The mailbag was a little thin for my last column of 2017 — understandably so, since the folks who usually send me notes are enjoying holiday family time at home. But no worries — I still have a few choice morsels to share.

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Attention, fellow sufferers of St. Helena Farmers’ Market withdrawal. During the off-season, market educator Amanda Tuttle posts recipes and arts and crafts for kids and adults at the market’s online Learning Center at sthelenafarmersmkt.org. In December she’s posted recipes for Peppermint Oreo Bark and Immune Broth Chicken Soup and shows how to make winter dream catchers, glowing ice lanterns, potato-stamped gift wrap, homemade snow clay, and how to turn clothespins into snowflake ornaments. Her ideas should help keep the kids busy until school starts again.

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Calendars out, please. March 24 is the day of Give Big! St. Helena, a collaborative fundraiser held by the public school parent groups and the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation. It raised $250,000 this year, and I’m sure organizers are hoping for another “Big!” year in 2018. You can donate anytime at givebigsthelena.org.

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While you have that calendar handy, flip it to Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., when the St. Helena Public Library is teaming up with the Legion of Honor for a presentation on the connections between Klimt and Rodin and their impact on the art world. “This presentation celebrates the legacies of these two pioneers, who each broke the reigning aesthetic boundaries of the time to find new vocabularies and create powerful agendas for modern painting and sculpture,” according to a note from the library. Refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library.

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Also at the library in January, local author Lance Burris will read from his manuscript “The Poetic Spirit at Work in Poetry, Painting, and Prose,” followed by an open mic, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. More refreshments, and one more tip of the cap to the Friends & Foundation.

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The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) is looking for someone to represent St. Helena on its Citizen Advisory Committee, which meets six times a year. If you have a passion or an ongoing gripe about a local transportation issue, here’s your chance to make a difference. Pick up an application at St. Helena City Hall or apply online at nvta.ca.gov. Questions? Call Derek Moore at 253-4559.

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Greetings to Heather Rehnberg, the new director of marketing at Rombauer Vineyards. She was most recently brand manager at Treasury Wine Estates, where she did marketing for Beringer. Congratulations on the new gig, Heather.

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Speaking of Rombauer, the winery’s Richie Allen is one of six winemakers who discuss the relationship between cork and wine in a new series of videos premiering at 100percentcork.org. The others are Eric Baughter of Ridge Vineyards, Maggie Kruse of Jordan Winery, Corey Beck of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Tim Bell of Dry Creek Vineyard and Katie Madigan of St. Francis Vineyards. The interviews are being rolled out over the next few weeks, so check the site periodically.

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In closing, here’s a humble piece of advice. End the year on a generous note. Get ahold of a Napa Valley Give! Guide, find a nonprofit that piques your interest, and send them a few dollars. There’s a full list at NapaValleyGiveGuide.org. Think of it as a toast to the end of 2017 and the beginning of (let’s all hope) a happy and harmonious 2018.

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