An undeveloped 144-acre area near Foster Road will remain zoned for future housing in the city of Napa’s draft general plan despite calls to transition it into a greenbelt, the Napa City Council unanimously decided Tuesday.
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The city’s Planning Commission previously recommended that the council proceed with changing the zoning designation of the area — located near Foster Road and Golden Gate Drive, West of Highway 29 — to a greenbelt at a Sept. 1 meeting, which would have limited housing to one unit per 20 acres.
But the councilmembers Tuesday said that with Napa’s great need for housing, it would be a mistake to remove the possibility of developing the area primarily for that purpose.
“When it comes to housing, we know we need housing now; we know we’re going to need housing in the future, and we need to be looking at every possible option,” councilmember Mary Luros said.
The area has been identified as a spot for future housing, in some form, for over 45 years, but no actual development plans are attached to it.
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The councilmembers noted that any future development in the area does need to go through a thorough process and pointed to nine general plan policies that would be applied to any potential Foster Road development. The policies include a requirement to develop a specific city plan for the area and to ensure the development is reflective of the area’s environmental constraints, among much else.
Luros said she’d noted the many concerns expressed by members of the public — including the potential environmental constraints of developing in the area — but said it was important to keep the area open for possible development, even if it can’t ultimately happen.
“If we go down that path, and we cannot mitigate those issues, then we don’t put housing there,” Luros said. “But to say we’re not even going to consider it down the road is unacceptable; I think it’s unfair to the community.”
Councilmember Liz Alessio and mayor Scott Sedgley said they sympathized with community members who didn’t want to see the area change. But, they argued, the need for housing is dire.
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Alessio noted that Napa’s economy is dependent on workers who commute to the city for hours each day because they can’t afford to live in the city.
“We don’t have enough housing,” Alessio said. “We’re in this bind because, for a long time, as we know as local Napans, we were a no growth community. We did not want things to change. That held up for a long time and we now need to let go of that.”
Decision on Linda Vista extension delayed
The City Council, with councilmember Beth Painter absent, was split 2-2 on whether to remove the long-controversial Linda Vista Avenue extension project — which would extend Linda Vista Avenue on a bridge over the Napa Creek — from the general plan, as recommended by the Planning Commission on Sept. 1.
Painter, in a letter to the council, noted that she was in favor of removing the bridge from the plan entirely. But in her absence, the council decided to have city staff come back with a menu of possible choices at the Oct. 18 meeting, when final adoption of the General Plan is scheduled.
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Those choices will include dropping the bridge from the plan, among alternative options to keep the extension in the general plan, community development director Vin Smith said at the meeting.
Luros and Alessio said they didn’t support keeping the extension in the General Plan, given that it’s been denied multiple times by past City Councils after community outcry. Luros said she wasn’t necessarily opposed to a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, but she was concerned about approving something that would end up being a dead item in the general plan.
“Nothing has been done or approved by past councils,” Alessio said. “This has instead created a lot of anxiety and stress and sleepless nights for the residents concerned about protecting the creek.”
Mayor Sedgley said he’s come to the realization that a full-blown bridge project isn’t a good idea. But, he said, a bridge project is intended to support the city’s emergency response and the city’s Browns Valley-located Fire Station Five was built with the understanding that the bridge would eventually be coming.
Currently — without the bridge — Station Five responds to roughly 9.3% of fire department calls, Sedgley noted. In comparison, Stations Two and Three respond to over 50% of the calls combined.
Councilmember Bernie Narvaez said he also felt it was important to think of ways to improve emergency response, but thought the city shouldn’t restrict itself to the bridge.
City of Napa Fire Department Chief Zach Curren said the department currently has consultants studying the extension project, but preliminary results won't be ready until mid-October. He noted that, without the bridge, the department is going to have difficulty meeting emergency travel time requirements to homes north of the Napa Creek.
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Community Projects, Inc. celebrating staff birthdays. Left to right Mina Byrne, president; Angela Lathum, Kasidee Law, Alisha Luport, Gage Somogyi and Juana Equihua.
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Napa County Farm Bureau honors Al Wagner of Foley Family Farms as 2022 Agriculturalist of the Year at Louis M. Martini winery on July 16. (L-R President Peter Nissen, Al Wagner, CEO Ryan Klobas, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry)
People gather to celebrate Marcy Pelowski’s 90th birthday. Sitting left to right: Gisele Monteverdi, Claudia Moffitt, Marcy Pelowski, Lorrie Negri and Dorothy Ryan; standing: Betty Sallows, Joanie Adan, Rosie Keebler, Kathleen Whiteaker, Dianne Prior (hat) and Cheri Calvelo.
