Handel's Messiah

Craig Bond and the St. Helena Choral Society will present Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 14-15 at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company.


Reservations are now open for the Napa Valley Cooking School Professional Culinary Program’s fall restaurant taking place Tuesdays through Fridays from Dec. 5-12 with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the St. Helena campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave. Cost is $45 per person, excluding gratuities, which support student educational enhancement activities. RSVP at napavalleycookingschool.org.

WINTER WONDERLAND ROLLER RINKSt. Helena’s Jingle All the Way Winter Wonderland Roller Rink continues to fill Lyman Park, 1498 Main St., with seasonal cheer. The rink is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-8 p.m. now through Sunday, Dec. 29. The park will be shining bright with a light display and ice igloos. Come grab a glass of wine, hot toddy or hot chocolate, sit by the fire, and roller skate on the city’s huge roller rink. Cost is $12 for adults; $8 for children per hour. All tickets are for general admission. Admittance is first come first access to the event space. Info, sthelenajingle.com.

ARTIST RECEPTIONThe St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, hosts an artist reception for Napa Valley resident Eve Breckenridge on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

WHAT’S NEW AT THE CAMEO“Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans, is now playing at the Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St., St. Helena. Synopsis: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. The film’s all-star cast also includes Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, and Michael Shannon. Rated: PG-13. The film will remain at the Cameo through Tuesday, Dec. 10. “The Good Liar,” starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, debuts on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Synopsis: Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes. Rated: R. Coming soon to Cameo Cinema: “Ford v. Ferarri” (Dec. 13); and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Dec. 20). Info, CameoCinema.com; 287-4172.

COMING SOON TO THE LINCOLN THEATERThe Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville, is a comprehensive performing arts center dedicated to the cultural and artistic well being of the Napa Valley. The venue regularly hosts concerts, films, comedy shows, theater performances and other live entertainment. Upcoming events include: Holiday Film Series “Home Alone” (Dec. 6); Vintage High School’s Sounds of the Season choral music concert (Dec. 7); United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (Dec. 11); Transcendence’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 14-15); Holiday Film Series “White Christmas” (Dec. 18); and Napa Regional Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 21-22). For tickets and additional information, visit lincolntheater.com.


Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa, presents a musical rendition of the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features music by Meredith Wilson, creator of “The Music Man.” It’s the story of a little girl who believes in the magic of Christmas, a man who believes he is the real Kris Kringle, and a mother who needs to believe in love again. This performance includes all the classic scenes, including Santa on trial in a Manhattan courtroom. Additional performances through Dec. 22: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40. Info, luckypennynapa.com; 266-6305.

‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’Napa Valley College Theater Department presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the NVC Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Additional performances: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8-$25. Info, napavalleytheater.org.

COMEDY SHOWStand-up comedian Jessica Inserra performs at Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Info, crushersofcomedy.com.

COMING SOON TO BLUE NOTEBlue Note Napa is a live music jazz club/gourmet restaurant venue occupying the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. Upcoming acts: Genavieve Connealy (Dec. 6); Duo Quartet (Dec. 8); Grass Child (Dec. 7); Duo Quartet (Dec. 8); Stella Heath (Dec. 12); SonoMusette (Dec. 20); Jessy J – A Christmas Performance (Dec. 21-22); and Kenny G (Dec 27-31). For tickets and additional information, call 880-2300 or visit bluenotenapa.com.

COMING SOON TO THE UPTOWN THEATER IN NAPAThe Uptown Theater in downtown Napa regularly hosts concerts, comedy shows, films, and theater productions. Upcoming events include: singer Mat Kearney (Dec. 6); holiday show “An Irish Christmas” (Dec. 7); singer Chris Isaak’s Holiday Tour (Dec. 11); gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama (Dec. 20); folk band Windham Hill Winter Solstice (Dec. 22); and the tribute show “ABBA: The Concert” (Dec. 29). Uptown Theater is located at 1350 Third Street in Napa. For tickets and additional information, call 259-0123 or visit uptowntheatrenapa.com.

NBC POTTERY’S STUDIO SALENBC Pottery is holding its annual studio sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 380 Eastern Ave. in Angwin. The wife-and-husband team of Nikki Ballere Callnan and Will Callnan will offer an array of holiday gifts, as well as food, live music and fun. The sale is rain or shine.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE AT CIA COPIAThe Store at CIA Copia, 500 First St., Napa, hosts a holiday marketplace Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon-4 p.m. featuring an assortment of seasonal and local offerings. Local and Bay Area vendors will be selling handcrafted gifts and culinary treats. Enjoy winter-inspired drinks and snacks at the seasonal sips bar while you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Free admission. Info, ciaatcopia.com/event/third-annual-holiday-marketplace.


Tuba players perform traditional Christmas music at Veterans Memorial Park, corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Napa, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Location may change in the event of rain. Free admission. Info, donapa.com/event/tuba-christmas.

MEET SANTA AT THE CHAMBERHave your photo taken with Santa at the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce office, 1320A Main St., St. Helena, on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14 from noon-4 p.m. There will be a magical Christmas scene with Santa for guests to snap their own pictures. Please bring your camera and phones to take pictures. There will be complimentary wine to get you in the holiday spirit. Info, sthelena.com; 963-4456.

