Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Letter book is series of collected missives thanking Mom

By Leanna Italie The Associated Press Moms. Everybody has one. Not everybody remembers to thank them when it’s well deserved. In time for Mother’s Day, Lisa Erspamer takes care of that in her third “letter” book, a series of collected missives that has already covered some written by humans to their dogs and cats. The […]

If your mom fancies something fancy, consider a tea party

By Alison Ladman The Associated Press Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering. If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother’s Day. And it’s so much easier than it sounds. Brew up some of her favorite teas. Purchase […]

Annual quilt show coming soon

The Flying Needles Quilters’ Guild of Yolo County will present its annual quilt show Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 Gum Ave. in Woodland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show, titled “Making Memories One Quilt at a Time,” will […]

Festival celebrates GATEway Garden

What: Explore how the Arboretum GATEway Garden is celebrating local heritage, strengthening community connections and building a sustainable future with hands-on activities, guided tours, performances, music and refreshments When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday (dedication ceremony 1:30-1:45 p.m.) Where: Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot) More info: Walking and biking to the […]

It’s brew your own beer at some colleges

POMONA (AP) — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies. When Cal Poly Pomona fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small but growing number of colleges instructing students how to […]

Qigong meditation aims for health, well-being

Quieting the mind reduces stress and promotes health and healing according to many Western studies. But what sort of meditation practice is right for you? Chinese qigong offers a variety of different kinds of meditation practices that participants can sample in the “Qigong Meditation for Health and Well-Being” workshop sponsored by Sutter Integrative Holistic Health […]

Pinball show features lots of free play

Pinball wizards are invited to attend the 19th annual Pin-A-Go-Go pinball show May 15-17 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds, 600 S. First St. in Dixon. The family-friendly event will feature more than 100 pinball machines, from the bells and chimes of the 1950s through state-of-the-art machines today. All machines will be set to “free play.” Hours […]

Blueberries, apricots arrive at Sutter market

Apricots, blueberries, spring produce, almonds, jam, honey and baked goods are featured at the Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the entrance to the hospital, 2000 Sutter Place. Nielson’s Blueberries of Dunnigan returns to the hospital market on Thursday with a booth offering Yolo County blueberries, blueberry […]

New UCD art lecture series named for Thiebauds

UC Davis is honoring Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud by naming a new lecture series for them. The first lecture will be delivered by artist Rackstraw Downes, a MacArthur Foundation fellow, in May. Thiebaud, an internationally recognized artist, taught at UCD for 30 years starting in 1960. Betty Jean, his wife and partner for more […]

Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant has been closed since July, so when I saw a group of people chatting Thursday inside that courtyard, I stopped. I ended up meeting the guys who just signed a new lease. Jason Ojeda and John Russell are from the Vacaville area. They are among several partners in what they describe […]

Two-day seminar tackles dog aggression

Is your dog so hard to handle on a leash that you’re avoiding taking him for walks? Does your dog react aggressively to other dogs and strangers? Do you wish your dog would respond to your commands? Join Renee Lancaster — a certified police dog trainer, two-time member of the Schutzhund USA World Team and […]

UCD social science conference starts Friday

The first major conference by the new Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis will showcase leading-edge research in the social sciences and highlight opportunities for interdisciplinary work. Scholars and participants will explore a number of topics across the social sciences, including the design of online markets, video gaming and virtual experiences, the cultural politics […]

UCD study: Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias

By Donna Justice Many presume bilingual education can level the academic playing field for English learners, but one UC Davis professor calls foul on current practices. In a new paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, education professor Chris Faltis argued that “colorblind” approaches to multilingualism in education mask agendas […]

Phone system working again at school district offices

The phone system at the Davis school district’s administrative offices — which had been on the fritz for more than a week — was repaired Friday. Incoming phone calls can now go through to specific departments and phone extensions. However, any voice mail messages that were left during the disruption of the phone system may not be […]