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Cupid pulls back on his bow as Valentine’s Day approaches. May his aim be true, Dear Readers. So often we yearn for a blissful arrow through the heart yet get shafted right in the eye instead.

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With a name like “Tea and A Curmudgeon’s Garden of Love,” it has to be good. Rianda House is putting together an afternoon of piano duets of Irving Berlin’s music, courtesy of Suzanne James and Nancy Garden, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the St. Helena Methodist Church, 1310 Adams St. A flyer promises “romance and love’s myriad delusions” featuring the wit and humor of Adele St. John, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Helen Rowland, George Bernard Shaw and Zsa Zsa Gabor – oh, to think of the bon mots that would fly if that lot were assembled in a single room. Tea and treats will be served after the performance. A $5 donation would be appreciated.

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The Napa Valley Museum is bringing a trunk show full of historical artifacts about “The History of the Chinese in Napa Valley” to Rianda House at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. A docent will present the collection and tell of the era when Chinese immigrants came to the valley during the Gold Rush and contributed to its culture and development. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 963-8555.

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Also at Rianda: a travelogue from the inimitable Kathy Carrick (she of the Harvest Festival, the recreation department, and those storied exercise sessions at the Carnegie Building), who will tell of her journeys along the “Two Coasts of Europe” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Kathy visited the vastly different coasts of Norway and Croatia and came back with stories, factoids, photos and mementos. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated. Again, RSVP to 963-8555.

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The Rianda House calendar is full of can’t-miss events this month, isn’t it? The most enticing to my fellow bookworms is undoubtedly a book launch for “Reflections” by local literary luminary Beclee Wilson at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Beclee will look back on her last two years as Napa County Poet Laureate and share some of the poems from her latest collection, which will be available for purchase. Members of the Rianda House Solstice Poetry Group will share a few of their own poems as well. You know you spiel by now: Free, but bring $5 please, and do RSVP.

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NEWS is hosting a “Sip, Savor & Celebrate” event to honor the retiring District Attorney Gary Lieberstein at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Hall residence, 60 Auberge Road in Rutherford. Proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Family Justice Project. Tickets at NapaNEWS.org.

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Knowing someone’s favorite Peanuts character can tell you quite a bit about them. Do they love Schroeder? Chances are they’re a passionate artiste. Charlie? Lovable underdog. Lucy? Overbearing but sometimes oddly charismatic. Snoopy? Whimsical animal lover. Rerun? Hmm, not sure about that choice. But it should make a solid conversation starter during the bus ride from Yountville to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The bus leaves the Yountville Community Center at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. The museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and tickets include transportation, admission and snacks. The fee is $36 for Yountville residents and $41 for the rest of us. Book a seat by calling Yountville Parks and Rec at 944-8712. Something tells me Don Fraser is going to be involved…

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What a lineup of Oscar heavyweights at the Cameo Cinema over the next few weeks! “La La Land,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” “20th Century Women” – I’ll try to get caught up on the contenders before the big telecast on Feb. 26, which the Cameo is also showing. See CameoCinema.com for the full listing.

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My apologies in advance. The militant grammarian in me almost hesitates to point this out, but the title “20th Century Women” is crying out for a hyphen between “20th” and “Century,” what with “20th Century” being a compound adjective modifying “Women.” The absence of a comma would imply to the most didactically literally minded among us that the title is referring to the twentieth in a long string of “century women.” Which would be absurd, would it not? Thus ends my rant.

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