River Concert for Friends at CIA Copia
Saturday Evening – October 8th, 2016
It was a beautiful evening for Friends of the Napa River’s intimate fundraiser and concert at the newly renovated CIA Copia. The Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Kellie Fuller and Quartet filled the warm air with lovely music for an amphitheater full
of guests. The setting could not have been more lovely, with the setting sun, and then the moonlight sparkling on the Napa River behind the stage. Thank you to the Culinary Institute of America for graciously hosting us, thank you sponsors, and thanks to all of the Napa River Community.
The River needs Friends! Join us! Volunteer, donate; share your ideas, photos, questions!
A warm thank you to the many businesses and artists who donated fun items to our auction and raffle, and to our major Sponsors:
Thursday, October 13 from 5-8, come down to the Oxbow Public Market for dinner at Hog Island Oyster: 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Napa River! What a delicious way to support your Napa River! Guest shucker for the evening is aclaimed author Rowen Jacobsen. Join us!
FONR’s Moira Johnston Block “The Book: from Creation to Curation” at the Napa Library: Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm
Founding FONR President and award winning author Moira Johnston Block will discuss the creative process of writing powerful nonfiction at the Napa Library on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm. She will be joined by CA State Librarian Greg Lucas as they discuss: “The Book: from Creation to Curation.” View the flier here: Moira’s talk.
Check out this 2003 Napa Register article for a nice bio about Moira. Moira’s eloquence and gift for storytelling have served the Napa River well over the years. This video created by Jules and Effin Older (view “Turn Toward Your River” here on YouTube) offers a beautiful example of Moira’s voice for the river. Thank you Moira!
Thanks to grants from the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the Napa River (FONR) partnered with the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) to initiate the Napa Youth Stewardship Council (NYSC) over the 2015-16 school year. This after school service learning group connects students from different schools and provides them with information on local environmental issues, opportunities to learn about careers in the environmental sciences from local professionals, and hands-on experience planning and leading environmentally themed community service projects. The inaugural class was made up of 13 amazing students from local high schools: American Canyon, New Tech, Vintage and Napa High. The NYSC worked with community members to plant oak trees in Napa and American Canyon, hosted a community service day at the RCD demonstration vineyard, shared information environmentally friendly practices at the Napa Earth Day celebration, attended a wildlife lecture and helped clean up trash along the river.
Join us at the Napa County Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a lecture on local wildlife and habitats. June 8th at 7:00 pm: learn about Napa’s only native turtle: the Western pond turtle. Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bettelheim will share the history, threats to their survival and efforts for conservation of this fascinating species. View the flier here: wild napa – turtles4
This lecture series is offered to the community for free (though donations are welcome) so we can all learn more about our local wildlife and ecosystems. Wild Napa is brought to you by Napa County RCD, Friends of the Napa River, Napa County Library, Napa Green, WICC Napa County and the Carolyn Parr Nature Museum.