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For the seventh year in a row, Cheerios is serving up 5 million children's books, free inside boxes through the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. (Cheerios)
For the seventh year in a row, Cheerios is serving up 5 million children's books, free inside boxes through the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. (Cheerios)

CEREAL BOX PRIZE

Cheerios will give away more than 5 million children's books inside their boxes from now until January. The annual Spoonfuls of Stories program features five titles from the Simon & Schuster children's collection. They are "Duck for President," "When Dinosaurs Came With Everything," "Romeo and Lou Blast Off," "Monkey and Me" and "Diego's Wolf Pup Rescue."

SCORING WITH FANS

See's Candies is bringing back the 49ers Keepsake Box for this year's NFL season. The one-pound collection of dark and milk chocolates features the 49ers logo on the box and retails for $17.20.

UNWANTED GIFT

Problem: What should you do when a guest arrives for dinner and hands you a bottle of wine as a gift?

Solution: Smile, accept the bottle with thanks, and put it away. There's no need for you to derail your carefully thought-out food and wine pairings with a rogue bottle of gifted wine. You can always work that bottle of gift wine into a future dinner, one at which your generous guest will be invited. There is just one caveat. If the guest brings a killer bottle of great wine that you know will work better, go ahead and make a switch.

— Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune

SMALL PLATES, WINE

A seven-course small plate and wine event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Columbia City Hotel. The evening features the Costello family of Mt. Brow Winery sharing winemaking traditions and how they continue them today in the Sierra foothills. Cost is $38 per person. For reservations, call 532-1479. For the complete menu, visit www.cityhotel.com. The Columbia City Hotel is at 22768 Main St. Columbia.

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