Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Going green at church, school, everywhere

Each year, Cool Davis recognizes “Eco-Heroes” — Davis residents who model how to incorporate sustainable practices into their work, civic and everyday lives. Acting out of personal conviction, they are just doing “the right thing” for themselves, the community and the planet.

The Cool Davis Climate Solution Awards go to local businesses, groups or organizations for exemplary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As they model ways to reduce their environmental impact, they become leaders in creating options to conserve resources, reduce fossil-fuel dependence and stabilize the climate.

In its efforts to work with the community …

Benefit set to help local bike legend

Million-Mile Mike is selling his bike.

Everything is for sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Bike People, a bike repair shop at 425 L St. founded by partners Kim and Mike Starchild in 2011. The benefit auction even includes Mike Starchild’s personal Gary Fisher mountain bike, with all proceeds going toward his recovery from interstitial lung disease.

Starchild, 73, a veteran cyclist, was the physically fit mechanic at The Bike People until he was rushed to the hospital two weeks ago and diagnosed with pneumonia, bronchitis and interstitial lung disease that has caused irreversible scarring to his lungs.

‘Eco-Heroes’ help get us from here to there

Each year, Cool Davis recognizes “Eco-Heroes” — Davis residents who model how to incorporate sustainable practices into their work, civic and everyday lives. Acting out of personal conviction, they are just doing “the right thing” for themselves, the community and the planet.

The Cool Davis Climate Solution Awards go to local businesses, groups or organizations for exemplary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As they model ways to reduce their environmental impact, they become leaders in creating options to conserve resources, reduce fossil fuel dependence and stabilize the climate.

In its efforts to work with the community on greenhouse gas emission reduction and sustainability issues, Cool Davis focuses …

Carlton Plaza: Home, sweet senior home

Davisite George Hinkle refers to two dates in his life with powerful distinction: Dec. 7, 1941, and March 22, 2014.

His life, as he tells it, changed radically on both days.

In one, he embarked on a path from being a young barber to an assistant military medic, earned the right for a free ride to college and launched his career in education. On the other date, he moved into the newly built Carlton Plaza in Davis at 2726 Fifth St. on its opening day. It’s a residence for seniors, including those who may find the everyday …

From pianos to pirouettes, Mondavi season has it all

Question: What has 88 keys, a similar-sized row of felted hammers under the hood and will be heard again and again at the Mondavi Center during the 2014-15 season?

Answer: the piano, of course. And you’ll find pianists throughout the Mondavi season, which was announced Friday.

The keyboard performers range from Chinese-born classical artists like Lang Lang and Yuja Wang to the American-born classical artist Jeremy Denk and jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr., as well as the one-of-a-kind Louisiana legend Doctor John (making his first Mondavi appearance).

Obstacle course shows dangers of distracted driving

They could be in any neighborhood: a bicyclist. A jogger. A new mom pushing her baby stroller. A small boy kicking around a soccer ball.

In this case, however, the “people” were cardboard cutouts, erected amid a traffic-cone obstacle course at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.

Their purpose: to show visiting reporters first-hand the dangers of distracted driving. According to the CHP, the act of sending or receiving a text or phone call takes a driver’s eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds …

ArtAbout kicks off Picnic Day weekend

Kick off your Picnic Day weekend with art and live music at the Second Friday ArtAbout, which this month features 28 venues, some of which will offer music, refreshments and other special benefits.

Live music will be featured at Bohéme Hip Used Clothing (Five Three Oh), the Pence Gallery (Rock Band University bands) and the Radiate Art Collective (guitarist David Hafter), as well as Art-is-Davis, the Nelson Gallery, Ray Johnston Photography Studio and Whole Foods Market.

The Second Friday ArtAbout is a monthly self-guided art walk. For more information, visit DavisDowntown.com or email ArtAbout@DavisDowntown.com.

75,000 visitors anticipated for 100th Picnic Day

Picnic Day returns for its 100th edition on Saturday with forecasts calling for sunny skies and temperatures topping 80 degrees.

Organizers of the event — annually the largest college open house in California and biggest student-run event in the country — are again promising more than 200 family-friendly events and activities, many of them at least a little educational and almost all fun. About 75,000 people are expected.

While the layout and schedule of the event have changed little this year, there are some new wrinkles.

Car talk: Cruise-In attracts enthusiasts of all kinds

Listen up, gearheads. Once a month in the spring and summer, dozens of owners drive their out-of-the-ordinary vehicles to meet with the public at The Marketplace shopping center. There is no entry fee, no judging, no trophies.

Bruce Risley, his wife Marie, and right-hand man Ron Vogel — respective owners of a ’36 Chevrolet, a ’50 Studebaker and a ’69 AMC AMX — started the event in 2009. With more than 200 Cruise-In participants, 45 to 80 show up on a regular basis.

Among them are Steve Slinkard, Glen and Leslie Byrns, Ron and Ann Arneson, and Steve Garcia and his son Austin.

TAs: UC intimidates, won’t talk class size

UC Davis teaching assistants, tutors and readers picketed on Thursday, part of a systemwide strike by student workers alleging that administrators have tried to intimidate them.

Members of United Auto Workers Local 2865 say they’ve been illegally warned not to strike — including a UCLA warning that international students could lose their visas — and videotaped by police while protesting.

The union, which represents about 12,000 workers systemwide, continues to bargain with the University of California over a new contract.

Council candidates face off in first debate

Five candidates vying for two City Council seats launched Wednesday into often rapid-fire explanations of their positions on many of Davis’ most controversial issues at a debate sponsored by the political arm of a local business group.

The two-hour Chamber of Commerce PAC candidates forum was the first such event in the run-up to the June 3 election. Chamber Executive Director Kemble Pope thanked the 100 people in the crowd for being there at City Hall, rather than at the Davis Farmers Market in nearby Central Park.

“Thank you for choosing our forum over a nice sunny picnic,” he said.

Fiddling After 40: Staying young through music

On a rainy Saturday morning, the lofted room filled with the miscellaneous notes of stringed instruments being tuned and the voices of eager players.

One cellist sits, with the face of a model student, back straight and instrument ready, face fixed on the director. Nervous fingers play across the strings and tuning knobs of the cello next to her. In the back, viola players chatter.

“OK, I’m in tune. Anybody want to use my tuner?” director Sue MacDonald calls to the group.

Photo exhibit showcases portraits from 1920s and ’30s

An exhibit of portraits taken by photographer Paul Hollingshead — who worked amid the titans of the entertainment and fashion industries in New York in the 1920s, and then settled in Woodland — will be on display at UC Davis’ Nelson Gallery this month.

The exhibit opens Monday, April 7, and will be up through May 4, with a reception planned for Thursday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Hollingshead led an extraordinary life. Born in Utah, the eldest of six brothers, he grew up in a farming/ranching family, and spent many of his formative years in Wyoming. The family eventually moved to Orland, in Glenn County, about 90 miles north of Davis, to establish a homestead.