Napa County’s sixth Bay-Friendly Garden Tour takes place in Napa and Yountville on Sunday, June 4 from 10am to 4pm, as a dozen local gardens provide inspiration for creating beautiful resource-efficient landscaping. Showcasing natural techniques that reduce waste and pollution, the tour incorporates a wide selection of garden sizes and styles. Tour participants will encounter eye-catching drought-tolerant plants, pollinator habitat, urban farming, vibrant lawn-free entertaining spaces, rainwater harvesting, recycled art, and more. With the recent drought still a vivid memory, doing more with less water is a key theme, as well as building healthy soils and choosing the right plants. With eight Napa gardens plus four in Yountville, the tour features a large variety of colorful plants that thrive in our Mediterranean climate. Several of the host gardeners have earned “Cash For Grass” rebates, and tour participants may come away tempted to remove their own thirsty lawn.
Participants will also benefit from four mini-workshops to be held throughout the day, with topics including water-wise plants, design principles, and home composting. The workshops begin at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm at designated host gardens. While most of the tour stops are private residences, a unique Yountville park and a downtown Napa bank are also included, showing that being Bay-Friendly is not just for home gardeners.
Participants must purchase a Tour Guide Brochure which acts as the entrance ticket for all twelve gardens. Featuring garden descriptions, map and directions, workshop locations, and other special instructions, the brochure costs $5 for each adult. The event is free for children. Through noon on Wednesday, May 31, brochures may be ordered online at bayfriendlygardentour2017.brownpapertickets.com. In-person sales are available at the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) office, 1303 Jefferson Street, Suite 500B, through Friday, June 2. On tour day itself, brochures may be purchased in Napa at US Bank, 880 Jefferson Street, or in Yountville at Oak Circle Park, 1933 Oak Circle.
This year’s tour is sponsored by the City of Napa, Napa County RCD, and UC Master Gardeners. It is inspired by Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening, a program of ReScape California (rescapeca.org), a nonprofit coalition of home gardeners, landscape professionals, and local governments that promotes practices that work in harmony with local watersheds. Seven of the gardens on this tour were designed by Bay-Friendly Qualified Professionals.
For more details on the tour, visit naparcd.org or call (707) 252-4189 ext. 3124.
BottleRock is just around the corner! See below for some general information, street closures and parking you might find useful this weekend, whether you are attending the show or trying to get around town. Please note that Downtown Napa businesses will be accessible and open.
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BottleRock event parking is available at 459 Soscol Avenue. Visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/parking/ for fees and detailed information. Street parking will be limited for much of the area around the Napa Valley Expo and surrounding neighborhoods. Clay Street Garage in Downtown Napa is available for public parking. Additionally, event organizers have secured the following areas for event parking:
Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 (all day and all night):
• Pearl Street Garage: top two floors only
Friday May 26 (beginning at 5pm) to Sunday, May 28:
• 1100 West Street (Lot X - formerly CineDome)
Taxi Service, Rideshare and Public Transportation
There will be no commercial pick up or drop offs in the event area.
Taxis: Starting at 5pm each day, taxi drop-off and pick-up will be located on Northbound Main Street between First Street and Third Street and the parking lane will be closed to the public. This area will also be posted for no public parking.
Rideshare (such as Lyft or Uber): Rideshare drop-off and pick-up will be located on the corner of Third Street and Coombs Street.
Buses: VINE Transit Center will be in operation and and is extending its hours, adding service and offering free rides May 26 - May 28 to celebrate BottleRock. Visit http://www.ridethevine.com/bottlerock-2017 for additional details and route schedules.
Road Closures and Restrictions
Daytime closures and restrictions will be in place from Friday through Sunday from 9am – 8pm. Additional nighttime closures and restrictions will be in place Friday through Sunday from 8pm – 1am. All closures and restrictions are subject to change.
Friday through Sunday, 9am – 8pm:
• Burnell Street, as well as 6th, 7th, and 8th Streets east of Soscol Avenue, will be CLOSED to event patrons but open to residents and business owners.
• Juarez Street between Napa Valley Expo and 1st Street will be CLOSED to event patrons but open to residents and business owners.
• Sousa Lane between Soscol and Silverado will be CLOSED to traffic.
Friday through Sunday, 8pm – 1am:
• 3rd Street between Soscol Avenue and Silverado Trail will be CLOSED.
• Southbound Soscol between 8th St and Silverado Trail will be reduced to 1 lane.
