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Mont La Salle scholarship
The Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation will present
afternoon in the courtyard at Mont La Salle featuring wine tastings of
several vintages, and a barrel-tasting of the newly-released 2013
Brother Timothy Mont La Salle Vineyard Cabernet on Saturday, Sept. 12
from 1 to 2 p.m.
Guests will be able to taste and buy 2009, 2010 and 2012
while enjoying appetizers created by the order’s CIA-trained chef.
Brother Timothy Diener (1910-2004) was a renowned
worked under the Christian Brothers brand to produce wines for the
benefit of students attending Lasallian Christian Brothers schools.
Brother Timothy’s legacy lives on in the Cabernet
produced in his honor by Hess Collection Winery and donated to the
Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation.
These wines are only available there and all proceeds
sales fund scholarships for low-income students to attend Christian
Brothers schools in the western region.
Buy the wine online from Sept. 12 to 26 only at
It's by invitation only. Call 252-3710 or email
email@example.com to receive an invitation.
Mont La Salle is at 4401 Redwood Road next to the Hess
Bale Grist Mill dinner benefit
The Napa Valley State Park Association will hold its
candlelit dinner at the historic Bale Grist Mill on 6 p.m. Saturday,
It includes a reception featuring American whiskeys and
farm-to-table dinner prepared with locally grown and raised food paired
with valley wines.
Tickets are $125 at brownpapertickets.com/
The mill is at 3369 St. Helena Highway north of St.
The Great Mexican-American
Indulge yourself in the wines from 15 Mexican-American vintners at the
Great Mexican-American Grape Stomp on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 5
p.m. at Mi Sueño Winery.
Treat yourself to wonderful wine, fabulous food pairings, live mariachi
music, grape stomp and silent auction lots filled with limited
production wines and winery experiences.
Proceeds benefit the Mexican-American Vintners Association scholarship
Special advance tickets are $75. Advance tickets are $100. Tickets at
the door will be $125. Visit www.nsmava.org or call 266-1296 to buy
Mi Sueño Winery is at 910 Enterprise Way, Napa.
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services will hold their ninth
annual gala and auction at Napa Valley Reserve on Sept. 11.
This year’s theme is “Reflect & Rejoice.”
It will be a memorable evening of wine, food, and entertainment, with
auction items that create unique experiences and warm memories long
after the event is over.
Get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 258-9084.
reThink Food at the CIA
reThink Food at the CIA Nov. 6-8 will feature entrepreneurs,
scientists, chefs and business and foodservice leaders for
presentations, tastings and insights into the future of food.
The conference presented by The Culinary Institute of America and the
MIT Media Lab calls on visionary chefs, growers, entrepreneurs and
innovators to prepare for the future of food and the intersection of
technology, behavior and design.
Get more information at www.re-thinkfood.org.
Melissa Etheridge stars at
Music Festival for Brain Health
The 21st Annual Music Festival for Brain Health will be held on
Saturday, Sept. 19 at Staglin Family Vineyard.
This year’s festival features two-time Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa
Celebrating over two decades of research funding, the Music Festival
for Brain Health is one of America’s most important fund-raising events
focusing on brain disorders, with an historical total raised surpassing
$220 million including leveraged grants from U.S. government agencies
and private organizations,.
The Music Festival for Brain Health benefits One Mind Institute and One
Mind, each partnering to support research, education, treatment, and to
fight the stigma surrounding brain disorders.
The Festival kicks off with the scientific symposium featuring keynote
speaker Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, Chief of Neurosurgery at San
Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the
University of California San Francisco. Dr. Manley will speak on
Healing the Injured Brain: A Team Science Approach to an Old Problem.
