This buttery yellow color
Have an hour or two?
CanDo helps make it easy
to make a difference.
See this image?
Live so that when
think of fairness, caring,
FREE curbside pickup
of all electronics, appliances and oversize metal items (that do not fit in the recycling cart). Also, clothing and shoes that are too worn out to donate...and even all household batteries.
to learn more or to complete the request form.
BITS AND PIECES
Ever wonder why English has so many word twins?
|This short video explains a few things about the fascinating history of the English language.
FARM TO FOOD BANK
HELP CanDo PREVENT FOOD WASTE.
At every Saturday Farmers' Market in Napa, many hundreds of pounds of almost-overripe produce are donated by generous vendors, collected by CanDo volunteers, and taken to
the Food Bank.
This is food that otherwise might go to the landfill.
Help us distribute this bounty to those in need.
and to sign up.
Teens and older (supervised) children welcome!
or recycling to
Responses graciously provided
Napa Recycling and
SAVE THE DATES
FOOD BANK GARDEN
Early every Saturday morning for an hour or two
(NOT Sept. 1),
NAPA FOOD PROJECT
Neighborhood Coordinator Orientation
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Napa location TBD
Tired of the fact that so many in Napa County are food insecure?
Ready to be a part of something extraordinary?
Need a bit of background?
Get a taste with this
CanDo CORE GATHERING FURTHER VISION QUEST EXPLORATION
Wed., Sept. 12
6-7:30PM - Napa
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HERE'S WHAT YOU
TO GET INVOLVED
We grow fresh, local produce for the Napa Food Bank.
Karen or Betty.
Waterway Keepers began as a CanDo project. Now it's orchestrated by our friends at the Napa Co. RCD. Volunteers help maintain our river and streams to keep them vibrant and alive.
Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign.
hilary or Nancy.
CanDo has a whole new way to help the Food Bank feed neighbors in need.
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.
The waters that flow through
our rivers and streams end up at the coast.
So does the trash.
Let's change that!
during the 34th annual
California Coastal Cleanup Day. It's
part in the world's largest waterway and beach cleanup of the year.
You'll be one of thousands of volunteers making a difference in all 50 states and 100 countries.
In Napa County last year, over 450 volunteers gathered 2,783 pounds of trash and 1,700 pounds of recyclables from Napa's waterways.
Pick the site that best suits you; grab some supplies if you have them, and show up to clean-up.
Note: There are more sites throughout the County.
- Downtown Napa: corner of Main and Pearl Streets near Napa Creek
- Oxbow Commons: at the park under McKinstry Street bridge
- South Wetlands: end of Jefferson Street
- Kennedy Park: boat dock
- Napa Valley Vine Trail: Hartle Court next to Napa County Animal Shelter
- Salvador Creek/Vintage High School: quad, off Trower Rd.
- Riverside Drive: next to 100 Riverside Drive near the boat launch
* Important: Volunteers are encouraged to clean the downtown streets, but to stay away from the banks of Napa Creek that contain restoration plantings.
SAFEWAY OPEN - OCT. 3-7
THREE MORE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS OPEN
oin CanDo at the Welcome Table as lovers of golf enter the gates for the final PGA tournament of the season.
e'll do what CanDo does so well: make folks feel that they're a part of something special. We'll also sell cards for food and beverages and check IDs for adult beverage wrist bands.
shifts: Friday and Sunday, from 12-5PM. Admittance to watch golf either day or attend the Friday night concert. Both are free on the days you volunteer.
We expect that there will also be a required orientation at Silverado Resort and spa for all volunteers, but that date has not yet been announced.
VISION QUEST UPDATE:
SEEING WITH CLEAR EYES
As the light softened on a cool summer night, 20 of us gathered in Grania and Charlie's garden of a backyard.
We chatted; we laughed; we shared food and drink.
There were folks who have been involved since day one and a couple of neighbors who were learning about CanDo for the very first time.
We leaned in for a brief recap of CanDo's VQ progress thus far and gained more input from those attending on our next steps. Pieces keep shifting and splendid new shapes arise.
We cannot overstate the importance of hearing your voices, seeing the CanDo world through your eyes.
You are cordially invited to our next gathering.
We'll conduct bits of Core business (to keep the wheels running, dontchaknow,) and then dip back into Vision Quest waters.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6-7:30PM
LOCATION: 2780 Pike Drive - Napa
RSVP and FFI: Email or phone 707.252.7743. Please write VQ in the subject line and give us your name.
