Partly cloudy and 83 Friday, “Frozen” on screen and under the stars, and icy dunkings for a cause — here’s a peek at Aug. 22, 2014.


WEATHER: Napa-area skies will be partly cloudy through the daytime and evening hours on Friday, with an afternoon high of 83 degrees and an overnight low of 56.

Winds will measure 10-20 mph from the southwest by day, then shift to the west-southwest at 10-15 mph after dark.

Sunrise is at 6:30 a.m. and sunset at 7:53 p.m.

See the extended forecast at the Napa Valley Register weather page.


WHAT TO DO: All ages are welcome to enjoy a movie night at Yountville Community Park, Washington and Madison streets in Yountville, on Friday night. Bring a tent, sleeping bags, flashlights and camping chairs for a fun time and a screening of the film "Frozen."

In the Oscar-winning film, fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer, Sven, in an epic journey.

This movie is rated G. No pets or trailers. Concessions available for purchase.

The screening is free to attend and begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 707-944-1597.

Ice bucket challenge

BRRRRR: The ALS “ice bucket challenge” is sweeping the nation, leaving cold, wet hair, shocked shivers and more than a few laughs in its wake. And now, Napans are getting into the act.

The viral video craze features videos posted on social media of “volunteers” being doused overhead by frigid water, all in the name of raising money for research awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The condition, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing gradual paralysis and eventually death.

Each ice bucket dunkee also “nominates” others to accept the challenge and/or donate $100 to ALS. Millions of such videos have reportedly been posted online. Besides entertaining those watching, as of Thursday the ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year, the group said in a statement.

Regardless of the worthiness of the cause, reader reaction on Facebook was mixed – possibly because of California’s drought.

Juan Ramirez: “Yes in a horrific drought let's promote wasting water!! This is dumb think of another way to raise awareness!! Dummies”

Ruby Saphire Villalpando: “I’m digging that so much people are donating, but there's got to be a more better way to raise funds and awareness. Like why do you need to dump a bucket of water on your head to donate to ALS or other groups. Do you need a challenge to donate? Or is donating a challenge?”

Stacy Soberalski: “As a winemaker and wine label owner...I used a bottle of wine for my challenge. We are in Napa, after all. Onward and cheers to raising awareness to a disease affecting too many of our friends and families.”

Alicia Amaro Streblow: “Why are people focusing on ‘wasting water’? Yes I know there is a drought but many people are using recycled water, or pouring the water over the lawn. If we all had just donated there would not have been as much awareness of this terribly underfunded disease which you are now more aware of. Carry on!”

Read the full story by Jennifer Huffman, and share your take on the ice bucket challenge online or at the Register’s Facebook page.

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