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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

AIDS Walk Napa Valley Oct 11 & the September Unity League Mixer

So finally, I went to check out the Napa Valley Unity League's (former North Bay Unity League) monthly mixer and meeting. I have no idea what took me so long to was a good group of people and a great way to connect with the community. Go, gays! (I was told that usually a group of 20, 30 or sometimes 50 gather for the monthly meetings, although due to the holiday it was about 15 of us on Monday night, divided pretty evenly among women and men.) I'll for sure be posting about upcoming meetings to keep you all informed (and for those familiar with blogging, added a tag for "unity league" so you can keep up to date with all their latest events in one spot). I think they might be talking me into updating their web page (that, a while back, I had complained wasn't updated since 2006).

For those who have never been, their monthly mixer is pretty much meet and greet with appetizers and beverages (both of the adult and non-adult kind): wine, beer, soda, water, chips and dips and fried chicken, etc. were available for all. They ask for a $5 donation to cover the expenses and so that the monthly gatherings can continue. About an hour and a half into the time (it started at 6, no end time was given), they called us together for some announcements and then after about 15 minutes is was back to the regular party.

While at the September meeting, I learned that the Unity League is responsible for "hosting" three, big, yearly events:
  • Pride week (usually in June, although none this year)
  • Napa Valley's Academy Awards, and
  • AIDS Walk Napa Valley
This meetings focus was on AIDS Walk, an event to be held on October 11th at the Veteran's Home in Yountville, 9a to noon. This year's theme is: "Diverse walks of life, partnered for a cure."

From the event web page:
This year marks the 17th years for this annual event to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS Support Services conducted by the Care Network at the Queen of the Valley Hospital. Treatment includes counseling, case management, emotional support, medical support, in-home case visits and more.

Walk day activities include refreshments, raffles, team competition, face painting, balloons, and all the fun is set to fun with everyone’s favorite DJ Rotten Robbie! Additionally KVON/KVYN will be hosting a live remote with everyone's favorite "Kellie in the Morning" on location and live broadcasting from the walk!

The Care Network at the Queen of the Valley is a not for profit 501c3 so all contributions are tax deductable. For Information call Scott Butler - 707.738.4056 or email
More information and forms, registration, etc. are available on the event's website at

Anyone down to join a team?


  1. Glad to hear you made it to a meeting. I missed it last night for the first time in months.

    BTW - I've set up a Napa Valley Unity League group on Facebook. Here's the link:

  2. Yeah, I was a lil bit shocked that you weren't there! Maybe it was destiny that the one you missed I wrote about in the blog. :) Either way, hope to see you soon...

    Oh, damn! I just remembered I was going to try and make it to the Oxbow for locals night tonight. Next week I guess.

  3. The "Protect Traditional Marriage" Town Hall meeting will be in Napa,3305 Linda Vista, 7 pm on Tuesday the 9th, in case anyone is interested. It's not being covered by the local media, but I think people should know it's going on, to anyone concerned about the issue.