April 1, 2016
 
 
Happy Spring!  I love spring, with abundant spring blooms and fragrances in the air.  Indeed, March showers bring April flowers!  After years of drought, it's so nice to see flowers and abundant green growth everywhere. Of course, this does mean more yard work for me...
 
All the March rains filled some reservoirs in California, but not others.  Snow pack is good, but we are not completely out of the drought yet.  The Governor has not yet lifted drought restrictions in the state, nor has your City Council made changes to our local policies.  Please enjoy the wet weather, but remain diligent about conserving water in and around your home.  No need to turn the sprinklers on just yet - use some of that water you saved in your rain barrel if plants look a tad dry.
 
The State Water Board will meet on April 20 and we will have more information about possible changes in state regulations after that meeting.  But regardless of mandated restrictions, water is a precious resource that we should not waste.  Make water conservation a way of life.
On the Agenda...

The next City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 PM.  The City Council, sitting as the Fire Protection District Board, will consider several items including adoption of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, a mid-year budget update, the replacement of a fire engine, and the 2015 Annual Report.
 
Sitting as the City Council, the Council will hear a presentation about the tremendous success of our water conservation program, award a construction contract to complete a gap in the Vine Trail between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail, and will consider applying for a grant to fund construction of sidewalks on Donaldson Way west of Broadway.
 
For the complete agenda and copies of the staff reports please click here.

Since our Last Update...
 
On Tuesday, March 15, the City Council approved construction of a 258,000 square foot wine warehouse building on Green Island Road.  The Council also entered into and agreement with Coca Cola to provide water for their facility in the Green Island industrial area.  Under the terms of this agreement, Coca Cola agreed to fund the replacement of the old 14" water main along the highway as part of their corporate goal to ensure sustainable water supplies in their communities.  Thank you Coca Cola for being a good community partner! The full agenda and video of this meeting is available here.  

The City Council also held a workshop on March 22 to receive an update on the traffic impacts of the proposed Watson Ranch project.  Details of this meeting are available here.  
 
Farmer's Market - 1 Month to Launch

Be sure to mark you calendars - May 1st is Opening Day at the market!  It will be an extra special day with music, fun activities for the kids, performances, free shopping bags, raffle prizes, an official ribbon cutting and more.  Watch my Friday Update for more information as we get closer to May 1st.

American Canyon Farmers' Market
Sundays May through October 10 AM - 2 PM
 Phillip West Aquatics Center Parking Lot

Boys and Girls Club

For more than a decade, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley has been providing after-school and summer programs to more than 145 kids every single weekday at the Clubhouse in American Canyon. They have outgrown their facility, and needed maintenance has made it difficult to keep the building functioning properly.

The Boys & Girls Club is wrapping up their capital campaign to build a brand new clubhouse.  Thanks to the Napa Valley Vintners and many other corporate donors, the Club has about 80% of the $4.6 million needed to build the clubhouse.  Now we need everyone to join in this effort -  Please consider donating!  Any amount will make a difference.  To find out more information about this project, visit www.BuildingAC.org
Also check out the new video produced by the Boys & Girls Club - it does a great job of telling the story.  


Construction Update

The next phase of the Kimberly Park Flood Control Project will connect underground storm drains in the area with the new flood control basin.  Work will continue through April 15.  During work hours, please be aware that there will only be one lane for traffic and there will be flaggers in the area to assist with traffic control. After hours there will be plates to cover the work area on the road.  Please be patient and careful during this phase of the construction.


Public Health Wellness Fair
April 6th, 1 - 4 PM
Napa County Health and Human Services Agency
2344 Old Sonoma Road, Napa

Learn how to be "Healthy for Life" at the Wellness Fair sponsored by Napa County Public Health.  In celebration of National Public Health Week, this annual free, family-friendly wellness event will feature more than 50 local service providers and healthy activities for all ages.  

Special guests Whinnie and Molly, the precious therapy horses from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, will be on hand.  More information is available here.












Molly, (left) and Whinnie (right), miniature therapy horses from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards will be on hand at the Wellness Fair.

Wetlands Edge Planting Day


To celebrate its one year anniversary, the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation partnered with the City and New Image Landscape Company to remove thirsty turf from a section of Wetlands Edge Trail. The turf was replaced with drought tolerant native plants by a great group of volunteers who came out to spend their morning digging holes and installing the new plants. 

Community Calendar

Ever wondered what might be going on in town but not had an easy place to check?  We have a solution.  A new Community Calendar now lives on the City's Website.  Local community groups can advertise fundraisers, sporting events, performances, tryouts, meetings, etc. by completing a simple request form.  The only requirements are that the event be open to the general public and that the group have clear ties to American Canyon.  Also, no commercial or for profit events may be posted.    Learn more here.
Shakespeare Re-Imagined


American Canyon High School Theatre Arts Presents
A Midsummer Night's Dream, April 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Check here for the schedule and how to get tickets.











2016 Bocce Ball League

Bocce Ball Leagues are forming now.  League play will be held at Veterans Memorial Park and is expected to start in early May.  Each team needs a minimum of 4 players and the cost will be $20 per person and $25 per team. The deadline for registration is May 1st.  For more information and to register contact League President, Mike Mccamish at bfmilkman@aol.com or 707-373-7395.
Wolf Prints 

Check out the student news source for American Canyon High School and get an idea of what's going on around campus.

Parks & Recreation News

Latest News:

Spring Registration is open!
View our new guide and get an early start planning your spring and summer activities, April-August.
Get ready for summer with our Spring Swim Lessons, now enrolling for April & May classes. Kids can explore with us at our Canyon Kids Adventures summer day camp and on our new Middle School outings.  Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about our active adults and are now offering new Adult Sports Leagues and other fitness classes!
 
Spring is in the Air - City of American Spring Celebration Wrap Up
The event was held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Community Park II and was a huge success with an estimated 1,200 attendees.  Lady Bug Lane was buzzing and visited frequently by the kids.  The Kite Corner was so popular it ran out of kites.  The Colors of the Wind, chalk color splash was popular at the beginning and the end of the event.  The Bunny visited Toddler Town and passed out special plush eggs for our 3 and under group, and for the older groups we will look at only having one entrance and exit for next year. 


 

Look Ahead:
Saturday, April 16, 2016
5:30pm-10:00pm
Community Center Gym - 100 Benton Way
Help us celebrate American Canyon volunteers at our annual Recognition Ball.  Tickets are $35 (includes dinner)  deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 8, 2016.

For more information contact us at: (707) 648-7275