Aunt Helena

2014-03-05T10:18:00Z Aunt Helena Napa Valley Register
March 05, 2014 10:18 am

Aunt Helena ventured outside of St. Helena the other day, and realized that Napa really isn’t as far away as some would have her believe.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear “From Bubbles to Boardrooms, Acts 1 & 2” author Michaela Kane Rodeno speak at the annual Books on Wine Festival, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane. The event is co-hosted by the Napa Valley Wine Library Association and Napa Valley Vintners. There will be a reception with wines from Domaine Chandon, St. Supery Winery and Villa Ragazzi, and an exhibit of books about wine published in 2013. This gala event is free and open to the public.

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At Rianda House, Complimentary Health Screening from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 13. St. Helena Hospital generously provides on-site testing for total cholesterol, HDL, blood sugar, bone density and blood pressure. No appointment or fasting is required. The next bimonthly screenings are May 8, July 10, Sept. 11 and Nov. 13, at 1475 Main St. 963-8555.

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Also at Rianda House, free Eligibility Screenings for Medi-Cal/Medicare Savings Programs including Long Term Medi-Cal, and Cal Fresh (food stamps), every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1475 Main St. Phone consultations and home visits are also available by calling 251-2558 Monday through Friday. Other support including counseling services, emotional or cognitive concerns or just someone to listen is available at that same number.

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Speaking of old things, Happy Birthday St. Helena! It was 160 years ago that our fair town was founded and the St. Helena Historical Society will celebrate this anniversary with a Museum for a Day educational event. Artifacts from the society’s collection will be on display including historic farm equipment, vintage signs, family history exhibits and much more. Browse the Collectibles Sale for unique items beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at St. Helena Catholic School Gym, 1255 Oak Ave. Cost is $10, and free for students and members. Call 967-5502 for information.

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How about some news of youngsters? On Sunday, because things were running late, the Rev. William “Father Mac” McIlmoyl decided to cut out the blessings for birthdays and anniversaries. Well, an usher told him there was a young man, Fred Cutting, whose heart was broken because he was turning 7 and wanted a blessing. When Father Mac heard the news, he stopped the service and called Fred out of the pews and gave him a blessing he’ll never forget!

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More doings from youngsters ... Judith Rowlings Sainato sends news of the youngest “Munchkins” who are in the school district’s “Wizard of Oz” production that opens Friday at Lincoln Theater. The three are all second-graders at St. Helena Elementary School and are all excited to be in the huge production. They are Everett Goldfarb, 8, and two girls who are 7 1/2 years old: Anna Harrington and Beatrice Anagnostakis. Go break a leg!

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Hablas Español? Any and all questions about tax returns will be addressed in Spanish by Norma Ferriz at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane. A film for children will be shown during this program. Ferriz also prepares tax returns at the St. Helena Family Center.

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Soroptimist International of St. Helena Sunrise will host LUNAFEST, a program of short films by, for and about women beginning at 6 p.m. with a wine and appetizer reception and films starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video Program MFA Candidate Alexandra Liveris will speak about her film “Maria of Many.”

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