On Thursday December 5th at 6pm Davis held its 32nd Annual Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op, this is one of Davis’ oldest community traditions which includes the children’s parade, the holiday tree illumination in the E Street Plaza, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting guests, performances by local musical groups, horse- drawn carriage rides and free showings of “The Grinch” at the historic Varsity Theatre. The evening was filled with music sung by a children’s music choir that has been practicing since September, and the Davis marching band.
While the night air was crisp and laced with frost it was easy to keep warm with Peete’s and Starbucks open on either side of the event. Walking down E street you could see young children sitting on their father’s shoulders, attempting to see the stage.
Students from the Davis High School were huddled in clumps attempting to stay warm while watching the UC Davis marching band. College students were either participating in the festivities or cheering on their friends.
Often times Davis seems to be divided into sectors, high school students, UC Davis students, and families. Events like these are unique in Davis because they bring the Davis community together as one. All sectors of the community participate in the festivities and watch them together.
In the spirit of the holidays Davis becomes one single community. This is why the tree-lighting ceremony is so unique in Davis, it brings people together who would not usually interact.
By: Danielle Brown
Third year English major at UC Davis
Join me for the 10th Annual 'Soup's On!' This years event will be held on January 30th, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Saint James Parish in Davis. Enjoy delicious soups from a variety of donors and great music from Calvin Handy and the Jazz Patrol. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels in Yolo County. Click here to RSVP and we look forward to seeing you on January 30th!
One of the things we love about Downtown Davis is the diversity of places to shop, eat and enjoy the city. Here are some of your District 2 representatives' favorite spots for date nights.
Deputy Diane Parro
Now that our sons have left home, my husband Jon and I find ourselves busier than ever and often meet downtown for a quick dinner en route to evening commitments. This usually means that Pluto’s, Chipotle, or Crepeville is providing us with a quick, fresh meal. However, on special occasions I love to go to Tea List. It’s tucked behind the British telephone booth in the alley off of D Street and Jon and I both love tea. We have had delicious salads and sandwiches for lunch and the high tea is very beautiful, delicious, and plentiful. This is a very charming family-owned business and Nahid is extremely gracious and can tailor the menu for our vegetarian taste. I think her custom blend of chai tea is the best around and the scones are extraordinary!
Assistant Deputy Steve Rea
Any decent date night with my wife will always center on food. After leaving the kids with Grandma, Crystal and I head to downtown Davis to enjoy some of the great places to eat. For dinner, we love to go to Café Bernardo. Café Bernardo is inspired by the European tradition of café dining and serves a wide variety of cuisine. Our favorite dishes include the Salmon BLT and the Chicken Caesar Salad. One fun fact about the restaurant, its name is a tribute to one of the owner’s dogs.
After dinner, Crystal and I look to satisfy our sweet-tooth with frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. Nestled by Whole-Foods, Pinkberry offers multiple options from indulgent sweet treats to healthy Greek yogurt shakes. The fruit offered at Pinkberry always tastes good to us and we especially appreciate the calorie counts on all the foods.
Supervisor Don Saylor
Julie and I enjoy taking in a movie at the Varsity and just strolling around afterwards. I always enjoy the Art Deco touches to the restored movie house and think fondly of the reopening a few years back when I was a member of the Davis City Council. We also love meeting friends for dinner downtown. There are so many good spots to choose from; it sort of depends on the occasion.
I love Tucos for a quiet dinner or appetizers, Seasons for a meeting, Zen Toro for authentic Japanese food and Tres Hermanas for Mexican food. Or zip over to Monticello Seasonal Cuisine for local treats. Hard to go wrong. Wherever we go, we like to walk around afterwards, stop for dessert somewhere or maybe just window shop and enjoy the murals and other public art. A great time to go downtown is the Second Friday of the Month. We love strolling from place to place hearing live music and viewing the newest creations of local artists at the Second Friday Art Abouts.
I also love the live music in downtown. During much of the year we can enjoy outdoor musicians at several of the restaurants and at the E Street Plaza. And finally, don’t forget the Picnic Day Parade and the many special events all year round. Altogether, Downtown Davis is a great destination and a great place to hang out.
Visit the Downtown Davis Business Association here!
For the 2014 Soup’s On event, Don has chosen to support Meals on Wheels, a national organization that delivers meals to senior citizens in need.
In 2003, Don brought soup to an ill friend, and from there the idea of Soup’s On was born. It has grown from a simple act of kindness into a community event that brings people together to enjoy soup, music, and their community. All of the proceeds from the program go towards supporting a non-profit organization of Don’s choice.
The recipient of this year’s Soup’s On proceeds, Meals on Wheels, has faced shutdowns in other areas due to budget cuts. Nationwide, many chapters of Meals on Wheels have cut down on the number of meals that they serve, and have been forced to restrict the number of seniors that they can help. Meals on Wheels provides services throughout Yolo County.
