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Easing the path from intent to action  

The CanDo Connection                                                             March 21, 2017
In This Issue

This buttery yellow color indicates volunteer opportunities.  

CanDo's  BIRTHDAY?  
We're collecting titles of songs that celebrate community, friendship, and positive social action.
At CanDo's eighth
birthday party,
April 27, 5:30-7:30PM,
gather to honor the CanDo Spirit.  
Help us compile potential tunes for our mix list.   
CanDo members have already contributed over
30 titles and artists.
Each has a link to a
YouTube version so you
can listen to them, too.
How cool is that?
One caution:
  This is a shared
document. Please add
your suggestions with
care so as not to erase another entry. 
The first 20 or so are alphabetical by song title. Enjoy. They're forming a pretty inspirational score!  
You may want to listen occasionally in the
morning instead of turning on the news.

Click here to add your
titles at the bottom
of the list.  

"The possible is achieved in increments of the impossible."
- The Covert Comic


Here are 

But it's March. 
What tomatoes to use?
We recommend canned ones in the winter.
Here is a canned tomato 


Email questions about Curbside Composting or recycling to the Compost Corner. We'll get responses to your questions from  
Tim Dewey-Mattia, 
Napa Recycling  
and Waste Services 

Johannes Stötter 
  You won't believe
your eyes.

   Save the Date
Saturday, April 8 
Want to volunteer for a couple of hours at the Napa Food Bank as our Neighborhood Coordinators bring in their bounty?
It's truly an exciting
place to be. Email Amy.

  Saturday, April 22 Oxbow Commons 9AM-noon
FFI:  Click here. 
Thursday, April 27
Hampton Inn and Suites Napa
Watch weekly emails and CanDo's Facebook page for details.

We grow fresh, local produce for the Napa Food Bank. Email Karen or Betty.

Waterways Keepers help maintain our rivers and stream to keep them vibrant and alive. Email Margret.

Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign. Email hilary or Nancy.

CanDo is piloting a whole new way to help the Food Bank feed neighbors in need. Email Karin/Amy. 


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The CanDo Connection 

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opportunities and events to  h elp you  connect  
with community. 

The Choices We Make

Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action  by alerting interested Valley residents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another organization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense. Only you can determine whether an activity is a good fit, that is to say  compatible with your interests and abilities. 

That's how many pounds of luscious fresh produce Napa Farmers' Market vendors donated to our local Food Bank last year -- in just five months.

Help us share the wealth.

From July through November of 2016,
collaborating with  
the the good folks at Napa Farmers' Market, CanDo volunteers collected fresh produce donations from generous vendors at the end of each Saturday market. Then, the volunteers drove it just a few miles in their cars to the Food Bank. From there, it was distributed throughout Napa to our neighbors in need. Easy peasey.
This year, we'll be collecting during the entire season
(April 15-Nov. 18). We're looking for friendly folks to help.

It only takes about two hours from start to finish. In between, there's a bit of down time for you to shop, enjoy a cup of coffee, or visit with friends. You'll always be working with an experienced volunteer. And if you sign up and then your plans change, no worries; just let us know and we'll adjust the schedule.
Sign up here .
We'll be in touch to confirm a bit before the dates you choose.
Come for the trash, stay for the fun.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11AM - Oxbow Commons

Earth Day is coming up soon. As always, CanDo and its volunteers will be active participants.

Bright and early, starting at 8AM, our Waterways Keepers crew will be working with other local groups to host trash cleanups at 5 locations around town.
  • Downtown Napa, behind Firefighter's Museum at the corner of Main and Pearl Streets. Important!-Volunteers are encouraged to clean the downtown streets and stay away from the reach of Napa Creek where construction was just finished so that the creek banks have time to stabilize and new plantings are not disturbed.
  • South Wetlands, southern end of Jefferson St.
  • Salvador Creek- Vintage High- meet at quad by gym
  • Oxbow District- north end of the market parking lot next to the river
  • Kennedy Park, boat ramp
Show up to the location of your choice, grab a bucket and a trash-picker (we'll supply these), and help us leave our town sparkling clean and litter-free. Bring the kids! Bring your neighbors and friends! Details may be found here.

Then, wander over to the beautiful Oxbow Commons for the city's Earth Day festivities, noon and 4PM. CanDo will host a table with a fun art activity for children (We won't turn away grown-ups, promise). While you're there, you can also find out about all CanDo's great projects and how they helpour valley communities thrive. Find out more about Earth Day here.

We need four more volunteers to help during a
two-hour shift at our table. You'll be paired with an experienced tabler. Promise. Sign up here. Just click the "Sign-up" button in the shift of your choice.


CanDo's 2017 Napa Valley Give!Guide is off and running! The Blue Note's got nothing on us...we're jazzed!

If you're involved with or know of a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has served Napa County for at least two years, they are are eligible to apply for this year's Guide.

ALL nonprofits, whether they have participated in a past edition or not, MUST attend an orientation gathering on Thursday, May 4.

