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Photo: Calistoga community members at Thanksgiving Lunch.  Credit: Blue Zones Project Upper Napa Valley

Festive Feast

On November 20, we partnered with Adventist Health St. Helena, Blue Zones Project Upper Napa Valley, Local Q, EV Floral Design, and the City of Calistoga to express gratitude for our Calistoga Older Adult Community with a nutritious Thanksgiving Lunch. It was a special event to honor and appreciate our amazing older adult community members.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside our partners and do something special to bring everyone together for a festive day of giving thanks.


Photo: Parents at a Triple P Seminar led by UpValley Family Centers Staff.  Credit: St. Helena Preschool For All

Parents, be kind to yourself

Parents provide so much love, nurture, and care for their children that they often forget to be kind to themselves. Those who have school-age children focus on packing lunches, school drop off and pick-up, and after-school activities when they wake up every morning. With busy lifestyles, parents often neglect to set aside some time to care for themselves. For those who can relate to this, the Triple P Program can help. This program offers tips for parents to raise confident, healthy children and build healthy family relationships. It can be difficult to have patience and be calm with children when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Being kind to yourself as a parent will allow you to have positive reactions to your children’s needs. If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed with juggling the different responsibilities of being a parent, please contact our office at (707) 965-5010 to learn more about the Triple P Program and how it can help you feel more confident as a parent.


Holiday Cheer

We have several family-friendly holiday events coming up in December - check out the list below to mark your calendar and join the fun!

We hope to see you at the Calistoga Holiday Village this Friday, December 1st, from 4:00-8:00pm at Pioneer Park. Our Niños Activos program will have an ornament-making booth - be sure to stop by and make a special holiday ornament!

Don't miss our Youth Mentoring Program's float in this year’s Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade this Saturday, December 2nd, from 7:00-8:00pm. Come out and cheer us on!

On Friday, December 8th, we're hosting a Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Calistoga Elementary School in the Cafeteria from 4:00-6:00pm. This event is free for Calistoga families. A short holiday film will be featured at 6:00pm.

- Join us at the St. Helena Fire Department for a Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Saturday, December 9th, from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Decorate your own gingerbread house and explore the fire station & engines. Free wood-fired pizza will be served for lunch.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Marcela Rodriguez at (707) 965-5010 or mrodriguez@upvalleyfamilycenters.org


Join the Conversation

Attention Calistoga Community Members! Please join us for the 4th Annual Calistoga Community Conversation at Calistoga Junior-Senior High School Multi-purpose Room on December 6th from 5:00-7:30 PM.

Gather with family members, students, neighbors, and local organizations to discuss local topics (like housing and recreation) and share your perspective on how to enhance our Calistoga schools and community!

This bilingual event includes free dinner and childcare for all attendees!

5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner
5:30 – 6:30 pm Community development presentations
6:30 – 7:30 pm Community Conversation

If you have any questions about this event, please call or text Daniel Norton Luna at (707) 709-7099.


VITA Volunteers Needed!

Do you enjoy working with people, learning new things, and have a few hours a week to give? If so, VITA is the volunteer opportunity for you! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax preparation services to qualifying individuals and households. Make a difference in the lives of local families and help them claim the valuable tax credits they’ve earned! 

Volunteers are needed to help with intake or tax preparation. No previous tax or accounting experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift (4-5 hours) a week on a recurring basis throughout the tax season (January-April).

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a VITA Volunteer, please contact: Karen Garcia, Economic Success Program Coordinator at kgarcia@upvalleyfamilycenters.org or (707) 965-5010 ext. 304. You can also get connected by filling out the volunteer interest form on our website!


A Season of Giving

Did you miss Giving Tuesday? You can still donate through the Give!Guide until December 31! Your support, and the support provided through the Give!Guide, means that our neighbors have a trusted ally to count on and a place to turn to when they need guidance.

Don't miss this special matching funds opportunity:

Redwood Credit Union will double your donation by matching the first $10,000 contributed to the UpValley Family Centers through CanDo's Give!Guide.


Are you prepared?

Safeguard yourself and your family with a well-prepared 5-minute plan that outlines evacuation routes from your home, alternative meeting spots if you can't return home, and an emergency supply kit with essentials.

Ensure your safety during an emergency by taking these steps:

  1. Establish a meeting place for your family.
  2. Prepare an emergency kit containing essentials like medication, important documents, clothes, food, and water.
  3. Stay updated with weather reports and Red Flag Warnings.
  4. If it's time to leave, have your emergency bags packed and gather your family, including pets.
  5. Don't delay; evacuate promptly.

Need help with creating your 5-minute plan? For ideas to prepare for any disaster, visit firefightersonyourside.org.


Get Involved!

Are you interested in doing meaningful work that strengthens families and the community?  Please visit our website to view current job openings. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer interest form on our website! 


UpValley Family Centers
1440 Spring Street  | Saint Helena, California 94574
707-965-5010 | info@upvalleyfamilycenters.org

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