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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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This week in NapaLife

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Southside Café to Stewart Cellars
New beer tap room open in Oxbow.
Platform 8 coming to Yountville
Model Bakery in Yountville
Colavita dedicates terrace at Copia
Rolodex cocktail list at Miminashi
Kenzo notes one year, Michelin star
Charlie Palmer Steak at Archer
A preview of the Archer Hotel
Tarla all-night happy hour
Special offer for St. Helena gift book
Laces and Limos electric tours
Napa on Ice open
Provenance To Kalon Cab tasting
Vintners donate $6.2M to health
News for the wine community
Spirited magazine
Winiarski named to Hall of Fame
Violet named head of Grgich Hills
Online prerequisites for wine MBA
North Coast Wine Industry Expo
Mealybug and stink bug
This week in Napa Valley
Holidays in Yountville
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Decorate Kollar chocolate ornament
Final Napa Farmers’ Market
Blanchard’s fried chicken
Locals Night at Blue Note
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
Cadet Wine and Beer Bar   

Tiki Night IV at Miminashi
Mike Greensill at Silo’s
Jelly Bread at Blue Note
Thursday – Thanksgiving
Napa Valley Turkey Chase
Music at River Terrace Inn
Thanksgiving dinners
Terrie Odabi and Wee Willie Walker
Tasting at Yao Family Wines
Holiday marketplace at CIA at Copia
Classes at the CIA at Copia
French Oak Gypsy Band 
Big Brother & Holding Company
Adam Lieb at River Terrace Inn
Breakfast with Santa
Small Business Saturday
Cook a Holiday Brunch
French Cooking Class
Napa’s Christmas Parade
The Fab Four at the Uptown
Royal Jelly Jive at the Blue Note
The King’s Choice at Jarvis
A Tribute to Santana at Silo’s
Analog Us at Osteria Live!
Music at the River Terrace Inn
Create a Gingerbread Ranch
Future events
Historic Inns of Napa Holiday Tour
Bel Canto’s Holiday Concert
Bill Dodd’s Holiday Event


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Silo's Club

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Blue Note Club
  • Nov. 21 Locals Night featuring Jealous Zelig
  • Nov. 24 Terrie Odabi & Wee Willie Walker with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
  • Nov. 25 Royal Jelly Jive
  • Nov. 28 Locals Night with Sara Rodenburg
  • Nov. 29 LGBTQ Party: Benefits CANV Meals On Wheels (JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre)
  • Nov. 30 Kurt Ribak Quartet

They’ve also listed some shows for December on the website, including Brian Culbertson Dec. 29-31 including a big New Year’s Eve Party in the ballroom.

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM CellarsBallroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
  • Nov. 29 LGBTQ Party: Benefits CANV Meals On Wheels

  • Dec. 2 USAF Band of the Golden West

Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • November 25 - The Fab Four
  • November 30 - An Irish Christmas
  • December 1 - Comedian TJ Miller
  • December 2 - Hotel California
  • December 7 - Chris Isaak's Holiday Tour
  • December 8 and 9 - the Pixies 
  • December 22 - Todd Rundgren
  • Jan. 13 – Comedian Lewis Black 
  • Jan. 27 - Five for Fighting
  • February 16 - Sebastian Maniscalco
  • April 5 and 6 Boz Scaggs
  • April 20 - Kathleen Madigan
  • May 20 - Weird Al Yankovic
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

Dec. 1 Yountville Holiday Movie Series: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dec. 2 La Viña Wine Auction supporting Napa Valley Language Academy

Dec. 3 Project KIKS Benefit and Relief Concert

Dec. 7 Understanding Memory Loss: Dementia with Teepa Snow

Dec. 8 Yountville Holiday Movie Series: Elf

Dec. 9 Voena: Voices of the Season...Wonderland 

Dec. 10 Holidays in Buenos Aires

Dec. 16 and 17 The Nutcracker

Jan. 20 13th Annual Acapella Extravaganza

March 4 USAF Band of the Golden West

March 28 Torch Songs of World War II Opus Trio

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents

  • Jan. 14 Doktor Kaboom in “Lookout, Science Is Coming”! 

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.

Napa Valley Music

Nov. 29 Fall Guitar Ensemble

Dec. 2 Godzilla Eats Las Vegas Napa Valley College/North Bay Wind Ensemble

Dec. 6 or 7Electronic Music Recital

Dec. 9 Fall Voice Recital

Dec. 10 Beethoven's Fifth Napa Valley College Community Orchestra

April 14 Beethoven Choral Fantasia College Chorale

TBD Spring Chorale/Prima voce Concert

May 4 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Community Orchestra

May 8 Spring Guitar Ensemble

May 12 Spring Voice Recital

May 13 Timbres & Textures Napa Valley College/North Bay Wind Ensemble

May 16 Applied Honors Recital

May 20 North Bay Wind Ensemble

Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Dec. 1-10 It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

March 2-18 Sister Act

April 13-15 Emergence Festival

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • Dec.  1 - 23 Annie
  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 8x10: Ten Minute Play Festival
  • Feb. 23 - March 11 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens
  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody  
Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.
 Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson
The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

Buy at for $19.99 Buy Kindle version at  for $4.99

Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine  public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations, Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.

The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.
Print version $9.99
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You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email