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Mariam Hansen snapped this photo of the flag outside the American Legion Hall flying at half-staff, in recognition of those who were killed in a mass shooting at a Texas church.

Now this is my kind of weather, Dear Readers! Grab your umbrella if you must, but get out and enjoy these glorious drizzles. Much preferable to a 100-degree heat wave, wouldn’t you say?

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In honor of Veterans Day, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, who represents us in the State Assembly, passed on a few news tips. First is a new Veterans Online Shopping Benefit that gives veterans access to tax-free clothing, electronics, food and more. Second, the state allows all who have been honorably discharged to display a “veteran” designation on their driver’s licenses or ID cards, if they so wish. More information about both options is available at Aguiar-Curry’s website, a04.asmdc.org. Just look under “Resources.”

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Art purveyor Christopher Hill not only owns one of the best dogs in St. Helena (don’t tell me you haven’t met Woodson!), but he also has quite the mojo in the batter’s box. Christopher’s team recently represented the Redwood Empire Baseball League in the Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) World Series Tournament in Arizona. Hitting lead-off, Christopher played well, reaching base safely in each game’s first at-bat. But the last game was a heartbreaker. With his team up 8-3 with two outs in the 9th inning – just one out away from the championship game — they fell apart due to fatigue and two big errors. Ouch! That’s up there with the Giants’ collapse in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series … or, since I know Christopher is a die-hard A’s fan, the Kirk Gibson homer off Dennis Eckersley in ’88. Still, what a great run, Christopher. Bring back the championship next year.

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‘Tis the season to be serenaded by Craig Bond’s St. Helena Choral Society. Craig sends word of three concerts coming up next month, all at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. The St. Helena Children’s Chorus and St. Helena Teen Choir Winter Christmas Concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Admission is free. The St. Helena Chamber Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert “Cantiques De Noel” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The program will include music by Chapentier, Bolling, Faure, Rutter and (of course) selections from Handel’s spectacular “Messiah.” Admission is $20. Get tickets at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company at Oak and Adams, or at sthelenachristmas.brownpapertickets.com.

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At the risk of tooting our fair city’s own horn, I’ll briefly mention that we made travelmag.com‘s list of “The 20 Most Charming Towns and Small Cities in California.” The blurb about St. Helena cites “inventive cuisine,” “lovely shops and gourmet haunts,” and a downtown that “effuses that unmistakably inviting, small-town feel that makes you want to linger longer.” It also mentions Robert Louis Stevenson’s sojourn on Mount St. Helena with his bride Fanny – as well as the modern-day museum that bears his name. I don’t know much about the “survey results” the list was based on, but it’s always nice to be recognized.

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You might have heard about the Napa Quake Mosaic, a public art project being composed of household objects broken during the 2014 earthquake. Now, after the fires, project leader Kristina Young is retooling the project to incorporate objects recovered from the fire. Intrigued? Go to NapaQuakeMosaic.com.

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Calendars out, travel enthusiasts: Kathie Fowler sill share photos and stories of her Sierra Club trip to India at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Rianda House. “Treasures, Tigers & The Taj Mahal” will cover her time in Keoladeo National Park Bird Sanctuary, Ranthambore Tiger Preserve and Kaziranga National Park.

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Also at Rianda: An Alzheimer’s Association education program on “Effective Communication Strategies” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Hear about how dementia affects one’s ability to use words, and learn how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages transmitted by those with dementia. RSVP to 963-8555.

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The St. Helena Hospital WellNow Showcase has moved from downtown St. Helena up to the main hospital campus on Sanitarium Road. No word on what’s moving into its old space on the Galleron Building next to the Star office. Apple Store? Another art gallery? Everyday essentials a la Ben Franklin? Who knows ...

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