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Is anybody else craving a good hamburger? The countdown is on to Saturday, March 17, when the remodeled Gott’s Roadside is supposed to open. Just like the food, chances are it will be worth the wait.

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The St. Helena Junior Women’s Club’s 43rd annual fifth grade spelling bee is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the St. Helena Elementary School auditorium. The intense competition pits students from St. Helena Elementary, Pope Valley Elementary, Howell Mountain Elementary, St. Helena Catholic School and St. Helena Montessori School against one another. Show up to cheer them on.

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Pierre Steenberg, researcher and author of several books on parenting and marriage, will host a free marriage seminar, “You Are Worth It,” all day Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church. Child care will be provided. Get the details at www.shsda.org, info@shsda.org, or leave a message at 963-4461.

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Congratulations to St. Helena High School alumna Tara Beltrami for making the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology with a GPA of 3.4 or better. Tara is in the hospitality and tourism management program, so let’s hope her career leads her back home to ever-hospitable St. Helena.

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Napa Valley College is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a festival and open house in honor of founding President Harry McPherson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the main campus in Napa. Tour the campus, learn about job training programs and community enrichment classes, taste the college’s wine, and enjoy live music, food, and activities for kids. Find more college info at napavalley.edu.

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Fresh off Tuesday’s lecture on Japan, Jay Greene will be back at it with a presentation on the years leading up to the American Revolution at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the St. Helena Public Library. “Great Britain emerges triumphant from a long and costly war with the French only to find its American colonists impatient with the Mother Country’s largesse,” according to a description of the lecture, titled “The Critical Decade.” Jay’s lectures are sponsored by the Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library.

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I have two more library events to share. First, author Bianca Bosker will discuss and sign copies of her book “Cork Dork” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the library. The book is about the world of elite sommeliers who “dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor.” Here’s to life, liberty, and the pursuit of flavor!

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Second, the popular Wild St. Helena series continues with mycologist George Riner talking about mushrooms at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the library. The denizens of the mushroom kingdom range from large to small, from colorful to gray, and from poisonous to delicious. Is it true, as suggested by a movie I watched the other day, that the poisonous ones tend to have gills on the bottom? I’ll have to ask George …

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Seen around town last week: an advance copy of James Conaway’s “Napa at Last Light,” the third in a series of nonfiction books that started with the excellent “Napa: The Story of an American Eden.” Word is that a good chunk of the book, which went on sale Tuesday and is available at Main Street Books, is devoted to St. Helena native, City Councilmember, and all-around interesting guy Geoff Ellsworth. By the time you read this, I’ll probably be engrossed in the tome – that is, after I’ve thumbed through the index looking for familiar names. Conaway is holding a book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Copperfield’s in Calistoga.

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