Walter Hunt patented the modern safety pin on April 10 in 1849. The Mycenaeans had a safety pin of sorts in the 14th century BCE called fibulae but Hunt’s was a lot better. The driving force behind the safety pin came while Hunt was twisting a piece of wire, trying to think of a way to help pay off a $15 debt. His pin was made from one piece of wire, which was coiled into a spring at one end and a separate clasp and point at the other end so the wire would be forced by the spring into the clasp. It was the first pin to have a clasp and spring action keeping fingers safe from injury — a safety pin. He sold his patent rights to the safety pin for $400 to his debtor. Hunt also invented a bunch of other things like: a forerunner of the Winchester repeating rifle, a successful flax spinner, knife sharpener, streetcar bell, hard-coal-burning stove, artificial stone, road sweeping machinery, velocipedes, ice ploughs and mail making machinery.
Safe night for grads
A safe bet for a good time for a good cause would be to dine out at Papa Gianni’s, 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park, for Sober Grad Night on Wednesday, April 10. Enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. and a portion of the receipt will go to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Be sure to tell the server you are there for the fundraiser. To make a reservation call 530-672-2333. Learn more about the Sober Grad Night committee by visiting phsSoberGradNight.org.
Don’t forget this Friday, April 12 the Hands 4 Hope Youth Board is having a spaghetti feed fundraiser to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The dinner is at Lakehills Community Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $12 per person and will be available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will also help fund outreach programs for the high school teenagers in Team Inspire.
An informative walk
John Kipping, naturalist, educator, and certified arborist will lead a hike at the Dave Moore Nature Center on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hikers will learn common plants and birds along the American River. Kipping has worked for more than 20 years in natural history education at the Randall Junior Museum, San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the Audubon Canyon Ranch. He has led wilderness river float trips throughout the western states, New Zealand, western Canada and Alaska and is currently the ship naturalist for Dolphin Charters during the summer in Alaska and British Columbia. Call 530-621-1224 for the meeting location in the Pilot Hill area and to sign up. The hike is suitable for those over 10. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Lights, camera and wine
For two weekends, April 13 and 14 and April 20 and 21, the members of the El Dorado Winery Association are having their annual Passport weekends. The theme for this year is a “Wine Tour of Fame” with wines, paired with food, music incorporating the magic of Hollywood. Each winery is rolling out the red carpet and creating a four-star setting based on a major movie or star. Passes are $70 for a weekend, $40 for Sundays and $25 for designated drivers. More information and tickets are available at eldoradowines.org or by calling the El Dorado Winery Association at 800-306-3956.