There are only two ways
to live your life.
One is as though
nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though
everything is a miracle.
This buttery yellow color
Have an hour or two?
CanDo helps make it easy
to make a difference.
See this image?
(or maybe slow this time)
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH HYGGE
"The Danish art of 'hygge' (pronounced HOO-ga) emphasizes kindness to
oneself, moments of comfort from simple things like candlelight, cozy
socks, warm baked goods, quiet dinners with friends. The idea is that
when one is kind to oneself, it is easier to be kind to others. I see
a need especially for reframing the period after the celebrations are
over and the bleakness of mid-winter sets in.
"Hygge is important in combating the long winter darkness in northern
climates, but people feel the post-holiday letdown even in warmer,
sunnier places. Hygge can be any-thing that looks or feels like self-care,
and can be different for everybody, though there is much hygge in quiet
companionship with one other person or a small group..."
Read more from the article by Elizabeth Fairfield Stokes
Q. What should we do with old patio furniture with metal fatigue?
A. As long as the chairs are a
majority metal (which this
looks to be), then we can
recycle them as scrap metal. W
e can pick these up
curbside by appointment at
no charge on our
Recycle More route,
or they could be dropped
off at our facility
(also no charge).
For other "mixed-material"
furniture items that may have
a small amount of metal but
are mostly fabric, vinyl,
painted wood etc. - we can
pick them up for a charge
as a bulky item, or they
an be dropped off at our
facility using our 1x/year
bulky item coupon
(which was mailed to
customers in November).
Responses graciously provided
Napa Recycling &
Read Margaret Henkl's article about the extrardinary
Night-blooming Cereus flower
(It may add to your
sense of Hygge.)
FARM TO FOOD BANK
Time MARCHes on.
Volunteers are needed to help pick up Farmers' Market donations for the Food Bank starting
or the short shift:
For more information, or
South Napa Century Center
195 Gasser Drive
Teens and older, supervised children are welcome.
SAVE THE DATES
CanDo's NAPA FOOD PROJECT
February Green Bag Pick-up
Saturday, Feb. 9
or call 707.252.7743
CanDo's NAPA FOOD PROJECT
MON., FEB. 18
Love this project?
Come learn a bit more.
Listen and share your thoughts as our Steering Committee gets together
to review how we're doing and to keep us heading
in the right direction.
FFI/RSVP: Email or call 707.252.7743
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events to help you
CanDo's VISION QUEST IS BEING PUT INTO ACTION
WITH A SPARKLING NEW WEBSITE
What makes you love some websites and tear your hair out over others? CanDo seeks a couple of people to join us for a short-term project with long-term impact.
A small group of core members has already done preliminary work. Soon, we'll hire a pro to make the magic happen. But we'd value the input and experience of another couple of CanDo supporters. Let's
meet over tea to think through a website that authentically reflects this remarkable organization, one where neighbors
can easily find ways to help make our community shine.
Two possibilities for your input:
1. Meet at hilary's in Napa for 90 minutes on Thursday, February 21. Please let us know whether you prefer a 10AM or 6PM start.
rite WEBSITE GATHERING in the subject line.
2. Email a brief note with features you might like to see on CanDo's new website (e.g. font large enough to read with ease; plenty of white space). Or share the URL of a website you love and tell us what it is that appeals most. Write WEBSITE IDEAS in the subject line.
Visit Napa Valley CanDo's current website here.
Thanks for your input.
JUST A FEW SLOTS OPEN FOR THE FOOD BANK SATURDAY MORNING, 9:30-NOON
Make a difference with CanDo's Napa Food Project
on Saturday, February 9, 9:30-noon.
Greet generous neighbors.
eceive their green bags of
It's fast, fun, and filled with community spirit.
Sign-up's a snap. Click here.
A CALL TO ACTION
As with many of our endeavors, at the heart of CanDo's Napa Food Project are an amazing group of volunteers. This Steering Committee keeps the project on track. We're looking for 2-3 new folks to join in as we look to refine and enhance the project's effectiveness.
Responsibilities: Steering Committee members gather for 90 minutes just six times a year. They also take on a task that appeals to them (e.g. on pick-up days at the warehouse or entering data, sending out emails or organizing volunteers, ordering supplies, etc.) We stay connected the rest of the time through the wonders of email. These are people you'd like to know. Gatherings are well-organized, fun, and the food's good.
Interested? Join us for our next gathering. Listen. Pipe in when it suits you. See if helping to turn green bags into food for friends you haven't yet met might be a project that fits.
Monday, February 18 6-7:30
2780 Pike Drive - Napa
FFI and to RSVP: Email us or all 707.252.7743
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!
INTO THE NIGHT ~ SCREENING AND Q & A
Postive Event Series
February 2019's Death Positive Event features a screening of the documentary Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death, followed by live Q & A with award winning Director Helen Whitney. "Whitney's ability to wrestle with our most immense uncertainties is astonishing...a transformative film for the ages." Andrew Solomon, Author, President. PEN America
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 7, 6-9PM
LOCATION: Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists
Location : 1260 Salvador Avenue
INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT TRAINING
SPONSOR: California Invasive Plant Council
Are you a volunteer steward or staffer at an agency working on restoration in the Napa area? Come to a California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) training on invasive plant management! This training is appropriate for expert volunteers and workers as well as those who are new to invasive plant management. Topics include: invasive plant biology, control methods, restoration strategies, tools of the trade, mapping using Calflora, and more. Attendees will also hear about current invasive-removal volunteer efforts taking place in the region and will learn how they can get more involved. RSVP here.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 10, 9AM-2:30PM
LOCATION: Skyline Wilderness Park, Community Room,
2201 Imola Avenue
REFUGEE: A CONVERSATION WITH
AUTHOR ALAN GRATZ
SPONSOR: Napa County Office of Education
Join author Alan Gratz to discuss his action-packed young adult novel, Refugee. It tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home. The novel explores the stories of a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, a Cuban girl in 1994, and a Syrian boy in 2015.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Monday, February 11, 6-8PM
LOCATION: Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at the Lincoln Theater, Yountville.
WILD NAPA - WILDLIFE RESCUE
SPONSOR: Napa RCD
Want to help wildlife up close and personally? Join Napa Wildlife Rescue to learn what a wildlife rescue does and how you can help care for wildlife by volunteering with NWR. Linnaea will share about their summer baby bird clinic and other programs of the wildlife rescue. Hungry orphans are coming and need YOU! WILD Napa is a *FREE* monthly lecture series that explores topics related to Napa County's "wild side"!
DAY/DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7-8PM
LOCATION: Napa Main Library
WILD NAPA - BROOM PULL WESTWOOD HILLS
SPONSOR: City of Napa Parks and Rec
Napa Open Space District
Removing invasive weeds from Westwood Hills Park. Hiking and manual labor required. Poison Oak potential. Please bring your OWN WATER! Tools, gloves, coffee, and donuts provided.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 16 and 23, 9-11AM
LOCATION: 3107 Browns Valley Rd. Napa
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.
Learn more and
submit your event here
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Sunday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast.
HERE'S WHAT YOU
TO GET INVOLVED
We grow fresh, local produce for the Napa Food Bank and collect produce from generous Farmers' Market vendors for the Food Bank as well.
Karen or Betty.
Waterway Keepers began as a CanDo project. Now it's orchestrated by our friends at the Napa Co. Resource Conservation District. 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 brilliant 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.