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Author Visit: Dr. Sophia Yin, Animal Behaviorist

Author Visit: Dr. Sophia Yin, Animal Behaviorist

Dogs vs. Cats? No need to take sides. The library has something for both!

The Yolo County’s Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, welcomes veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author, Dr. Sophia Yin, for two speaking engagements this fall.

On Sunday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Dr. Yin will present “Pet Dogs, Problem Dogs and High-Performance Dogs: how the science of learning can take your training to a new level”.   Harness the power of science in your training.  Operant conditioning is much more than a clicker and treats.  Many trainers believe they are using it, yet have an incomplete understanding of its nuances and potential.  Find out how operant conditioning as a technology can be used to change behaviors faster and more reliably than ever before.

Woodland Tomato Festival Returns Saturday August 10th

Woodland Tomato Festival Returns Saturday August 10th

The 6th Annual Tomato Festival in Woodland offers some big changes this year. The event will take place along Main Street in the heart of the historic downtown district, a move away from Freeman Park. Main Street will be closed from First Street to Third Street for the festival activities, with something enjoyable for all ages.

This year there will be lots of food booths, a kids train ride, bounce houses, and other new carnival type games by the Fun and Games Company. There will also be plenty of live music performances, Folklorico performers, as well as tomato-themed competitions.

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

It won't be long before West Sac families can head for the Yolo County Fair - the state’s oldest fair that has no admission charge.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fair's annual Opening Night Gala (6-8 p.m. Aug. 14, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate). The fundraiser helps support a fair that also boasts hundreds of  volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Located in the Fair's Agriculture Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, the gala will feature entertainment by area musicians, Clarksburg wines, locally produced honey, jams, olive oils, produce and crafts, all set against the Americana backdrop of the fair, said event spokeswoman Monique Garcia in a press release.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: The POWER of Encouragement!

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: The POWER of Encouragement!
2013 Weekly Challenge #23: The Power of Encouragement G. K. Chesterton, an English journalist, once wrote, “The really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.”

West Nile warning for Yolo County

West Nile warning for Yolo County

With school out, West Sacramento families are hiking, biking, swimming, camping and otherwise spending more time outdoors. Hot weather risks include an increase in mosquito activity and the possibility you will be bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus.

In the Sacramento region, both birds and mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus. If a person is bitten and becomes infected, in rare cases he or she can develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The California Department of Public Health reports one human case so far this year in Sacramento County.

More ways to help victims of deadly Oklahoma tornado

More ways to help victims of deadly Oklahoma tornado

 

The relief and recovery effort is underway in the Oklahoma City area after a an EF-5 twister tore through Monday, leaving 24 dead and 12,000 - 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

Officials estimated the recovery cost at $2 billion.

If you wish to help, the following organizations are providing food, shelters, and emergency supplies and equipment.

How you can help

How you can help

The tragedy of Monday’s tornado in Oklahoma may be halfway across the country, but there are still ways we can help locally.

Jordan Scott, communications director for the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter, said the organization is accepting donations for relief efforts. People can text REDCROSS to 9099 to make an automatic $10 donation, or can visit redcross.org to make a donation.

Scott said there are no plans yet to send teams from Northern California over to Oklahoma for relief efforts, but that it usually takes 24 to 48 hours for them to receive requests.

“Our volunteers know it may happen and to be ready,” Scott said. “We’ve got the experience and the expertise here.”

Volunteers from the area have helped out through other disasters, including the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.