Sunday’s first look: Weather, what to do, and more

September 08, 2013 5:00 am

More sun and heat with a low-90s peak, wine and crafts share the downtown stage, and another developer’s hopes for a downtown Napa hotel — here’s a peek at Sept. 8, 2013.

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  • WEATHER: Napans can expect another afternoon of sunny, hot skies, with a high temperature of 92 degrees at Napa County Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The overnight low will be 58, after increasing evening clouds and patchy fog starting around 11 p.m.

    Winds will reach 5-9 mph from the south in the afternoon, then shift to the south-southwest at 6-11 mph at night.

    More low-90s temperatures in the local forecast for Monday.

    See more at the Napa Valley Register weather page.

  • WHAT TO DO: On Sunday, Heidi Swedberg will be on stage to entertain and educate the kids with her oft-times zany antics at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College (1088 College Ave.) in St. Helena. Heidi played George Costanza’s ill-fated fiancée on “Seinfeld.”

    There will also be opportunities to win ukuleles, performances by local kids’ groups, a panel discussion for teachers and free lessons.

    This event is free and starts at 11 a.m.

    Click here for the Napa Valley Register online calendar.

  • Just weeks after Todd Zapolski announced plans to bring a seven-story hotel to First Street, recent efforts to build another upscale hotel in downtown have surfaced. 

    A Florida developer spent six months trying to consolidate ownership of an entire city block in hopes of creating a “four-plus” star hotel decorated with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fine art.

    The block, totaling 1.87 acres, is bordered by Seminary, Polk, Franklin and Clay streets, in a mixed commercial-residential area just north of the Clay Street garage. It’s currently home to a WestAmerica bank branch, Mini Mango restaurant, MIV Insurance Services and two residences.

    Florida-based hotel developer Richard Kessler said he spent six months over the past year studying the block. His company is known for developing “very high-end four- and four-and-half-star hotels,” Kessler said in a phone interview Wednesday.

    Read the story by the Register’s Jennifer Huffman.

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