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American Association of University Women end of year board meeting for outgoing and incoming board members and officers starting from the front row are: Kay Altizer, Toby Mitchell, Claudia Hanna, Melinda Dittman, Star Green, Juliet Spalding, Joy Barnes, Pamela Blatt, Tege Montmorency, Nancy Moore, Robyn Orsini, Peggy Burris, Elaine Cannon, Kathy Summers, Lisa Groom, Linda Feutz, Carolyn Stewart.
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Tege Montmorency, Bernice Sousa-Carden and Peggy Burris removed litter along Hardman Avenue in Napa as part of the American Association of University Women Napa Adopt-A-Road Clean Up in June.
Kids playing under the parachute at Cope Family Center's Kids Day on May 7.
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Members of Dance House Napa Valley's PEAK Company members at Bouchaine Vineyards on June 12, filming a segment for the Food Network as featured dancers. Top row: Lulu Halabi, Mia Broomfield, Eleni Vivan, Heidi Stewart, Alex Blitstein (Dance House Owner), Ava Busby and Gracie Diana. Bottom row: Ana Lazzara, Nicole Martinez, Bella Bregante, Ava Sali, Mia Peterson, Mariana Maldonado-Bon and Emily Thomas
From left to right, Honorable Phil Champlin; Maureen Trippe (Slow Down Napa co-founder), Alston Hayne and James Lyons, President 2021-2022 Rotary Club of Napa. The Rotary Club of Napa helped Slow Down Napa with funding to print the new yard sign campaign.
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Kyle Link, a scout with BSA Troop 7062 (American Canyon), places a flag on a headstone at the Veterans Home Cemetery in Yountville during the Memorial Day weekend.
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Stephanie Aven with fiancé David DesForges of Canpagne Wine Co. enjoying BottleRock 2022 festivities.
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Shearer Elementary students visit the Napa City Library.
St. John’s Lutheran School teachers (from left to right) Matt Uffmann, Kari Perna, Joy Dahl, and Diane Barbosa during Staff Appreciation Week sponsored by the school’s Association of Parents and Teachers.
Principal Ted Ward of Alta Heights Elementary School was showered with apples on National Principal Day (observed May 2, 2022). Students presented Principal Ward with notes of appreciation — and roughly 300 apples — for his dedication to the school. Staff recommended he bring homemade apple pie for the next potluck.
Office Manager Debbie Shyvers of Alta Heights Elementary School was showered with flowers for Administrative Professionals Day on April 27. Students paraded through the office presenting Mrs. Shyvers with flowers and notes of appreciation.
On April 26, the Napa Faculty Wives held the club’s final meeting at the Black Bear Diner in Napa. Carol Kirkbride, club president for 24 years, presided at the luncheon meeting.
Back row left to right: Carol Kirkbride, Laura Silva and Angela Vidauretta. Front row: Elaine Scott. Not pictured: Carol Holder
Junior Achievement comes to Ms. Moffitt’s class. Napa Sunrise Rotary presented Rotary’s Junior Achievement 5-class curriculum to Marion Moffitt’s kindergarten class at Brown’s Valley Elementary School. For about 20 years, this K-12 curriculum, which is intended to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, has been invited into Napa’s public schools. After the discussion, Iris Barrie leads the class in a hands-on activity.
Napa Master Gardners enjoying the April 9 Tomato Festival. From left are Kim Borders, Kathrine Parsons, Toni von dem Hagen and Maureen Jett.
The children and staff at Soaring Wings Napa Infant Care and Preschool had a recent visit from the Easter Bunny.
Bill Dodd, Patrick O'Dell, Elizabeth Glenn O'Dell, and Michael Mulcahey at If Given A Chance donor event at Turnbull Winery.
Napa County Farm Bureau nominated Icela Martin for the the Common Threads North Award, honoring women leaders in California agriculture.
Allison Haley, board chair, and Peg Maddocks, executive director, at If Given A Chance donor event at Turnbull Winery.
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Shearer Elementary School students Sofia, Mabel and Diego are introduced to the xylophone during their Monday music class.
2022 Community Projects, Inc. Active Board Members. Back row left to right: Cindy Brockmeyer, Social Activities Officer; Amber Vick, Specialty Groups Officer; Peggy Legg, Recording Secretary; Nancy Wildman, Corresponding Secretary; Dorothy Arata, Thrift Shop Officer. Front row left to right: Diana Gerig, Adviser; Cindy Wolfe, Vice President; Mina Byrne, President; Linda McClimans, Treasurer; and Chris Brown, Publicity Officer.
Beavers continue to make appearances in the Tulocay Creek beaver pond in Napa.
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After 48 years of service, Schramsberg’s Efren Torres, left, has announced his retirement. Torres first started working at Schramsberg when he was just seventeen, and over the years became an expert and mentor within the winery’s production team. Schramsberg staff, including vintner Hugh Davies, right, celebrated Torres’s retirement on April 8 with a celebration, and officially named the ‘Efren Torres Tunnel’ within the estate’s caves.
Molly, Margot and Maren Mori decorating Easter Bunny cakes.
Krysten Stepke led a tour of the grounds and galleries of di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art for Napa Sip & Strollers last Sunday. From left: Cham Pinnkathok, Pat Stabile, Sandi Crist, Christina Jameson, Patti Howell, Tracy TIGHEI, Lynn Yates, Sue Herrenbruck, Olivia Anthony, Julie Nelson, Krysten Stepke, Susan Davis, Charlotte Gabisch, Ann Gillevan and Cynthia Kairys.
Napa firefighters from station 1 visited shearer elementary on march 29, 2022. students heard about the tools carried on engine 2 and especially enjoyed the truck lights.
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Leslie Stanton, VP of Federated Women of Upper Napa Valley, introduces guest speaker, Laura Muscatine from Napa County Seed Library, at the March meeting of FWUNV held at Crane Park in St.Helena.
Directors and staff of the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District dedicated a bench at Moore Creek Park to founding Director Dave Finigan on Friday March 25th in honor of his many years of service to the District. The bench is placed along a well loved segment of the Shoreline Trail along Lake Hennessey and is the perfect resting spot under an oak tree overlooking the lake. Pictured are Dave Finigan and his wife Monica.
American Canyon High School recently placed second at the California Academic Decathlon. The team, which competes in Division 4, includes Arianne Adrineda, Kyla Cansino, Jesus Coria, Barerra Khurram, Gabriel Llave, Katherine Marsden, Yao Yanez and Priya Sharma. The team is coached by Alma Gonzalez.
The newly elected 2022-24 Board of Directors and members at the 109th Annual Meeting of the Napa County Farm Bureau at Regusci Winery. March 23, 2022.
Congratulations to CERT's 100th graduating class at Napa Valley College on March 20th. The graduation was followed by a BBQ celebration at the college with community leaders and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.
For over 20 years, Penny Proteau — holding box — and Linda McClimans, fourth from right, have led hikes and work parties together for Land Trust of Napa County with big smiles and inspiring dedication. On February 26, the duo celebrated their final outing together as hike leaders during a trek along Hoffnagle Loop at Dunn-Wildlake Preserve. To celebrate, well-wishers came to the morning meeting spot with the ultimate caloric kick-starter: doughnuts.
St. John’s Lutheran School’s fourth grade teacher, Justine Rollin, right, meets Jericho the Burmese Python during an assembly with Safari Adventures during the school’s annual Science Week.
Every year one of the highlights of Science Week at St. John's Lutheran School is the Egg Drop. Fourth graders team up with their Kindergarten buddies to build containers to protect their eggs from a 12 foot fall from the school roof. Jackson Bock, left, and Will Caldwell display their egg that survived the drop.
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40 St. John's Lutheran middle school choir students recently performed a 20 minute show in Disney California Adventure Park. The choir is directed by Angela D'Angelo and the choir's choreographer is Denise De Fina.
St. John's Lutheran School second graders celebrate on 2-2-22 at 2:22 p.m.
Kindergartner Abigail Hughes from West Park Elementary celebrates 100 days of school.
Kindergarten and first-graders from Mrs. Navarro’s class take a photo on the 100thanniversary of Shearer Elementary School.
Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District staff and volunteers installed a bench on Shoreline Trail Lake Hennessy. Founding Director Dave Finigan has retired and gets a bench to thank him for his dedication and tireless efforts to help everyone go outside and play.
Seventeen dogs came to the party for 17-year-old shih tzu, Bootsie at the park on Westview Drive in Napa. It was chaotic, but fun.
The Kindergarten class at St. John's Lutheran School celebrates the 100th day of school.
Mr. Monopoly met these local folks during a visit to downtown Napa. He was in town to promote a new version of the classic game: Monopoly, Napa Valley.
The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County hosted a horticultural public educational event at the Las Flores Learning Garden located at 4300 Linda Vista Ave on Jan. 29..
A student at Shearer Elementary School helps get the school garden ready for spring. An NVUSD grant helped purchase garden gloves, shovels, seeds and other items for the garden.
Justin-Siena recently challenged Vintage High School to a Cereal Drive Competition to help support the Agape Food Distribution. The challenge kicked off on MLK Day, which is a federally designated day of service.
Vanessa Conlin, second from left, receives her Master of Wine certification at the Institute of Masters of Wine in London on Dec. 1, 2021, accompanied by her husband, Robert Emery, left, and parents, Thomas and Renay Conlin. The ceremony at Vintners' Hall was postponed twice owing to COVID-19 restrictions. Vanessa is one of only 418 Masters of Wine worldwide.
Napa Navigator Scouts clean up Oxbow Commons following the Napa Lighted Festival in honor of MLK Day of Service.
Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools, and Ann Cash, a trustee of the Napa County Board of Education, accepted a Golden Bell Award on behalf of the Napa County Office of Education. The Dec. 2 awards ceremony was part of the California School Boards Association Conference in San Diego. NCOE was recognized for the Professional Learning Network program, which brings together leaders from the Napa County school districts to develop solutions to local challenges.
Napa Sunrise Rotarians and friends recently gathered to mark World Polio Day with a Pints for Polio event at Fieldwork Brewing. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Current Napa Sunrise club President Brian Doughty, center, is joined by fellow Rotarians Scott, Janet Huen, Paul Oseso, Brenda Burke, Doug Roberts, Bob Van Der Velde, Choolwe Kalulu, Jason Dominici, Denny Mosher, Katie Anderson, Brian Gross, Hugh Linn, Brad Wagenknecht, Justin Gomez and Colleen Clark.
Long Meadow Ranch and Napa Farmers Market go together like peas and carrots.
A McPherson Elementary School student proudly shows off one of the 10 free books she received from the Napa Bookmine Literary Foundation.
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Jean-Charles Boisset, Nonie Greenfield, Jamie Graff and Chris Craiker at Farmstead for Nimbus Art Floating Pumpkin Event.
The Dance House held a Food Drive and Open House on Sunday December 12th. Hundreds of families came through for ornament decorating, raffles and carnival games. The food donation which filled up over 120 shopping bags was donated to the Napa Food Project. Pictured are all of the Dance House instructors: Rylee Pippert, Erica Pecho, Amanda Fagundes, Kimberly Melgoza, Haley Leffin, Lisa Garcia, Vanessa Castro, Colette Ufholtz, Noor halabi and the owner, Alex Blitstein.
The Blue Oak School Farmers Market took place Oct. 15 on the school's outdoor campus. The outdoor campus is set to be the home of our new Middle School. Grading and demolition for the project is set to take place this winter, uniting our two campuses.
Laura Levesque Page, her daughter Jessa, and Julia Fox, with kids Asher and Ella created homemade dog treats for the Blue Oak School Farmers Market on Oct. 15.
Soroptimist International of Napa recently inducted new member, Pamela Gumns. Pictured are President-Elect, Colleen Soares; Gumns; and Membership Director, Debbie Goodman
Eagle Cycling Club combines last meeting of the year, with donating to CANV Food Bank and Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa.
St. John’s Lutheran School's Kindergarten class poses in their “Class of 2030” t-shirts (the year they will graduate from SJL). In the back row is Kindergarten Aide Catie Silva (far left), Principal Christy Wood (center), and Kindergarten teacher Ayne Ondek (far right).
Closing ceremonies of the Suscol Inter-tribal Powwow on Oct. 3, 2021 at Skyline Wilderness Park.
The Napa County Office of Education honored teacher and support staff of the year on Sept. 29. From left, Indira Lopez-Jones, CJUSD Trustee; Supervisor Ryan Gregory; Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa Co Superintendent of Schools; Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht; Teacher of the Year Matthew Gudenius; Erin Smith-Hagberg, CJUSD Superintendent; Holly Brown, SchoolsFirst Credit Union; Jesse Ramer, Napa Valley Vintners; Scarlett Ramer; Alex Pader for State Senator Bill Dodd; Laura Beltran for Assemblymember Cecilia Aguillar-Curry.
