Thursday, July 28, 2011

Books and author, Annette Martin

Annette Martin is back!  New book: The Ghost Detectives' Guide to San Francisco - go to her website for more info and to get details on the book signing:

John Thill's books of the week (Napa Library)

Kiss Her Goodbye by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Ages 8 to teen:  The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gang and youth violence commission, Supporting our local schools

DA Gary Lieberstein told us about the new Gang and Youth Violence Commission being formed for Napa County.  They are looking for board members - local citizens, youth and adults alike.  For an application and more information:

The Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group collecting classroom supplies for all of the NVUSD schools.  You can help by purchasing items and donating them.  The teachers get to "shop" for free to stock their classroom with much-needed supplies.  Please see a list of items needed and the bin locations:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Books, books, books!

Pamela Lyles wrote a fantastic and easy to use cookbook:  Da Cajn Critter Cookbook"  Her book signing event is this Saturday at Silverado Vineyards.  Get the details:

John from the Napa Library recommended these books this week:

Cakewalk by Kate Moses

Paletas by Fany Gerson

Sing You Home by Jodi Piccoult

Teen read:  Deadly by Julie Chibarro

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Books of the Week!

All available at the Napa Library - recommended by John Thill:

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Daniel by Henning Mankell

The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shang Hai by Ruiyan Xu

Youth Read:  Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Books of the week, gazing at the sun, NV Pride dance tickets

John Thill from the Napa Library recommends:

Stuntman!  by Hall Needham

The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Teens:  The Legacy by Gemma Malley

Cliff DeLacy - Astronomer and Ambassador for JPL/NASA is offering you a chance to see the sun in all its glory for free this Saturday at Skyline Park!  To keep up with the free star and sun gazing, check out his website: 

And yes, Cliff WILL be back on the show again.  We loved him and have already heard from many listeners that they really enjoyed this interview.  :)

NV Pride dance this Friday at Clos du Val is almost sold out!!  I have heard from many of you that you are planning on going - so get your tickets soon!  It's gonna be a blast!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Musical Monday Guest - Doug Houser

Find him on Facebook to keep up with his busy schedule.  Happy to announce that he is playing at one of our sponsor restaurants - Frida's in Napa!  Every Thursday night - good food, good music and good margaritas!  Yay!

Doug is also available for private parties.  Email him at

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Books of the week!

All available at the Napa library:

We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Sacred Landscapes by A.T. Mann and Lynn Davis

Dante's Divine Comedy (graphic novel) by Seymour Chavast

Teen Read:  The Wild Man by Mark Barratt

Thanks to John Thill for our weekly book suggestions.  Be sure to check out the newly remodeled library with an expanded teen section!  Summer reading programs for all ages (including adults) are ready for joining!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday - NEWS Treasure Hunt, Jane does online dating, Books of the Week!

Find all sorts of high end goodies with bargain basement prices at the NEWS Treasure Hunt - This Saturday 11 to 2....or donate ten bucks and get in at 10 am!  Women's Club on Franklin in Napa

NEWS has a 24 hour domestic violence crisis line:  255-NEWS, that's 255-6397

Our featured local author was Vicki Serriani, who writes under the name Jane Moore, and now I've exposed her.  Don't miss her hilarious book, "Next Adventures of an Incurable Romantic", true stories of her online dating experiences.  Available through Kindle.

John Thill's Books of the Week - all available through the Napa Library:

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top by Jon Glaser

Evel by Leigh Montrille

Teen Read:  The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Get your library books today or tomorrow - closing for a couple weeks+ for remodeling!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday Wellness Wake-up, information on the broken water main, Books of the Week

On Wednesday Wellness Wake-up, Dr. Sharon talked about the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies as well as the best ones to choose if you can't get all organic.  The website she suggested for more information was:

Barry Martin from the city updated us on the broken water main.  Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, even if it is discolored or cloudy.  For updates, questions or concerns contact Barry - 258.7843 or email

The website for current updates:

Books of the Week with John Thill from the Napa Library (remember - the library is closed for remodeling May 20 through June 3 - so get in there now!  You'll get a longer check-out time)

What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby

A Mountain, A Pickaxe, A College by Walter Utt (history of Angwin)

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Young Teen Read:  Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Summer Special!

