NBC is coming to Napa Valley to test the terroir for a prospective prime-time soap opera that plumbs the woes of a family that takes over a winery and is very excited until it becomes clear the grapevines don't like them.
The concept of "Vines" is that the estate's elegantly gnarly old grapevines possess malevolent powers. You have to wonder what in the world could have inspired a scriptwriter to imagine that a simple vine could cause terror, distress and anxiety in winegrowers.
Maybe this past growing season?
PAY NOW, PARADE LATER: Would you believe that people who love and value Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Rose Parade already are meeting to brainstorm for 2011?
If you'd like to join Henry Trione and others who thought this year's re-energized parade was terrific and that next year's can be better yet, they'd love to have you. There's contact info at
One thing just about everybody can do to help sustain the Rose Parade is to send in a small donation, even $5. Reliable, year-after-year funding from a community convinced that the parade is worth saving would be a godsend.
IN HIS BLOOD: Brian Keegan, who's working to sustain the Rose Parade as current president of the parade board, descends from the man who conceived the moving exhibit of community pride and creativity 116 years ago.
Clothier/city engineer Thomas Patrick Keegan, Brian's great-great-great-uncle, chaired the committee that founded the Rose Carnival, precursor to the Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival, in 1894.
Brian, who's with Keegan & Coppin real estate, now honors the past while endeavoring to revive the festival and to assure a rosy future for the parade.
DANCE 'N' ICE: Sonoma County's Kim Navarro, the world-class figure skater who was 9 when she got her start by performing as Woodstock in Christmas shows at Charles Schulz's ice arena, will appear on national TV this afternoon with some of the best dancers from Broadway and Hollywood.
The show is NBC's "Shall We Dance on Ice." It airs on Channel 11 (Comcast Channel 3) at 1 p.m. As they say, check your local listings.
Kim, an El Molino High alum, will skate with partner, Brent Bommentre, and share the ice with greats that include 2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
L.A. BECKONS 1990 Santa Rosa High grad Natasha Hernday, who was an awesome soccer player as a teen and as she approaches 40, is really tough to keep up with on a mountain bike.
Natasha will be in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a special screening of "Race Across the Sky," a film shot at one of mankind's most grueling bike races: the Leadville Trail 100 (as in 100 miles) high, high up in Colorado.
"I'm in it (the movie) for a blink of an eye, three times," Natasha said.
She played a major role in the 2010 Leadville race last August. She finished fourth among the women and 100th overall -- in a field of more than 1,200. Do you recall who won? Our own Levi Leipheimer.
IT WAS SUCH A JOY for 17-year-old Sebastopol weaver-spinner-knitter Melody Stein to rally the town to adorn two dozen town square lightpoles with colorful wraps. She's not going to let it unravel her that someone stole several and vandalized one.