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What sad news about the possible closure of the St. Helena Catholic School – for students, parents, faculty, and all the Menegons, Trincheros, Mondavis, Morisolis and other proud alumni who once walked its halls. Let’s hope the community can save it.

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Remember the amazing story from last year about a St. Helena High School history class that made a docudrama about World War I and felt so passionately about it that they finished it long after the teacher had retired and the students had graduated? Well, after a single screening last August, the movie is back. Produced by retired teacher Frank Mazzi and his students at the St. Helena High School World War I Research Institute, “An American Experience in World War I” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center, 1401 Grayson Ave. Admission is free. The movie honors the memory of the 4.7 million Americans who served in uniform during the war, which today is all too often overshadowed by World War II. One of Mazzi’s greatest achievements was an interview his students conducted in 2008 with 107-year-old Frank Buckles, America’s last surviving doughboy. Mr. Buckles died in 2011, and the interview is an extraordinary piece of oral history. Frank Mazzi will be on hand for the upcoming screening. Don’t miss it.

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Speaking of centenarians, the Napa County Board of Supervisors is looking to celebrate folks who’ve reached the 100-year mark with a celebration at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. The event was originally scheduled for last October but had to be postponed due to the fires. If you know a centenarian, call Michael Karath at 299-1477.

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Last week I told you about sportswriter Garrett Whitt’s book signing for “Old School: Building a Life Through Sport.” It was postponed and is now scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the home of Earle and Valerie Presten, 1998 Spring St.

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The Napa Valley Community Foundation has announced various scholarships. For students, there’s the Fruit of the Vine Scholarship, the George and Gwendolyn Goodin Scholarship Fund, the Lenore Hirsch-Jay Falk Scholarship Fund and the Ted Kohler Music Scholarship Fund. For teachers, there’s the Edward W. Solomon Scholarship Fund and the Judith B. Cutcomb Scholarship Fund. The deadline to apply is March 5. Applications and eligibility criteria are available at napavalleycf.org.

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In related news, the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is accepting Letters of Intent from nonprofits, faith-based organizations and public entities to help people who live or work in Napa County and were adversely affected by last October’s fires. Requested amounts can be between $2,500 and $75,000, and any money awarded must be spent by the end of this year. Applications are due Jan. 29. Go to napavalleycf.org for details.

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The aftermath of those fires is the subject of “Transfiguration,” Julia Crane’s upcoming exhibit at the Rasmussen Art Gallery at Pacific Union College. Based on Crane’s study of the burn zone at the top of Pritchard Hill, the art “reflects my interest in communication about nature and ‘her’ response … to fire in this case. And of course the tenacious regrowth we’ve seen since week one,” Crane says. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Napa Valley Lodge #93 of Free & Accepted Masons held their annual installation of officers on Saturday. Here’s the rundown: Hector Marroquin as Master Elect, Sam Maffei as Senior Warden Elect, and Michael McKeown as Junior Warden Elect. Congratulations to them all. Now I wonder who’s going to rent that old Goodman’s space. (The building is owned by the Masons.)

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Upvalley fans of the Oxbow Public Market in Napa should consider attending a 10-year anniversary party from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20. There will be merchant specials, live music and maybe a few surprises.

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It’s award season for the movies, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear Francis Ford Coppola’s name come up. For the second year in a row his eponymous winery will be the exclusive wine sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival. It will also be the only wine brand poured at the Oscars and the post-Oscars Governors Ball. A fitting choice, wouldn’t you say?

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