• Northbound Soscol between 1st St and Lincoln will be reduced to 1 lane.
• Burnell Street, as well as 6th, 7th, and 8th Streets east of Soscol Avenue, will be closed to event patrons but open to residents and business owners.
• Juarez Street between Napa Valley Expo and First Street will be closed to event patrons but open to residents and business owners.
• Sousa Lane between Soscol and Silverado will be CLOSED to traffic.
*Drivers leaving the City from north of the Festival are encouraged north to use Lincoln Ave to Hwy 29 as southbound Soscol Avenue has planned lane merging and lane closures at the General Admission Parking Areas.
Residents and guests in closure areas are advised to carry identification or other proof of residency to gain access. If there is a need to travel across Napa, travelers are advised to take alternate routes (Lincoln Avenue/Imola Avenue/Trancas Street). Be advised of potential traffic delays in the area of Soscol Avenue from Pearl Street to Silverado Trail.
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If you answered, “Yes!” then keep reading!
Sustainable Napa County (SNC) is working with Napa Recycling and Waste Services and the Napa Valley Expo to increase waste diversion, recycling, and food composting during BottleRock Napa Valley and is putting together a community-based Green Team to help.
What is the Green Team’s role?
The Green Team will provide helpful guidance to BottleRock guests as to proper disposal of their waste, recycling, and compostable items. Members of the Green Team will be assigned a station or area during a four-hour shift and will:
· Advise and help guests in making the right decision about where to dispose of their waste, recycling, and compostable waste items;
· Monitor high volume waste areas (such as Food Court areas and tables);
· Provide minor “table bussing” and dispose of items as needed;
· Notify waste management staff of areas in need of attention and cleanup.
Green Team members will not be asked to physically lift waste receptacles, bags or waste containers.
Can the Green Team catch some of the musical acts?
Of course! As a Green Team member, you are welcome to stay after your shift ends to enjoy the festival and some tunes.
Green Team dates and shifts:
There are two, four-hour shifts per day for the three-day event. You may volunteer for multiple days if you wish…the more you work the more you watch:
· Friday, May 26: 1:00 – 5:00pm (FULL). 5:00 – 9:00pm (FULL)
· Saturday, May 27: 1:00 – 5:00pm 5:00 – 9:00pm
· Sunday, May 28: 1:00 – 5:00pm 5:00 – 9:00pm
How do I become a Green Team member?
· Put “BRNV Green Team” in the Subject line of your email.
· Indicate date(s) and shift(s) for which you wish to volunteer.
· Please provide your full name, preferred email address, and cell phone # in the body of the email.
· Once we receive your request, you will receive a confirmation and more details about being on the Green Team including event entry, parking, etc.
RFP for Design-Build Services for Compost Operation and Stormwater Improvement Project at City’s Materials Diversion Facility
The City of Napa Public Works Department has issued a Request for Proposal for Design-Build Services for Compost Operation and Stormwater Improvements at the Materials Diversion Facility. Proposals are due at 4:00pm (Pacific Time) on July 21, 2017.
The project consists of the following elements:
1. Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP) Composting System
2. Aerated Static Pile (ASP) Composting System
3. Composting and Industrial Operations Stormwater Permit Analysis, Permitting, Design and Construction of Stormwater/Wastewater Facilities for Compliance
4. Metal Canopy Roof Structure in Recycling Storage Area
5. Potential Metal Canopy Roof Structures in Compost Pre-Processing Area
6. Loading Dock Relocation
7. Driveway Expansion
The project is design-build and requires an experienced team of engineers and construction professionals to plan, design, permit and construct the facilities in a cost effective and timely manner.
A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal meeting will be conducted on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 1:30pm (Pacific Time) at the Materials Diversion Facility at 820 Levitin Way in American Canyon, California. A representative of the proposing firm is required to attend this meeting in order to propose on the project.
The City has completed CEQA review for the major improvements and initiated CEQA on the other elements of the project. Bond financing has been secured for the project. The City plans to select a design-build contractor by August 11, 2017, issue a Notice to Proceed by September 18, 2017, and expects all design and construction to be complete on the project by October 15, 2018. The City expects to enter into a lump sum/maximum guaranteed price design-build agreement for the project.
The RFP package includes the following documents:
• Request for Proposal document
• Attachments A-G (Note: Attachment G will be issued by Addendum at a later date.)
• Exhibits 1-18 to Attachment E