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
"I developed this quilt as a not-so-gentle reminder for all of us!"
~ Jenifer Dick

On January 19-22, 2017, Jenifer Dick, author of four quilt books, will be teaching at the Road to California (Ontario, CA) Quilter's Conference & Showcase. "I'm most excited about this quilt. I developed this quilt as a not-so-gentle reminder for all of us." You can pick your own 6-letter word or phrase to express something you'd like to immortalize on your own quilt. 

Jenifer Dick began quilting in 1993. In 2001, she discovered appliqué and has been speaking about it and teaching ever since. She has authored four books and her work has been published in various books and magazines.
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
Napa Humane's Walk for Animals 2016!
Save Lives With Every Step!
Sunday, August 7, 2016
7:30 a.m. to 12 noon 

(Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. - Walk start is 8:30 a.m.)
Oxbow Commons, Downtown Napa

Ready. Set. Walk!
1.  Register to walk as an individual or as part of a team . . . get a t-shirt and an awesome goodie bag!
2.  Raise funds for the animals . . . earn prizes and recognition for your efforts!
3.  Have a blast at the Walk for Animals! . . . with music, contests, give-aways, and fun for all!
 100% of proceeds benefit Napa Valley’s pets and their people.

Join us for Walk for Animals 2016 – a fun Napa Humane event and leisurely walk through Downtown Napa (with or without a pooch!) in support of pets throughout the Napa Valley. 

This short walk goes miles and miles for animals! This year's Walk will begin in Oxbow Commons and take the Walkers on a tour of Napa's Riverfront. 
Beginning and ending at Oxbow Commons on McKinstry Street, registered walkers will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and enjoy music, contests, pet-centric activities, photo opportunities and more as we come together to walk to raise funds for Napa Humane – serving Napa Valley pets and their people. 

Enjoy the morning stroll with a four-legged or two-legged friends or gather together a team of friends, family, or co-workers to raise funds and fun! 

Here's how to get started:
Don't Wait In Line! Buy Tickets Online and SAVE!
For 84 year artists, craftspeople, farmers and youth have entered competitions at the Annual Napa Town & Country Fair. In 2016, the spirit of competition is alive and strong in Napa County.

Come Celebrate Red, White & Ewe!
AUGUST 10th through 14th
Learn Something New!

After almost 2-years of research, development and design the Old Faithful Geology Museum is completed. This is a great opportunity to expand your visit at Old Faithful Geyser and it is free-with-admission.

With an abundance of information to learn about not only Old Faithful Geyser, but also several other aspects of the earth we stand on, how geysers work, volcanoes, earthquakes, the history of the region, American settlers and the gold rush, the Spanish explorers and their contributions to the land and much, much more – making your visit a unique and educational experience.

And we can’t forget about the lady who was most passionate about Old Faithful Geyser and longtime owner – Olga Kolbek (1914 – 2008)! This amazing lady was a teacher, historian, businesswoman and entrepreneur who dedicated her life to learning and educating people during her 35 years as owner.

Open 365 days a year (8:30am-7:00pm), plan your visit with details here on hours and admissionExperience Nature's Spectacular Performance, the Old Faithful Goat Farm, Picnic & Bocce. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner, bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy! 

1299 Tubbs Lane - Calistoga - (707) 942-6463 - 

It's easy to find reason for division between people. Finding common ground is harder, but a step towards happiness. - Unknown
On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit - officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.

The final Goal #17 is listed here. Click on the icons below for more information on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
90% Rate Reduction for September 2016 Announced
Typical electric customers will pay slightly less than PG&E
for MCE's 50% renewable energy service

On June 16, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 9%, effective September 1. This means the cost of MCE Light Green 50% service will be slightly less than the cost of PG&E’s 30% renewable energy service for typical homes and businesses. “We’re excited to pass along this rate decrease to our community, because we’re committed to stable and competitive rates for residential and business customers while we redefine the energy landscape with renewable choices” said MCE CEO, Dawn Weisz.

MCE’s Light Green 50% renewable energy is MCE’s standard service and the default for customers in the counties of Marin and Napa, as well as the cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito, and San Pablo. Customers who choose Light Green currently have half of their energy needs met with clean renewable resources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and small hydroelectricity. According to the most recently verified 2015 California Energy Commission power content labels, MCE’s Light Green service was 63% carbon-free, compared to PG&E’s 59% carbon-free, 30% renewable energy service.

For customers interested in using even cleaner energy, MCE offers a second option: Deep Green 100% renewable energy. The Deep Green choice, available for any electricity user in MCE’s service area, guarantees purchase of 100% non-polluting, Green-e Energy certified wind and solar power. Deep Green is 1 cent more per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is about $5 more per month for the typical home. MCE promotes Deep Green businesses, also known as Deep Green Champions, with print, web and email marketing efforts. Half of the revenue generated from Deep Green goes toward building local solar projects in MCE’s service areas, like the 10.5 megawatt MCE Solar One project in Richmond. We invite you to enroll online or call 1-888-632-3674.

MCE is committed to stable rates and, in its six years of operations, has never changed rates more than once a year. Those rates are developed, discussed, evaluated and approved by MCE’s Board of Directors at public meetings that encourage participation and prioritize transparency. MCE does not use taxpayer dollars, but instead reinvests in communities by providing low and stable rates, and by fostering local renewable development projects and expanding energy efficiency programs. MCE has allocated $80,000 for solar rebates, offered payment of $1,028,452 to solar customers for generating more solar than they used in 2015, saved more than 7,765,057 gallons of water through energy efficiency programs, and reduced 122,102 metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing 13,365 cars from roads for one year. And, in California, MCE renewable energy projects have created 2,400 jobs. MCE currently provides service to more than 170,500 customers in Marin and Napa Counties and the cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito and San Pablo. Approximately 94,000 customers in the cities of American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena, Yountville, Lafayette and Walnut Creek are scheduled to start Light Green service with MCE this September.

Erosion and human activities challenge beach ecosystems, say researchers. A new article explains how damage to the coastline can be restored. 
Taking care of beaches benefits more than summer play. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) July 15th Soils Matter blog post explains how damage to the coastline - by natural or human-made events - can be corrected.

"Beach ecosystems respond to negative forces in many ways," says Mary Tiedeman, soil scientist. "Human development and severe storms often result in erosion and habitat loss. Various types of pollution include water acidification, water temperature rise, oil spills, sewage leaks, and sedimentation. These can cause loss of plant and animal life. Even overfishing, which may only directly effect a few animal species, has the potential to disrupt the balance of an entire ecosystem."

Efforts continue to restore and protect beaches. "With all restoration projects, understanding the local soils is tremendously useful. Through research, scientists gain insights into how coastal soils function and how vulnerable they are to disturbances. Studying soils can also help scientists learn about the types of plant life that individual soils can support," Tiedeman says.
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Read the Soils Matter blog post here.



Changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, according to a new study published by public health researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The study, published June 24, 2016 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Preventing Chronic Disease, suggests a possible new health promotion approach to improving the health of millions of white-collared workers who spend most of their workdays sitting in chairs.

Titled "Opportunities for Increased Physical Activity in the Workplace: the Walking Meeting." the study also supports the American Heart Association's recommendations of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults, or about 30 minutes each workday.

"There are limited opportunities for physical activity at work. This walking meeting pilot study provides early evidence that white-collar workers find it feasible and acceptable to convert a traditional seated meeting into a walking meeting," said the study's principal investigator, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences. "Physical activity interventions such as the walking meeting protocol that encourage walking and raise levels of physical activity in the workplace are needed to counter the negative health effects of sedentary behavior."

Participants in the study, who were white-collar workers recruited from the University of Miami, wore accelerometers to measure physical activity levels during the workday over a three-week period. They also followed a "walking meeting protocol" that include guidance of reading meetings and taking notes while walking.

The average combined moderate/vigorous physical activity reported by participants increased from 107 minutes in the first week to 114 minutes in the second week and to 117 minutes in week three of the study.

