Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fundraiser for World Vets in Japan

Sometimes we forget about the fur-babies.

A group of folks here in Napa is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the work of World Vets in JapanWorld Vets is a "non-governmental organization providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad."  Right now they're "on-the-ground" in Sendai - an area affected by the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami working with a large coalition of Japanese animal welfare groups.  They were deployed just 4 days after the horrific tsunami as a first responder to the animals of the region.

The fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 10 from 2 - 8 pm at Billco's Billiards (1234 Third Street, Napa).  "Oh, for Pet's Sake" will feature:
  • Martial Arts Performances
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Performances by Pion 2 Zion and 21 Gun Saloon
  • Silent Auction & Balloon Raffle Items
  • Delicious Food
  • Japanese Beer
100% of the net proceeds from this event will benefit World Vets International Aid for Animals - Japan Relief as well as the American Red Cross.

Admission is just $3.00!  See you there!

* The picture above is of World Vets first responder Adrien Zap scanning what used to be the city of Sendai for animals impacted, displaced or injured in the tsunami.

Monday, March 28, 2011

It Gets Better!

It gets better!  There's no doubt about it!  Let's make sure that the kids attending Napa Valley's high schools know that too!

The Napa Guerilla Gay Bar is starting a project called "It Gets Better - Napa Valley".  Our aim is to put a copy of "It Gets Better:  Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living" in every high school library in the Napa Valley.  In fact, we want to place at least one copy on the shelves for every 150 students.  With 7,500 kids attending the Valley' high schools that means we'll need at least 50 copies.

So, here's how you can help.  Just follow this link:

That will take you our wish list.  Buy one or more copies and either have them shipped directly to us or bring them to any Napa Guerilla Gay Bar event.  We'll gather them all up and deliver them directly to the schools - all the way from American Canyon to Calistoga!

Monday, March 21, 2011

April in Carneros . . . by Limo!

Imagine this!  Imagine spending an entire day enjoying fabulous wines and wineries in the Carneros region of Napa and Sonoma counties with fellow troops from the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar.

We'll start the day on Saturday, April 16 at 9 am at Riverpointe Resort (500 Lincoln Avenue, Napa) with coffee and bagels.  At 10 we'll jump in our limos from American VIP Limos & Wine Tours and head to a group of specially selected wineries that are participating in the April in Carneros event.  After enjoying our fill of outstanding wines, we'll jump back in our limos and head back to Riverpointe at about 7 pm for light refreshments before going home.

The cost for all this fun and camaraderie?  Just $105 . . . and includes a Napa Guerilla Gay Bar cap.

But here's the deal - you must buy your tickets by 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 31.  This event WILL sell out - don't get left out.  Buy your tickets TODAY using this link:

And here's a deal for any troops coming from out-of-town.  Marilynn at Riverpointe has secured a deal at the Gaia Hotel.  You'll get a standard room or a room with two queens (insert joke here) for just $60.00.  You'll be picked up the morning of the event and brought to Riverpointe and returned to your hotel at the end of the day.  Just call the hotel at 1-888-798-3777 and mention "" when you make your reservation.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japanese Relief Fundraiser at Oxbow - Sunday, March 20

The devastation in Japan due to the earthquake, tsunami and on-going nuclear crisis is horrific.  The images on television and on-line are heartbreaking.

Our friends at the Napa Valley Unity League are working with the fine merchants and purveyors at the Oxbow Public Market (610 & 644 First Street in Napa) to help raise funds to assist with the Japanese relief efforts.

So, here's the mission troops - come to the Oxbow Public Market on Sunday, March 20 between 3 and 7 pm.  Here's what will be happening:
  • a number of fine Oxbow merchants will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the American Red Cross on behalf of Japanese relief efforts.  Signs will be posted to let you know which merchants are participating.
  • folks from the Unity League will be soliciting donations to help the people of Japan.
  • there will even be raffle prizes and some live entertainment!
In addition to attending the event, here are some other ways to help:
  • volunteer to sell raffle tickets
  • volunteer to walk around the market with a collection bucket
  • donate a raffle item
Contact Deb Stallings at (707) 738-4826 for more information or to volunteer/donate.

Can't attend the event?  Here's some other ways to help the people of Japan:
  • Make a donation to the American Red Cross by visiting
  • You can also make a donation to the Red Cross through you account.  Just click on THIS LINK.
  • Donate $10 for Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Let's get the word out and help Japan!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Band Geeks Unite!

