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Granted, it’s not ladylike to mention it, but the pinprick of perspiration under my arm last weekend reminded me that spring is finally here. May it reign in all its blooming glory.

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If only we all had the luck of Marcus Marquez, who said he had a book deal “that fell into my lap.” He’s writing about 100 things to do in Napa Valley before you die. The book will be published by Reedy Press, and he needs to deliver it on June 1. But he needs the community’s help. He doesn’t want to overlook anything – hiking, shopping, art, museums, “and other cultural stuff that I might have missed. Do you have any suggestions?” If so, send them to Marcus: marcus@brasswood.com.

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The spring CinemaBites film series is returning to the Cameo Cinema with the documentary “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table” at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 10. The film will be paired with treats from Gustavo Rios, chef at Evangeline in Calistoga, and wines from Mad Hatter. Tickets are $45, with proceeds supporting the Cameo’s community programs and the St. Helena Farmers’ Market’s educational programs. Speaking of the market, it’s returning May 5, so let the countdown begin!

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When you think of Rianda House Senior Activity Center, does your mind think “vroom vroom”? Well, it should, as vintage cars have become one of the signature attractions of Rianda’s annual Rally4Rianda. The sure-to-be-snazzy commercial for the May 21 event was filmed Friday at the Trinchero Family Vineyard off Highway 29. Carol Gruetzner says this year’s cast of classic cars features a 1912 Cadillac Roadster, a 1924 Model A Ford truck, a 1956 Porsche, 1957 Ford Police car, a 1959 Aston Martin, a 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulliette Sprint, and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird. Fifteen locals will also star in the commercial, which I’m told involves an original rap, a la “Hamilton.” Intrigued? So am I.

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Switching gears as smoothly as one of those fastidiously maintained manual transmissions, Robyn Orsini sends word of a free panel on “Housing Challenges in Napa County: Problems and Solutions,” presented by the admirably nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Napa County at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Napa United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St. in Napa. The panelists are Lark Ferrell, housing manager for the city of Napa; Molly Rattigan, deputy executive officer for Napa County; and Bob Massaro, a founding member of the Napa Housing Coalition. They will talk about who needs housing in the valley, working through public opposition to housing projects, and identifying problems and solutions.

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Also of possible interest to St. Helenans: The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County are holding a public gardening workshop on “Garden Basics 2 – Ornamentals & Flowers” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the UCCE Meeting Room, 1710 Soscol Ave. in Napa. My fellow green-thumbers should also enjoy a field trip to a nearby home garden from noon to 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so register at ucanr.edu/2017gardenbasics2 or call 253-4221.

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Wine country is full of characters, few of them more indelible than the nattily bereted Mike Grgich. Word has it that for the second year in a row he’s a finalist for the James Beard award for “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional” (my apologies to the Star’s copy editors for that Oxford comma, which, being part of a proper noun, should be spared the fury of their red pens). The winners will be announced May 1 in Chicago. We’re pulling for you, Miljenko!

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