Because we strive to "ease the path from intent to action," NPOs may select either 11AM-12:30PM at the NV College McCarthy Library Community Room, or 3:30-5PM at
Rianda House Senior Activity Center
(1475 Main Street, St. Helena).

RSVP w/ NPO, name of attendee (preferably the person most likely to oversee the G!G campaign, should your nonprofit be selected), and your preferred location.

Kindly share this post w/ other nonprofits.
It takes a Give!Guide village.


Spotlight - Stars
Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Other Groups Around the Valley
 Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!

Note: Posting of events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated. We list a variety of opportunities and  programs we feel may be of interest to our readers.  
      SPONSOR:  Village Napa  
If you, your child, or student can benefit from tools to help reduce student stress and develop the right skills for success, please attend this informative talk brought to you by the Graduate School of Stanford Education. Speaker Margaret Dunlap, M.A. of Challenge Success, will cover strategies that can be used immediately by all students to develop strengths and skills needed to thrive in today's fast-paced world. To register, visit their website.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Tuesday , March 28, 6:30-8PM
NVUSD District Auditorium, 2425 Jefferson St. Napa 
      SPONSOR:  PFLAG Napa 
Come and join PFLAG Napa where you will be welcomed with love and support. There will be an opportunity to mingle and enjoy some refreshments before breaking out into the support meeting. Updates will be provided  on events that are planned for our community. The PFLAG Napa chapter offers support to families, friends of LGBTQ and all LGBTQ people (18 years of age and over) where you can share your feelings and experiences in a safe and confidential space.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Tuesday , March 28, 7-9PM
2310 First Street, Napa
FFI:   Email , call 707.681.1477, or visit their website.
      SPONSOR:  UC Master Gardeners of Napa County  
Join the Napa Master Gardeners for their annual tomato plant sale. There are 28 varieties of heirloom, hybrid, reds, yellows, greens and more. The MGs will be available to answer all questions and help you select the best varieties for you. Their website has them all listed for your shopping pleasure. Come early before the plants sell out!
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday , April 8, 9AM until sold out
1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa 
FFI:   Email , call 707.253.4221, or visit their website.
      SPONSOR:  Napa Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
Spring Native Plant Sale and Wildflower. Lawn replacement presentation/workshop at 11:30AM on Saturday, April 8. Over 200 Napa County wildflowers on display and over 1,000 hard-to-find native plants available for sale. For more information, visit their website. Admission is free.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday/Sunday , April 8/9, 10AM-4PM
Skyline Park, 2201 Imola Ave, Napa
FFI:   Email , call 707.843.0317, or visit their website.
SPONSOR:  Carolyn Parr Nature Center
Carolyn Parr Nature Center seeks volunteers who love this Valley and want to help the Center keep its doors open to individuals, families, and tour groups. All this, to promote greater awareness of the importance our natural environment. Friendly greeters can make a great contribution in only three hours a month. Volunteers work diligently and with heart, but there's no need to know everything to begin with. You will learn as you go.
DAYS/TIMES AVAILABLE:  Saturdays and Sundays, year-round 1-4PM 
LOCATION: 3107 Browns Valley Rd. at Westwood Hills Park
FFI:   Email , call 707.927.2031 or visit their website.
      SPONSOR:  League of Women Voters of
Napa County       
Everyone agrees that we need more housing that is affordable in Napa County - housing for the workforce, older adults, families, veterans, disabled and homeless - "Housing for All." Three panelists will examine some of the hurdles to building housing that is affordable and suggest ways for providing such housing in the near future. Panelists and Topics: Lark Ferrell, Housing Manager for the City of Napa "Who Needs Housing in Napa Valley?"; Molly Rattigan, Napa County Executive Office "Overcoming NIMBYism"; and Bob Massaro, CEO of Healthy Buildings and founding member of Napa Housing Coalition "Identifying Problems and Solutions" 
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Wednesday , April 19, 7-8:30PM
Napa United Methodist Church Sanctuary,
625 Randolph Street, Napa
FFI:   Email , call 707.252.0982, or visit their website.
   SPONSOR:  Connolly Ranch     
Connolly Ranch hosts its 3rd annual Earth Night, a springtime festival and fundraiser celebrating arts, music, movement and nature. Come support outdoor environmental education while experiencing a rare opportunity to take in the late afternoon sunshine and play under the stars at Connolly Ranch. There will be live bands, movement performances including aerial acrobatics, dance, hooping and fire spinning, face-painting, yoga, farm activities, raffle, nature crafts, happy hour, food trucks, delicious wine and beer, farm tours, moonlit nature hikes, a telescope for stargazing, onsite childcare and more. This unique spring farm fest will help Connolly Ranch continue their mission of connecting people to nature with an evening of fun for all ages!  
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, April 22, 5-10PM.
LOCATION:  3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa
COST:  $30
Email , call 707.224.1894 , or visit their website.