Lots of stuff for the kids - and even for grown ups too - to do for the summer!

Cybermill has a fun and unique camp that teaches kids how to create a stop-motion movie

Connolly Ranch has several offerings for kids ages 5 to 12

Napa Parks and Rec has daycamps, sports, swimming and fun classes for all ages  or call the Camp Hotline - 257-CAMP

My very own personal trainer is teaching at the Napa College:  5-6pm Adult Swimming class and a 6-7pm Adult Water Aerobics class from June 13th to August 4th. Both classes will meet Monday through Thursday.


And Nimbus Arts has offerings from art classes to drama:

Register early!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Musical Monday - Ray Martinez, Terry Bradford, Steve Trovao

WOW!  I was blown away by the stories and talent of Ray Martinez this morning!  Then we got to hear from Terry Bradford - incredible voice - and Steve Trovao about drumming.  I was in heaven and I hope you were too!  Here is the info for the guests:

Ray Martinez and The Scientific Salsa Project:  Appearing every Sunday at Downtown Joe's, and you can find Ray on Facebook under Rafael Martinez.

Terry Bradford:  At Silo's on Saturday and you can find Terry on Facebook too!

Steve Trovao:  Drum lessons for beginners and advanced, drum tuning and set-up:  or call 707.226.7641 or 707.253.3592

Friday, May 6, 2011

Steven Campbell - Making Your Mind Your Mentor

Steven Campbell is author of "Making Your Mind Magnificent", based on cognitive psychology and making your life better!  I've personally learned so much about how the brain works and how to make it work for me.  He's doing a weekly workshop at The Meadows - Fridays 11 am to noon, and offers day workshops monthly, "The Winner's Circle".

For more info:  or call his personal number  707.480.5007

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday - The Hot List, Get on the Bus, Books of the Week

Great book for tween girls written by local author, Hillary Homzie!  "The Hot List"

Get on the Bus - Nonprofit staffed by volunteers who bus children to visit their parent in prison.  What a powerful interview!  These children fly under the radar and are often forgotten.  But research has shown that kids who are allowed to visit incarcerated parents do better in every way - socially to educationally, and the rate of recidivism for the incarcerated parents goes DOWN!

Your books of the week via John Thill of the Napa Library:

Blind Descent by James M. Tabor

Radio Shangri-la by Lisa Napoli

Ancient Egypt on Five Deben a Day by Donald P. Ryan

Teen Read:  Crossing Over by Anna Kendall

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday - Children's Mental Health and film screening of "Happy"

What a powerful interview with ParentsCAN advocate and parent of a child with bipolar disorder, Christine Lieber!  She told us her personal story with her daughter, and also reminded us of the valuable resource that is ParentsCAN.  Even if your child is NOT diagnosed and you only have concerns, you can call them!  They have so much information, guidance and support for you.

Their open house is today from 4 to 6, 1909 Jefferson St. in Napa.  For more information call them at 707.253.7444 or visit their website

Comedian and inspirational speaker, Mike Pritchard, teamed up with film maker, Roko Bellic, this morning for a preview of Roko's latest documentary film, "Happy" playing Thursday night at the Napa Valley Opera House.  Both will be there to answer your questions and present this fascinating look at what TRULY makes people happy...and what does not!  I definitely want to go to this. 