HELP OTHERS. REWARD YOURSELF.
Come harvest in CanDo's Food Bank Garden.
Your rewards? Knowing you're helping those in need --
and you can take some fresh veggies home
for your family, too!
Teens and supervised children are welcome.
DAY/TIME: Saturdays, 8AM-9:30ish
NO HARVEST ON SATURDAY SEPT. 1 ***
1226A Salvador Ave.
Just east of Covenant Presbyterian Church,
behind the Presbytery of the Redwoods
Ours is the garden in the back.
Please wear closed toe shoes
(no sandals, please);
water bottle, hat and sunscreen.
FFI or to RSVP:
Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Other Groups Around the Valley
Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!
Note: Posting events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated.
We list a variety of
programs we feel may be of interest to our readers. Explore! Enjoy! Get involved!
PFLAG NAPA AUGUST SUPPORT GATHERING
SPONSOR: PFLAG Napa
Join PFLAG Napa for a monthly support gathering where you can share your journey, listen, and support others as well. The LGBTQ+ community as well as all allies of LGBTQ+ loved ones are all invited.
PFLAG works to make sure that all people who are LGBTQ+ are not only valued by society, but take pride in and value themselves. This is done through providing peer-to-peer support, educating people on issues that are important to the community, and advocating for inclusive policies/laws.
PFLAG Napa offers support to families, friends of LGBTQ+ and all LGBTQ+ people (18 years of age+) in a safe/confidential space.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Tues., August 28, 7-9PM
AND THE MEDIA
SPONSOR: Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists
In this documentary, linguist and liberal political activist Noam Chomsky presents his thoughts on how the mass media works against democracy's best interests. The corporations and investors controlling the outlets where most people get their news, he argues, selectively choose what to cover for reasons having to do with personal agendas and retaining power, rather than what's best for readers and viewers. After discussing examples, Chomsky gives suggestions on how to be a well-informed citizen. The revisiting this classic (1992) documentary is in the context of today's discussion of "fake news."
DAY/DATE/TIME: September 5, 6:30-9:30PM
COST: A $5 donation will be collected at the door
or read the visit their website.
READ WITH A RANGER!
SPONSORS: Carolyn Parr Nature Center
and City of Napa
Join City of Napa Park Rangers once a month for our Read with a Ranger program. Each month we meet on the first Friday at the Carolyn Parr Nature Center. We read a nature related story and go for a short, guided hike in Westwood Hills Park. We encourage kids and parents to enjoy the natural surroundings after the reading program and bring a lunch to eat in the park after the hike.
irst Friday of every month (
9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7)
LOCATION: Carolyn Parr Nature Center, 3107 Browns Valley Rd. - Napa
FFI: Call the Park Ranger office 707.257.9437 or email them.
AN EVENING AT THE RUINS
Community Parks Foundation
An Evening at the Ruins is held at the old cement ruins (and future site of American Canyon's Town Center) just east of Adobe Lumber in American Canyon. On
September 8th, over 300 people will join us for appetizers, dinner, silent and live auction and after party.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 8, 5-11PM
LOCATION: Cement Ruins, American Canyon
PAINTED PIRATES! MURAL OPENING AT RLS MUSEUM
SPONSOR: Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
Come see the new Treasure Island mural, Painted Pirates, created in partnership between the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Nimbus Arts. The mural was created
by students participating in Nimbus Arts' summer art program
with generous funding from the City of St. Helena's 2018-2019 grant program. Students learned about RLS and Treasure Island through a visit to the RLS Museum. They then continued their art education through other fantastic pirate art projects during the camp's Robert Louis Stevenson week!
, visitors are welcome to stop by the museum and enjoy the new tribute to one of Stevenson's most beloved adventure stories. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, take pictures, and explore the RLS Museum. The mural will remain installed on the western exterior wall until the fall.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 15, noon-4PM
LOCATION: 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena
LIKE TO HAVE YOUR EVENT
Are you a nonprofit in need of volunteers?
Or do you have a fundraiser, educational opportunity,
or fun event you'd like us
share in the "Spotlight"?
Space permitting, your post may run for up to three weeks leading to the date of your event. Any photo
you'd like us to consider MUST be sent as a jpg.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Sunday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast.