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As I write this, my beloved Giants have stumbled over the finish line of another disappointing season, and my second favorite team, the Cubs, need to win a one-game playoff against either the Rockies or the hated Dodgers in order to prevent elimination. Dark times, but still a glimmer of hope. Now can somebody – the Rockies, Cubs, whoever – please beat L.A.?

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Speaking of spirited competitions, if you’ve been following the local mayoral race, be sure to attend the candidate forum being organized by the League of Women Voters of Napa County at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave. in St. Helena. This is the first and, as far as I know, the only candidate forum featuring the two mayoral candidates — incumbent Alan Galbraith and City Councilmember Geoff Ellsworth – and unopposed council candidates Anna Chouteau and Paul Dohring. There will also be information about Measure E, St. Helena’s hotel tax measure, and the 11 state propositions. You’ll have a chance to register to vote too, if you haven’t done so already.

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Transitioning from state to church, Calvary Christian Church on Spring Street is moving its weekly services from Sunday mornings to Saturday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Calvary is a family-friendly church, so expect a bounce house for kids, music, a taco truck and other fun stuff to mark the occasion.

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The paintings of Mary Ann Schildknecht will be on display this month at the St. Helena Public Library, with an artist reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Tired of painting things like landscapes, still lives, water and animals, Mary Ann started painting squares and rectangles, and the colorful results are worth a visit. Hats off to Mary Ann for passing her knowledge on to a new generation of potential artists as an art docent at Calistoga Elementary School.

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That’s just one of the things happening at the library this month. There’s also Jay Greene’s three-part lecture on the Reformation at 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 16 and 23, as well as an evening of Latin American songs and dances featuring Ligia Coria Marin and Ballet Folklórico at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. If I were a third of my age and at least three times as pretty, nothing would please me more than to twirl around in one of those gorgeously patterned Ballet Folklórico dresses. But in this case, I’ll leave that to the experts.

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Have you had a chance to see Hans Mauli’s photos of Paris on display at Rianda House? He captured lovely images of the Musee d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Institut de France, and other Parisian landmarks. Hans, a St. Helena resident, will attend an artist reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. And by the way, did you know Hans designed the font that was used for the World Trade Center’s signs? He’s worked as a designer, art director and photographer in the U.S. and Europe, and Paris is his favorite city.

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Huzzahs to Bianca Roomian of St. Helena, who recently earned a bachelor’s of science in Human Environmental Science from the University of Alabama. I’m sure the alumna of the St. Helena Catholic School and Justin-Siena is bound for a great career.

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It’s fun to look at a cluster of grapes on the vine and try to guess where they’ll end up. New York? Los Angeles? Farmstead? Some newly harvested Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Ehlers Estate have already found their way to Detroit, where the restaurant Vertical Detroit is offering tastings of the fresh grapes alongside Ehlers Estate’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 “1886” Cabs. Here are the grapes, and here are the wines from that same vineyard. Wouldn’t that be a kick?

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Last week’s police log was rather unsettling. I hope that mysterious gentleman was able to get his cell phone charged, but did he really have to knock on people’s doors in the wee hours?

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