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Do you like to watch “Braveheart” just for the accents? Are you proud of your Scottish blood, no matter how much or little you have? Is Groundskeeper Willie your favorite Simpsons character? If so, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum has the perfect event for you. Read on for details.

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Guest lecturer Mitchell Manson is coming all the way from Scotland to share a lecture about the life and upbringing of Robert Louis Stevenson in lovely Edinburgh at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum right next to the St. Helena Public Library. Manson will talk about the Edinburgh of Stevenson’s youth and about some of the literary inspirations for “Treasure Island” and other RLS classics. Admission is free. For details, go to StevensonMuseum.org/events.

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Would you like to help a child? The UpValley Family Centers is looking for volunteers to tutor kids at the primary and elementary schools (grades K-5) through its Tutor Volunteer Program led by Annette Smith. “This program builds connections between the community and our schools, all the while helping students succeed,” Annette says. “It’s such a rewarding experience for both the tutor and the student. Your commitment to a child’s success is guaranteed to make your day!” If you have one hour a week to spare, contact Annette at 965-5010 or asmith@upvalleyfamilycenters.org.

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“Leash your labs, lead your llamas … ” begins the charming flyer announcing a Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Veterans Memorial Park in Yountville. Ministers Carol Fink and Lynn Macfarland will perform the blessing, so “secure your snakes, corral your camels … ”

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Archaeologist John Holson, who dug up a plethora of artifacts from the flood project site, will be among the panelists discussing “Humans and Fire in the Past, Present, and Future: Archaeological Perspectives” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave. Presenters from the UC-Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility and the U.S. Forest Service will talk about how fire has shaped human history. The presentation is sponsored by the St. Helena Historical Society in cooperation with the college, Rianda House, and the aforementioned UC-Berkeley Archeological Research Facility. Admission is free. RSVP to Bonnie Thoreen at bthoreen@gmail.com.

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This one’s geared toward gardeners, but it sounds like a hoot regardless of whether your thumb is green or not. The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County are holding a public workshop on “Toxic & Carnivorous Plants and Growing Edible Fungi” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the UCCE Meeting Room, 1710 Soscol Ave. in Napa. Prepare to learn about the fascinating methods plants have developed to survive, and learn how to grow edible, non-toxic fungi. Admission is $5, and you must register in advance at ucanr.edu/2018toxicplants. Why did the gardener fall in love with her mushroom? Because he was such a fungi! Sorry, Dear Readers, sometimes I can’t help myself … and yes, fellow militant grammarians, I know the singular should be fungus, but that would have fouled up the punchline.

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Charitable estate planner Bob Hoffman of Thompson & Associates will offer a free seminar on “New Tax Law, Charitable Giving and You” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Rianda House. Hoffman will talk about recent changes to tax law and how charitable giving can reduce your tax burden. RSVP to 963-8555.

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By the way, if you see any trees coming down in the beloved peach orchard at the corner of Silverado Trail and Deer Park Road (formerly Dr. Dinwiddie’s), don’t fear. The new owners of the St. Helena Peach Farm are replanting some peach trees to create a younger, better-producing orchard. Expect to see more details in the Star in the near future.

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That’s it for this week. Happy harvesting to all my grapegrowing friends and neighbors.

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