Calendar of Events – April 2011

April 1-2 & 8-9: Justin-Siena High School Theatre Presents “Phantom of the Opera” Justin-Siena Theatre is excited to announce the Napa Valley premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical “The Phantom of the Opera”. The production will feature original ballet sequences by Napa Regional Dance Company and be performed at the Lincoln Theater, $25 /$15 255.0950 x626

April 2: Jil Aigrot in Concert
French vocalist Jil Aigrot masterfully breathes new life into the cherished classics of her native country in a new program, including the songs of Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour. Napa Valley Opera House $35 – $40 226.7372

April 7: George Thorogood & The Destroyers at Uptown Theatre
After 35 years as “The World Greatest Bar Band,” George Thorogood & The Destroyers are back on the road and still bad to the bone. $40 / $50 259.0123

April 8-9: Spring Flower Show
Come to the Circus! The Graton Community Club will hold a free spring flower show and plant sale. It will be held at the historic club house at 8996 Graton Road in downtown Graton. The theme of the show is “Under the Big Top” and it will be an opportunity see creative flower displays, to buy locally grown plants, including many natives; to buy hand crafted items, and unique collectibles. Visitors can also enjoy a lunch, dessert, and beverage for only $10, between 11 AM and 2 PM.

April 9: Luther Turton Architecture Tour
Join local architect, councilmember, and Napa County Landmarks boardmember Juliana Inman for an architectural walking tour of buildings designed by Luther Turton. FREE for docents-in-training; $5 for NCL & NCHS members; $10 General Public 255-1836

April 9: An Evening of Poetry at the Napa Valley Museum

Enjoy the poetry of distinguished current and former Poets of Laureate of norther California in an evening of verse and prose. Wine and refreshments available. $10/$5 944-0500

April 12: Napa Ballroom Dancers “Revel in the Bolero”

“Revel in the Bolero” at the Napa Ballroom Dancer’s, Inc. A special bolero lesson taught by Latin expert Nancy Flores, 7-8 PM. Dancing from 8-10:30 PM to the music of the Dancer’s DJ, Steve Luther- Latin, Ballroom, and Swing. Couples, singles, beginning and experienced dancers of all ages are welcome. No host bar opens at 7 PM. $12 255-5890

April 12: Ben & Jerry’s Annual “Free Cone Day”

Noon-8:00PM 1299 Napa Town Center (Corner of 1st and Randolph Sts) Volunteer scoopers include local non-profits and High School Leadership groups All day Fun, Excitement & Ice Cream. 253-0484

April 13: Cope Family Center Girls’ Night Out

Enjoy a Girls’ Night Out shopping in Napa! The Cope Family Center will host its annual Girls’ Night Out on Wednesday, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Mustard Seed and Cakeplate shops in downtown Napa. 20% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Cope’s programs!

April 14: Arlo Guthrie with Abe Guthrie and The Burns Sisters

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. Napa Valley Opera House $45 – $50 226.7372

April 14: Napa Valley Welcome Club Spring Fling Gala Fundraiser

There will be many beautiful, bountiful trays and a special handcrafted quilt, by Diana Monez, featured in our opportunity drawings. The monies collected will be donated to our charities: Napa Valley Support Services, N.E.W.S., Cope and Hospice of Napa Valley. There will also be a delicious luncheon served followed by a fashion show, “Spring into Spring” by Chico’s. 255-3617.

April 14-15: St. John’s Lutheran School’s Production of Disney’s The Jungle Book The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Come See the colorful characters and toe-tapping jungle rhythm! Tickets are $5. 226-7970, Ext. 101.

