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July 25, 2016

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This week in NapaLife

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Atlas Social closes

Daily food truck corral

Happy hour at Hog Island

College Performing Arts schedule

Santa Train upgraded

News for the wine community

Atlas Peak holds a tasting

25th Wine Industry Financial confab

Impact Napa Conference

Stags Leap District collection

This week in Napa Valley

Free music in Napa Valley

The game’s afoot 

French regional dinners

Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market

Dine to give to Writers’ Conference

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Women for WineSense Roundtable

All Fired Up at C Casa

Kelly Fleming Wines at Cadet 

Local night for Writers’ Conference

Savoy with Justin Pyne at Silo’s

Pinot Noir Fan Club of Napa Valley

Bulletproof music jam 

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Secure the Sun at Silo’s

Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

Ballroom Dance Awareness Gala

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Summer sparklers at Back Room

Uke-A-Palooza At Oxbow

Feast at Harvest with Schramsberg

Chef and somm dinner at Silverado

Tequila dinner with Don Julio

Garage Band 101 for Adults

Napa City Nights

Napa Saturday Farmers' Market

Calistoga Farmers’ Market

La Santa Cecilia at Lincoln Theater

O.A.R. at Robert Mondavi Winery

Festa Italiana at V. Sattui

Spray can slam and tie-dye workshop

Teenage Mutant Turtles in the park

Music in the Vineyards benefit

Avonlea at Lucky Penny

Petty Theft Tribute 

Harry Potter release parties

American Canyon Farmers’ Market

Bridge and Mahjong at Beth Shalom

Porchfest enlivens Napa

Porchfest after party

Future events

V Foundation Wine Celebration

Gala for Collabria Care

Oxbow Fork It Over expands reach

Dinner at Connolly Ranch


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre
Aug 30 – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Sept. 3 – An Evening with Molly Ringwald   
Sept 16 – Art Garfunkel
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin
Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 
Sept 24 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters Present: Songs of Willie Dixon 
Sept 24 – The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Oct 4 – The Gregg Allman Band 
Oct 5 – Ani DiFranco
Oct 10 – Colbie Caillat
Oct 29 – Richard Thompson and The Blind Boys of Alabama
Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

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

July 30 La Santa Cecilia

Aug. 14 Dan Goodman Nonsense and Verse 

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center


Long Meadow Ranch Bluegrass plus

Saturday, Aug. 13 Fruition

Sunday, Aug. 21 The Brothers Comotose

Friday, Aug. 26 Trout Steak Revival

Saturday, Sept. 3 The Lil' Smokies at Native Sons Hall, St. Helena

Saturday, Sept. 10 David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

Sunday, Oct. 2 LMR All-Star Big Band benefit concert for the Timothy W. Hall Foundation


Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St., St. Helena

Robert Mondavi Winery summer concert series


All the shows are on Saturdays:

July 30 O.A.R.

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Napa City Nights

Napa City Nights is a free concert series held every Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. during the summer in the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater  in downtown Napa.

July 29 The Bad Jones, C4INC and Anthony Presti
Aug. 5 Sweet Hayah, Amber Snider Band and Vincent Costanza
Aug. 12 Soul Section and Napa School of Music
Aug. 19 The Billy Martini Show, Skunk Funk and James Patrick Regan
Aug. 26 The Pat Jordan Band, Whitney Nichole Band and Jeff Campbell


Compadres’ Music on the River

Compadres’ annual Music on the River starts Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday until Labor Day weekend. Here are the next month’s offerings:

July 31 - Johnny Fittipaldi and Friends

Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa. Call 253-1111.

Goose & Gander summer Sundays on the patio

1-4 p.m. in the garden patio with no cover charge.

July 31 Reservoir Days

Aug. 7 P.A. Furnace

Aug. 14 Kenya B trio

Aug. 21 Brad Parsons Band

Aug. 28 Worlds Finest

Sept. 4 Ordinary Sons

1245 Spring Street in St. Helena

Farmstead Friday music

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch features a local artist at our restaurant's outdoor bar every Friday evening for live bluegrass, classic rock and folk music.  The music starts at 6 p.m., following happy hour, and food and drinks are for sale.

July 29: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 5: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 12: Lisa-Marie Johnston

Aug. 19: Smorgy

Aug. 26: Sow Belly Trio

Sept. 2: Kyle O'Brien

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park at 1308 Cedar St. in Calistoga

July 28 The Vivants bluegrass, old-time country and sister-harmonies.

Aug. 4 Poor Man's Whiskey fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock and old school jam

Aug. 11 Saint Ashbury Jeremy Cozakas and Ashley Mitchell walk a thin line between alt country and contemporary rock.

Aug. 18 Decades material that spans from the '40s to today.

Aug. 25 Boys of Summer

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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.
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