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., the Nash Family Professor of
Neuroscience, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Director
of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at
Mount Sinai in New York will moderate the symposium, which will also
feature the 2015 Rising Star scientists, along with Dr. Carrie Bearden,
Ph.D., Professor in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human
Behavior at UCLA, who will speak on Conquering Psychiatric Disease
through Collaborative Science and provide an update on her research on
understanding neurobiological risk factors for the development of
The symposium is followed by a cult wine tasting paired with hors
d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Sean O’Toole of Torc Restaurant in Napa.
The day continues with an intimate concert performance Melissa
Immediately following the concert, enjoy an exclusive Napa Valley feast
under the stars at the VIP post-concert dinner created by Top Chef Chef
Hubert Keller of Fleur Las Vegas paired with Staglin Family Vineyard
Early bird festival passes prior to Aug. 1 begin at $750. Festival
passes will be $1,000 beginning Aug. 1.
Buy passes at www.music-festival.org.
Admission to the symposium only is free with prior registration.
Proceeds benefit mental health research projects throughout the nation.
For more information, telephone Cindy Dyar at 963-4038, email
Cindy@imhro.org or visit www.music-festival.org.
Dinner at Connolly Ranch
Dine under the stars at Connolly Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of farm-to-table food, live music and live and silent
auctions during Dinner at the Ranch.
Tickets are $150 at www.connollyranch.org with proceeds benefitting
free and subsidized farm experiences for more than 5,000 schoolchildren
each year at Connolly Ranch.
Connolly Ranch is at 3141 Browns Valley Rd., Napa.
Molly’s Angels Golf
Molly’s Angels 11th annual golf outing will be
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Chardonnay Golf Club.
It is presented by Compadres and Ca’Momi Winery and
hosted by Giants alumni Vida Blue and Rich Murray.
For more information, call 224-8971 or visit
You can also pick up registration materials at Compadres
in Napa Valley
for details on future events
City Winery at the Napa
Most events start at 8 p.m.
- Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief
- Aug 29 Lydia Pense & Cold Blood with special
guest Rick Stevens
- Aug 30 Rockapella
- Aug 31 KT Tunstall
- Sep 1 KT Tunstall
- Sep 5 Super Diamond
- Sept 12 Marcia Ball
- Sep 15 The Doors' legendary Guitarist Robby Krieger
and his band Jam Kitchen
- Sep 16 Graham Parker
- Sept. 17 Donavan Frankenreiter, Peter Harper
- Sep 18 John McCauley of Deer Tick
- Sept. 20 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the
Greatest future Star Musical Theatre Competition for Kids
- Sept 22 Marc Broussard
- Sept 23 Justin Hayward, Mike Dawes
- Sep 26 Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
- Sep 27 Little Hurricane
- Oct 4 NVOH Presents: Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh
and Little Charlie Baty with Golden State-Lone Star Revue
- Oct. 18 A Special Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading,
- Oct 19 Dick Dale
- Oct 24 Heartless Bastards, Slothrust
- Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry
Bradford's Voice Studio Concert
- Nov 18 Squeeze (acoustic set)-An Evening with Difford
- Nov 19 Squeeze (acoustic set)-An Evening with Difford
- Nov 21 Janeanne Garofalo
Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a
at 260-1600 or www.citywinery.com.
Aug 29 - Rodney Carrington
Sept 11 - Eddie Izzard Sold Out!
Sept 18 - G. Love & Special Sauce with The Iron Heart
Sept 19 - Steven Wright
Sept 27 - Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne
Oct 1 - Boz Scaggs - Almost Sold Out
Oct 2 - Boz Scaggs
Oct 3 - Get the Led Out
Oct 9 - Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Oct 10 - Chris Botti
Oct 16 - Tommy Castro & The Painkillers with Mark Karan
Oct 23 - New Show Announced Soon!
Oct 30 - Dave Davies of the Kinks
Nov 1 - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Nov 4 - Jonny Lang with Runaway Saints
Nov 11-15 Napa Valley Film Festival
Nov 14 - Comedian Kathleen Madigan
Nov 25 - An Irish Christmas Production
Dec 3 - The Adam Carolla Show
Jan 16 - Comedian Kathy Griffin
Feb 19 - NEW SHOW Announced Soon!