"I would teach the children music, physics and philosophy, but the most important is music - for in music is the patterns of the arts and key to all understanding."
                             - Plato
Military organizations have always depended upon music.  "Reveille" is played on the bugle every morning while "Taps" is played every evening.  Marches would lead forces into battle and full bands would help troops celebrate victories or comfort them in defeat.

For many of us, including your mission commander (he played bass clarinet in the junior high school band), music played a huge part in our growing up.  We carried our trumpet or trombone to school (uphill, both ways, in the snow).  We stashed our violins in our lockers before lunch.  We'd practice every afternoon or evening when we'd rather be out with our friends.  Most of all, we learned discipline, working as team, commitment and fractions (you can't play a waltz if you don't understand 3/4 time!)

Why are we telling you this?  Well, budget cuts are forcing the Napa Valley Unified School District to make some hard choices.  The Napa Valley Education Foundation (NVEF) wants to make sure that music survives the chopping block.  They're conducting a campaign to raise funds to ensure that over 1,300 school-aged children can continue to participate in school music programs.

So, why is this important?  Studies have shown that students involved in music programs have a higher level of self-esteem, which is the main predictor of resilience to substance abuse and other negative behaviors.  Music programs teach and engage students so they are more successful in learning other subjects.

Here's how you can help - consider making a donation of any amount to the Napa Valley Education Foundation on behalf of the "Campaign to Sustain Music for our Children".  This money will go directly to plug any holes in music program budgets.

You can make a donation using your credit card or PayPal account by visiting:

The above link will take you to the NVEF's web page for the campaign.  You'll see the "Donate" link in the lower left-hand side of the page.

To make things a little more interesting - for every member of the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar that donates $5.00 or more to sustain music in Napa Valley schools your mission commander will donate $5.00 up to a total of $500.00.  Just drop him a note via this link to tell him that you've made the contribution.  No need to say how much you donated - just donate 5 bucks or more.

The Napa community prides itself on being a world-class destination with world-class wines.  Our kids deserve a musical education as good as that wine!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Rat Pack Comes To Napa

Well, ain't that a kick in the head?!

Here's an option for all you guys and dolls that want to experience the days of Frank, Deano, Sammy, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

The River School is pulling out all the stops and holding a "50's Style Rat Pack" Monte Carlo evening.  Proceeds will benefit their Visual and Performing Arts Program.  It all takes place on Saturday, March 19 from 7 to 11 pm at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

Here's the gig:
  • Sip and savor in the Martini Lounge
  • Bet, mix and mingle at the gaming tables
  • Throw the dice and bid on your favorite items in the silent auction
  • Relive the days of the Rat Pack in your black tie or "swanky 50's style" fashion
Tickets are $75 if purchased by March 15 ($85 after and at the door) and include $50 in playing script, 2 wine tokens and delectable tasty bites.  All gifts and donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

You can purchase your tickets or make a donation by following THIS LINK 

All gifts and donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ride with Rafa to End HIV/AIDS

Just think about it - riding 545 miles over 7 days on a bike - all the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles! Think of the beauty, the camaraderie . . . the saddle sores!

Boy, Rafa REALLY does needs our help!

Join us on Sunday, May 15th at Pancha's (6764 Washington Street, Yountville) as the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar presents "Ride with Rafa - a Wine Country Beer Bust". Net proceeds from this event will be donated to AIDS/Lifecycle on behalf of rider and Napa resident Rafael Hernandez-Pérez.

Here's what we have planned:
  • Rose and company will be pouring $10 "bottomless" beer cups
  • We'll be grilling delicious Hot Dogs with all the fixin's on the back patio
  • Fabulous raffle prizes will be won
  • The gang will be "picking up their sticks" and playing pool
  • Practically every song known to man (and woman) will be available to play on Pancha's amazing juke box
  • and, of course, we'll have a few surprises!
AIDS/Lifecycle is a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This marks the tenth year for AIDS/LifeCycle and the eighteenth for the event overall, and during the week of June 5-11, 2011, thousands of Cyclists and volunteer Roadies will come together to do something incredible.

To donate directly to Rafa's ride visit:

For more information about the 10th Annual AIDS Lifecycle visit:

Volunteer to help out during the event and you'll receive 5 Rafa Tickets.  Sign up at:

UPDATE: Thanks to Rose and her wonderfully generous friends, we'll be conducting a live auction at 7:00 pm.  Items include:
  • One Night in a King Spa Suite and Dinner for Two at Bardessono.
  • Lunch for Two at Thomas Keller's 3-Michelin Star Restaurant, The French Laundry
  • A Fabulous Package from Villagio Inn & Spa