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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve made a summer resolution: I will not complain about the heat. Nope, not all summer. You won’t hear a peep from me – right up until the moment I fall into a stupor from heatstroke due to this blasted heat! Ahem — pardon me. That resolution goes into effect ... now.

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Here’s a Napa event that should be of special interest Upvalley due to our large senior population. The Napa County Alliance for Senior Education, a student club at Napa Valley College, is hosting a free elder abuse awareness symposium at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the college’s main campus at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway. Speakers will talk about innovations in senior volunteerism, surviving elder abuse, the legal considerations of elder abuse, and how to protect elders from fraud. Questions? Email ncase@napavalley.edu.

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It’s always my pleasure to single out St. Helena students who are excelling at colleges around the country, especially when their name crops up again and again. And this might be a record. For the fifth time, I’m happy to report that John Pearson has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Champlain College in Vermont. A previous release mentioned that John is majoring in broadcast media production, and I assume he still is. Great work, John! You have a bright professional future ahead of you.

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Nimbus Arts is offering classes this summer in Linoleum Block Printing, The Language of Photography with Matthew Baum, and a Ro Sham Bo drop-in studio for toddlers, all at the Nimbus Arts studio, 649 Main St. The most special one might be a community workshop to build the Napa Quake Mosaic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. All are invited to participate in the project, and there is no charge to attend. For details, and for admission costs for the other workshops, go to NimbusArts.org.

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In other arts news, the St. Helena Public Library is hosting an artist reception for Christopher Sullivan, whose acrylic impasto posters will be decorating the library all June long, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Christopher lives in Calistoga, and he’s no dilettante – he studied art at Arts and Crafts College in Oakland and St. Mary’s College. Credit the library’s nonprofit Friends & Foundation for providing refreshments at the reception.

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Federal surplus commodities like vegetables, tomato sauce, cereal, rice, peanut butter, catfish, grape juice, pinto beans, fruit, applesauce, raisins and chicken will be distributed to low-income residents from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the St. Helena Food Pantry at 1777 Main St., behind the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church. Recipients will have to sign a form certifying that they qualify as low-income, which for the purposes of this event is considered $1,471 or less for one person; $1,991 for two people; $2,511 for three people; and $3,031 for four people.

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If you’re reading this, you must have at least a passing interest in the news business, so you might be intrigued to know that our local State Senator Bill Dodd is pushing a bill that would add media literacy education to school curricula. “The rise of fake and misleading news is deeply concerning,” Dodd said. “Even more concerning is the lack of education provided to ensure people can distinguish between fact and fiction. This bill will help reverse that disturbing trend and give young people the tools to see through the falsehoods and make informed opinions about their world.” The bill has passed the Senate with bipartisan support. Dodd’s press release comes with some sobering stats: Adolescents spend up to nine hours a day absorbing media, and a Stanford study found that 82 percent of middle-schoolers have trouble distinguishing ads from news stories.

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