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $35-$80 Info: Visit www.california The Music Circus is closing out its 2014 season with a sparkling production of Harvey Fierstein and […]

Wineaux: A sparkling prescription for a new disease

In my English professor days, I occasionally gave students a get-acquainted exercise with a couple of requests like, “Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.” Usually the responses were fairly innocuous — ”I’m a licensed pilot,” “My brother calls me ‘Toofer,’ ” “I have a pit bull named Killer,” “My mother’s an […]