Hollywood may have learned its lesson.
December traditionally is crammed with prestige films and plenty of Oscar bait, not to mention the “ordinary” releases hoping to catch one’s attention during the one, two or three weeks many of us have off during the month. And every December, numerous worthy entries have been lost amid the noisy, well-publicized shuffle.
This year looks a bit different.
The flickering flames from the children’s candles helped heat little hands but the real warmth at Thursday’s Downtown Holiday Open House came from the shared celebration of a Davis tradition.
Families braved near-freezing temperatures Thursday evening to participate in the Children’s Parade — marching, pedaling and being towed from the Davis Food Co-op to the E Street Plaza. When City Council members flipped the switch to light up the locally grown Christmas tree on the plaza, the crowd cheered.
Visitors were treated to musical performances by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and Madrigal Singers along with the ever-popular Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh.
Later, children waited patiently in line …
Local, state and federal officials gathered on the shores of the Sacramento River on Tuesday to witness an important step on the road to construction of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project.
With pen in hand at the ceremonial event, Angelo Tsakopoulos, managing partner of the Conaway Preservation Group, signed over the deed to the riverfront property where the water agency, in partnership with Reclamation District 2035, plans to build the intake facility that will pump a new source of drinking water for both Davis and Woodland.
“This has been a great example of government working at its best,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president of Conaway Ranch.
The Davis Farmers Market and the Davis Food Co-op, two iconic organizations that have earned this community national recognition at times, may never have existed had it not been for Ann Evans.
A former mayor of Davis and a UC Davis graduate, Evans played a key role on the team that established and grew both entities, literally, from the ground up.
For these accomplishments, and for decades of civic and community service in Davis, Evans has been given the 2013 C.A. Covell Award for Citizen of the Year, an honor that recognizes an individual who’s offered outstanding service to the community in a number of areas over time.
An absence of smell. Nothing but the persistent wind to hear. Not much wildlife to speak of. Only a freezing achromatic landscape, and its disorienting whites and grays.
Davis resident Tim Townsend had to learn to cope with these inhospitable and sense-depriving environs in his quest to scale North America’s highest mountain peak, Mount McKinley — aka Denali — in Alaska.
Sometimes, Townsend would be among the bold adventurers hoping to summit the alpine for weeks on end. He’d make progress upwards by tromping through thick layers of snow, then have to wait out a blizzard before retreating.
Volunteers are already hard at work, preparing for a program that has become a staple of Davis’ holiday season.
For more than 30 years, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee has organized a program that ensures that many of the city’s struggling families receive the necessities around Christmas time.
Susan Simon, executive director of STEAC, has overseen the holiday program for nine of those years. Her impression is that it’s more essential than ever to a growing number of families in need.
“”It’s always been the highlight of the year for STEAC …”
Net zero? Not yet.
But some of the minds behind West Village said Tuesday that they were upbeat about a report that found their “living laboratory” produced 87 percent of the power that it consumed over a one-year period.
“Eighty-seven percent, we think, is really quite an accomplishment for just the first phase of building,” said Sid England, UC Davis assistant vice chancellor for environmental stewardship and sustainability. ”For the first time, we’re able to …”
Where can you find a facility that provides low-cost classes to the entire community with top-notch instructors?
The UC Davis Experimental College offers courses that range from dog training to dance and martial arts to money management. As one of only two prominent experimental colleges on the West Coast, the EC provides an unusual experience accessible to all members of the community.
“The eCollege embraces the idea that education in its most profound sense is personal growth,” says Davis resident Jennifer McCabe …
In 2011, 450,000 people played college sports, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In contrast, 7.6 million kids played high school sports in 2011, as reported in a US News article. For 7 million athletes, college sports are not an available outlet to pursue their passions.
That poses a question: What do those athletes do in order to keep playing sports?
For 8,600 people at UC Davis, intramural sports are the answer.
Intramurals are university-sponsored sports in which anyone, from undergraduates to faculty, can participate.
H&H Engineering construction workers remove ballast and ties Thursday on the Union Pacific railroad tracks that cross Third Street between G and I streets.
The street will be closed 24 hours a day through Tuesday to all traffic — including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Message boards at the tracks announce the closure and a detour to Fourth Street is marked. Unitrans also is making adjustments to its schedule, posted at unitrans.ucdavis.edu.
In other downtown area street news: Work on the Fifth Street Corridor Improvement Project is wrapping …
The search for a suspected killer gained national status Wednesday with the addition of the U.S. Marshals Service to the hunt for William Carl Gardner III, Winters Police Chief Sergio Gutierrez announced.
Gardner, a 30-year-old Sacramento resident, is wanted on a murder warrant stemming from Monday’s brazen daylight shooting of his former girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, outside her downtown Winters workplace. She was due to testify against Gardner in a stalking and criminal threats trial next month.
Meet your new neighbor.
The City Council approved the entitlements for The Cannery project on a 3-2 vote early this morning, clearing the way for construction of a brand-new residential neighborhood in North Davis.
Mayor Joe Krovoza, still not content with the state of bicycle connectivity at the southwest corner of the property, and Councilman Brett Lee, who doesn’t believe the project offers enough to existing residents in Davis, each dissented on the vote.
Described as a multigenerational housing …
A manhunt was underway Monday night for the suspect in a shooting in downtown Winters that left a 32-year-old woman dead and stunned a community not used to such violent displays.
While the victim’s name was not yet released by coroner’s officials, friends and colleagues identified the slain woman as Leslie Pinkston, a 1999 graduate of Winters High School and the mother of a young daughter.
Twelve hours after the shooting, Winters police announced they had obtained an arrest warrant for Pinkston’s ex-boyfriend, 30-year-old William Carl Gardner III of Sacramento, in connection with the fatal shooting. Chief Sergio Gutierrez said Gardner should be considered “armed and dangerous.”
The Cal Aggie Marching Band — fondly known as the Band-uh — is one of the proudest, most spirited and most loved organizations on the UC Davis campus. Committed to representing the university and supporting the UCD athletic teams, the Aggie Band-uh has been an important part of the campus spirit and tradition since its establishment in 1929. Traditions have been passed down through generations of band members, many of which continue today.
The Band-uh is a student-run volunteer organization …