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Thursday, August 24, 2017

21 August, 2017 - Lincoln Theatre; Earth and Sky Chocolates; Napa's Agriculture Preserve

Our guests today are all about the community of Napa Valley, from the arts and education at the iconic Lincoln Theatre, to making chocolates with local spirits in Calistoga, and finally Chef Bob Hurley, a true local talks about the very important Greenbelt and Agriculture Preserve, protecting the valley from urban development.

Christian and his wife, Laura Koerth

Christian Parks
Owner and Chocolatier

Over the last 10 years, owners Christian Parks and Laura Koerth have developed a highly scientific, yet truly artistic approach, to handcrafting their confections. They closely control every aspect of the process in order to ensure that the product you receive is of the highest quality every time. 

This attention to detail means that they are also able to customize their bonbons to pair perfectly with wines, spirits, beer or for a multitude of other applications. 
After attending the French Pastry School, both Christian and Laura consulted for Mars/Masterfoods on the rollout of an artisan chocolate concept in Chicago, before deciding to go into business for themselves.  Before attending the French Pastry School, Christian earned his BBA in Real Estate Finance, and Laura studied Fashion Design.

"Our differing educations and experiences, yet similar passions, have allowed us to bridge the scientific and artistic aspects of chocolate making, so that the finished product is beautiful, but tastes even better!"

-Laura Koerth, Owner

Director of Operations

The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a comprehensive performing arts center dedicated to the cultural and artistic wellbeing of the Napa Valley.  From presenting world-renowned artists and producing Symphony Napa Valley, to creating and sustaining arts education and access programs in schools and at our theater, the Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that nurtures the artists and audiences of tomorrow, while sustaining a more vibrant and engaged community today.

Bob Hurley,

In 1958, Dorothy Erskine (left), Jack Kent, and colleagues founded Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks, comprised of environmentally concerned people and groups that would later become Greenbelt Alliance.

Over nearly 60 years, the organization has grown and evolved through three names—Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks, People for Open Space, and Greenbelt Alliance. Their original mission was to protect parks and recreational areas in the Bay Area. One of the first campaigns focused on was saving the San Francisco Bay from landfill and development.

During the 1960s, they worked to save Bay Area iconic places including Fort Funston and Point Reyes, while raising awareness of land-use issues through a publication called Regional Exchange. In 1969, they changed our name to People for Open Space to reflect our commitment to preserving more than just parks and recreation spaces—including farms, ranches, and wildlife preserves.

Greenbelt Alliance became the first Bay Area environmental group to shift the focus to not just preventing bad development, but also encouraging the right development in the right places.

Napa County has more than 444,000 acres of land under permanent or high levels of protection from development.

Throughout its history, vintners in the Napa Valley have set the highest standard of land use and management designed to preserve the agricultural heritage and way of life. Building on a history of sustainability, vintners continue to demonstrate environmental leadership through programs such as Napa Green Certified Land and Napa Green Certified Winery.

Napa Valley's environmental leadership story begins in 1968, when Napa Valley vintners and others in the community had the forethought to preserve open space and prevent future over-development by enacting the nation's first Agriculture Preserve. This land-zoning ordinance established agriculture and open space as the best use for the land in the fertile valley and foothill areas of Napa County. Initially the ordinance protected 23,000 acres of agricultural land stretching from Napa in the south to Calistoga. Today, more than 32,000 acres are contained within the Preserve.

If the act hadn't succeeded, there's little doubt that Napa Valley would have gone the way of Santa Clara Valley, which was called the Valley of Heart's Delight for its orchards and vines long before it became a symbol for technology and urban development. Without the Ag Preserve, a major divided highway would run through what are now some of the world's finest vineyards, and Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga would most likely be a sea of housing development and their quaint downtowns would be bypassed and largely unused.

For more information about the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve and how it defines land use in Napa Valley, view the video below and read this Napa Register newspaper article written to commemorate the initiative's 40th anniversary in 2008.

About Bob Hurley
Chef Bob Hurley is a world traveler and a devotee of the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of many other countries. His years of trekking and working around the world provide the basis for his theory that Napa Valley is no longer a melting pot of cuisines from the rest of the world; but they have come together to create a Napa Valley regional cuisine.  Chef Hurley says that concurrent with the development of the Napa Valley’s prestigious wine industry, the origins and methods of local cooking have changed.  Prior to the wine industry’s rise to prominence, cuisine of the Napa Valley was often prepared using methods defined by the limitations of experience.  Then with the success of the wine industry, its corresponding tourism and the plethora of cooking schools, the food of the region has become influenced and includes the tastes of Asia, Europe and Mexico, as well as other regional and ethnic areas of the United States.

Since Chef Hurley began cooking professionally more than 30 years ago, he has always had a strong belief that the use of regional, seasonal ingredients is important on many different levels.  It promotes sustainability, showcases local producers and provides the finest dining experience to the customer.  He says that the Napa Valley is particularly blessed with a wide range of such products, from produce and meats to fish and fruits, as well as artisanal breads, cheeses, oils and much more.  This philosophy is a guiding light behind the menu development at Hurley’s Restaurant.