April 14 & 16: Geoff Ellsworth Performance Art

Judd’s Hill Winery is proud to host local St. Helena writer, musician, painter and performance artist Geoff Ellsworth. In addition to having a selection of his paintings displayed at Judd’s Hill Winery throughout April, Mr. Ellsworth will give two enactments of his latest performance art piece. These half-hour presentations will be held April 14th and 16th, starting at 6pm. Geoff’s shows defy description and are replete with a madcap assortment of tumbling clowns, ladders, exercise equipment and cyber-wester music. $15 255.2332

April 15: Leo Kottke at Uptown Theater

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations, a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and he continues touring globally. $35 259.0123

April 16: Annual Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Aquatics Day

The Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship day at the pool features swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. Silent auction. Concession stand for lunch will be available. Benefits graduating seniors from Justin-Siena, Napa and Vintage High Schools. $5 /$3 255.5409

April 16: Containers and Raised Beds (en Español)

The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will present this public workshop in Spanish. Learn how to grow ornamentals and herbs and vegetables in containers and raised beds. 253.4221

April 16: Henry Haus Blacksmith Shop Open House

Once a year, the Henry Haus Blacksmith Shop in Pope Valley opens its doors for the public to come and explore a historic blacksmith shop. The blacksmith shop opened in 1897 and the interior looks the same as it did when it closed in 1950. Presented by the Napa County Historical Society. 224.1739

April 16: Ride 2 Recovery: Napa Cyclefest

Come join in the fun and the spirit of giving back to those who have served our country by supporting our injured veterans at the Ride 2 Recovery. 916-230-3365

April 16: Containers and Raised Beds

The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will present this public workshop on growing ornamentals and herbs and vegetables in containers and raised beds. Add dimensions to your gardening experience. 253.4221

April 16: Napa Wine Train Moonlight Escape Dinner

Share the magic of the Napa Valley in April as the sun sets at 7:46 pm. This moon is named the “Full Pink Moon” because the earliest of the spring flowers are pink. Our Moonlight Escape dinner takes place in the Vista Dome rail car. Guests glide over the evening vineyards touched with the silver light of the rising moon. $159 (800) 427.4124

April 16: Northwood Elementary: Twilight in the Vineyards Dinner and Auction

This exciting event is at Silverado Resort and Spa from 6:00pm-11:00pm. Proceeds from this event support many important programs and educational services for Northwood students. Tickets are $65/$75. 253-3471

April 17: Café Cabaret: Gershwin’s Gold

Enjoy some of San Francisco’s hottest musical talent in the intimacy of the Cafe Theatre in an evening dedicated to the music of this golden composer (and his lyricist brother, Ira). Light bites, desserts and drinks available for sale. Featuring: Jessica Fischer, Christopher M. Nelson and G. Scott Lacy. Napa Valley Opera House, $25 226.7372

April 21: An Evening with Steven Curtis Chapman @ Uptown Theatre

For more than two decades, Steven Curtis Chapman has celebrated life’s most precious moments in song. The joys and challenges of daily existence reverberate throughout Steven’s music and his songs have become the soundtrack of life for believers everywhere. $40/$50 259.0123

April 21: Randy Newman

Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters ever to be at play in the field of popular music. His 1970s hit Short People propelled him to popularity and his groundbreaking work on films such as Toy Story has led to five Academy Awards, 5 Grammy awards and 2 Emmy awards. Napa Valley Opera House, $55 – $65 226.7372

April 22: Bill Nunes Memorial Crusher Classic Golf

Annual event on the North Course at Silverado Resort. Benefit Vintage High School athletic programs. Includes green fees, cart, use of the driving range, lunch on the course, awards reception, dinner and an auction. 363.0420

April 23: Earth Day Napa River Cleanup

Come join the Napa RCD and Spring Clean for the 6th Annual Earth Day Napa River Cleanup! Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-11am at 4 sites around downtown Napa. Gloves and bags will be provided at each site. 252-4188 x111.

April 23: Easter Egg Hunt Presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Napa Valley

The Active 20-30 Club of Napa presents the biggest Easter Egg Hunt in the Napa Valley! This FREE event will feature: A visit from the Easter Bunny, Characters, Napa Fire Engine & Police Car, Face Painting, Books, Candy, prizes, balloons & more! 10am to Noon at Kennedy Park.

