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Mondavi Center enhances offerings with Mellon grant

Mondavi Center enhances offerings with Mellon grant

The So Percussion ensemble will be visiting UC Davis, thanks to the Mellon grant.

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis has received a $400,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will support innovative performances in classical music, residencies by major American orchestras and festivals connected to academic programs.

“This generous grant supports our belief in the power and beauty of classical music to enrich lives,” said Don Roth, executive director of the Mondavi Center. “It will give us the opportunity to deepen our work to engage audience members with classical music by supporting nontraditional and less formal concert formats, by collaborating with UC Davis artists and faculty to create exciting multifaceted music festivals, and by creating major artist residencies that bring community members and artists in closer contact.”... Read More

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Lots of feathers flying in Vacaville for good reason


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About 500, 1-year-old chickens were transported to a Vacaville animal rescue Friday in the hope they'll be adopted and live long lives.

The hens were saved from an egg-laying farm where they faced death after their production slowed, according to Animal Place spokesperson Gary Smith. Friday, they were freed from tiny cages for the first time.

Animal Place veterinarians will examine the birds and in about month's time, they should be ready for adoption, Smith said.

Yolo County Visitors Bureau Launches “Bak2Sac” Free Train Ride Program

Yolo County Visitors Bureau Launches “Bak2Sac” Free Train Ride Program

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau introduces a new program designed to get bicyclists to ride to Davis, patronize local businesses, and get a free train ticket back to Sacramento on the Capitol Corridor railroad. Called “Bak2Sac,” the program involves several businesses in Davis as co-sponsors who stand to benefit from increased visitation.

“The program is really pretty simple,” says Alan Humason, Executive Director of the YCVB. “Come to Davis on or with your bike, and visit participating businesses to pick up a voucher for a free train ticket back to Sacramento. The voucher is good for any train leaving after 7pm on weekdays and after noon on weekends. Turn in the voucher at the Davis Amtrak station and receive the train ticket, free. Hop on board with your bike and go Bak2Sac!”

New Calistoga Event Brings Community Together with Delectable Harvest Cuisine

New Calistoga Event Brings Community Together with Delectable Harvest Cuisine

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first-ever Harvest Table event. Fifteen local restaurants will bring their tables together in the center of downtown Calistoga for a one-of-a-kind experience to celebrate the plentiful harvest season. Visitors and locals alike are invited to dine in the midst of the breathtaking city on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Tickets are limited and prices range between $50 and $150 per person for the best cuisine Calistoga has to offer.

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Syrian war producing ‘lost generation’ of college-age students

Syrian war producing ‘lost generation’ of college-age students

The war in Syria has had a devastating effect on that country’s university students and scholars, creating a lost generation, according to a recent University of California, Davis, report. “The war will end but the young people who would be integral in rebuilding the country are being left behind,” said Keith David Watenpaugh, an associate professor and director of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative, and lead author of the report. ... Read More

Serial robber targeting Woodland business


Since July 7, half a dozen businesses in Woodland have been robbed and police believe the same person is responsible.

Tuesday afternoon, thanks in part to citizen tips, they arrested Salvador Jimenez, 47, of Woodland for the crimes, police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said.

Woodland police said the businesses targeted were in shopping centers or stand-alone fast-food restaurants. The robber hit on the businesses between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., although one of the crimes was committed at 8:30 a.m.

The robberies were on July 7: Razz Yogurt Shop, 353 W. Main Street; July 10: Sally's Beauty Supply, 1374 E. Main Street; July 14: College Drive-in Cleaners, 1309 College Street; July 16: Papa Murphy's Pizza, 9 Main Street; July 18: Jack in the Box, 1200 E. Main Street; and July 19: Jimboy's Tacos, 85 W. Court Street.

Jimenez will be booked into Yolo County Jail for robbery, Cucchi said.