Sunday, December 21, 2014

Come ‘Home for the Holidays’ and benefit school arts

The annual “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert, featuring nationally recognized local musicians giving back to the schools where they first honed their skills, will celebrate its 11th year on Monday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. This year’s concert will include Joe Craven, Little Charlie’s […]

Parent/toddler art and music program offered

Peregrine School in South Davis is launching a new program in January, “Parent and Child in the Arts,” a shared experience between a parent or grandparent with a toddler ages 12 to 30 months, exploring art and music together. The program will offer a playful environment designed to provide experiences that foster creative thinking and imagination, and […]

Point of Brew: Recollections of Christmases past

We have just put up our Christmas tree and decorated it with lights and baubles. As there is no decorative theme or color scheme to this endeavor, it looks nothing like the glorious creations I see in smart stores this time of year. But our tree is good deal more than mere decoration: It is […]

Golden Bough brings Irish holidays to The Palms

Have you ever wanted to experience Christmas in Ireland or Scotland, but without the hassle of international travel? Head to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Dec. 20, for Golden Bough’s “Christmas in a Celtic Land.” The band has been performing its Christmas and winter program for family audiences for 35 years, becoming a regional tradition. Founded […]

Sing and dance along to Cold Shot at Froggy’s

A homespun New Year’s Eve celebration is planned at Froggy’s Bar and Grill, 726 Second St. in downtown Davis, featuring the music of Cold Shot. The party will run from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. New Year’s Day. “Join us for music, friends and fun as we count down to 2015 with a […]

Cloudy — yet safe — tap water adds to negative health effects

By Alex Russell Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect on California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis. Researchers looked at the connection between water quality and child obesity in two poor immigrant communities in California’s […]

Author goes batty in children’s book series

Meet the author Who: Rachael Long, with museum specimens of a variety of bats When: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 Where: Common Grounds Coffee Shop, 729 Main St., Woodland The tiny critter with the Chihuahua-like ears and foot-long wingspan peered over Corky Quirk’s glove. Its tiny eyes widened and its mouth opened. Nearby was its […]

It’s time to walk — at 10:11 12/13/14

On Saturday morning, a rare sequential time and date pattern will occur: 10:11 12/13/14. A similar pattern will not occur again in our lifetime. In recognition of this, the American Volkssport Association has organized a national walking event. On Saturday, 70 walking clubs in 39 states will be on the trail at exactly 10:11 a.m. […]

Democrats invited to run for party delegate

The California Democratic Party and the Yolo County Democratic Party invite any registered Democrat in Yolo County who wants to help shape the future of the state Democratic Party to become a candidate for delegate. Elections will take place in early January. The process, in which California Democrats will select more than 1,000 delegates to the […]

Round up at the registers for Patwin

If you have enough pennies in your life and no real outlet for all those nickels, why not use them to help out some nice kids? During December, the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., is offering “Round Up at the Registers” for Patwin Elementary School. Shoppers should ask their cashier to “round up,” and […]

Keep your holidays from going up in flames

For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Many households engage in activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking. […]

Holiday gifts galore available at crafts fair

Hark, hark, the fair is in the park. That’s the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair, of course, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and again Sunday, Dec. 14, in Davis’ Central Park, Third and C streets. Visitors can expect to find a wide range of handmade items for gift-giving, from sports signs for a […]

Shakespeare folio discovered in France

By Jennifer Schuessler First folios of Shakespeare’s plays are among the world’s rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright’s intentions. Now a previously unknown folio has surfaced at a small library in northern France, bringing the world’s known total of surviving […]

Salute to non-steamed broccoli

Our son and his wife recently introduced their 6-month-old child to solid food. Sloan had been nursing exclusively. Their pediatrician encouraged this. The notion, we were told, is that a child introduced to a variety of solid foods very early on will be a less picky eater. That can’t be the whole reason, but I’m […]