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Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Are you tired of throwing away brown bananas and delegating unused celery and carrot tops to the compost bin?  Do you feel frustrated comparing the mound of melon to the mountain of rind on your cutting board?  Americans waste about 40% of their food, and up to 25% of that is at home.  Fight the statistics by joining the Davis Food Co-op “thrift wizards” for a food waste reduction demonstration on Thursday, June 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 314 East 14th Street in Davis.

Learn easy, creative ways to rescue the contents of your refrigerator crisper drawer, whether it's making a tart and flavorful grapefruit syrup, pickling a watermelon rind or discovering how to use a vanilla bean three ways.  It takes a little effort, a lot of creativity and some chemistry to stretch a food budget and help save the planet.  See how it’s done, try samples, and take home the recipes!

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Two free gardening classes for children will be held in June at the Hannah and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, sponsored by the Yolo County Health Department and located adjacent to the Bauer Building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  Tuleyome Home Place Adventures will be leading the activities for each class. 

This Thursday, June 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (note: new time), the “Tommy the Tomato” class will teach kids how to make tomato cages for their home garden and includes an art contest.  Art supplies will be provided or young artists can bring their finished artwork or poem to the garden.  Entries must include at least one “tomato-like” element with the rest up to the imagination.  Winners in five age group categories (starting at 3 years and under, and up to 18 years) will be featured at the Woodland Tomato Festival in August.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Solar Cooking Festival

Solar Cooking Festival

Learn to cook with the sun at this free event at William Land Park. This is a perfect opportunity for novices and solar cooking pros. When most people see it they say, "It's so easy!"

Watch local and international chefs demonstrate their cooking techniques. Solar chefs will hold mini solar-cooking classes to get you started. You can purchase new solar cookers or learn how to make one at home. 

Solar cookers help families throughout the world. You can learn more about the international outreach at this event or on-line at solarcookers.org

If you are a Solar Chef and would like to find out how to participate, go to http://solarcookers.org/events/festival/  

Online registration ends July 16th. This will be a unique opportunity to work alongside solar chefs from Kenya, Norway, Uganda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

This is a family-friendly event, so no alcohol please.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County will be recognized next week at the Green California Summit with a Green California Leadership Award for 5.8 megawatts of ground-mounted, high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems installed at two county-owned sites in 2013, which at current utility rates, are eliminating the county’s annual $1.4 million electricity bill and generating $438,000 in annual revenues.  The Green California Leadership Awards were established to recognize outstanding environmental achievements in governments who undertake publicly financed and executed projects that provide a measurable benefit to the natural or human environment.

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

(Woodland, CA) – Over 15 tons of tires have already been recycled through a CalRecycle Tire Amnesty grant that was awarded to the Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management.  Since funding is still available, now through the end of March, all Yolo County residents are being offered free tire recycling at the Yolo County Central Landfill for up to nine tires per household, farm or ranch.  Coupons are being sent in the mail and utility bills, and can also be found for downloading on Yolo County city websites.  A valid driver’s license or utility bill verifying Yolo County residency will be checked upon arrival at the landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H at Road 104, and a coupon must be presented at that time for free disposal. 

Things to remember when participating in this free tire recycling event: