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Napa City Update April 2016

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Earth Day Celebration in Oxbow Commons April 23

Before it ever carries floodwaters, Downtown Napa’s Oxbow Commons will get a chance to fulfill its other important role — recreation area. The new park will host its first large public event on Saturday, April 23, as Napa’s annual Earth Day Celebration returns, bigger than ever. Presented by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC), this year’s festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features dozens of exhibitor booths displaying environmental products, services, games and giveaways.

Earth Day 2016 is a fun, educational event for the entire family, offering information on a host of important topics — alternative energy, local agriculture, watershed health, pollution prevention, recycling and more. Expanded children’s activities and a special electric vehicle exhibit are just a few of the enhancements afforded by the new festival site.

Festival attendees will also be entertained by a lineup of local and regional talent. Folk, roots, blues and indie rock music, booked by BottleRock Napa Valley, will be interspersed with expressive dance performances. The day will culminate with a set by San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes at 3 p.m.

Earth Day 2016 is free but attendees are encouraged to purchase the tasty food, wine and beer offered by local vendors. Event beverage sales fund field trip bus grants offered by EECNC. These grants enable local students to visit sites such as Connolly Ranch, Bothe State Park, and the Napa River Ecological Reserve where they can gain appreciation for our local environment. Beverage sales proceeds also support the Darcy Aston Environmental Advocacy Scholarship, awarded by EECNC to a local student pursuing a career in the sciences.

One beverage that will not be available for sale is bottled water. Attendees are encouraged to fill up their own reusable bottle or grab a souvenir bottle at the “Water Bar” filling station. Earth Day 2016 also strives to minimize transportation impacts, so take the VINE, walk, or ride your bike if possible. The Napa County Bicycle Coalition will even provide free valet bike parking.

Napa’s annual Earth Day Celebration would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Special thanks go out to Sustaining Sponsors – BottleRock (Latitude 38 Entertainment), Healthy Buildings, and Napa Valley Vintners’ Napa Green Certified Winery and Certified Land programs. For a complete list of sponsors, exhibitors, vendors and entertainment, please visit the festival website at

For those who want to start their Earth Day early, volunteers can join the 11th annual Spring Clean with the Napa County Resource Conservation District from 8 to 10 a.m. to clean up the Napa River, downtown streets and beyond. Visit for details on how to participate.

The fun doesn’t stop when the Earth Day Celebration ends at Oxbow Commons either. Save some energy for the after-party. Earth Night at Connolly Ranch runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and features music, dance, food and wine, recycled art, moonlit hikes, stargazing, and even aerial and fire spinning performances. Visit for information and to purchase tickets for that event.

New online application available for Boards and Commissions

Want to make a difference in your community? Do you have expertise you could share? Now you can view the function of the city’s boards and commissions, the requirements for membership, and apply online. The city of Napa recruits throughout the year for interested residents to serve on a variety of boards and commissions that examine issues of community concern. Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council and city departments examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Napa. Board and commission members are appointed by the City Council. Terms vary but are typically either two or three years. Most board members must be city residents and registered voters. For information visit the city of Napa website at and choose “Boards, Commissions & Committees” on the Quick Links bar.

2015 Drinking Water Quality Report Issued

The city of Napa’s latest Drinking Water Quality Report has been posted in the Water Quality section of its website, A message printed on April and May water bills will alert customers of the report’s availability and the direct Web address for electronic access of the document:

If you have any questions about the report, please contact Robert Janowski, Water Treatment Manager, at 707-253-0822.

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