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Low-income Woodland farming families go solar


Like many Americans, Alex Hernandez lost his home and his job in the aftermath of the recession. The former contractor, now truck driver, has four kids, and his paycheck goes to them.

Hernandez lives in a four-bedroom apartment with his family in a Woodland complex, but it's not like the other apartment buildings -- this one is 100 percent solar powered.

That means big savings for Hernandez and everyone else who lives here.

"I went from 257 bucks a month to $7," Hernandez said. "And, I have my A/C on all day!"

Sounds too good to be true, but it's not. It's called Mutual Housing at Spring Lake. It's a community built specifically for low-income farm workers and their families. Their rent is reduced, and so is the utility bill thanks to solar panels built on the rooftops.

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July Workshops in Davis and Winters for Curious Musicologists of All Ages

July Workshops in Davis and Winters for Curious Musicologists of All Ages

Join Woodland Community College Professor of Music Lis Testa as she leads two interactive rhythm workshops for all-ages on July 9 and 14 at the Davis and Winters branch libraries respectively.  

As part of the Yolo County Library’s Summer Reading Program – Read to the Rhythm – come and learn about the power of rhythm in music from around the world, including Irish dance tunes and drum ensembles of Ghana.  The workshops will be held as follows:

  • Thursday, July 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis
  • Tuesday, July 14, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue, Winters

All programs of the Yolo County Library are free.  No reservations are required. For more information on these July rhythm workshops, contact joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

The great thing about Sacramento is that we have food events all year long.  Our name of Farm-to-Fork Capitol is appropriate with everything from Baconfest to the Banana Festival. In fact, sometimes competition is fierce for your attention and your dollar.

We are also blessed to be in the middle of so many destinations. With Napa, Tahoe, Reno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel, and Yosemite so close by, there are events to select from throughout Northern California.

Below is the Foodie Calendar through September's Farm-to-Fork Festival. The ones with comments are my favorites that I return to year after year.

July 17-18 Marysville Peach Festival
July 18 Capay Organic Tomato Festival 
July 24-26 Gilroy Garlic Festival... Read More

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Food engineer named World Agriculture Prize laureate

Food engineer named World Agriculture Prize laureate

R. Paul Singh, a distinguished professor emeritus who has held dual appointments in the departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, has been named as the 2015 Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize laureate... Read More

Summer Kick Off Party

Summer Kick Off Party
Summer Kick Off Party
06-27-2015 - 06-27-2015
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Admission: Advance $10 Doors $15 Ages 18+
 
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Public invited to amateur radio field day at UC Davis

Public invited to amateur radio field day at UC Davis

See and hear amateur radio in action as three Yolo County clubs participate in a field day at UC Davis and the largest on-the-air event in North America on Saturday, June 27.

Local operators — who play a vital role in communications for major special events and emergencies — will test their abilities to communicate with other radio stations around the world.

About 25 members of the Yolo Amateur Radio Society, the Yolo County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and UC Davis Amateur Radio Communications will establish a field station — including antennas, radio stations, tents and a cooking area — without utilities... Read More