Martin Luther King, Jr. called upon us to consider what it means to be human and what acts we can do to make the world more just and humane. Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and schools and government offices will be closed. MLK Day offers the opportunity to teach our children some important lessons about the civil rights movement. We plan to begin our day reading Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and then volunteer for a day of service (see below). The U.S. Dept. of Education has compiled a list of suggested activities to enjoy with your kids while learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement.

Napa is holding a community gathering to celebrate the life of Dr. King and continue his legacy through a day of action & compassion. Because each of us alone can make a difference…and together as a community, we can have a profound impact. This event is being organized by the MLK coalition, a group of nonprofits, religious groups, and local service organizations in Napa, and there are opportunities for all ages. We’ve highlighted a few below (make sure to check age requirements). Sign up for your preferred activity or show up at “basecamp,” St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 924 Napa Street, Napa on Monday, January 15 from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

MLK Monday: A Day of Action and Compassion
Monday, January 15, 2018

Love From Home Card Workshop
St. John the Baptist Church, 10 am-2 pm
Operation Love from Home will provide the supplies, you provide words of encouragement, appreciation and maybe even a story or joke to brighten the day for our troops. These cards cheer them up and remind them they are not forgotten. Card(s) will be included in care packages that are shipped year round to a deployed service member. Your card may be the only one he/she receives and will be the most cherished item in their goodie-box.

Love Cards Art Project
Center for Spiritual Living Napa Valley, 10 am-2 pm
Postcard size Love Cards and art supplies will be provided to create decorated messages of love, hope, compassion and peace. You can keep the Love Cards you create for yourself, give them to people you know and love, or to give them to someone you do not know or who may be a complete stranger. As these Love Cards are passed from person to person around the community they spread a message of love, compassion, random acts of kindness, and collective good. Participate in this fun and creative project to create more love in our community by acknowledging that every person deserves love.

Create a Nifty Reusable Tote Bag from a T-Shirt. No sewing Involved!
St. John the Baptist Church, 10 am-noon
Join Napa Valley CanDo and make cool reusable tote bags out of T-Shirts to donate to Food Bank clients. Want one of your own to keep? Just bring along a new or used T-shirt, whether plain or with a logo or picture you love. T-shirts for the bags that will be donated will be provided.

Cookies and Climate Change
St. John the Baptist Church, 9:30-11 am
Join Napa Climate NOW! to learn about climate change, how it will affect our lives in Napa, and what our Napa community can do to take effective action to stabilize our climate. Activities will include sending letters to elected officials asking for action, deciding what actions we will take as individuals, and celebrating our commitment with cookies!

Help Improve Oak Woodland Habitat
Connolly Ranch, Napa, 10 am-1 pm
Spend the morning at the Connolly Ranch Preserve with the Land Trust of Napa County as we work to improve habitat throughout the property’s oak woodland. Projects of the day will include removal of invasive plant species such as Himalayan blackberry, vinca, and French broom. Tools, gloves and instruction will be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own gloves if you like). Be sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, and durable close-toed shoes as work will mostly be off-trail.


Downtown Napa Creek Trash Clean-Up
Firefighters’ Museum, 10 am-noon
Help pick up trash from Napa Creek behind the old Firefighters’ Museum at Main and Pearl Streets. Meet and pick up equipment in the parking lot behind the museum. Everyone will have to sign a waiver in order to participate. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Wear closed-toe shoes or waterproof boots, long pants, and dress in layers. Bring a water bottle. Optional: bring your own 5-gallon plastic bucket, garden-type gloves and trash picker. This activity is sponsored by the Waterways Keepers Coalition consisting of Napa Valley CanDo, Napa County Flood Control, Napa County Resource Conservation District, and Friends of the Napa River. Heavy rain cancels.

Garden Party at Napa Valley Language Academy
Napa Valley Language Academy, 9 am-noon
Join Napa County Office of Education and the NVLA community to clean their campus and work in their garden.

For more information, and more activities, click here.