Sunday, February 1, 2015

Suds for a bug: Contest is over

The beer-for-a-butterfly contest is over. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis who sponsors the annual contest to collect scientific data, snagged the first white cabbage butterfly of the year at 12:30 p.m. Monday in West Sacramento. The professor has sponsored the contest since 1972 to determine when the cabbage white will […]

Learn pattern darning tips at guild meeting

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Kathryn Crepeau and Jacqui Mathews will teach a small project of tulips in pattern darning, a decorative skill found in early samplers. […]

State fails to track billions in mental health funds

By Juliet Williams SACRAMENTO — State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday. The Little Hoover Commission report is the latest review to […]

CSU chancellor calls for increasing graduation rates

By Christine Armario LONG BEACH — The chancellor of the California State University set a new goal Tuesday for students — increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025. In his “State of the CSU” address, Chancellor Timothy White said more college graduates will be needed to mitigate a coming “education drought” in the state. […]

For health and healthy appearance, there’s just one quick fix

You probably already know that exercising and eating right are key ways to improve your health. But, you may be overlooking one major health necessity that is as close as your kitchen faucet — water. Water is vital all year long, even during winter months when you might think hydration is less important. “Staying hydrated […]

Covered California enrollment events planned

Dignity Health Woodland Healthcare will host two Affordable Care Act enrollment events on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn more about how to access Dignity Health providers and services through Covered California health plans. Thirty-minute presentations in English and Spanish […]

A winemaker’s downfall

Before his arrest and his winery’s bankruptcy, Jeff Hill, 36, was a convivial presence, putting visitors at ease. But federal authorities have forced him to cede control of his winery, which is not in bankruptcy, and Napa County authorities have charged him with two felonies, saying that on two occasions in October 2013 he stole grapes that his […]

Spend ‘Better Days’ with Speck at ALS fundraiser

The community is invited to attend “Better Days with Cathy Speck: An ALS Documentary Benefit,” featuring the longtime Davis resident and Nadine El Khoury, director, producer and writer of “Better Days: the ALS Documentary.” Speck will present an extended version of her inspirational 2014 TEDxUCDavis talk, “What Do I Do Now?,” which resulted in a standing ovation. […]

Car Care: Defeat drowsy driving dangers: Tips for staying awake at the wheel

Special to The Enterprise One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic. “Drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how […]

Rebekahs’ crab feed benefits local families

Fresh crab from the Bay Area, and lots of it. If that’s your thing, then you’ll want to attend the Davis Rebekah Lodge’s fourth annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Tickets are $40 per person, on sale at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St., and […]

Family brightens holidays for Bridge to Housing participants

The holidays for those participating in the Bridge to Housing homeless pilot project in West Sacramento were brightened by a local family that just wanted to make their own holidays a little less about themselves and a little more about others. Myrna Chang, chief nurse executive at Sutter Davis Hospital, said her family usually spends […]

California ranks worst in nation for guidance counselors

By Brenda Iasevoli, The Hechinger Report LOS ANGELES (AP) — California ranks worst in the nation when it comes to providing students with guidance counselors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and authorities say the scarcity disproportionately affects the state’s most vulnerable students because there simply are not enough counselors to track transient students […]

Jack Gallagher digs deep for riffs on ‘5 Songs’

That’s the ticket What: “5 Songs,” with Jack Gallagher When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 1 Where: B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., Sacramento Tickets: $25-$35;, 916-443-5300 Jack Gallagher is the busiest Renaissance man whom […]

‘Mating market’ trumps biology in relationships

The popularly held sexual stereotype concludes that men want as many partners as possible, and women want stability and commitment. But what men and women want from relationships also depends heavily on the supply of potential partners, according to a UC Davis study. The study found that in communities where men outnumbered women, men were […]