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Calistoga Hosts Mudder of All Weekends Girlfriend Getaway Event

Calistoga Hosts Mudder of All Weekends Girlfriend Getaway Event

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce today announces a brand new event to the area, “Mudder of All Weekends,” taking place Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2015. The weekend-long experience includes a scavenger hunt, Pretty Muddy 5K fun run, restaurant and bar crawl, lodging and spa specials, yoga and dining offerings. The event is open to women, ages 14 and older.

A variety of lodging and spa properties in Calistoga are getting in on the action by offering Mudder of All Weekends packages featuring special room rates and spa deals, respectively. In addition, throughout the weekend participants will have access to Pretty Muddy menu specials and the chance to judge “dirtiest drink in town”.

The fun kicks off on Friday, March 27 with the “Scavenge Mud City” scavenger hunt. Calistoga businesses are extending their hours as guests hunt through the city, and race to see their name top the real-time leaderboard.

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

By Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, which is a great time for parents to think about their children’s oral health.  Here is some dental-related information to chew on to ensure the health of your child’s mouth now and into the future:

Measles Vaccine Available Through Immunization Program

Measles Vaccine Available Through Immunization Program

In response to the ongoing measles outbreak in California, the Yolo County Health Services Department’s Immunization Program has received special doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine to be used in children and adults for outbreak control and prevention efforts, regardless of insurance status.  The vaccine is available to residents during the program’s weekly Monday clinics and to community clinics running low on the vaccine.

The current supply of the MMR vaccine in California is adequate.  As of today, there are no known cases of measles in Yolo County.  Individuals unsure of their immunization status, should discuss with their medical provider the need to be vaccinated. 

Yolo County residents may attend the Health Services Department’s regularly scheduled immunization clinics for the MMR vaccine, flu shots and other vaccines as follows:

1st Monday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
500B Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento

Measles – What’s all the fuss about?

Measles – What’s all the fuss about?

By Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.
January 29, 2015

There has been a lot in the news about a recent outbreak of measles linked to a Disney amusement park in Orange County, with now over 70 cases confirmed in California and several in other states as well.  What is measles and who is at risk?  Who exactly needs to be vaccinated?

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus.  It begins with fever, followed by cough, runny nose, sore throat and pink eyes, and then a whole body rash.  When someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the droplets are spread in the air and stay very infectious for up to 2 hours.  People are contagious from 4 days before they develop rash to 4 days after the rash starts.

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced Saturday they had reached a tentative nurses’ contract with Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will cover their 18,000 California RNs. The deal will give the RNs increased pay, a stronger voice on patient care and improve workplace protections according to the union.

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the RNs, also provides significant raises and adds to their retirement package... Read More

Grant to speed Ebola drug production

Grant to speed Ebola drug production

Karen McDonald, professor of chemical engineering and materials science, is working with a UC Davis team to grow plant cells in a bioreactor.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will explore ways to speed production of the Ebola drug Zmapp with a $200,000 rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation... Read More

Fruit Tree Workshop Class January 10

Fruit Tree Workshop Class January 10

Calling all fruit tree and garden enthusiasts!  The Hanna and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community garden in Woodland will host a fruit tree workshop on Saturday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This outdoor class is free and open to all; no experience with fruit trees necessary.

This class, taught by a Yolo County master gardener who specializes in fruit trees, will help participants select bare root fruit trees for their home orchard.  Participants will also learn how to properly train and trim fruit trees during the winter dormant season to enhance growth and production in spring.  The class will take place in the garden orchard on the west side of the Bauer building at 137 N. Cottonwood Avenue in Woodland, and will include demonstration of various training and trimming techniques.