Friday, August 18, 2017

14 August, 2017 - The Skin and Sun Care Show with Avene and Coolibar

Slow Living Radio puts the spotlight on our skin, particularly, sun protection and  how to best protect yourself from skin cancers. We invited 2 guests, one a skin specialist and education manager for Avene, who will talk about caring for your skin and choosing the right sun protection.  Next, Kendra Reichenau from Coolibar, will talk about the importance of sun protective clothing, and the work they are doing with the Skin Cancer Foundation.  We urge listeners to lather up, protect your skin and do the same for your kids.  That's when the damage starts.

James Kivior
Educational Manager,
Avène skin care

James has been a licensed esthetician for 20 years.  He has worked in some of NYC’s top spas and salons and has also worked with plastic surgeons and dermatologists.  He has been working for the Pierre Fabre Group as the Educational Manager for Avene skin care, Klorane and Renee Furterer hair care for 7 years.

Avene  (Ah-vehn) skin care is the number one skin care brand in European pharmacies.  The brand is part of a very large French pharmaceutical company called the Pierre Fabre Group, the second largest pharmaceutical company in France.  The Avene brand is known for specializing in sensitive skin and its most popular product, the Avene Thermal Spring Water is the main active ingredient in all of the products.  The line is also carried in over 3,000 dermatologist offices in the U.S.

About Avène'


Avène has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin and is trusted by millions worldwide. At the heart of the brand is Avène Thermal Spring Water, a natural soothing source clinically shown by over 150 studies to soothe, soften and calm the skin.

The Village of Avene

Originating as pure rain mixed with sea-spray rich in mineral salts, Avène Thermal Spring Water makes its 50-year journey through the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France.

It gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, and comes in contact with an ancient microorganism Aqua.Dolomiae, which was first identified by Avène in 2001. This remarkable biological property combined with the well-known mineral properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water ensures gentleness and tolerance, creating a unique double signature that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Over 150 stringent biological, pharmacological and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated the soothing, softening and calming benefits of AvèneThermal Spring Water.

Kendra Reichenau


Coolibar's got you covered

For over 14 years, Coolibar has inspired active, outdoor living with the most innovative UPF 50+ products and fabrics designed to last a lifetime. Welcome to health, happiness and life in the sun.


Founded in 2001 by an Australian who knew the harshest of sun climates, Coolibar has evolved to be the leader in innovative sun protective fabric design. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coolibar takes its name from a eucalyptus tree native to the Australian outback - offering welcome relief and reliable protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays, on the continent where sun protection began.

The Coolibah Tree

Coolibar is the first company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation for sun protective clothing. Additionally, the sun protective apparel was the first ever endorsed by the Melanoma International Foundation, and as a sun protective clothing company Coolibar has also been endorsed by the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation.

Coolibar clothing is endorsed by experts worldwide and recommended by dermatologists. They guarantee UPF 50+ protection from the first day the product is worn until the last day. Their fabrics are thoroughly tested at independent labs to ensure each product meets or exceeds UPF 50+ standard. The company tests multiple samples from every dye lot of every fabric used.


After conducting an initial UV transmittance test, Coolibar launder each garment 40 times, expose it to 100 fading units of simulated sunlight, then conduct a second UV transmittance test. The tests measure transmittance across both the UVA and UVB spectrum. Garment ratings are based on the lower result of the initial "brand new" test and the second "life cycle" test. Most fabrics lose some level of UV protection as they age, so most fabrics are rated based on their second test.

It's important to know that all clothing is not sun protective, and all sun protective clothing is not created equal.

Coolibar's proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics are rated UPF 50+, the highest in the industry. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a rating system much like SPF used in sunscreens, only UPF measures blockage of both UVA and UVB rays. Technically speaking, Coolibar allows only 1/50th of UV radiation that falls on the surface of our fabrics to actually pass through it. What it really means is that Coolibar's clothing blocks 98% of the sun's radiation from reaching your skin, so you can actually enjoy all the sun's good stuff without any of the bad stuff. The fabrics are made with the best active ingredients found in sunscreens including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and even with multiple washing and exposure to sweat, chlorine and salt - the sun protection never washes out.


A common misconception is that a cotton t-shirt provides adequate protection from the sun. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), a typical white cotton t-shirt averages an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of only 7, while the SCF and leading dermatologists recommend a UPF of at least 30. UPF can also decline when fabric is exposed to chlorine and salt, and after multiple washings so it is important that fabrics be tested in conditions that simulate regular use.

Buying sun-protective clothing from a reputable manufacturer is the only way to know that your skin is protected. When considering a garment for sun protection, it is important to ask:

- Does it claim to offer UPF protection and to what level?
- Was it tested, and which test protocols were used?
- Was real wear simulated as part of the test through washing, exposure to light, chlorine, etc.?
- Was testing conducted to simulate sun-protection throughout the products life cycle?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in more than two million Americans each year. The Skin Cancer Foundation and many leading dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing as a first line of defense.

Coolibar is the first company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced in June 2015 that skin cancer rates doubled during the past three decades. The U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action in 2014 about skin cancer as major public health threat.

Click here is some great information from the Skin Cancer Foundation's website on sun-protective clothing.