APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER    
Thrive Napa Valley encourages leadership through awareness, education, and outreach. We empower our community to connect and engage through inspired action to promote environmental sustainability, social equity and compassion. To learn more about these types of happenings in the Napa Valley and beyond, click on the links below.
THRIVING: a state of being characterized by balance, belonging, and harmonious relationships with other people and with Nature
COMPASSION: a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Definition from Merriam-Webster Incorporated
We are suspending
Napa Valley Green Drinks
for a period of time . . .
Check back soon - we'll be updating the website with more details!
Napa Valley CanDo brings together people from all over the Napa Valley who want to help our communities thrive through volunteerism and community action. Check out their CanDo Spotlight where events & volunteer opportunities from other groups around the valley are listed. Read the latest issue of the CanDo Connection
APRIL IS BLUE RIBBON MONTH
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

Cope Family Center along with The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Napa County will host several events throughout the month of April to bring awareness to the Napa community. In early April we will be hosting Dr. Bonny Forrest with a presentation on "What Are Our Kids Worth?" at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
5:00-5:45pm - Wine Reception
6:00-7:00pm - Forum, followed by Q&A
We say "Kids are our future" and "We need to do more," but a significant percentage of our children live in homes with violence, go to bed hungry or struggle in school due to mental health issues. Childhood adversity has lifelong implications for a person's future health, academic and career success, which costs society billions of dollars each year!

A leader in the field of child development, Dr. Bonny Forrest has been an advocate for children over twenty years. A practicing attorney and a child psychologist, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings. Dr. Forrest will lead us in a conversation about why our kids are worth investing in TODAY! Countering childhood adversity pays dividends for the larger community and improves the trajectory of kids' lives.
 
To attend this FREE event, RSVP here
OAK TREE VOLUNTEER DAY!
APRIL 9th at 9:30am-12noon
Alston Park in Napa

In September 2015, we planted hundreds of acorns throughout Alston Park, and now they are starting to germinate!

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help us care for newly planted oak trees. Help us fight off the weeds and monitor growth. We will provide tools and gloves. 18&under must have a guardian sign their waiver. 12&under must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Visit NapaRCD.org for more information or contact Eric@NapaRCD.org or 707-252-4189 ext. 111
Are You Ready for a
LIFE CHANGING
EXPERIENCE?
The Cost of Poverty Experience is a glimpse into the lives of those living below the poverty line in our community. It is a glimpse into the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made and the consequences that impact these families every day.
Napa Circles Initiative has extensive experience working with local organizations and government agencies to address poverty. On April 13 and again on May 18 Napa Circles will be hosting Cost of Poverty Experiences (COPE). These are hands on poverty simulations which allows participants to role play through various scenarios based on real life experiences.

"I have been through hundreds of meetings this year, this is one I will never forget."

WHEN: APRIL 13th at 8:30am-11:30am or MAY 18th at 1:30pm-4:30pm
WHERE: United Methodist Church at 625 Randolph Street, Napa

TO REGISTER: Contact Shelly Todd at (707) 253-4078 or via
email
Contact Vickie Ruise at (707) 253-4163 or via email
Compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as working with others- Pema Chodron



"Earth Day
is the largest,
most recognizable face of the environmental movement."

 
Kathleen Rogers, President
Earth Day Network
EARTH DAY: APRIL 22, 2016
"Millions of people in dozens of different countries will become lifelong environmentalists this and every Earth Day. Hundreds of thousands will be children - our planet's future. They will join more than 1 billion people who already use Earth Day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize and reduce global green house gas emissions, fight climate change, act locally, become climate voters, and protect their children's future," said Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network.

This year, Earth Day Network is focusing on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide. Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide. But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day's 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide - one for every person on Earth! That's incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.

Across the world, millions of schoolchildren and their teachers will take part in education, civic and outdoor programs that will teach them about the importance of clean air and water, how to begin a lifelong practice of civic participation, and experience the wonders of nature. In most every country on Earth, citizens will be making demands of their governments to take action to address the climate crisis, starting with the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement on April 22nd, Earth Day.