CALISTOGA’S ANNUAL LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADECalistoga’s Annual Lighted Tractor Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. There will be festivities all weekend long, starting on Friday, Dec. 6 with the Tree Lighting Street Fair and Holiday Shopping from 4-8 p.m., in downtown Calistoga, along with photos with Santa from 4-7 p.m. Santa will be at the Calistoga Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Free admission. Info, visitcalistoga.com/calistoga-holiday-village-christmas-faire.

CHORAL CONCERTThe St. Helena Children’s Chorus and St. Helena Teen Choir, directed by Craig Bond, perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

‘SECRETS OF THE VINEYARD’Author Mary Carol discusses her new book “Secrets of the Vineyard” at the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. Carol’s book is inspired by her life growing up in Napa Valley. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

PETRIFIED FOREST ROAD STOPLIGHT MEETINGA public workshop for the signalization of Foothill Boulevard and Petrified Forest Road will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Calistoga, 1401 N. Oak St., Calistoga. Info, 942-2828.

KIDS’ MATINEE AT THE LIBRARYThe St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, screens a family movie each Wednesday at 3 p.m. as part of its ongoing Kids’ Matinee series. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

NAPA COUNTY VET CONNECTVet Connect is held Thursday, Dec. 12, at Napa County Veteran Services Office, 650 Imperial Way, Napa, from 9 a.m.-noon. Vet Connect is a one-stop shop to connect veterans to local resources and services. Info, 253-4558; countyofnapa.org/HHSA/VeteransServices.

MERRIE OLDE CHRISTMAS CAROLERSCostumed in Dickensian attire, the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers perform new and unique musical arrangements of beloved holiday songs Thursday, Dec. 12, at the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, at 6:30 p.m. Songs are accompanied by the merry sounds of sleigh bells, finger cymbals, tambourines and kazoos. The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, the world’s oldest and largest professional caroling organization, has been entertaining and amusing audiences since 1977. The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers are professional singers and featured artists from opera and theater companies throughout Northern California. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE FUNDRAISERThe Mountain Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual party and fundraising event Saturday, Dec. 14, at Triple S Ranch, 4600 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga, from 4:30-9 p.m. The event includes a barbecue dinner, live music, dancing and excellent Napa Valley beer and wines. Tickets are $40 presale at www.mountainvfd.com or $45 at the door.

HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’Craig Bond’s St. Helena Chamber Singers will give a pair of performances of Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center, 1401 Grayson Ave. Tickets are $30 at the door; $25 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company.

LUMINOUS SORROWRebecca Bell will present “Luminous Sadness,” a talk about how to deal with Christmas sadness, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Newton Room at Grace Episcopal Church.

HOLIDAY CRAFTING FOR CHILDRENThe St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, hosts holiday crafts for children Monday, Dec. 16 to Friday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. All materials provided. No registration required. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

CINEMA ‘UNDER THE STARS’The CIA at Copia, 500 First St., Napa, screens “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, as part of its Cinema Under the Stars series at 7 p.m. The series has moved indoors for the winter. Movies will be shown in the Ecolab Theater. Free admission. Info, ciaatcopia.com/cinema-under-the-stars.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATINGGrab your kids and head to the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, on Thursday, Dec. 19 for some old-fashion family fun at 6:30 p.m. Each family will get their very own gingerbread house to decorate. All materials will be provided, just bring your imagination and Christmas cheer. Registration required. Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

WINTER SOLSTICE MEDITATIONMaster meditation teacher James Keolker hosts a special Winter Solstice meditation class with Himalyan singing bowls on Friday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Magnolia Room, 1299 Pine St., St. Helena. All skill levels welcome. The class is free to seniors but reservations are required. Info, 963-8555.

NAPA COUNTY ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATIONThe Napa County OtterBots invite guests to the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, on Friday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of STEM for all ages as they share about their experiences, challenges and excitement of what it means to be part of an international competitive robotics team. Students will share how FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology in what has been coined “the ultimate sport for the mind.” This will be part demonstration and part hands-on projects for all ages Free admission. Info, shpl.org; 963-5244.

BOOKMARK NAPA VALLEYBookmark Napa Valley, a benefit for the St. Helena Public Library, is set for Sunday, Jan. 26, at Markham Vineyards in St. Helena. This year’s featured authors are Mark Arax (“The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California”); Julian Guthrie (“Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture And Make The Deals of a Lifetime”); and Daniel Handler (“Bottle Grove”). Tickets are $175 Info, bookmark.brownpapertickets.com.

To include your event in the St. Helena Star community calendar, submit details online at napavalleyregister.com/calendar or contact online editor Samie Hartley at shartley@napanews.com.

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To include your event in the St. Helena Star community calendar, submit details online at napavalleyregister.com/calendar or contact online editor Samie Hartley at shartley@napanews.com.


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Samie Hartley is the Napa Valley Register online editor. Her column Simple & Sassy runs on alternating Sundays.