April 23: Earth Day Festival in Downtown Napa

Earth Day will be celebrated in Downtown Napa with over 100 educational and product booths, food, wine, beer and an all-day lineup of live entertainment. Veterans Memorial Park & 3rd Street, 944.0799

April 23: Free Talk on History & Architecture

Come to the Goodman Library for a free talk on History & Architecture with Napa architect Jay Jacobson. For more information, contact the Landmarks office at 707.255.1836 or Located in the Goodman Library building, 255.1836

April 23: Napa Wine Train Murder Mystery Dinner

The Napa Valley Wine Train is pleased to announce a new Murder Mystery play centering on the clandestine world of the gum shoe. Come prepared to mix and mingle, dress the part, or just get down to business and solve the murder. $145 (800) 427.4124

April 23: Rutherford Grange 2nd Annual Crab Feed

Grange members will cook on-site fresh caught LIVE crab and also serve caesar salad, garlic bread, pasta with meat sauce and lots of butter and lemon. Bar offerings include beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks. Happy hour 2-3pm, dinner 3:30ish. Adults $35, kids 15 & under $10. Drink tickets $1 ea. 6 for $5 and 13 for $10. 265-9180

April 24: Hunt for the Hare Easter Celebration at Safari West

Looking for hare-raising adventure this Easter? Join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for our annual Hunt for the Hare, an egg-straordinary Easter celebration and brunch. $65 for adults; $30 for children 579.2551

April 24: Napa Valley Wine Train Easter Lunch

Why feel rushed in a crowded restaurant when you could be relaxing on a three-hour culinary journey through the Napa Valley? This Easter, let us do all the work (and all the dishes!), while you unwind and enjoy the company of your loved ones. $99 – $129 (800) 427.4124

April 27: “An Eye For Art with Mother Nature”

Featuring local artists, jewelry, OOh, La La de Paris frames and Buehler Vineyards 6:30 to 9:00pm Wine & Appetizers Enter our drawing for a $150 gift certificate at The Eye Works Optometry. 254-2020

April 28: Philip Glass & Wendy Sutter

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Glass performs with one of the leading cellists of her generation, Wendy Sutter. Napa Valley Opera House, $35 – $45 226.7372

April 29: Ozomatli at Uptown Theatre

They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world. Their music, a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. $35 259.0123

April 30: Art for Thought: A Tribute to Paule Anglim

Annual Feast and Auction to Support the Oxbow School Scholarship Fund. The Oxbow School, Napa Feast by Chez Panisse and Friends. $350 – $500 252.5427

April 30: Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff!

Professional chef teams and amateur home cooks will serve up dishes paired perfectly with HALL Cabernet Sauvignon and compete to win money for their favorite Napa Valley non-pro fits. Taste each dish, vote for your favorites and enjoy incredible wines! Food, wine, music and more all included. $55 General | $45 Wine Club 967.2626

April 30: 2nd Annual All in the Family Rummage Sale

With state budget cuts, Napa County’s Toy Library and Early Learning Center run by Community Resources for Children (CRC) needs our help more than ever. Get a jump on spring cleaning and give us your gently used child related items (no stuffed animals, please.) All donations are 100% tax deductible. And for all you shoppers: this is your annual opportunity to buy new and gently used kids stuff at bargain basement prices! 266-1018

April 30: Na Lei Hulu

Na Lei Hulu shatters kitschy stereotypes of gyrating girls in grass skirts by presenting a culturally authentic hula updated for the 21st century. Through their blend of traditional hula movements and stories with boundary-pushing choreography and rich cultural context, the group creates a visually captivating theatrical experience. Napa Valley Opera House, $25 – $30 226.7372

April 30: Reach for the Stars Fashion Show

Join us for the annual event held at the Meritage Resort. QVMC Foundation luncheon and fashion show featuring men, women and children who are cancer survivors. Proceeds from the event will go to the Queen’s Cancer Wellness Program. $80 257.4044

April 30: Kids’ Day Presented by Cope

Family Center and the Active 20-30 Club. Join Cope Family Center and the Active 20-30 Club of Napa for Kids’ Day: bringing children’s activities and family resources together in one fun event! Games, Activities, Info and Resources for parents, entertainment, sports, arts and culture, hobbies, face painting, stage performances, jumpy house and rock wall.

April 30: Kitchens in the Vineyards: Home Tour

Visit five stunning homes in Napa Valley’s wine country! This unique tour features kitchens, dining rooms, entertainment areas and gardens, all enhanced by professional florals and table settings. Enjoy tastings from local chefs and meet cookbook authors available to autograph their books. $65 258.5559


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