This is Earth Day's legacy - the largest and most active citizen engagement campaign on Earth. To learn more about Earth Day 2016, Trees for the Earth, and how you can get involved, visit the Earth Day website. Or sign the petition.
EARTH DAY
APRIL 23, 2016
11:00am - 4:00pm at Oxbow Commons in Downtown Napa
presented by
Exhibits, Live Entertainment, Activities for All Ages,
Food, Wine & Beer
A Water Bar will be on-site:
BYOBottle (No bottled water for sale)

With significant contribution from: Latitude 38 Entertainment
Sustaining Sponsors: Napa Valley Vintners and Healthy Buildings Management
All proceeds benefit EECNC's Field Trip Bus Grant Program and the Darcy Aston Scholarship

The success of Napa's Earth Day Festival relies on the energy and hands-on support of our friends and fellow eco-citizens. Please help us make Earth Day a success by becoming a volunteer!
Contact Taylor Radek, EECNC's Earth Day Coordinator,
with questions related to the event and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
FESTIVAL & FUNDRAISER at CONNOLLY RANCH
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
at 5:00PM-10:00pm
Earth Night is the Earth Day after party you won't want to miss! Come support outdoor environmental education while experiencing a rare opportunity to soak in the late afternoon sunshine and play under the stars at Connolly Ranch.

Here's some of the excitement you'll discover at Earth Night: Live bands on a state-of-the-art sound system, an eco-bazaar, raffle, dance, aerial and fire spinning performances, silent disco, free yoga and movement classes, recycled art and nature craft activities, happy hour, food trucks, delicious local wine, farm tours, moonlit nature hikes, telescope for stargazing, onsite childcare and more will make it an event to remember!

We're collecting materials for recycled art projects that guests will help create. Please save egg cartons, paper rolls and strawberry baskets and bring them to Connolly Ranch (3141 Brown Valley Road, Napa) by April 21st! And thanks for being eco-friendly!
 
Become a sponsor and your business will be showcased!
This unique spring farmfest will help us continue our mission of connecting people to nature with an evening of fun for all ages. For fun updates and photos, RSVP on our Facebook event page.
On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.

Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. See the list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future. Goals 1-4 are listed here. Click on the numbered icons below for more information. Additional Goals will be included in the next Thrive Napa Valley Newsletter.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1. End poverty in all it's forms everywhere.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and support sustainable agriculture.
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Healthy Ecology is the Basis for a Healthy Economy. - Claudine Schneider
The First Europe-wide Study Into Green Intelligence

The Green IQ study shows how important environmental aspects are to people in different countries – and whether they implement them in their everyday lives. This survey involved asking around 13,500 people from 13 different countries about various topics, including consumer behaviour, mobility and energy consumption – with some very interesting results.
With liquid laundry packets gaining in popularity, now used by 20% of U.S. households, parents need to be aware of this emerging risk for children. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 700 children 5 and under experienced serious effects as a result of liquid laundry packets, with the impact greatest among 1 and 2 year olds.
 
Safe Kids Worldwide, and Tide and Gain, have teamed up to teach parents about keeping kids safe around liquid laundry packets. "Young children are explorers, and as they develop, often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "With the increasing popularity of liquid laundry packets, it's especially important to make parents aware of the importance of keeping them out of the reach and hands of children." 

These packets are a concentrated, single-dose product designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid inside.

If children get into the laundry packets, the health risk can be significant - children can experience loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, excessive vomiting, severe eye burns, and temporary vision loss.

Fortunately, the solution to protect children in the home against poisoning is simple. To prevent poisoning, Safe Kids, Tide and Gain, offer these . . .
 
SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE:
   - Keep liquid laundry packets out of children's reach and sight.
   - Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
   - If a child gets into them, call the POISON HELP number immediately, 1-800-222-1222.
 
DOWNLOAD THE LAUNDRY PACKET TIP CARD and help keep kids safe. 
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

H - Honor Honeybees, Homemade, Hybrid, Humanity, Hand-Me-Down, Humankind, Habitat.

I - Imagine Interdependence, Improve Your Quality of Life, Insulate, International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Purchase this beautiful 24" x 36" poster and start living the green life. Sassy and fun images and words by Donna Tarbania, Karen Kerney (illustrations and design), Dik Cool and many friends. SCW © 2010
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2016 NEWSLETTER
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