Get your tickets and more info:  Napa Valley Opera House

Tomorrow's show will make you smile, maybe even cry and will offer some fascinating information too.  Local author Hilary Homzie presents her newest teen book, Dr. Waters gives us the latest on what CT scanning brings to our community, Tess Hegeman introduces "Get on the Bus", a nonprofit that brings children to visit their incarcerated parent/s and John Thill from the Napa Library brings in your books of the week.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday shows


Check out what's going on at the Napa Valley College:

Kari Ruel told us about some wonderful hiking opportunities with the Napa Land Trust

Dr. Look talked about St Helena Hospital's No-Wait ER and heart services


Community Edition of Health Bits - The Echelon Gran Fondo is a fun way to raise money for the cancer centers at both Queen of the Valley Medical Center and St Helena Hospital

Local author, Ken Stanton shared historical stories and hiking info on Mt St Helena from his book of the same name.

Congratulations to all of our winners who each received one of Ken's books!

And our books of the week from John Thill of the Napa Library!

Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass

Aunt Dimity Mystery Series by Nancy Atherton

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Teen Read:  Everything I Was by Corinne Demas

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Books of the Week and lots of info from Wednesday's show!

Reach for the Stars - a beautiful, uplifting celebration of life!  I love this event - stunning fashion show with every model a cancer survivor and some even currently battling cancer.  These are children to adults, men and women.  You will dine on yummy food and feed your soul as well.  All to raise money for the Cancer Wellness Center which does NOT charge the cancer patients for the wonderful care received!

More info:

Health Bits - We talked about PAD screening - inexpensive and so important, especially for people with diabetes.  For an appt. call 707.252.4411 x2391 

More info:

Fun interview with author Maureen Kelly - "Energy Types"  For the book and to learn more about YOUR personality type

Your Books of the Week from John Thill of the Napa Library:

Eat Your Yard! by Nan K. Chase

Death's Excellent Vacation edited by Charlaine Harris

The Black Minutes by Martin Solares

Teen Read:  Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday - Friday Night Live and Earth Day

We heard from teens this morning.  Did you know we had such a problem with underage drinking in Napa?  And that 23% of parents surveyed PROVIDE alcohol parties for their kids?  You don't hear me go speechless that often but I was definitely struggling to find the words when I heard about that!

If you want to get involved with these dynamic teens to reduce underage drinking please come to the Town Hall Meeting on May 17 at Valley Oak High School from 5:30 to 8 pm.

More info:  Katie Keating  707.253.4724

We heard about Earth Day this morning - lots of fun activities in Downtown Napa this Saturday.  And we can all pitch in and clean up our creeks and river before the festivities begin.  If you're interested in participating, check out:  or

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday - Books you need to know about!

It was all about the books with my guests this morning!

Alissa Finerman gave us tips on "Living in Your Top 1%:  Nine Essential Rituals to Achieve Your Ultimate Life Goals"  is her site and you can also friend her on Facebook

Then local author, Darleen Garcia Gardner, revealed her new bilingual children's book, "My Cat, Boots/Mi Gatitta, Botas"  The message of the book is that LOVE makes a family.  This was inspired by her experience as an adoptive parent and her real life cat, Boots, who is 21 years old now!  Get her sweet book here:

And finally, John Thill from the Napa Library brought in a stack of books, all of them in Spanish with a few available in English too:

Santos, Duraznos y Vino (Saints, Peaches and Wine) by Sandra Nichols (about the first vineyard workers who came to the Napa Valley from Mexico in the 50's!)

Charlas de Cafe con....Emiliano Zapata, Francisco Villa and Francisco L. Madero

La Isla Bajo el Mar (The Island Beneath the Sea) by Isabel Allende (A popular book in both languages)

Los Top Chefs de Mexico

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PAD event at the Queen and your Books of the Week

As mentioned on Health Bits this morning, vascular surgeon, Matthew Mell is speaking on PAD this Friday at the Wellness Center 5:30 pm - open to the public, no charge

And your books of the week by John Thill from the Napa Library:

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

The Dangerous Otto Katz by Jonathan Miles

Mount St. Helena:  A History and Guide by Ken Stanton

Youth Reader:  Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Monday, April 4, 2011

Books of the Week from last Wednesday

OK, so I was in a hurry to get out of here and go to Las are the books:

Stolen World by Jennie Erin Smith

Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne

Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Name My New Band!

