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Downtown destined for grapeness this Saturday

Scene to be seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Tickets are still available for Rotary Club’s inaugural Lincoln Wine Fest that takes place on Saturday. Wine Fest runs from 1 to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Lincoln. Registration takes place at the Rotary tent in Beermann Plaza. Nine Placer County wineries will be paired with nine businesses located within two blocks of the plaza. Each business will also feature finger foods from one of nine local restaurants. Advance tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at lincolnwinefest.org or from Rotary club members. On the day of the event, tickets will be $35 and can be purchased at the Rotary registration tent. Also look for live music by JukeBox and wine sales by the participating wineries in Beermann Plaza. All proceeds from this event go to Lincoln Rotary Foundation. Call President Joann Hilton at 408-0346 for more information. 89 and counting ... Lincoln Holy Ghost Association holds its 89th annual Portuguese Celebration in McBean Park on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. The event starts at 8 p.m. Saturday with a procession in downtown Lincoln. Later, McBean Park Pavilion will feature music and dancing. Admission is free and all are welcome. At 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be a bilingual Mass in Portuguese and English at St. Joseph Catholic Church (645-2102) 280 Oak Tree Lane. After the service, the festivities return to downtown for a parade through downtown Lincoln from A Street to Sixth Street, then to F Street and Fifth Street. After a return to McBean Park, a soupas feast will be held. At 3 p.m., a live auction will take place in McBean Park Pavilion. After the auction is completed, there will be more music and dancing. To learn more, contact President Nelson Medeiros 869-0481 or visit facebook.com/lincolnfesta. In addition to celebrations, there will be a carnival. The carnival opens to the public on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday. King is queen ... Cheryl Karleskint reports the sixth annual Signe King Memorial event will be held at La Provence Restaurant (789-2002) ,110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Signe King lost her battle to breast cancer in 2005. King was a successful commercial real estate broker, a champion of women in business and an inspiration to many. Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple, which includes dinner and wine tasting. Tickets can be purchased online at wethinkpink.org. Seating is limited to 300. Proceeds from this event will benefit Placer Breast Cancer Endowment. The endowment was formed in 2005 to fund the Breast Cancer Endowed Chair at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information about the event or Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, call Carol Garcia at 752-6185. Just in from Jeeves... Last week, Jeeves read Columbia University’s Earth Institute First World Happiness Report. Jeeves discussed the report with the dogs. The dogs focused on Figure 2.5, which shows “Average Life Satisfaction by Country.” Luna is part German shepherd. She was surprised to discover that Germany ranks 22 on this list. Cindy is a French poodle. She was surprised to discover that France ranks 34 on this list. Nasha is a Scottie. She was surprised to discover that Scotland, as part of the United Kingdom, ranks 24 on this list. Buster is a Shih Tzu. He was surprised to discover that China doesn’t even appear on this list. And all the dogs were surprised to discover that the United States ranks 10 on this list. Costa Rica ranks first, Denmark ranks second, Ireland ranks third, Norway ranks fourth and Finland ranks fifth. Jeeves wondered why these countries rank higher than the United States. Our Declaration of Independence includes the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. Jeeves also wondered if pets played any role in the World Happiness Report. If so, he wondered if Costa Rica has a dog breed that makes people happier. Jeeves conducted his own research via the Internet. He could find no particular dog associated with this country. But he found that the proportion of Costa Rican households that keep dogs is 3.6 higher than households that keep cats (Society & Animals 9:2 2001). Jeeves also found that 24 percent of households keep wild animals as pets with parrots being most common. Alas, Jeeves found no mention of pets in the World Happiness Report. Instead, he learned that the happiest countries tend to be high-income countries that also have high degrees of social equality, trust and quality of governance. The United States is a high-income country. But despite increases in our living standards over the last half century, Jeeves learned that the “U.S. has experienced no rise in life satisfaction.” During this period, “inequality has soared, social trust has declined and the public has lost faith in government.” While levels of trust fell in this country, trust rose in countries such as Denmark. The report also shows that “richer people are happier than poorer people, but over time, the society did not become happier as it became richer.” Jeeves also learned that mental health is important to happiness. Yet only a “quarter of people with mental illness are in treatment, compared with well over three quarters for most physical conditions.” And Jeeves learned that married people tend to be happier than single people and a stable family life contributes to happiness. Jeeves will continue to mull over the report’s 158 pages. He’s happy to be part of a stable home. Although Jeeves learned that he could find greater happiness through marriage, he has no plans to walk down the aisle. Overall, he’s a happy little dog at the end of his short leash. And he’s happy with the “happiness” findings except for how our country ranks. On Jeeves’ list, the U.S. will always come first. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.