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Jan. 16, 2017

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Sonoma Valley Delicious!
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Napa Valley Marathon
Cribbage in Napa
Local politics and media
Hospitality classes at the college
News for the wine community
Wrong date for Raymond hearing
Sattui donates to Land Trust
Villa Sorriso discloses wine name
Registration open for IQ 2017
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MLK celebration
Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace
This week at Cameo Cinema    Greensill and Corona at Silo’s
Wednesday Night Live
Amendola and Blades at Blue Note
Lambrusco with pizza at Cadet
Clif community volunteer rally
Book signing at Napa Design Center
Katy, Dell and John at Silo’s
Shanthi Sekaran: Lucky Boy
Mustards Pour-off Pair-Off
Rubicon at Silo’s
Hanson Night at The Q
Michael Lington at Blue Note
Monique Ranae comedy taping
Fruit tree pruning and grafting
Women’s March in Napa
Krupp Brothers tasting
Crab feeds this week
Dual exhibition opening at Museum 
Unauthorized Rolling Stones
Youth Symphony at Jarvis
Rose pruning and more
NVJS presents Alden/ Vaché duo
Carpe Diem brewmaster dinner
Schmit of Eagles at Opera House
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Crab Feeds in Napa Valley

Vintage High School Athletic Boosters

Vintage High School’s Athletic Boosters present the 39th Annual Paul Stornetta Memorial crab feed, tri-tip and pasta dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Chardonnay Hall at the Napa Valley Expo.

It will feature music by Wonderbread5.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for registration and cocktails, and dinner is served at 7 p.m.

The cost is $75.

Buy tickets at

The Napa Valley Expo is at 575 Third St. in Napa.

Justin Siena High School

Justin Siena High School will hold its 32nd crab feed on Jan. 21, with doors opening at 5 p.m.

Get unlimited crab, salad and pasta, while supporting the high school’s athletics and arts programs. There will also be a silent auction and mobile bidding. Tickets are $65.

For more information or tickets, call 255-0950, extension 628, or email

It will be in the Clark gym at 4026 Maher St.

Yountville Kiwanis

The 2017 Yountville Kiwanis crab feed will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yountville Community Center.

The $65 ticket includes wine tasting reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a crab, pasta and salad feast including wine.

Buy tickets at or at the Hill Family Estate Tasting Room at 6512 Washington St. in Yountville.

Yountville Community Center is at 6516 Washington St. in Yountville.

Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley

The Boys and Girls Club 25th annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chardonnay Hall at Napa Valley Expo. The cost is $75.

See for information. The Napa Valley Expo is at 575 Third St. in Napa.

Napa Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Napa crab feed will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Chardonnay Hall at Napa Valley Expo.

Buy tickets for $70 at

The Napa Valley Expo is at 575 Third St. in Napa.

St. John’s Mardi Gras Extravaganza 

St. John's Catholic School will host its annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m.

See or call 224-8388 for more information. St. John's Catholic School is at 983 Napa St. in Napa.

St. Apollinaris Catholic School

St. Appolinaris' crab feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 4.

See or call 224-6525.

St. Appolinaris is at 3700 Lassen St. in Napa.

St. Helena Soroptimist

Soroptimist International of St. Helena will hold its 40th anniversary crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Native Sons Hall in St. Helena.


Napa High Athletic Boosters

The Blue for Gold crab feed and auction for Napa High School Athletic Boosters will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 11.

See or telephone 253-3731. Napa High School is at 2475 Jefferson St. in Napa.

Lake Berryessa Senior Center

Lake Berryessa Senior Center will have its annual crab feed Saturday, Feb. 18: Annual Crab Feed. It’s traditionally one of the biggest social events at Lake Berryessa. 

Call 966-0206 for details. The Lake Berryessa Senior Center is at 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Rd.

Napa Horsemen

The Napa Horsemen crab feed will be Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Reserve by Feb. 18. Call 815-6686 or see

Napa Valley Horsemen's Association is at 1200 Foster Rd. in Napa.

Music and Drama in Napa Valley

See for details on future events.

