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A St. Helena High School student, overheard on Monday: “The summer weather is here, so where’s summer vacation?” Patience, my good young man. It will be here before you know it.

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This summer weather calls for a family outing, doesn’t it? The Saint Helena Community Band is performing a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at the White Barn. Bring a blanket and low-backed lawn chair. The White Barn has you covered on lemonade and popcorn, and be sure to check out the band’s “instrument petting zoo” for kids. RSVP at TheWhiteBarn.org.

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Brother, can you spare a pint? Word got to me that the St. Helena Community Blood Drive has been having a hard time attracting donors. The next one is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the firehouse. To make an appointment, go to BloodHeroes.com, click “Locate a Blood Drive” and enter the sponsor code “sthelena.” Or just call Jeffrey Fermin at 322-7459. Donors will receive a San Francisco Giants T-shirt and just possibly save someone’s life.

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Citizenship Legal Services is holding an immigration information session at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Grace Episcopal Church. Are you worried about possible changes in immigration policy? Do you know your rights? Might you qualify for some form of immigration relief? Citizenship Legal Services has answers. For details call the UpValley Family Centers at 965-5010.

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Speaking of immigration, Indira Lopez of the UpValley Family Centers alerted me to a new phone scam targeting immigrants. Scammers are calling immigrants claiming to be from Canada’s Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) call center, making false claims that the person on the other end of the line is under investigation or legal threat, and demanding personal information and money. If one of these scoundrels calls you, hang up (the dispensing of choice epithets is strictly optional). If you’re not sure whether the call is on the level, go to infopass.uscis.gov or call 800-375-5283.

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You have until Friday, June 2, to apply for a vacant seat on the Planning Commission, Active Transportation/Sustainability Committee, Library Board of Trustees, Parks and Recreation Commission or Tree Committee. The council will make appointments on June 27. Applications are available at cityofsthelena.org, or contact City Clerk Cindy Black at 968-2742 or cblack@cityofsthelena.org.

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Being an Upvalley fan girl, I was a little disappointed that the featured artist for BottleRock’s 2017 Art Program is a well-known fellow from the city of Napa, Gordon Huether. Five of his sculptures will be on display on the festival grounds May 26-28: “Hand of the Land” (remember the stir that caused?), “Barrel Rings,” “Redhead,” “Reflections” and “Silver Twist.” Congratulations to Gordon. Here’s hoping some of our fine Upvalley artists will be featured next year.

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Last week I mentioned the Summer Reading Challenge being promoted by Rep. Mike Thompson. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug the St. Helena Public Library’s own Summer Reading Program, which kicks off with a bingo night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Compete for a chance to win free books for summer reading, and be sure to pick up a bingo reading log.

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On Saturday morning, our dear friend, food lover and journalist Pierce Carson passed away at age 76. Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, owner of both the famed Mustards and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, said Pierce dined at Mustards regularly. She said Pierce, who worked at the Napa Valley Register for 50 years, had a “brilliant memory for dishes that he’s eaten and places that he’s seen and people that he’s cooked with and eaten with. It’s always been so much fun.” Cindy adds, “I remember how much he loved the onion rings, simple stuff. And I remember how much he loved the garden. He was always reminding people about the garden at Mustards. We started that in’83, way before the farm to table craze. He really loved that, he was always trying to sneak articles in about it, what was happening in the garden. I think it was part of his passion that good food comes from close to home.”

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