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to make a difference.
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the most important thing
in a whole day
is the rest we take
or the turning inwards
in prayer for
five short minutes."
Dutch born diarist
Died at Auschwitz
How much do you spend each month on subscriptions like HBO? Netflix? Newspapers and magazines? Pandora? Security systems? Hulu?
You get the idea.
Are you really using
Wall Street Journal
on these increasingly invasive species in your budget and what to do about them.
A team member was wondering about chewing gum. Is it compostable? -- Gayle
A. Hi, Gayle. Thanks for the question...it's a good one.
Most chewing gum these days is actually made from synthetic rubber (aka a type of plastic) and will not break down in compost. So, it should be disposed of in the trash.
There are a few brands of compostable chewing gum out there. They use natural rubber and can be found doing a basic Google search. These can be composted, but the vast majority of standard chewing gum brands need to go to into landfill.
Curbside Composting or recycling to "Compost Corner."
Responses graciously provided
by Tim Dewey-Mattia, Napa Recycling & Waste Services
BITS AND PIECES
Once the temperatures really warm up, you'll be delighted to have access
to these 31 alcohol-free summer cocktails.
Just scroll through the photos; find one that tempts you; and then click on any where you'd
like the recipe.
FARM TO FOOD BANK
Your Mom said it. Your Doctor says it.
You say it to your kids.
CanDo believe that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy produce.
To find out how you can help us deliver it to our local Homeless Shelter
and Food Bank,
Any Saturday - you choose!
or the short shift:
South Napa Century Center
195 Gasser Drive
Teens and older, supervised children are welcome.
SAVE THE DATE
NAPA FOOD PANTRY TOURS
Mondays: May 20 and June 3
Two tours each day:
12-1PM and 2-3PM
Learn more and sign up
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 share food with neighbors in need.
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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.
A SPECIAL INVITATION
CanDo FOR A 1-HOUR GUIDED TOUR
OF THE NAPA FOOD PANTRY
Many of you have asked to learn more about how the thousands of pounds of wholesome food we're donating to the Napa Food Bank every two months get to the tables of those neighbors who rely on the Food Bank.
You asked; we're answering!
On Monday, May 20 and Monday, June 3, Shirley King, Executive Director of the Napa Food Bank, will lead
guided tours of the Napa Food Pantry
. That's not the Food Bank Warehouse. It's where clients come to pick-up food mid-week year-round.
more about food insecurity in Napa County and how the amazing folks at CANV's Food Bank and Napa Valley CanDo's volunteer-driven food sharing programs are helping build community by sharing food.
There will be two tours each day: 12-1PM and 2-3PM.
Limit 15 persons to a group. CanDo members may sign up beginning May 14.
click on this
review the available slots and
sign up. We look forward to seeing you there!
DAYS/DATES/TIMES: Mondays, May 20 and June 3, 12-1PM or 2-3PM each of those two dates.
Napa Food Pantry - 1746 Yajome
FFI: Email CanDo's Napa Valley Food Project here.
CanDo's Napa Valley
So Many Ways to Help
May 14 - 6-7:30PM
Help fight food insecurity in Napa County. W
ith just 1-2 hours every two months, you can help build community while sharing food.
Join us tonight for 90 minutes.
We'll show you how to become a Neighborhood Coordinator, Food Donor or
Food Bank warehouse volunteer on pick-up days.
You'll learn all you need and if you're ready to get involved, we'll give you supplies,
teach you our secret handshake (kidding),
and pour a glass of wine or lemonade
to accompany tasty snacks.
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30PM in Napa
. Write ORIENTATION in the subject line. We'll send you the address. Or call: 949.338.6522.
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?
A SNAPSHOT OF HOW NAPA IS GROWING
Another entry from Grania Lindberg, CanDo's co-founder.
at Napa Valley - managed by Watermark Retirement Communities
Justin-Siena High School grounds on Solano Ave. near Evans Transportation
The 173 homes are divided into three groups: 80 units for independent living, 71 for assisted living homes, and 22 for memory care.
Residents could be moving in as soon as spring of 2020.