Silo's Club
  • Jan 18 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Jan 18 Craig Corona
  • Jan 19 Katy, Dell & John - Acoustic
  • Jan 20 Rubicon
  • Jan 21 Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones - Two Shows
  • Jan 22 NVJS Presents Howard Alden Warren Vaché Duo -
  • Jan 25 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Jan 25 Scott Pullman
  • Jan 25 King Washington / Matt Jaffe - Presents
  • Jan 26 SONA
  • Jan 27 The Killer Queens - Two Shows
  • Jan 28 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Feb 1 Syria T. Berry - solo
  • Feb 2 Second Street Band
  • Feb 3 Lef Deppard - Tribute to Def Leppard
  • Feb 4 Midnight Dust Busters - Uncorked
  • Feb 8 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Feb 8 David Kelleher Solo Acoustic
  • Feb 9 The David Correa Trio
  • Feb 10 AgapeSoul
  • Feb 11 Forejour - Tribute to Foreigner & Journey - 2 Show Night
  • Feb 12 Tuck & Patti - Two Shows
  • Feb 14 Carlos Reyes - Two Special Valentine's Shows
  • Feb 15 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Feb 15 Bluewind Jazz Band
  • Feb 16 Doug Houser - solo
  • Feb 17 Island of Black & White - blues/rock/reggae/folk
  • Feb 18 Tony Lindsay's Soul Soldiers - Two Shows
  • Feb 19 George Young Quartet - NVJS Presents
  • Feb 22 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Feb 22 Scott Starr - solo
  • Feb 23 In The Spirit of Lennon - Drew Harrison
  • Feb 24 Luvplanet
  • Feb 26 Dweezil Zappa - Stories Beyond The Spotlight
  • Mar 1 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Mar 1 Syria T. Berry - solo
  • Mar 3 The Rhythm Method 4
  • Mar 8 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Mar 8 Scott Pullman
  • Mar 10 The Garcia Project - Performing Classic Jerry Garcia Band Shows
Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Blue Note Club
  • Jan. 18-19 Amendola vs. Blades feat. Scott Amendola and Wil Blades
  • Jan. 20-21 Michael Lington Two
  • Jan. 25 Charged Particles with Tod Dikow: A tribute to Michael Brecker
  • Jan. 26-28 Eric Johnson Solo
  • Feb. 1-3 Donald Harrison Quartet  
  • Feb. 4 Henry Kapono
  • Feb. 8 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Feb. 15 The Cookers feat. Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
  • Feb. 16-19 Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
  • Feb. 22 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Feb. 24 Dirty Cello Two
  • March 1 Steffen Kuehn
  • March 3-4 Yellowjackets
  • March 9-12 Spyro Gyra
  • March 16-19 Pat Martino Trio
  • March 23-24 The Ray Obiedo Group
  • March 25 Bela Fleck and Abigail Washington
  • March 29 Davy Knowles
  • March 30 Diane Schuur
The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

  • Jan. 22 An Evening with Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles
  • Jan. 23 Jesse Cook
  • Jan. 25 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • Jan 27 Rick Astley 
  • Jan 28 Tom Papa
  • Feb 3 – The Everly Brothers Experience
  • Feb 4 – Rufus Wainwright
  • Feb 18 Jake Shimabukuro
  • Mar 4 - The Irish Rovers
  • Mar 11 The Beach Boys
  • Mar 18 -- Los Lobos
  • Mar 25 – The Official Blues Brothers Revue
  • Apr 1 – Rufus Wainwright
  • Apr 22 - Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
  • Apr 30 – Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank
  • June 3 - Los Lonely Boys
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

  • Jan. 28 12th annual A Cappella Extravaganza
  • Feb. 11 Shaolin Warriors
  • Feb. 26 Story Pirates!
  • March 9 Lunafest
  • March 12 HipPOPS! concerts
  • March 24-26 and March 31-
  • April 2 Justin-Siena Theatre presents Sister Act
  • April 4 The Naked Magicians
  • April 8 Brahams Requiem-Symphony gala and concert
  • May 4 Nonsense and Verse
  • May 14 LolliPOPS! concert
  • June 24 Willie K: A fundraiser for The Lest We Forget Foundation
  • June 25 Mostly Mozart
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley Music
  • Feb. 12 Master Series: King, Wilkes, Silva & Osten 3 p.m.
  • April 23 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.
  • April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.
  • May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.
  • May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
Visit    or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

  • March 3-12 To Kill a Mockingbird
  • April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival
Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • Jan. 27-Feb. 12 A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Feb, 24-March 12 Kids Rule the 8 X 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison
  • June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo
  • Youth Summer Academy Show
Visit or call 266-6305.

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