May 5 - Author David Sedaris
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at
1350 Third St.
Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is
Performing Arts Center
at Lincoln Theate
Get information and tickets at
www.lincolntheater.org or 944-9900.
- California Symphony Presents: Traditions New and Old
December 21, 5pm
- California Symphony Presents: A Grand Finale May 6,
Napa Valley College
Performing Arts Center
Visit www.musicnapavalley.org, www.napavalleytheater.org
www.shakespearenapavalley.org or call 256-7500.
Lucky Penny Community Arts
Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues
including have its ongoing Sunday series at the Napa Valley Opera
House once a month.
- Sept. 18 - Oct. 4 The Secret Garden
- Oct. 16 - 25 Gruesome Playground Injuries
- Nov. 6 - 22 Beyond Therapy
- Dec. 4 - 20 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas
- Jan. 29 – Feb. 14 In Love With the 8 X 10: Ten Minute
- April 15 - May 1 Andrews Brothers By Roger Bean
- May 13 - 29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
- Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the
Two Speed Clock ) Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production
Priest Ranch Winery in
Thursday Night Live 6 to 9 p.m.
Summer concerts at
Jamieson Ranch Winery
- Sept. 3, Sean Carscadden Trio
- Sept. 17, The J Silverheels Band
Jamieson Ranch Winery’s summer concert series returns
this year with an interesting variety of acts. Most are free, but
some require tickets.
Get details at www.jamiesonranch.com.
- Sept. 5 – Charlie Wade, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 15 – Big Blu Soul, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 19 – Loose Blues, 1-4 p.m.
Long Meadow Ranch
summer concert series
Tickets are mostly $35 in advance. For tickets and more
information, visit www.longmeadowranch.com or call 963-4555.
- Aug. 30 West Coast favorites and high-energy string
band The Brothers Comatose along with North Lake Tahoe’s Dead Winter
- Sept. 20 bluegrass The Infamous Stringdusters
- Oct. 4 LMR All-Star Big Band, a 20-player big band
drawn from an internationally accomplished group of musicians that has
played jazz across the world benefiting the Timothy Hall
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is at 738 Main St. in St. Helena.
Compadres' Sunday Summer
Compadres' Sunday Summer
Music Series are held each
week on the deck from 4-7 p.m.
- Aug. 30 - Double Shot: more local favorites - old
school classic and country rock!
Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa,
Napa City Nights
Napa City Nights, a free summer concert series at
Park, is held each Friday night with a lineup that includes three
with music running
from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy the shows.
This summer's lineup:
- Aug. 28: The Used Blues Band, Girls & Boys, Dawn
- Sept. 4: Brad Wilson, Funk Pickles, Doug House
Sebastiani Vineyards features music from 6 to 9 p.m.
through Sept. 25.
They’ll also have food and wine for sale and the last
Friday of the
month is Food Truck Friday in the parking lot with Pagan Pizza, Tips
Trips & Tri-Tip, Caribbean Spices, Got Ball Meatball Factory, Marks
the Spot and Seed on the Go.
Here’s the schedule (subject to
Reservations are not required for these events and
there’s no cost to attend.
- Aug. 28: Ten Foot Tone – Food Truck Friday.
- Sept. 4: Poyntlyss Sistars – Playing Rock, R&B,
Motown, and Pop through the decades.
- Sept. 11: Sugar Foot – High-caliber R&B, Rock,
Funk, Dance, & Groove music.
- Sept. 18: BackTrax – Dance the night away to all
favorite covers from the 60’s to the 90’s.
- Sept. 25: The Rolling Blackouts – One of
finest bands playing Classic R&B. Food Truck Friday
Sebastiani Vineyards is at 389 Fourth St. East in Sonoma.
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