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Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 28th 10:00 a

The Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28th, at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road. The Davis Brass Ensemble will perform a medley of patriotic music from 9:30am-10:00am. The Memorial Day program will be from 10:00am-12:00 pm.
Davis Boy Scouts , Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will place the flags on the graves of veterans early that morning and pick them up that evening.
The ceremony will feature the Davis Brass Ensemble, Davis Children’s Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals, Carol Kessler, Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, an introduction by Mayor Pro-tem Brett Lee and the keynote speaker will be Jerry Coker.

The son of a career soldier, Jerry Coker lived in the Midwest and Alaska until his father retired from the Army and settled in California. In 1968 Jerry enlisted in the US Marine Corps one week after high school graduation, serving as a rifleman in South Vietnam with the Second Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. In the spring of 1969 he was severely wounded from grenade fragments during night operations in Quang Nam Province, southwest of Danang City.

After a lengthy recovery in Japan and stateside, Jerry returned to school, married his girlfriend, Jan, and began to write fiction. He earned degrees from UC Davis in English Literature and the Brown University Graduate Writing Program, returning to California in the late 70s to begin a diverse career that began at UC Davis. At UCD he served as a recruiter, publications writer and editor. In his corporate career he served as a marketing manager, researcher, business proposal manager and contract administrator. He later served as a management consultant, high school English teacher, and was the owner of an Information Technology staffing augmentation consulting firm with State and Federal Clients.
During these nearly forty years in Davis, he shared the raising of their two boys, Nathan and Drew with Jan, a musician and long-time Davis elementary school teacher. After the boys left their hometown to find their own path, both serving in Iraqwith the Marines and then eventually returning to the area with their own wives and now grandchildren, Jan and Jerry realized their small part in the full circle of life, and how precious that participation is.

He is author of two World War II historical fiction novels, First Among Men (2013, Pocol Press), about the 1943 invasion of Attu Island in the Aleutians of which his father participated; and Into the Wet (2015, Black Rose Writing and 2017, Pocol Press second printing), about the 1942 campaign of the Japanese Army to take New Guinea from the Australian Army, known as the battle for the Kokoda Trail.

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We will be in need of volunteers to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting monetary donations.

Please contact cemcod@dcn.org if you would like to help.

Davis Cemetery June Board Meeting

                                                         Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting

Agenda

 

Date:               6/20/2018                                

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

 

Approval of agenda

 

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements:  None

 

Approval of minutes:  Approval of May 2018 meeting minutes

 

Consent calendar:        None

 

Correspondence:           Letter

 

Superintendent’s Report:  Written and verbal.

 

Community Outreach Report:   Written and Verbal.

 

Financial Report:            Written and verbal.

 

Old Business:

 

  1. Update on status of Patrea Marchand report
    1. Jul 12 meeting
    2. Hold on completion and approval of new policies and procedures until after Patrea’s report
  2. Review and approval of 2018/2019 Budget including:
    1. Update of 2017/2018 YTD actuals and Total Year Forecasts compared to proposed budget
    2. Review of any line item changes from budget proposed by staff in May meeting.
    3. Review of burial quantities by type and analysis of impact of prior pricing changes
    4. Review of any proposed pricing actions
  3. Roadway Expansion Project
    1. Plot expansion needs and timing

 New Business:

  1. Election of new board officers.
  2. Pay raises: for employees who are at the top of their pay charts
  3. FY 18-19 Budget

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

 

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Kristi Dvorak, Community Outreach Director

Volunteers

We are always looking for a few helpful hands to assist in beautifying our gardens.  If you would like to assist in weeding, pruning and planting we would love to hear from you.  We will also be starting a new program with seed starting.

Volunteer time will from 9-11 M-Friday and on special volunteer days.

Contact

Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org

Quarterly Care of Grounds

The District is starting its first quarterly string trimming around all the monuments in the Cemetery. With this initial trimming of the year, there will be the removal of floral and memorabilia that does not conform to the District Rules and Regulations regarding the care of graves and Cemetery grounds.   Please contact us for a copy of our Rules and Regulations. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will save some decoration, that the Staff feels may be of value, for a two-week period.

