Bob Dunning: Davis: where we make history every day

Given that our family of seven, including five young children, moved to Davis decades ago so dad could go back to college at the age of 40, I suppose it’s appropriate I’ve been assigned the task of presenting Davis’ colorful history in all its glory and occasional goofiness. After all, most of my colleagues at […]

September 24, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

We’re No. 1! UCD ranks high in many categories

It’s easy to forget that the school in our own back yard is a major player in the world of education. From regional to world rankings, UC Davis can claim bragging rights about many of its colleges, departments and programs. For starters, the highly influential U.S. News & World Report declared UCD’s School of Veterinary […]

September 23, 2015 | Posted in Welcome to Davis | Tagged ,

Citrus Circuits: the path to world champions

For six straight years, beginning in 2005, the Citrus Circuits high school robotics team entered the regional FIRST Robotics Competition. And for six straight years, they failed to make it out of the quarterfinals, their robots always beaten by those from well-funded teams with sponsors like NASA and Lockheed, Chevron and Google. But they never […]

September 22, 2015 | Posted in Welcome to Davis | Tagged ,

Fowl play: Plenty to cock-a-doodle-do about

We are not farmers by any means, but we do have chickens; they are pets. Pets that give back, and yes, the eggs really are that much better. What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is more complex than you’d think, given the choices. Flashback to the first Tour de Cluck in […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

All in the Family: Sundstrom Hill Winery

With a knowledge of chemistry and the art of making wine, husband and wife vintners Chip and Lynne Sundstrom started their family business in 2010. Sundstrom Hill Winery started in their back yard under some redwood trees and has expanded to crush more than 18,000 pounds of fruit annually. Two years later, they opened in their current […]

July 30, 2015 | Posted in All in the Family | Tagged ,

Summer is coming: 25 things to do in and around Davis

By Shelley Dunning Summer is around the corner and if you’re lucky, that means more time for new adventures. This list, 25 things to do in and around Davis, includes things to do on your own, with friends or with kids. Some are a little weird. Some will force you out of your comfort zone. […]

Snapshot: Get close to nature at Yolo Basin Wildlife areas

The city of Davis and Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the Davis wetlands on Saturday, for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month all year-round. The Pacific Flyway stretches from Alaska to Central and South America. It is the […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Snapshot: Take a walk along the UCD Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is a living museum with more than 4,000 kinds of trees, plants and shrubs. Established in 1936, the Arboretum stretches along the old north channel of Putah Creek, covering about 100 acres. Students and teachers use the plant collections for research and study. Visitors come to attend classes, gather ideas for […]

October 01, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

How did the Aggies get their name?

UC Davis students have always been “Aggies,” from the university’s beginnings as a farm extension for UC Berkeley, to the present where cows graze across the street from the Tercero Dorms. But UCD students are not the only Aggies around. It turns out that many universities created under the Morrill Land-Grant Acts either are Aggies […]

October 01, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis school names reflect interesting history

Davis is proud of its school system, a real important piece of our community. Here, we explain the history of each school’s name. Robert Willett Elementary: Built between 1967 and 1971, this campus originally was known as West Davis Intermediate School. The name was later changed in the 1990s to honor Robert “Bob” Willett, who taught […]

September 30, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis residents benefit from active service organizations

There are over 850 nonprofit organizations in Yolo County, but only a fraction of those groups solely service and are operated in the local community. Two of the largest, STEAC (Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee) and Davis Community Meals, provide food, shelter and funds for locals struggling financially. Two others — Team Davis and All Things […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Don’t miss afternoon ‘Valley Jewel’ Bus Tours

Beat the afternoon heat and join historian David Wilkinson, author of “Crafting a Valley Jewel: the Architects & Builders of Woodland,” and preservation architect Roger Klemm on a bus tour showcasing Woodland’s exceptional architectural history. The 1.5-hour tour in the comfort of an air-conditioned tour bus, will trace the full spectrum of Woodland’s architecture and […]

September 04, 2014 | Posted in Stroll Through History | Tagged ,

University Honda

At University Honda, buying a car is easy. The Malinoff family business at 4343 Chiles Road, Davis, aims to make the process stress-free and even fun. Owned by Doug Malinoff, the automobile sales and service business also has employed his sons over the 22 years in business. Stephen, Davis High School Class of 2005, is […]

July 31, 2014 | Posted in All in the Family | Tagged ,

Preventing child abuse before it begins

By Judy Wolf In 1999, the Rotary Club of Davis began a program to reduce the incidence of child abuse locally, nationally and internationally. The Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), was unanimously adopted as the club’s program for the new millennium. Since that time, the program mission has been one that seeks to inform the public of […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,