Members of the Napa High School Tennis Team helped keep trash and plastics out of our local waterway by participating in a cleanup of the Oxbow parking lots on Oct. 2 . In total, they collected over 35 pounds of trash, recycling and compost. Pictured from left are Brianna Bulman, Ari Robinson, Julia Bui, Stefania Llamas, Kaelin Paringit, coach Marie Dolcini and Beau the rescue pup.
Happy New Year from Napa Based J Silverheels Classic Rock 'N Oldies Band, celebrating 45 years in the Napa Valley. This photo captured at the Historic Native Sons Hall, Napa on New Year's Eve 2021. From left, Richie Avila, Lowell Stephenson, Smokin' Joe Geremia, and Big Kirk Brown.
Napa Valley Unified School District recently hosted members of the Chef Ann Foundation and other dignitaries at the NVUSD NOSH Central Kitchen. From left, Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Superintendent; Elena Sirignano, Hospitality Program Coordinator Napa Valley College; Bruce Wilson, Workforce Alliance of the North Bay; Mara Fleishman, CEO Chef Ann Foundation; Brandy Dreibelbis, Director of School Food Services for Chef Ann Foundation; Mike Pearson, Asst. Superintendent of Operational Services; David De La Rosa - Founder Brava Management & Chef Ann Foundation Board Member
The Napa County Office of Education celebrated the opening of the new campus for Camille Creek Community School on Dec. 14. Cutting the ribbon for the new entrance are from left Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools, Sandy Leveque, former director for NCOE's Court and Community Schools and Caroline Wilson, Director of Camille Creek and the Court and Community School program.
On Dec. 13, Damian May (left) and Camille Gentry Kaijankoski (right) of Napa Valley CanDo presented the Hilary Zunin CanDo Spirit Award to Tania Coronado-Basulto (center) from Ole Health, the winner of the award for 2021.
Hands Across the Valley raised $402,000 during its September fundraiser. Checks were presented Dec. 13. to safety-net food organizations that benefit Napa County. Pictured:
Front Row: Julia Orr (Molly’s Angels), Anya Elidi-Stubbs (Feeding It Forward), Christopher Passarelli (Hands Across the Valley Board Member), Chris Ackley (CanDo), George Altamura (Hands Across the Valley Board Founder & President), Drene Johnson (CANV – Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, & Holiday Assistance), Annmarie Baker (Cope Family Center), Wendi Moore (Abode Services), Cara Mae Wooledge (Napa Farmers Market), Ronda Simon (The Table), Shay Maiden (St Vincent de Paul |St Johns Conference) and Brian Dodd (Hands Across the Valley Board Member). Back Row: David Busby (Feeding It Forward), Darlene Valencia (CrossWalk Community Church), and Karie Nuccio (CrossWalk Community Church).
On Dec. 24, Rotary Club of Napa, family and friends rang the bells for the Salvation Army outside Trader Joe's. Pictured are, Don De Vincenzi and daughter Caroline, Marianne Lyon, Chairperson Jeff Erickson, President Jim Lyon, and Christine Matulitch. The club raised over $10,000 during the Christmas Season.
Happy Holidays from Soaring Wings Infant Care & Preschool.
The Napa High Baseball team recently spread holiday cheer by distributing Christmas wreaths at local senior homes!
Napa High athletes and parents recently spent a fun day prepping and delivering Christmas trees.
City of Napa CERT/American Canyon CERT assisted Napa's Christmas Parade. From left: Powell Helems, David Griffin, Rodney Skillings, Marie Skillings, Beth Marcus, Eugene Calhau, Michael Tadewald, Steve McDougal, Brian Lane, Mary Tabbert
The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated donated personalized pillows to the Napa Foster Kids program embroidered with each child’s name. The pillows were given to Cathy Bickford (foster care mom) to distribute to the kids. In the picture, Gaylon Kastner, Ann Schmitz, Cathy Bickford, Gloria Garibaldi, Rochelle Heskett, Sherry Drapinski, and three Humanitarian missionaries.
Celebrating Christmas at Wilfred’s Tiki Bar. Napa and Yountville friends Val Myers and Mom Jo Ann Clara Tinsley and Carol Fink pretending to be in Maui.
The first Ugly Sweater Day at the St. Helena Post Office. Postal carrier, Gordie, right, traditionally dresses up in Dickensian attire on Christmas Eve, while doing his rounds.
Visitors enjoy the Christmas activities at
The Meritage and Vista Collina Resort's.
The Ardila Costello real estate team (also known as ACT Compass) poses at Napa Valley estate Ville Mille Rose during an event the firm co-hosted with Ferrari of San Francisco.
