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No, Dear Readers. I refuse to accept that Haidi Arias, St. Helena’s recreation manager, is moving to Vermont at the end of April. The Pacific Union College alum kept the peace on the oft-contentious bocce courts, organized sports and camps for youngsters, ran the Teen Center, and even took on the Harvest Festival and Pet Parade in the last few years. Most amazing, she did it all on a tight budget without ever losing her positive attitude. She will be warmly missed by many, and I was thrilled to see her receive a lengthy standing ovation at the April 6 council meeting. St. Helena is in your debt, Haidi. Thank you for doing so much so well with so little.

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Rianda House’s Julie Spencer asked me to mention two upcoming events. First is a wildflower hike at the Missimer Snell Valley Wildflower Preserve from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. Penny Proteau will lead an easy hike to explore the diverse spring wildflowers that grow in its rare serpentine grasslands. Pre-register at 963-8555, then meet at Rianda House at 8:30 to carpool.

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Second on Julie’s list is a reception for Said Nuseibeh’s photography exhibit at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Rianda House. Nuseibeh’s photography has been widely exhibited and reproduced in high-quality books about architecture and art history. His work is already on display at Rianda, with striking images of Middle Eastern antiquities and ancient Syrian ruins. It’s definitely worth a visit.

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School is hard work, especially when you’re working up a sweat on the RLS Middle School track. That’s why eighth-grade class president Daphne Steele is trying to raise about $5,000 for a water bottle filling station. The water fountains are old, inconvenient and apparently not very appetizing. Can you help some thirsty students? Call the school at 967-2725.

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The Sons of Italy, St. Helena Lodge, is holding a fundraising dinner and raffle at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Native Sons Hall. Expect slow-cooked pork tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans, cole slow, tres leches cake and Mexican wedding cookies. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if you register by April 28. Call Rose Taylor at 963-3067 or Bill Murphy at 299-0922.

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St. Helena Elementary School’s architecture has been commemorated in a new book, “Wolfe & Higgins: Master Architects of the Spanish Revival,” by Krista Van Laan. Mariam Hansen, who worked with Van Laan on the book, says the school was the final commission for the prolific Wolfe and Higgins, who were early proponents of the Spanish Revival style that was all the craze in 1920s California. The book is available at nreverse.com.

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Gather ‘round, animal lovers. The Cameo Cinema is hosting an exclusive matinee showing of “Harry and Snowman” to benefit Sunrise Horse Rescue at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21. It’s an inspirational, family-friendly documentary about a Dutch immigrant who saves an old plow horse from the slaughterhouse and goes on to win the triple crown of show jumping with his new friend. There will be small bites, wine, and a special presentation from Sunrise during a champagne toast. Admission is $10 for kids and $25 for adults. Find more details at SunriseHorseRescue.org.

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This one’s for all the little Giants fans. The Napa league of the Junior Giants is looking for players, coaches and volunteers. Registration began Saturday for the free, non-competitive baseball league sponsored by the Giants Community Fund. If you’re interested in learning more, go to jrgiants.org or contact Garrett Perdigao at 431-3327 or gperdigao@ci.healdsburg.org.

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Erica Ahmann Smithies, St. Helena’s new public works director, caught my ear on a recording of a recent meeting when she asked people not to flush dental floss down the toilet because it gums up the city’s sewer treatment equipment. It’s a sensible tip that seems obvious once you think about it, and given what we know about the state of our infrastructure, we should do everything we can to help everything run smoothly. (And congratulations on the promotion, Erica!)

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