Nearly one in six seniors is threatened by hunger, according to the Meals on Wheels website. Don hopes that by supporting Meals on Wheels in this years Soup’s On event, donations raised will allow the organization to continue its service to the senior population.
By: Taylor Cunningham
Second-year International Relations major at UC Davis
Downtown Davis had much to offer during the month of December. Their "Light Up the Holiday" promotions helped put Yolo County residents in good spirits as they enjoyed the company of friends and family this Holiday season. Here are just a couple of things that happened in downtown Davis.
Davis Downtown Window Decorating Contest
Folks started the Holidays with a visit to one of the thirty-four businesses that participated in the 2nd Annual Davis Downtown Window Decorating Contest. All were able to enjoy the brightly decorated windows as they shopped and walked through downtown Davis. A secret panel of judges will select the top three businesses that best captured the Holiday spirit. A complete listing of participating businesses can be found here and the results of the contest can be found here. Despite the contest being over, the community is still invited to tour downtown Davis and visit participating businesses all through Christmas Day.
12 Days of Downtown Davis
The Downtown Davis Business Association encouraged residents to 'Think Local and Shop Small' with the 12 Days of Downtown Davis promotion that took place earlier this month. Participating businesses are commemorated the season with special offers and longer store hours. Promotions took place from December 1 through December 12. Visit the Davis Downtown website to see who participated.
By: Stewart Savage
Director, Davis Downtown Business Association
I hope this end of the year newsletter finds you all well. As I reflect on 2013, I am thankful for the many ways that Yolo County residents make our small part of the world a better place. This past year, we worked very hard to address food security and food system issues as part of our commitment to sustaining and enhancing the safety net for our most vulnerable residents and to support a healthy agriculture economy.
Our Farm to Every Fork series was a highlight of the year for me. So was the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of First 5 Yolo. In 2014, the District 2 team will continue our focus on the safety net, building stronger local and regional partnerships, environmental stewardship, and economic development and job creation. I look forward to serving Yolo County as the 2014 Chair of the Board of Supervisors.
I hope to see many of you on January 30 for our 10th Annual Soup’s On event at St. James Church in Davis. This year all proceeds of the event will go directly to the Yolo Elderly Nutrition Program / Meals on Wheels. Each time I deliver hot lunches to home bound seniors I am reminded how important the food and the visit are to these folks. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and sincerely look forward to working for the people of Yolo County in 2014.
Steve Rea, District 2 Assistant Deputy
My name is Steve Rea. I am the newest Assistant Deputy to Yolo County District 2 Supervisor Don Saylor. I am a recent graduate of UC Davis, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History with an emphasis in the United States. I also served on Active Duty in the United States Army and spent two years deployed to Iraq.
This diverse background has provided me with a wide array of experiences and skills to draw from as I come on board to help make a difference in Yolo County. My wife Crystal and I are both from Davis originally and are very excited to be able to stay in this region that we love.
My personal goal is to be accessible, efficient, and open as I continue to learn how to tackle the complex array of issues that present themselves on an ongoing basis. I sincerely hope that you will take the time to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for Don and for you.
The mission of the UC Davis Student Veterans Organization is to connect the Veterans of UC Davis to each other and to their surrounding community.
Every Thursday DSVO offers free coffee and donuts on campus for all the student veterans. This provides a relaxing atmosphere for vets across the all ages and branches to build a level of camaraderie they thought had left them behind.
Another focus of DSVO is one of connecting Veterans to their community. Recently I, and many others volunteered at the "Hoes Down Harvest Festival", an event to help benefit future farmers, sustainable agriculture, and community organizations. UC Davis Veterans can rest assured that their current leadership cares about their needs. By getting involved UC Davis Veterans can each make a difference.
-Get connected with DSVO here!
By: Megan Kennedy
Vice-President, Davis Student Veterans Organization
UC Davis is an economic asset to the City of Davis, Yolo County and the Sacramento region. UC Davis students also contribute to the lives of our communities everyday in countless ways.
UC Davis students can be found volunteering and interning around the community. They work at medical institutes in Davis and Sacramento, in business and government settings, and with other causes that directly impact our communities in positive ways.
Employers, and other organizations can tap into this treasure trove by accessing Aggie Job Link. Aggie Job Link serves as a one stop hub where approved organizations can advertise for student help.
Those looking to get connected with more than just one or two volunteers might want to consider reaching out to a Fraternity or Sorority. During the 2011-2012 academic year these on-campus Greek organizations helped to benefit the community by raising over $250,000 and performing 24,000 hours of community service. One example is the Tri-Delta Davis Chapter Sorority which raised over $25,000 for St Jude Children's Hospital, outperforming all other on-campus groups. Individuals and organizations needing help can visit the UC Davis Greek Community Relations page here.
No matter what level of involvement you are looking for UC Davis has a wide range of tools to help make District 2 a better place.
By: Danielle Brown
Third year English major at UC Davis