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The closure of Sogni Di Dolci (soon to be replaced with a similar business) has renewed the ages-old (OK, not quite) debate over the best coffee shop in St. Helena. The Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company has a lot of die-hard defenders, but you can’t discount all those Model Bakery fans. And then there are those who’ve caught onto the relatively new outdoor café tucked away next to Farmstead. Yesterday I asked a friend where his caffeine loyalties lie, and he surprised me by saying Sunshine Foods. Coffee, coffee everywhere — where do you stand, Dear Readers?

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Your friendly mail carrier dispenses packages, letters, the occasional pesky bill, and heaps of good cheer, and they don’t ask for much in return. So be sure to donate a non-perishable bit of food on the morning of Saturday, May 12 for the 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Put your donation in a bag next to your mailbox, and the guys and gals of the U.S. Postal Service will deliver it to the food bank.

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The Napa Valley Cooking School Spring Restaurant is the hottest ticket this side of the fire department lobster feed. Reservations sold out in record time, with 643 in 24 hours. You can still get on the waitlist for a seating Tuesday through Friday, May 22 through June 8 (except May 29) by calling 967-2901. If you’ve ever eaten there, you know it lives up to the hype.

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Mark your calendars for Sunrise Horse Rescue’s annual Harvest of Hope on Saturday, Sept. 15. The location and details are yet to be determined, but sure to be intriguing. Remember when Matt and Chelsea Cain attended? Check SunriseHorseRescue.org for updates.

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Pacific Union Collage’s 25th annual Maxwell Cup, raising money for student scholarships, is set for Friday, May 18, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. The event honors the late Malcolm Maxwell, who served as PUC president for 18 years. Registration is $189 ($99 for Silverado members) and open at MaxwellCup.com or at 10:15 on the morning of the event. You can also email maxwellcup@puc.edu or call 963-7500.

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At a time when the fundamentals of democracy are subject to so much scrutiny, witnessing an election takes on special significance. Registrar of Voters John Tuteur is inviting anyone to observe the Napa County Election Division in action on the day of the June 5 election. Just call 253-4322 or email elections@countyofnapa.org 24 hours in advance. You can witness the ballot counting at the main office in Napa or check out the eight vote centers scattered around the county.

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Kudos to Rep. Mike Thompson for accepting applications for an eligible veteran to work in one of his offices as part of the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Program. “As a combat Vietnam veteran, serving our veterans and finding ways to incorporate their expertise into my work is one of my top priorities,” Thompson wrote in a statement. “So I am honored to have the opportunity to add one of our nation’s veterans to my staff and include their knowledge into our work to serve our district.” To apply, go to usajobs.gov and search for “Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program.”

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This one’s for all you texters who know what an emoji is. For the uninitiated (which 10 minutes ago included me) an emoji is a little picture you can insert in a message to someone on those occasions when words just can’t do the trick. Flora Springs is pushing for the creation of a white wine emoji. Apparently there’s already a red one. So Flora Springs wants you to post something pertaining to white wine on social media with the code “#whitewineemoji @florasprings.” Got it? Neither do I completely, but the winner will get a prize, so there you have it.

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Overheard at the corner of Main and Hunt on Monday morning: “Look, honey, there are so many jewelry stores.” Yes there are, dear.

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