You may want to pay close attention to the spirit world if you're traveling to the Napa Valley in the near future. It's rumored that the ghost of Charles Krug may be on hand for the celebration of his 187th birthday at the St. Helena winery that bears his name.
The winery will host an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a complimentary tasting of new-release wines.
Proprietor Peter Mondavi Jr. will greet guests and sign bottles from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Guitarist Jeffrey McFarland Johnson will perform in the Redwood Cellar both afternoons.
The festivities will culminate with Charles Krug's Spirited 187th Birthday Dinner and Celebration at 6 p.m. March 3 in the winery's carriage house.
Special guests will include family proprietor Mondavi, Krug winemaker Stacy Clark and spirit medium Leanne Thomas, who will attempt to channel Charles Krug to send birthday wishes.
Tickets to the dinner are $100 per person and may be purchased at www.charleskrug.com.
Images at Eskaton
The World Travelers Slide and Image Club has scheduled a program from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.
The free event will feature Australia and Iceland at 6 p.m. and Venice and an Adriatic cruise at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (916) 961-8405.
It's love in the water
In keeping with Valentine's Day, the California Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will open a new aquarium gallery, "Animal Attraction," on Feb. 11.
In a series of 18 tanks, the exhibit will show the ways animals and plants have developed for attracting a partner, including extreme mating, the art of attraction, dangerous sex and creative parenting.
Beyond the aquarium exhibit, museum visitors may explore the world of plant and animal reproduction through several other programs, including "Pollination Partners: Bee and Flowers," offered daily at 1 p.m.; "Penguin Feedings: Sea of Love Edition," 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily; and "Specimen Spotlight," 11:30 a.m. Fridays.
All programs are free with museum admission: $29.95 adults; $24.95 ages 12 to 17, seniors 65 and older and students with a valid ID; $19.95 ages 4 to 11; free for ages 3 and younger.
For more information, go to www.calacademy.org.