Aunt Helena

2012-09-20T00:00:00Z Aunt Helena Napa Valley Register
September 20, 2012 12:00 am

There is only a month left, Dear Reader, to work out the fine points of an annual dilemma — what to wear in the 19th annual St. Helena Pet Parade. The parade is part of St. Helena’s Hometown Harvest Festival planned for Saturday, Oct. 20, if you haven’t already marked your calendars. LuLii Lyman reminds us that Pet Parade registration begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Pine Street and Oak Avenue. The parade starts at 10 a.m. There is no charge for pets; adults, however, will have to shell out $3. Just so you’ll know, cash is preferred and no credit cards will be accepted.

Wondering if your favorite critter is a contender? Past winners have included hamsters, chickens, horses, donkeys, reptiles and beloved dogs, cats and rabbits, but all well-behaved pets are invited. There will be first, second and third prizes as well as Best Group, Grand Prize, and the Max Award for an older or disabled pet. Costumes are optional, but encouraged and appreciated. Here’s an opportunity to be creative! Questions? Visit StHelenaHarvest


As for the Harvest Festival itself, coordinator Monica Miller invites all to celebrate. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a children’s fun run and a 5K run. When the streets are cleared and the balloon arch moved, it will be time for the Pet Parade. Then enjoy the day either at the children’s carnival at St. Helena Elementary School or go shopping for handcrafted treasures along Oak Avenue. There will be favorite food stalls and homemade pie and cookies and Napa Valley wine served in the new Wine Lounge hosted by St. Helena Odd Fellows Lodge 167. All proceeds benefit local St. Helena nonprofits.


The best-kept (theater) secret, we hear from Betsy Van Dyne, is the Napa Valley Playhouse, but she’s happy to tell the world all about it. The theater group is holding its annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the playhouse in River Park Shopping Center, 1637 Imola Ave., Napa. The event includes an evening of favorite Broadway tunes sung by talented Napa Valley singers, bubbly by Schramsberg, wines from Grgich Hills, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by a “secret chef.” There are, however, only 75 tickets. These are $75 and available by calling 255-5483 or visiting


Are you coming to grief over your watering bill? Frances Knapczyk with the Napa County Resource Conservation District has a solution. Free, water-wise workshops are being held this month with repeat sessions at Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 738 Main St. in St. Helena. The free workshops are presented through the joint efforts of the NCRCD, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the city of Napa. Coming up is “Soils, Rainwater and More,” Wednesday, Sept. 26, and “Perfect Plant Picks,” Wednesday, Oct. 3. Reservations are required. To RSVP or for information, call 252-4188 ext. 116, or email


Clinca Verde founder Susan Dix Lyons is holding a fundraising auction for the clinic for women and girls she started in Boaco, Nicaragua. Ring a bell? That’s where several local high school students volunteered this summer. The auction will be closer to home at Solage in Calistoga from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Nov. 10. One of the lots is a private dinner for eight at Lail Vineyards with Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service agent Clint Hill and award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, authors of the best-seller, “Mrs. Kennedy And Me.” The dinner is based on a 1961 menu for an off-site state dinner at Mount Vernon. Hill, by the way, is the agent who raced to the back of the presidential limousine when President Kennedy was assassinated. Tickets for the event are $150 and available at

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