Dr. Virginia Rue, retired NVUSD Assistant Superintendent, hosted a holiday luncheon at Celadon Restaurant for 15 friends on December 9th. From left, Jolene Whitney, Virginia Rue, Lynda Piscia.
Silverado Orchards Retirement Community Manager Janelle Nash, Kerry Baldwin and Sharon Baldwin at the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade.
Members of the Cholmondeley family — Lori, Teagin, Tanner, and Tyger along with Ed Graves get ready for Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade. The vehicle they presented was the Silverado Orchards 1967 Ford F600 fire truck.
The Meadows of Napa Valley hosted a wine harvest event on Oct. 18. Residents and staff hand-picked grapes from the community’s onsite Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, which has been a tradition at The Meadows for the last three years. Pictured from left are residents Fred Moullen and Dan Stewart, and Executive Director Wayne Panchesson.
Some of Community Projects, Inc. members celebrating with Pearl Porter on the occasion of her 103rd birthday. From left, Cheryl Haslet, Chris Brown, Pearl Porter and Jeanne Doty.
Friends, neighbors, pickers and babies gathered for the Annual Corleone Olive Oil Picking Party.
St. John's Lutheran School honored veterans at a special Veterans Day Chapel service. The school raised over $1,000 with a special chapel offering that will be donated to Operation with Love from Home.
St. John's Lutheran School eighth graders participated in a debate to argue either the positive or negative effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on our future society.
Jersey Mike’s family members prepared 65 meals that were delivered to the Napa County Winter Shelter for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Wall family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner as 91 year young Shirley Wall prepares her world famous gravy and pumpkin pie. From left: Shirley Wall, Chris Craiker, Sherry Comerford, Sophia Wall, Nonie Greenfield, Jess Wall and Bonnie Wall.
The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County held a Fall Cleanup event on Nov. 17 at the new Las Flores Learning Garden located on Linda Vista Ave. in Napa.
Santa’s little helpers made their first appearance of the holiday season. From left, Chloe DesForges, Aiden Price, Connor Price and Ila DesForges out with parents Stephanie Aven and David DesForges.
Jaxon Haggard is a big fan of our firefighters and police department in Napa.
Community Projects volunteers getting ready for "Puttin' on the Glitz". From left, Gaylon Kastner, Suzanne Sanchez, and Ann Schmitz.
Vichy Elementary School celebrated Halloween with their own version of a pumpkin patch.
From left, Annie Yates, Kathy Tranmer, Marsha Franco and Barbara Wiggins show off their jack-o-lanterns during a recent pumpkin carving party.
David and Andrew Peterson dressed as Elliott and E.T the extraterrestrial for Halloween.
Dakota Hangman, 3, poses with pumpkins at Stanly Lane pumpkin patch in Napa.
Bluebird box volunteers at Alston Park finished up recording the weekly progress of nesting birds. Looking forward to next year's season are Napa Solano Audubon members Liz Nicolaou, Marcy Lavender, President Mark Stephenson and Maggie Hall.
Local celebrity dog Tanner has recently gained notoriety at several wine tasting events!
The bike path at Stanley Ranch is now open. The Eagles Cycling Club send a big ‘thumbs up’ to the Napa County Bicycle Coalition, City of Napa Public Works, and Stanley Ranch Resort.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition with the winning team for the Vine Trail's Month of Movement challenge. Team Silicon Valley Bank raised the most money, and Silicon Valley Bank's Steven Birer won most money raised by an individual.
The Four Leaf Clovers 4-H Swine Group at the Napa Valley Town and Country Fair auction.
The Napa Valley Horse Show took place at Skyline Park in Napa on June 12.
Anthony Rincon and a stuffed animal prize that was won for popping balloons at a Napa Expo game booth.
For its Community Day on July 28, Alpha Omega winery’s entire production team from winemakers to interns harvested 670 pounds of organic produce at Mission Farm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, one of the largest providers for fresh, organic produce to the Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank. From left are, Madi Niesen, Hector Flores, Melissa Paris, Eli Byron, Jose Juis Aguilar, Jackson Katz, Matt Brain, Martin Sierra Calderon, Dan Peters, Marisela Aguilar, Justin Butler, Shelby Thibodeaux and Carlos Medrano.
Second grader and violin student, Max Read-Myers, performs with his teacher and reknowned klezmer violinist Cookie Segelstein at a backyard concert on June 27 under the auspices of E & M Presents. Also performing was acclaimed button accordionist Joshua Horowitz.
You can reach Edward Booth at 707-256-2213.