Oppidan Investment Company - Minnesota
CanDo invites your thoughts on this new feature.
Might it lead to a more informed community?
Is it worth your (and our) precious time?
us with "What the heck" in the subject line.
SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, May 28 6:30-7:30PM
DO YOU HIKE, BIKE, OR RIDE A HORSE IN
DO YOU VALUE OPEN SPACE?
If yes, then this Community Forum, co-sponsored by
and Napa Valley CanDo,
is for you!
You might wonder...
What is the Napa Open Space District, anyway?
What have they done? How do they acquire land?
And who pays for all this? What's next for OSD?
To find out, come spend an hour with John Woodbury, General Manager for the Napa County
Regional Park and Open Space District.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 28 6:30-7:30PM
LOCATION: Napa Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa
Napa Library Community Room
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!
Volunteers are needed to check acorn plantings for growth, pull invasive weeds, and mulch newly planted trees. All ages are welcome! Dress for gardening: thick pants and shoes, and bring a reusable water bottle. RSVP is encouraged, but not required! Questions and RSVP:
OAK VOLUNTEER DAY
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 18,
LOCATION: Alston Park (hillside above dog park)
KENNEDY PARK CLEAN UP
SPONSOR: River School Student Project
We are a group of kids from River Middle School, organizing this clean up for our science action project. This is an event for all ages (but if you are under 13, you must have a parent present) to help preserve our water quality by picking up trash near the River. Hope to see you there. We will provide snacks, dessert, and drinks for the attendees as a special thank you!
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 18,
LOCATION: Kennedy Park by the bathrooms at the children's payground
GATHER OVERSTOCKED FOOD FROM
Together Napa Valley
Each year Napa hosts major festivals with an abundance of food vendors. There is always untouched, good food that vendors purchase and cannot return. Much like the food that is sourced from the Farmers' Market, Brandee Lund, Together Napa Valley, spends two days after big events gathering untouched food. It is then supplied to ANYONE - with special emphasis on known food insecure families and individuals. She needs help on Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 "gleaning" this good food and safely storing it until it is given away - always free. Offer to help an hour, a morning, an afternoon, an evening. It's eye-opening and rewarding. A number of organizations work together on this food gathering. Food is stored and accessed at Living Vine, 3305 Linda Vista Ave.or by calling Brandee directly or Barbara 707.224.7129.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28. Flexible times to fit your schedule.
Napa Fairgrounds the day after BottleRock
FFI: Email, call or text
CALLING ALL CARING CANINES
Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
LAPS is sponsoring a FREE screening and educational event to find Caring Canines and their humans who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Discover if you and your dog might be successful as a volunteer Animal-Assisted Therapy Team. Visit website or Facebook page for details and flyer. Open to community members age 16 and older. Dogs must be on a 6-ft or shorter leash, fabric collar or front-clip harness. No prong or chain collars or retractable leashes. All dogs must be vaccinated and licensed and at least 6 months of age.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 1 10AM-1PM
68 Coombs St, Bldg N, Napa (Old Sawyer Tannery at Coombs & Ash Streets)
FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY HOST FAMILY VOLUNTEERING
SPONSOR: FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY
Festival Napa Valley offers a tuition-free orchestra training program that attracts students from some of the most famous music institutions including Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and many more. This year, they continue the Academy's unique Host Family program as part of their effort to further involve the Napa Valley community in the excitement of Festival Napa Valley. Housing one of our students is an unique experience that allows participants to truly get to know budding professional classical musicians. Past hosts continue to rave about the experience, and host families enjoy exclusive access to select Festival Napa Valley events.
: July 7-22
Looking for host homes throughout the Napa Valley
STORY TIME AT THE NAPA FARMERS MARKET
- VOLUNTEER TO READ TO CHILDREN -
SPONSOR: Community Resources for Children
Sign-up for 20-30 minute shifts
Community Resources for Children organizes Story Time at the Napa Farmers' Market as a gift to the children of our community. But it's a gift to volunteers, too.
