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‘Beer for a Butterfly’ contest underway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 8, 2014 —

The hunt is on:

UC Davis professor Art Shapiro is offering a pitcher of beer, or its cash equivalent, to the person who catches the first cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2014.  The wee beasties typically make their first appearance of the season sometime around Jan. 20, give or take.

The catch is that Shapiro, who according to UC Davis usually spends 200 days per year in the field, usually wins his own contest. Last year, he found his first specimen of the season in West Sacramento, sharing the beer with his grad students.

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings (photo from Wikipedia  Commons, license granted)

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings
(photo from Wikipedia Commons, license granted)

To win, be the first to catch an adult outdoors (look in vacant lots, fields and gardens, especially among weedy mustards) and take the live specimen to the Department of Evolution and Ecology, 2320 Storer Hall at UC Davis. It should keep alive in the fridge for a few days if necessary.

Provide your exact date, time and location of capture, along with your name and contact information (email preferred).

The contest is open to catches made in the counties of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano.

Good luck.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The UC Davis website says that Shapiro caught a butterfly specimen at 1:18 p.m. on New Year’s Day.  But he has declared the contest still open, because he believes his specimen was from the “fall brood,” which slipped into January.  He is still looking for a specimen hatched from the new brood.

   The website says he caught the New Year’s Day butterfly in West Sacramento, on the south (sunny) side of a railroad embankment.

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News-Ledger to give away tickets for ‘Disney on Ice’ show

Disney characters 'Ariel' and "Eric' will be among the cast for the upcoming 'Disney on Ice' show at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Disney characters ‘Ariel’ and “Eric’ will be among the cast for the upcoming ‘Disney on Ice’ show at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 13, 2014 —

Sometime between now and Friday, January 24, the News-Ledger of West Sacramento will give away two packets of tickets to the upcoming ‘Disney on Ice’ performance in Sacramento.

The theme of the show is “Rockin’ Ever After,” and it features many well-known Disney characters, including some from “Little Mermaid” and the folks from “Beauty and the Beast.”

As for the tickets:

They’re for the performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at Sleep Train Arena.  They’re pretty good seats in the lower section!

The News-Ledger will give away at least one batch of four tickets and one batch of three tickets to that performance. No purchase necessary.

How do you win the tickets?

Watch our Facebook page here, at www.Facebook.com/TheNewsLedger.  When we announce on Facebook that the giveaway is on, be one of the first two callers to phone us for a chance to win some of the tickets.  “Liking” us on Facebook may help you learn when the contest begins. Be forewarned, past experience tells us that all the tickets will be claimed in just a couple of minutes of the announcement, so you will have to act quickly when the contest begins!

Winners’ names will be announced on Facebook.  Winners may either make an appointment to pick up the tickets at our office, or ask that the tickets be mailed to them by regular mail.

Good luck!

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Your library card may earn you a Northern California museum discount

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Your Yolo County library card can earn you free and low-cost passes to Northern California museums through the “Discover & Go” program. Visit www.discover.yolocountylibrary.org.

For general library information, visit www.yolocountylibrary.org or look for the library on Facebook.

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West Sac Girl Scouts step up for doggies

 Linda from Kritter Kamp and Girl Scout Troop 2203 members Hannah, Alexa, Athena, Allyson,Kennedy and Reese. (courtesy photo/Yvonne Cantrell)

Linda from Kritter Kamp and Girl Scout Troop 2203 members Hannah, Alexa, Athena, Allyson,Kennedy and Reese.
(courtesy photo/Yvonne Cantrell)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 8, 2014 —

A West Sacramento Girl Scout troop has tried to make a difference in the lives of about 150 dogs awaiting adoption.

Members of the Scouts’ “Riverbank” unit joined those from other troops at a birthday party in honor of the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.  The West Sacramento scouts collected treats, toys and blankets for needy animals.

At the party – held Nov. 1 at Westmore Oaks Elementary School, the scouts presented their donations to a representative of Kritter Kamp for Elk Grove. A few days later, the girls visited the dog shelter to play with and walk some of the dogs.

“I am going to volunteer to come here and help the animals once I can drive,” said 10-year old scout Alexa.

The Riverbank unit in West Sacramento now has almost 20 girls.

For information on the Scouts, visit www.girlscoutshcc.org.

For information on Kritter Kamp, including its adoptable dogs, visit www.kritterkamp.org or call (916) 691-1364.

  (Information in this report came from Yvonne Cantrell, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.)

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