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
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The true essense of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education and knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one's existence, to have a good heart. - Tenzin Gyatso
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
Sunday, July 3 at 8:00pm
Lyman Park - Main Street, Saint Helena

The annual summer concert by the Saint Helena Community Band in St. Helena. The program will be a blend of vocal standards by noted Napa Valley soloist Cynthia Ermshar with movie music and medleys from the Beach Boys and the Eagles. And what would a band concert be without a Sousa march and you won't be disappointed. There will be snacks from a taco truck, free A&W root beer floats, a raffle for some valuable prizes, and an opportunity to donate to show your appreciation for the band. Such a deal!
Are you ready to get caught in a Tornado? Want to feel topsy-turvy with Vertigo? Or drop out of the sky on the Drop Zone? Or do you prefer a quieter, more elegant County Fair experience? We’ve got something for everyone at this year’s Napa County Fair & Fireworks in Calistoga on Monday, July 4th.
Visit us at www.NapaCountyFair.org for the most up-to-date schedule and information, and to purchase your tickets in advance.

Admission fees for the Napa County Fair & Fireworks on July 4th are $20 general (ages 13 & over), $15 youth (ages 6-12 years), and free for children under age 5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids 12 & under can earn a $5 discount when they check-out five books from their local library, read and return. A limited number of Premium Access tickets are available for $30 online or at the Fair Office. Admission to the Gala a’Fair on Saturday, July 2nd is $35.

Buy online at www.NapaCountyFair.org. Buy in person at the following Calistoga locations: Bank of the West, WestAmerica Bank, Corona Market, Puerto Vallarta Market, and the Fair Office at 1435 N Oak Street. Buy in person at Azteca Market in St. Helena.
THE BEST GOOD TIMES ARE BACK! The sweet spot of the summer is back - the California State Fair, July 8-24. From farm-fresh to deep fried, it's the best feast of the summer. Sample the best brews and savor the best wines in California. Enjoy sports, festival, shows and a variety of other special events. Skip the lines, purchase your tickets online.
Free Family Fun Day: Save Water, Save California 
Saturday July 9, 2016 (2pm-4pm) 
Napa Valley Museum - 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville
Free admission 

Save Water, Save California:
Napa Valley Museum invites families to learn about the historic California drought! Even kids can make a difference by helping reduce water consumption. Children of all ages will learn about different home appliances and think about how much water they use. Learn about the water cycle and seasons. Take home resources for teaching children and young adults about our state’s water. We will also invite you to take a walk to the creek to see how it is doing during the summer season!

Napa Valley Museum’s Free Family Fun Days are a fantastic way to share great family moments and have a little fun, too! The second Saturday of every month the Museum offers free admission all day and an engaging activity at 2pm. The event gives children an opportunity to have fun while also having an exceptional learning experience. Sponsored in part by Community Projects.
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The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. Every human on earth is part of the solution.

You can start by telling everyone about the 17 Goals To Transform The World. See the list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future. Goals 13-16 are listed here. Click on the numbered icons below for more information. Goal #17 will appear in the next Thrive Napa Valley Newsletter.

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss. 
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
Local resource specialists help landowners meet rigorous environmental standards

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and Napa Resource Conservation District (RCD) announced in June that they have partnered to offer LandSmart® Level II conservation planning as an additional avenue for local vintners and growers to obtain Napa Green Land certification. 

LandSmart® is a regional program of RCDs in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties that helps landowners to meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams. The Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs are rigorous, third-party certified, environmental programs for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. Certification of the entire parcel of land and facilities makes Napa Green one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations for the wine industry. The linking of LandSmart®  and Napa Green is a natural progression that will better serve the agricultural industry in Napa County.

“We’re excited to deepen our partnership with the NVV and all the Napa Green partners in our work with land managers interested in going above and beyond to comprehensively manage the natural resources of their land,” says Leigh Sharp, executive director of the Napa RCD and a partner in developing LandSmart®.

To date, more than 40,000 acres of vineyard and other agricultural land has already been certified Napa Green, including more than 40 percent of Napa County’s total vineyard acreage. Until now, Fish Friendly Farming, run by the California Land Stewardship Institute, was the sole path to Napa Green Land certification. The inclusion of LandSmart® is intended to provide landowners with an additional certification option, with the goal of increasing the overall Napa Green acreage in Napa County and helping landowners become certified more quickly.

“The more Napa County land that can become Napa Green Certified, the better for the health and wellbeing of our entire community,” commented Julie Johnson, chair of the NVV’s Napa Green Advisory Group and winemaker and owner of Tres Sabores winery in Rutherford. “We’re thrilled to have formed this partnership with the RCD creating an additional resource for vintners and growers who are eager to demonstrate their stewardship and commitment to our beautiful valley.”

In 2015, NVV established the goal that all of its eligible members will be part of either or both of the Napa Green programs by the year 2020. The Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs represent a soil-to-bottle approach to environmental stewardship and winemaking, integrating holistic management practices at every step of the grape growing and winemaking processes.

The Napa Green Certified Land program addresses the environmental management of not just vineyards, but entire properties, contributing to the preservation of the Napa River watershed. With this new partnership, land owners can now work with LandSmart® representatives to create customized, whole farm conservation plans. Assessments include a review of general vineyard practices, roads, waterways, open space and water management.

To obtain certification, landowners must implement measures designed to retain soils and prevent erosion, identify and reduce harmful inputs and runoff, conserve water resources and restore wildlife habitat to protect and enhance biodiversity. The program is third-party certified, ensuring that land owners meet and exceed local, state, and federal environmental regulations.