Stasia Tikkanen “Landscapes with a Gist” Open House Sunday, April 8th

Gallery 1855 will host a one-of-a-kind exhibition by local artist Stasia Tikkanen. “Landscapes with a Gist” will run from April 3 to 30. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p. Sunday, April 8.

The exhibit features conceptual landscapes that include a night-and-day series, an in-studio series exploring perception related to the time of day. The artist paints two scenes from the same environment, one in nightlight and the other in daylight to see how light alters the perception of a scene. In this series, she has explored subjectively chosen scenes in Davis.

Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Tikkanen moved to Davis 16 years ago. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art studio from the University of New Mexico, she has worked as a professional studio artist, decorative painter and in galleries for a total of 20 years.

In 2013, she became a full-time studio and plein air artist.

“While painting in studio or outdoors in the tradition of plein air, I seek a general notion or idea in each environment I explore and try to capture it in my work,” Tikkanen said.“While painting, I ask myself, what does this scene make me think or feel? What is the gist of this scene? Be it a mood, a metaphor, symbolism or just an internal musing on my part, I find revealing it through landscape captures a reflection of human nature.”

The idea of conceptualizing landscapes got the attention of several patrons interested in specific themes. In 2014-2015, Tikkanen was privately commissioned to paint a landscape series featuring the high deserts and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. This series reflects the culture of the area through color and subject while portraying the unique lighting of the high desert mountains and land features.

In 2016, Juanita Bucot published one of these paintings, “The Sandias,” as a book cover of her fiction novel “Spirit Gone Wild,” a journey through the southwest in the 1960s. Also in 2016 the artist focus extended further into the outdoors and scenes of Northern California.

After exhibiting in the 2017 Davis Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Davis Art Center, Tikkanen continued her Northern California focus with an in-studio series titled “Night and Day — A study of perception related to light.”

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting April Agenda

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting

Agenda

 

Date:               4/25/2018                                

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

 

Approval of agenda

 

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements:  None

 

Approval of minutes:  Approval of February 21, 2018 , and March 21, 2018 monthly meetings.

 

Consent calendar:        None

 

Correspondence:           None

 

Superintendent’s Report:  Written and verbal.

 

Community Outreach Report:   Written and Verbal.

 

Financial Report:            Written and verbal.

 

 

Old Business:                1. Election of new Secretary to the Board, effective immediately.

  1. First Reading of the Policy revision.
  2.   Second Reading of the Personnel Policy.
  3.     360 Superintendent review process.
  4. Yolo LAFCO Election Ballot: Consolidated Redevelopment Oversight Board.

 

 New Business:

  1. Plot Expansion: Needs and Timing.
  2. Roadway Expansion Project.

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

 

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.

 

 

History Tours

Enjoy a stroll through history one of our  Davis Cemetery District History Tours.

The historic cemetery district is offering guided history tours on our beautiful grounds.. We will share the stories of the pioneer families and individuals who have shaped our city into what it is today.   We will also discuss the meaning of and changes to gravestone symbols from Victorian times to the present.

Tours will take about an 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes. Guided cart tours are available but will limited to three individuals.
Contact Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org or call 530-756-7807 to schedule an appointment.

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting

                                                         Davis Cemetery District  Board Meeting

Agenda

Date:               2/21/2018                                

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

 

Approval of agenda

 

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements:      None

 

Approval of minutes:  Approval of December 20, 2017 Monthly meeting.

 

Consent calendar:        None

 

Correspondence:           Letter to Board  requesting  the honoring of  promise.

 

Superintendent’s Report:  Written and verbal.

 

Community Outreach Report:   Verbal.

 

Financial Report:            Written and verbal.

 

 

Old Business:                1. IRS update status.

  1. Anderson encroachment and resolution update.
  2. Oral subcommittee reports on:
  3.  a) Policy and Procedures separation and updates.
  4.  b) Potential 360 review process.
  5. Part time employee update
  6. Form 700 submittal

 

New Business:              None

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

 

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Thursday,  February 15, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.