Ok, as we said on the air this morning - I need a name for my new band!  Well, it's not technically MINE but you know what I mean. 

Six piece band - jazz and R & B - four strong vocalists.  Drums, Percussion, Bass including a stand-up bass, Guitar, Keyboard.

The two suggestions from this morning:  Napatism  and Cool Side of the Pillow.  Vote for one of those or give us your suggestion!  If we choose your suggestion we'll give you two tickets to our first gig!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Musical Monday - Jason Nett!

Amazing guitar with Jason Nett this morning - he's also a composer and will have one of his pieces featured with the Napa Valley Symphony this summer! 

The house concert he told us about - to raise money for Napa Valley Chorale - is this Sunday, April 3 in Napa - Call to RSVP and get the address - limited seating!  He will have other musicians there and will also do the "layering" music you heard on the show this morning.  Stunning!  Call 707.261.6165  $40

You can find his music on itunes, his CD at CDBaby and he is on MySpace too.


Check out Wandering Rose's new website with lots of info on art and entertainment happenings in Napa:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Books, books, books! And something just for the 50+ crowd

Our authors this morning:

Sharon Salzberg "Real Happiness"

Marilyn Adkisson "The Rocking Chair" - she offered to answer questions for writers who want to learn more about self publishing - email

Books of the Week with John Thill from the Napa Library:

New sections - Parenting and Home & Garden - look for the stickers on the book spines

Goodnight Book by Alice Wong and Lena Taberi

YOU!  Having a Baby by Michael F. Roizen M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz M.D.

Small Garden by John Brooker

The Find by Stan Williams

And for the 50+ plus crowd - and for the rest of us who love someone in that crowd (Hey, that's about all of us!) Cathy Colleli from Queen of the Valley Medical Center talked to us about prevention of colon cancer.  Get your colonoscopy!  For more information and to schedule an appointment:  or call 1.877. QUEEN LINE

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Talking Baseball! and your Books of the Week

Talking Baseball with Napa's Mark Ibanez in conversation with Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Jon Miller and Chronicle columnists, Ray Ratto and Scott Osler  at the Uptown Theater in Napa - Wednesday March 23 80 pm

Breaking news on the show this morning - also coming are Vida Blue and Orlando Zepeda!

It's going to be a great night for a great cause - The Tug McGraw Foundation.  Get your tickets now - VIP option too!

And your books of the week from Jon Thill at the Napa Library:

Homesick by Eshkol Nevo

The Secret Lives of Baby Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Moneymakers by Ben Tarnoff

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Info for the Sustainability Book Club at Carolyn Parr

Dr. Flint was a guest on Kari Ruel's Sustainable Life Segment this morning.  He sent me this email with more information on the new book club:

The Napa Valley Naturalists are starting a Sustainability Book Club which they will host at the Carolyn Parr Nature Center on Browns Valley Road in Napa. We would like to invite you to join in some interesting reading and sharing of your perspectives on the subject matter of sustainability. The Book Club will meet once a month. A book title will be chosen by people in the community knowledgeable of this topic for each month’s reading and a reviewer for each book will be identified. The reviewer will start each month’s gathering with his or her summary of the chosen book, a description of how the book addresses the subject matter of sustainability, and their view on how the book’s message may relate to the Napa Valley. Following the reviewer’s comments, he or she will lead a discussion of the monthly book title with the audience.
The book review club is an educational and social activity that has proven very successful and enjoyable in other communities. We encourage you to get together with others under the sponsorship of the Carolyn Parr Nature Center and engage in this exciting opportunity to learn more and share your own views with others on sustainability, a subject that has grabbed the attention of the public and governmental leaders around the world.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Sustainability Book Club by sending an e-mail to with “Sustainability Book Club” in the subject line. In that e-mail also let us know which parts of the week would NOT be good for you to get together with others once a month for this activity? Please respond before March 31, 2011. If you have any questions please call Warren Flint at (707) 251-1609 or send an e-mail to the above address.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Musical Monday - Sow Belly Trio!

