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My fond congratulations to the St. Helena High School Class of 2018. If you missed last week’s front-page story about what a few of the students are planning college- and career-wise, please check it out. And, if graduation ceremonies give you a thrill, attend Pacific Union College’s commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 17, at Maxwell Commons near Paulin Hall on the PUC campus in Angwin.

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Cue that familiar James Bond guitar riff. St. Helena’s musical 007, Craig Bond, is putting together a special concert with the “Secret Agents of Vocal & Instrumental Jazz” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. The show features Jazz@7, made up of St. Helena High School graduates who performed with the Jazz Choir, and the mysterious Spy Band, billed as “an elite cadre of highly skilled musical operatives performing the theme music of spies, secret agents and detectives, featuring songs from the James Bond movie series.” Tickets are $20 at the door.

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Attention dads – and for that matter anyone looking for something fun to do with Dad on Father’s Day. V Marketplace is hosting the 28th annual Father’s Day Invitational Auto Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at 6525 Washington St. in Yountville. Packard, Pierce Arrow, Ford, Ferrari, M.G. and Mercedes Benz are among the more than 100 featured cars spanning 90 years of production. The event is free, and bring the dog, since Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch is offering a Pet Relief Station with shade, water, and information about pet adoption. Questions? Call 341-6406.

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With the return of summer comes the return of the Saint Helena Community Band. Its next show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Pioneer Park in Calistoga. If you miss that one, catch the band’s second Independence Concert at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Lyman Park in St. Helena. Admission is free. Details at sainthelenaband.org.

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Hats off to a few Upvalley natives who earned their college degrees recently. Nathan Krill of St. Helena earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wesleyan University. James Regusci of St. Helena earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Oregon State University. Drake Vidkjer of Calistoga earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, also from Oregon State.

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If all the excitement over the election has you fired up about politics, learn about what’s happening at the state level from Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, who will talk about what she’s working on at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the McCarthy Library Community Room at the Napa Valley College main campus in Napa. Immediately following at 11 a.m. will be the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Napa County, which is sponsoring the talk. For details, email Robyn Orsini at robyn@napanet.net.

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Speaking of voters, the local election has been a close shave where Measure C is concerned. At the time I write this, the measure’s fate is still up in the air. There’s nothing like a close election to demonstrate that individual votes – yes, even yours – truly matter. Did you miss out on this election? There’s plenty of time to register for the November election, where City Council and school board seats will be up for grabs – not to mention hometown Congressman Mike Thompson’s reelection bid. Registration is quick, easy and rewarding. Just go to registertovote.ca.gov.

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Written on a piece of lined notebook paper taped to a downtown trash can, obviously by a child: “Do not litter. If you litter you don’t glitter. Make sure you put your trash in the right bin.” From the mouths of babes, Dear Readers …

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