 

 

New Burial Section Will Open on March 1st.

The historic Davis Cemetery District has added a new section to it’s beautiful cemetery.  The new SF section  is  lined with blooming crepe myrtle trees and shaded by heritage trees. It borders near the historic hill and the soothing free form fountain. This section is a welcome addition to our growing cemetery.  Families can utilize these plots with one of our many memorization options. This section will be reserved for casket and family cremation plots. The section will accommodate standard, titan or green casket burial. Green burial is our most recent addition and involves a more natural return to the earth. We also have smaller plots, niche banks and a scattering garden to accommodate cremation burials in other locations in the cemetery.

Please contact our office M-F 9-4:00 pm to discuss your options will look forward to assisting you.

SF section

 

Solo Exhibition of Linda Ayre Reception: February 11th

NEW TERRITORY LAYERS, TEARS, SCRAPES, MARKS AND SHAPE:

SOLO EXHIBITION OF LINDA AYRE

February 4-28, 2018

February 11, 2018 1-4:00 pm.

The talented Linda Ayre will exhibition her abstract paintings during the month of February at Gallery 1855.  The exhibition will run from February 5- February 28th. The artist reception and open house will be held February 11th from 1-4:00pm.

Linda has been a Davis, CA resident since 1990.  She was Born in Glendive, Montana, raised in Santa Monica, CA and lived extended periods of time in San Francisco, Peru, and Mexico, which gave her many diverse memories and experiences.

She first became interested in painting and art in the 70’s while living in Oaxaca, Mexico where vivid colors, animals, plants and uncommon situations were visible on a daily basis in the extraordinary, ever surprising local art. For 14 years the beautiful tapestries and weavings, colorful ceramics, and brightly painted wood carvings as well as the paintings of indigenous artist painter were her portal to art and when she began painting, they permeated every painting she did and still have a dominant influence on her work.   Her paintings, now, are a mixture of the subjects that interest her today and those vivid colors, those characters and situations and the memories of experiences (sometimes magical and surreal) that she had.

During her life in Oaxaca she was immersed in the unreal real realm of Indigenous art where the normal limitations of human and animal behaviors do not apply.  During these years she was influenced by the art of Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, and Frida Kahlo as well as by the paintings of the indigenous Oaxacan artists who worked in the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo from 1978-1984:  Eddie Martinez, Justina Fuentes, Maximino Javier, Amador Montes, & Guillermo Brena .

Twenty years later, in 2007, after retiring from teaching and school administration in Woodland CA., Linda began painting and took her first formal classes.   Watercolorists Joyce Laws, Betty Berteaux and Christine Shackel were her first teachers in California.  In 2008-09 Linda studied oil painting in Paris at the Academie Port Royal in a studio art course with Jean-Maxime Relange and Dina Pickard.  In 2010 she returned to Oaxaca, Mexico and entered an advanced studio art class with Guillermo Brena.    After returning to Davis in 2012, Linda worked on her own and took classes with Betty Burteaux at the Davis Art Center. In 2013 she was accepted into the Different Strokes Art Critique Group.  In 2015 she took both an Oil & Cold Wax Mixed Media and an Abstract Painting, Drawing & Collage workshop with Sara Post which moved her toward abstract painting.

Linda is interested in painting the out-of-ordinariness of ordinary things and the juxtaposition of perceived important and the non-important. She sometimes takes on the painting of individual plants or animals as an opportunity to explore and understand their uniqueness.

Recently Linda has been exploring abstraction and other genres to express her art including cold wax and oil, collage, India ink,  & charcoal used in abstractions. Some of her acrylic abstracts are shown in this exhibit.

She has exhibited in Davis, CA at: The Chen Building (2009), The Tsao Gallery, a group exhibit (2013), The International House, a group exhibit (2015). She is presently showing her work at the Gallery 625, Woodland, CA.

Gallery 1855 is a contemporary, non-profit art gallery that displays local artists at the historic Davis Cemetery District.  Visitors can enjoy the gallery  Monday-Friday 9-4:00pm and on second Sunday from 1-4:00pm.