Events Calendar: September / October 2023

Music, dining, dancing, and elegance pair beautifully with important fundraising to ensure the next 100 years of education, training, and excellence. This season, the highly anticipated Opera Ball and the symphony’s Opening Night Gala bring arts and entertainment into the spotlight.   

SEPTEMBER

Throughout September
San Francisco Giants

The last full month of regular season play brings 11 home games to Oracle Park, plus one more on Oct. 1. mlb.com/giants

Throughout September and October
San Francisco 49ers

In regular play, home games versus New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals. Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. 49ers.com

Through Sept. 16
A Chorus Line | San…

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Great Chefs and Wineries 2023

Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), celebrated its 33rd Annual Great Chefs and Wineries gala on Saturday, May 6th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. The event raised $700,000 that will go directly to provide quality programs and support for people with I/DD in the Bay Area. Rock legend Huey Lewis appeared as the longtime Honorary Chair for the event, and Insalata’s Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling returned as the event’s expert culinary host. Erin Loftus and Eileen Kilgariff led the Steering Committee as Co-Chairs and Sid Sall led as Wine Committee Chair. The evening was emceed by…

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Explore the Iconic Scenes of Yosemite National Park with Château du Sureau and The Ansel Adams Gallery

Escape to a picturesque weekend getaway filled with elegance, delectable meals, and a journey into the creative mind of Ansel Adams. With transportation included to and from the park, participants will embark on a full-day guided experience exploring the breathtaking sights of Yosemite. Gain valuable insight into Adams’ artistic techniques through a curated discussion and presentation of his original fine print photographs. Take your own photography to the next level as you explore the park’s most scenic locations and learn to incorporate Adams’ legacy into your own compositions.

Experience the beauty of Yosemite like never before with…

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Bouquets to Art Opening Night 

The Bay Area’s beloved floral fundraiser, Bouquets to Art, returns this June, celebrating fresh summer florals in conversation with the permanent collection and architecture of the de Young museum. Designed by more than 100 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought-after floral artists, and presenting 16 new florists, the botanical installations will transform the museum into a lush garden. In its 39th year, Bouquets to Art launched on Monday, June 5, with its festive Opening Night Reception where guests had the opportunity to get an early look at the arrangements while enjoying both visual and culinary delights by McCalls Catering & Events. Attendees were also able to enjoy the return of live models exhibiting new…

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Inspiring Charitable Giving From the Heart

Liam Mayclem, Auction London 2019

For those of us attending charity events around the San Francisco Bay Area, a fundraiser is always memorable when the affable Liam Mayclem steps forward as the live auctioneer. He’s entertaining, polished, debonair, and gifted at storytelling, talents that combine to produce meaningful results from exceptionally generous supporters.

Liam’s affinity for his adopted city runs deep, and we’re all the richer for the special place he’s found in his heart for this appreciative community. It’s a win-win-win.  

HL: You’re known as a broadcast reporter, KCBS Foodie Chap, and you serve as emcee for events like Stern Grove Festival and BottleRock Napa Valley. How did…

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Seasons of Hope Concert + Patron Dinner at Odette

Seasons of Hope FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY STAGE AT CHARLES KRUG

Maestro Constantine Orbelian led Festival Orchestra Napa and a stellar lineup of soloists in Seasons of Hope, an evening of works featuring stories of courage, sacrifice, and hope. Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and vocal ensemble Volti performed Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light, a piece dedicated to the extraordinary heroism of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II.

The program also featured three spellbinding choral works by esteemed composer Gordon Getty: Shenandoah with soprano Lisa Delan, the world premiere of Annie Laurie, and the monumental Joan and the…

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Cloud Club is an Oracle Park Grand Slam

A San Francisco Giants game, enjoyed from nearly any Oracle Park vantage point, is always a great time. Upper level seating affords spectacular San Francisco Bay views; mid-level Club seating features a private concourse offering gourmet food and beverage options. Lower level seating places fans within arms-length of the on-field action, and count on the bleachers to deliver a party-like atmosphere. And now, this year-round entertainment destination offers yet another hospitality venue from which to enjoy all Oracle Park events: Cloud Club.

Oracle Park’s Cloud Club features both lounge and stadium seating. Photo courtesy of Cloud Club Cloud Club’s full service bar features themed cocktails. Photo courtesy of…

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Opening Night with Festival Orchestra Napa + Patron Dinner at Castello di Amorosa

Festival Napa Valley kicked off its 17th season with a celebratory evening featuring two beloved masterpieces and one world premiere. The concert opened with a new work by rising young composer Yang Bao. Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas took center stage for Joaquín Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez. The evening culminated with pianist Alexander Malofeev performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lush Piano Concerto No. 2 – a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest composers on his 150th Anniversary. Kyle Dickson, 2023 recipient of the Joel Revzen Conducting Fellowship, led Festival Orchestra Napa.

A selection of artwork created by students and seniors in the…

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Vintner’s Luncheon at Dana Estates for Festival Napa Valley

One of Napa Valley’s hidden gems, Dana Estates is tucked into the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains, where the unique terroir informs the character of its three single-vineyard wines. Organic, low-yield farming, along with an exceptionally selective harvest, ensures that only the most definitive fruit from each vineyard goes into the bottle.

At this Vintner’s Luncheon, guests enjoyed Dana’s graceful wines in chef’s pairings with gourmet cuisine — a classic Festival Napa Valley experience that highlights one of Napa Valley’s most exclusive wineries.

Hi Sang Lee, Karen Maguire and Larry Maguire Kathryn Hall and Darioush Khaledi Stephanie Chung and Konrad…

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Jazz @ Charles Krug with the Frost School of Music All-Stars + Patron Dinner at Beringer Vineyards

Legendary jazz and R&B singer Patti Austin returned to Festival Napa Valley to joinithe Frost School of Music All-Stars in lighting up the stage with performances of favorite works by two legendary American composers, Henry Mancini and George Gershwin. Mancini’s musical genius has produced timeless classics such as “Moon River” and the “Pink Panther Theme,” while Gershwin’s contributions to American music include the iconic “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris.” This concert celebrated one of America’s quintessential art forms. Directed by Gregg Field and Gordon Goodwin.

Patron Dinner at Beringer Vineyards

In a region defined by stunning…

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