"Walking is known to have tremendous health benefits," said lead author Hannah Kling, M.P.H., the study's project director and a graduate of UM's Department of Public Health Sciences. "Having sedentary, white-collar workers consider walking meeting feasible suggests that this intervention has the potential to positively influence the health of many individuals."

Previous studies have proven that engaging in moderate exercise, which includes brisk walking, for as little as 15-minutes per day can add up to three years of life expectancy.
Nature, by example, shows us anything worthwhile comes over time. Anything worthwhile grows methodically, building on a strong foundation. Developing a willingness to carry on despite roadblocks. - Jaren L. Davis
28th Season of 

1498 Main Street in St. Helena

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Offering Up Local Wines by the glass for sale and Yummy Napa Valley Food Trucks.

AUGUST 11th: Peter Welker Sextet, he has toured and/or recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Santana, Cold Blood, Jesse Colin Young, Buddy Miles and Dr. John He has been nominated for a Bammie (Bay Area Music Awards) in the Best Horn Player Welker’s horn section, Horns ‘R Us, has often been hired to back touring Soul/R&B acts such as the Temptations, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson. He is still kickin it up with his Sextet locally! 
Offering Up Local Wines by the glass for sale and Yummy Napa Valley Food Trucks. Food Provided by Marks The Spot, Wine Sponsored by Delectus Winery, and Dessert Sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

AUGUST 25th: Gretchen Jensen Band - Gretchen is a local St. Helena musician. Her music features Brazilian influences as well as Jazzing up the Pop and Popping up the Jazz, and includes rock & nostalgic blues. Her latest ensemble includes Michael Earls on guitar and vocals , Keith Idle on bass, and Jone Edie on drums to form a cover band that spans many genres. She is one smooth vocalist.

Warmer weather may mean it’s time to break out the grill, here are some tips and ideas for a healthier grilling cookout:

  • Go fish! Fish, especially oily fish like tuna and salmon have great nutritional benefits including omega-3 fatty acids. Rub a fillet with lemon juice and parsley or rosemary for enhanced flavor.
  • Make a better burger: if you’re grilling burgers, be sure to buy lean or extra lean beef, drain off the excess fat after cooking and avoid making huge patties – remember that a serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards (3 oz). Add finely chopped green pepper to your beef to get in some veggies.
  • Baked fries: Slice white or sweet potatoes into sticks, lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray, pepper and paprika and bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Veggie kabobs: load up skewers with mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash or other veggies. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray and grill until slightly blackened.
  • Try grilled corn on the cob: leave the husks on, and grill for about 30 minutes over medium flame, rotating occasionally. Remove from grill, let cool for about 5 minutes, remove husks and enjoy!
Try some fun and refreshing summer snacks that the entire family can enjoy:
  • Fruit pops: Homemade freezer pops are an easy, fun treat for kids to make. Mash up fruit like peaches, grapes, berries or watermelon and put them in paper cups, insert a popsicle stick, freeze overnight and enjoy!
  • Cool and crisp: keep a variety of colorful veggies on hand that stay cool and crunchy for a refreshing treat - baby carrots, cucumber slices, and celery sticks are just a few ideas.
  • Fruit Smoothies: blend your favorite fresh fruits with fat-free or low-fat yogurt and ice for a refreshing drink or freeze and eat with a spoon like a frozen ice chill.
  • Mix it up: make your own trail mix using your favorite unsalted or lightly salted nuts, seeds and unsweetened dried fruits (just be sure to keep your servings to 1.5 ounces or 1/3 cup).
  • Just slice and serve: summer months are peak season for most fruits, just slice and serve - the whole family will enjoy the refreshing natural sweetness and juices just the way nature made 'em!
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

P - Plant Trees, Plant a Garden, Preserving Nature, Pick Plastics Carefully, Pesticide-free, Protected Species, Passive Design, Power-down Computers, Phantom Load, Post-Consumer Recycled Content

Q - Question Consumption
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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