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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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Scott Lyall, owner of Scott Lyall Clothing for Men at 614 Main St. in the Riverfront Building, wants to do something to support those adversely affected by the fires. The question is, what to do?

Does he hold a sale and give away the proceeds? Donate clothing to charity? He settled on a great solution.

“I’m just going to give all our sales clothes away,” he said. “If you come into the store and tell me that you lost everything, you can pick out whatever you want. It seems like the least I can do.”

That may sound like the least to him, but will undoubtedly be appreciated by many. His mother, Helen Lyall, whose shop is next door to Scott’s, is also giving away all her sale merchandise.

Scott Lyall Clothing for Men is also donating 10 percent of the November net- sales in both the Napa and Sonoma stores to charities where it will do the most good. Helen Lyall, 252-7400, and Scott Lyall, 255-5858, are both open daily.

Time to party…

To say the least, it’s been a stressful couple of weeks. Celebrating Halloween seems like the perfect way to get back to normal for kids and adults alike.

Sat., Oct. 28 is a big day in downtown Napa. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., trick-or-treaters are invited to visit downtown Napa and get as many sweets as they can.

Black and orange balloons in front of a business are an invitation to come inside, open your bag, and plead your case for treats over tricks. (Here’s an insider’s tip – the odds of getting treats are definitely in your favor.)

Bank of Napa will host two backdrops, complete with Disney characters in full costume, at Dwight Murray Plaza and Veterans Park.

Pose with them, and you’ve got not only a Facebook post, but this year’s Christmas card as well.

Meanwhile, the fun starts in the Oxbow Commons at 9 a.m. when the Police Officers Association hosts the annual Zombie Run.

Get your best Zombie on and join in. No one expects you to run fast or far – it’s Zombies, after all.

That’s followed at 9:30 with the KIDical Mass Bike Ride. Even if your trusty steed has training wheels, get dressed for Halloween fun and come on down.

At 11 a.m., the Coffin Races begin. Teams of five, one driver and four pushing, will race coffins down McKinstry Street for fun, glory and bragging rights.

Visit and check out the video that shows you how to make a coffin for about a hundred bucks. Or, just bring the team and use one of the coffins that will be provided. Music all day by Notorious.

Have a cold one, take part in the activities and enjoy the day. You’ve been through a lot and deserve to laugh.

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or