Great tunes this morning!  Shane Soldinger, Dan Zepponi and Joe Shotwell.  Shane brought this group together and also performs in Highway Robbers.  You can find the Sow Belly Trio at the Food Truck event this Thursday evening - off Devlin Rd. near the Napa airport.

Get the schedule of performances and music at:

Thank you to our Musical Monday Sponsor - ABC!  Yum!!!!  Go get yourself some delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee, pastries, bread and more!  1517 Third St. in Downtown Napa

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Books of the Week by John Thill!

All at the Napa Library:

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog

The Leaf Cutters by Bert Holldobler and Edward D. Wilson

The Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker

Teen Read:  The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday - Psychic Marlene and Stephen Campbell

To contact Marlene Caldes:  or call 888.922.7070

To contact Stephen Campbell (Making Your Mind Magnificent)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Support for the victims of New Zealand and your books of the week

Thank you to Napa citizen, Rosemary Gallagher, originally from Christchurch, NZ, for sharing her story with us about the recent earthquake.  Please wear red on Friday in support of the victims, and if you wish to make a donation:

If you are interested in helping with a fundraising concert, please send me an email -

Books of the Week from John Thill of the Napa Library:

Wicked River by Lee Sandlin

The Man Who Invented the Computer by Jane Smiley

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet

TODAY at the Napa library:  Teen focus group for the new teen space coming soon!!  Meet at the library from 4 to 6 pm.  There will be food!  :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

John Thill's Books of the Week!

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck (So excited because John read this one based on my recommendation and he loved it!  If you're at any crossroad in your life, check this book out, it's great!)

A Bum Deal by Rufus Hannah and Barry Soper

A Taste of Tenderloin by local author, Gene O'Neill

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Recommended for teens and adults alike!)

All are available at the Napa Library!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Once Upon a Recession info and John Thill's Books of the Week!

Selwa Hamati, author of "Once Upon a Recession" gave us a small taste of her book and workshop - all about being successful in spite of the economy.  Lots of listener feedback on this one!  I think she just gained a few fans this morning - myself included.  Find out more at her websites:

And John Thill was Barry White for just a few minutes as he recommended some smokin' books in honor of St. Valentine!  All available at your Napa Library.

100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda

Love Poetry Out Loud edited by Robert Alden Rubin

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Teen Pick:  A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Books of the Week!

The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr

The Quiet World by Douglas Brinkely

The Angel Island by Erika Lee and Judy Yung

The Plot by Will Eisner

All available at the Napa Library!  Thank you to John Thill for our Books of the Week every Wednesday at 840!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Books of the Week!

Here are some great reads from John Thill at the Napa Library:

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen

Roy & Lillie by Loren D. Estleman

Teens Book:  The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shawn

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday - Volunteer opportunities with the Napa Police Department

Chris Piper told us about the new volunteer services being rolled out in the Napa Police Department.  So far there has been tremendous response, so if you apply, please be patient in response time.  You can contact Chris by calling 707.257.9353 or by email:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday - Making Your Mind Your Mentor with Steven Campbell

For more information on Steven's free workshops (Winners Circle) and his book, "Making Your Mind Magnificent":


Call Steve:  707.480.5007

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday - Sharing the Table and working out!

Dr. William Doherty shared the a recent study that revealed the benefits of the family sitting down to dinner together.  And that included children doing better in school!

For more information:

On Health Bits this morning, Robert Nations brought in two personal trainers from Synergy - Susan Sange and Shelly Gittings.  They even got Bob and I on the floor doing push ups.  Well, I sort of did a push up and sort of collapsed on the floor.  lol

For more information on all Synergy has to offer:

or call 877.QUEEN LINE