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Oompa, oompa; Oompa, oompa. Don’t forget the San Antonio Current Ale Fest at HemisFair Park Arch Plaza on Saturday, October 14. With more than 50 different beers to sample, plenty of salty fare to ingest, and lots of polka beats to groove to, how can any party in town compete? Go now and get your tickets from H-E-B, $16, $20 at the door. Then, so long as you’re 21, you can begin the party at 1 p.m. sharp and party a good five hours before they close the gates and kick you out.

Admit it. You’ve always wanted to hold The Cup of Excellence. Come to the Wildfire Coffee Roasters Saturday, October 7 from 5-7 p.m., and maybe they’ll let you. You will certainly have the chance to taste the #4 lot from El Salvador’s Cup of Excellence competition, a consistent cup lauded for its hints of honey, sweet chocolate, and gingerbread, and smooth, clean finish. This coffee hails from the Santa Sofia farm in Santa Ana, El Salvador, and Wildfire features them to spotlight exemplary coffee and help support sustainability. CupOfExcellence.org, mark@wildfirecoffee.com, 492-9544.

“More grape for your glass.” This is what the Texas Hill Country Wineries guarantee with the Annual 2006 Passport Trail. For $25, the wine enthusiast is welcomed through the doors and arbors of Hill Country wineries, good for all 31 days of October. Visiting 10 Hill Country wineries and receiving their individual passport stamp qualifies participants for the grand-prize drawing for mixed cases of Texas Hill Country wine. 1 (866) 621-9463, TexasWineTrail.com.

Cue the “Pomp & Circumstance”: The Center for Foods of the Americas is celebrating its first graduating class Friday, October 6, at the Pearl Stable. We hope to see the chefs in action in the local community soon.

VBar continues to push the happy-hour envelope in enticing new directions. Their latest mix? A full-on mini fashion soiree, prices and vanity sizing eased with a stiff one. $10 buys you entrance into the first-Thursday Fashiontini event in the high-style Hotel Valencia, where the featured boutique (this month its Carissa on Broadway) will show off its wares. Models, custom ’tinis, door prizes, etc. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 150 E. Houston. Hotelvalencia.com for more info.

Like barbeque, but looking for something a bit more individual than Bill Miller’s? Mosey on over to Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse for some distinctively seasoned meat and homemade sides. Sit back, sip your beer, and revel in live music and smoked meat. 3709 N. St. Mary’s, 737-0519.

Ahoy – The Christopher Columbus Italian Society and the San Francesco di Paola Catholic Church are hosting a “Genuine Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner” at 201 Piazza Italia in celebration of Columbus Day. Indoor: Dinner includes fresh Italian bread and salad with Italian dressing (of course). $6.50 adults, $3.50 12 and under. Outside: genuine Italian meatball and Italian sausage sandwiches, served on Italian rolls, $3.50. Wine, cold beer, and other drinks available. 344-8020.

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