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Let’s all hope these April showers bring some May flowers. I’m all for rain, but it should have the decency to show itself the door by the time the Giants start playing home games at AT&T Park.

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Forget about the joyless, angst-ridden men in masks and tights clogging up the cineplexes – St. Helena firefighter Jose Martin is the only superhero I need. The Jan. 12 Star told of how he rescued injured passengers from a burning car while he was on vacation in Southern California. Now he’s being honored as the Act of Courage Hero at the California Northwest Red Cross’ annual Real Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, April 27, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Tickets are available at redcross.org/calnwheroes2017. Well deserved, Jose. I rest easy knowing that if I ever suffer a life-threatening emergency, there’s a good chance you’ll be there to help me.

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Dig out your strappy shoes and get ready for some mint juleps – it’s almost time for St. Helena Rotary’s second annual Kentucky Derby Party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Masonic Lodge, 1335 Main St. There will be pari-mutuel betting (and no, I’m not quite sure what that is), prizes, southern food, and plenty of those aforementioned mint juleps. Proceeds, starting with a big $5,000 matching grant from Jennifer Lamb/Herb Lamb Vineyards, will benefit St. Helena Preschool For All. Tickets are $65. RSVP to 963-6166 or jbmuhlner@earthlink.net or send a donation to St. Helena Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 211, St. Helena, CA 94574.

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Last week I told you about Rally4Rianda, the annual car show/art show/fundraiser for Rianda House coming up on May 21. Now organizers are inviting the community to submit their own two-dimensional art to match the theme “Transportation Through the Ages.” The submission categories are Past, Present and Future, and all art will be judged by the public. Submit your art at Rianda House by May 5. Questions? Call 963-8555 or email info@riandahouse.org.

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And speaking of seniors and the Rianda House Senior Activity Center, plan to put Wednesday, April 19 on your calendar. At 10 a.m., Jo Noble and Kathy Bazzoli will lead a historic walking tour of Calistoga. Both are docents at Calistoga’s Sharpsteen Museum and during the easy walk about the downtown, walkers will hear about Sam Brannon and other early settlers. Pre-registration is required by calling 963-8555. The walk starts at the Sharpsteen Museum on Washington Street.

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The Rianda House Spring Concert performance by “Vocal Color” will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 21 at the Carnegie Building, 1360 Oak St. in St. Helena. This local eight person, a cappella harmony group will delight all ages with their very colorful repertoire, rich harmonies and stellar solos. A $5 contribution is appreciated.

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It’s a great time to be a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson, who was perhaps the first great writer to sing the praises of the Napa Valley. There’s “Inspired by Stevenson,” an art installation on display throughout April at the corner of Adams Street and Library Lane, inspired by poems from Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Then there’s Robert Louis Stevenson Poetry Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the library, with an open mic for local poets to read their own work.

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When you see those calls in the police log about someone’s terrier wandering around Pine Street, aren’t you always relieved when the canine is returned to its owner? The odds of a happy reunion are greatly increased if the pet is microchipped. In honor of National Pet ID Week, Napa Humane is offering free microchipping between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at their clinic at 3265 California Blvd. in Napa. For details go to NapaHumane.org or call 252-7442 ext. 200.

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History buff Jay Greene’s last talk this spring will be on “Spanning the Golden Gate: The Building of a Great Bridge” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the library. We all love its rusty vermilion hue and romantic charm, but what’s its life story? Just ask Jay.

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