A LandSmart® farm plan workshop for Napa County vineyard properties is scheduled for July 12. Register at naparcd.org and view the planning template in advance at landsmart.org/vineyard

Napa County vineyard owners interested in learning more about Napa Green certification can contact Michelle Novi at the NVV at 707.963.3388.

About Napa Green
Napa Green is a comprehensive environmental certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. The program represents a soil-to-bottle approach to environmental stewardship and winemaking, integrating holistic management practices at every step of the process. Independent, third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations the wine industry offers. Learn more at napagreen.org.

About the Napa Resource Conservation District 
Resource Conservation Districts are one of California’s earliest grassroots organizations that identify conservation needs and support local land managers in implementing solutions on a voluntary basis. Since 1945 the Napa RCD has fostered local natural resource stewardship through community involvement, education, technical expertise and scientific research. Our work enhances local ecosystems while supporting agriculture, urban areas, and wild spaces. Learn more at naparcd.org.  

About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com

All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever happens to the earth happens to the children of the earth.- Chief Seattle
On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" from May 27 through September 5. Made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation. Admission to the Zoo and this exhibit is free.

Made possible with the support of Friends of the National Zoo, visitors are invited to get up close to view the sculptures, which range from a 12-foot-long shark and a 16-foot-long parrot fish to an 8-foot-wide octopus and a 20-goot-long coral reef. Seventeen sculptures of marine life will be installed along the Zoo's Olmsted Walk, in the Visitor's Center and at the Amazonia exhibit. Visitors can see marine animals affected by waste - including sea lions, brown pelicans and corals - on view at the Zoo's American Trail and Amazonia Science Gallery, respectively.

"We're excited to bring conservation science and art together to connect our visitors to the impact of trash on ocean health," said Dennis Kelly, Zoo director. "The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to saving marine species and is a pioneer in coral-reef research and conservation. While intricate and captivating, these sculptures are a powerful reminder of our personal role and responsibility in preserving global biodiversity on land and in the sea."
Photo Collage "Tentacles, Everywhere" from WashedAshore.org
Carry a water bottle with you.
Buy a reusable bottle that fits your lifestyle (and your purse) and skip buying a new one at every lunchtime stop. Need a reason? Americans use 3.3 million plastic bottles every hour but recycle only one in five.
Choose the right appliance for the job.
Electric kettles use less energy than stovetop ones. A toaster oven uses up to half the energy of a conventional electric oven. An electric slow cooker makes soups and stews using less wattage than a stove. It truly pays to pick the right appliance.
Buy a package of recycled napkins. 
If every American household purchased one package of 100 percent recycled napkins, we would save 1 million trees. While you’re at it, buy recycled paper towels and tissues, too. Seventh Generation and Whole Foods’ 365 label use nearly all post-consumer recycled paper.

The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also: 
  • Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat
  • Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks
  • Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body
Opening Day - Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovative Independent Video Games 
July 15, 2016 (11am-4pm)
NAPA VALLEY MUSEUM located at 55 Presidents Circle - Yountville
Free for Members 
$7 for Non Members 
$3.50 for Seniors 
$2.50 for Youth under 17
Fall Down the Rabbit Hole and into the world of independent video games during our July 15 daylong opening celebration! Ten fully playable gaming stations will feature both well known and fringe indie games including "Braid", "Lumino City", "Antichamber", and "Passage". 

Learn about the innovative approaches indie developers take to crafting games that upend traditional game mechanics and challenge the limits of what games are. Experience empathy in "That Dragon, Cancer" and "Coming Out Simulator", and explore the worlds of "Mountain" and "Hohokum" without worrying about fighting off enemies. Also included in the exhibition are student-developed learning stations where visitors will learn about 3D modeling, the importance of music in video games, and game mechanics. 

Join us on July 15 from 11am-4pm for the opening celebration of Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovative Independent Video Games with refreshments and a day full of exploration!
Sunday, July 17 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)
Veterans Memorial Park
Washington St. in Yountville

New this summer is a featured food truck at each event. Bring your blankets, chairs, favorite drinks and favorite people to enjoy a beautiful evening in Yountville. The featured food truck will be available at each event with a special menu available for purchase. Come for the music, stay for the food! 

Performance By: Self Proclaimed Heroes 
Featured Food Truck: Cousins Main Lobster Truck
Although our genes influence about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances (like income and environment) affect only about 10%.
As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make. So the good news is the our actions really can make a difference.
Kitten Therapy: The Prescription for Stress
The Secret Remedy That Cures Stress  They say laughter is the best medicine and that being playful is a great antidote to stress. But when you’re in the grip of tension, and everything is falling apart, it sure is difficult to find something to laugh at. We’re all desperately trying to relax, yet the strain of modern life seems to keep on rolling in like a tsunami,  leaving in its wake a world of anxious, strung out individuals who take themselves way too seriously.

Could the purring of a happy kitten relieve this? This group of creatives believe it can. They came up with the perfect de-stress solution, and offered stressed out city dwellers a quirky opportunity to relax.

Watch how the strangers entered a glass therapy box and enjoyed an unusual and hugely effective journey that washed all their stresses away.
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

N - Notice Native Species, Non-Toxic Products, Natural Gas, NGOs

O - Opt for Organic, Observe Wildlife, Organically Grown, Ozone Layer, Off-Setting
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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