Don't miss this opportunity to share your favorite books and your love of reading with Napa's young children. NEW THIS YEAR: FIESTA FIRST SATURDAYS! We're especially interested in having bilingual Spanish - English readers on those days.
Readers bring their own selections (appropriate for 0-10 years) or select from books provided by the market. Volunteers read for 20-30 minutes.
Saturdays 9:30-11AM, Tuesdays 10:30-11AM
The Education Station - Napa Farmers' Market at South Century Center
P5G DAY OF ACTION RALLY AND MARCH
SPONSOR: Napa County Progressive Alliance
As part of a national day of action, there will be a rally and march calling on our City officials to stop the deployment of 5G "small" cell wireless antennas in residential areas until the technology has been proven safe. See this website for a map of the over 50 cell towers slated for a neighborhood near you or someone you know. The protest will start downtown at Dwight Murray Plaza and end in front of Napa City Hall. Please join in and bring a sign if possible!
DAY/DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 15,
LOCATION: Dwight Murray Plaza (AKA "The Old Clock Tower" Plaza), 1st St. between Coombs and Main, Downtown Napa
POWER OF POETRY
SPONSOR: Solstice Writers & Rianda House
Solstice Writers host a Power of Poetry fundraiser for Rianda House. $5 donation includes 5 drawing tickets, light refreshments and poetry readings by Solstice Writers.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 16,
LOCATION: Rianda House, 1475 Main St., St. Helena
FFI: Email or call
2019 PUBLIC FORUM AND POVERTY CONVERSATION
SPONSOR: Community Action of Napa Valley
The Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV) Board will hold an interactive public forum on Wednesday, May 22. You're invited to share your thoughts and experiences about needs, resources, and solutions related to poverty in the community, as well as your direct experiences with CANV programs. Your input will be combined with research on poverty in Napa County to form the basis of CANV's 2020-2021 Community Action Plan (CAP). Spanish translation will be available at the public forum. Light dinner provided starting at 5:30PM.
Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7PM
New Life Tabernacle, 2625 First Street
SPONSOR: Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists,
Napa Friends Meeting
This peace vigil has been ongoing since 2004, bearing witness to the misuse of our nation's military in wars of aggression and economic imperialism. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, a chair if you like, and a peaceful heart! Signs and banners will be provided, but feel free to bring one of your own.
Sunday, May 26, 2-4PM
Corners of Third and Soscol, Napa
NAPA TALKS TRASH
SPONSOR: Napa RCD
Where does the Saran-wrap go? Do I leave my bottle cap lids on the bottle or off? What exactly is "zero waste"? And what is up with China?!? Great questions. We're here to answer. Join us for a trashy evening at the Napa Library! Local recycling experts will touch on proper sorting techniques, waste minimization efforts, and the current state of some of the world's trashiest problems. The RCD Is pleased to be partnering with: H2O Superhero (Napa Library), Napa Recycling and Waste Services, and the City of Napa.
Wednesday, May 29, 7-8PM
Napa Library - 580 Coombs Street
BAY-FRIENDLY GARDEN TOUR
SPONSORS: City of Napa, Town of Yountville,
Napa County RCD, UC Master Gardeners
Napa County's 8th Bay-Friendly Garden Tour features eleven beautiful local gardens that provide inspiration for creating your own resource-efficient landscape. Eight Napa locations plus three in Yountville will showcase natural techniques that reduce waste and pollution while incorporating eye-catching water-wise plants, pollinator habitat, vibrant lawn-free entertaining spaces, recycled art, edible gardens, and more. Mini-workshops will be held at select sites on topics such as composting, smart irrigation, and planting for pollinators and wildlife. Purchase the $5 Tour Guide Brochure online by noon on May 28, or in person at the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD), 1303 Jefferson Street, Suite 500B, Napa from May 15 to May 31. On Tour Day, June 2, the brochure may be purchased in Napa at St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery, 816 Vallejo Street, or in Yountville at Veterans Park Plaza, 6465 Washington Street. Brochure includes garden locations and descriptions.
Sunday, June 1, 10AM-4PM
Napa and Yountville