We’re all about work-life balance in the Napa Valley – it’s hard not to be when you’re surrounded by so much great weather and natural beauty. There’s also a strong emphasis on being active and staying fit. Our Parks and Recreation Department oversees three city parks, the community pool, a teen center, world-class skateboard park, tennis courts, and bocce ball courts. It offers year-round programs in aquatics, youth and adult sports, community classes and events, and summer camps.
Speaking of bocce ball, from May to September, our courts are filled. Two leagues comprise 1,600 players six nights a week plus Friday mornings – that’s 27% of our total population! If you haven’t tried this easy but competitive game, we invite you to give it a shot. As we like to say, it’s the only sport that can be played without setting down your glass of wine.
For the kids, St. Helena offers year-round league sports – from the Carpy Gang (our local version of Pop Warner football) to soccer and basketball. Our Little League teams play on two beautiful regulation diamonds, and our opening-day festivities will take you back to childhood. The St. Helena Waves Swim Team competes locally at all age levels and was recently selected by USA Swimming attend to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the adults, there are private memberships available at Meadowood, Health Spa Napa Valley, and Solage Resort, with access to tennis, golf, swimming, fitness classes, and workout rooms. St. Helena Hospital can help you jump into a healthier lifestyle with their Take TEN program. Their team of lifestyle medicine experts will help you establish your goals and customized a plan that includes expert medical care, nutrition, fitness and spirituality.
For those more artistically inclined, check out Nimbus Arts, which offers classes in all media for budding artists of all ages. From Beekeeping 101 to Plasma Cutting and MIG Welding, Nimbus has something to inspire everyone. And one of our town’s most beloved institutions is the Cameo Cinema – the oldest (over 100 years!) single-screen movie theater in the country. In addition to screenings of new-release features and art films, the Cameo hosts a rich schedule of special events and community programming, such as the Family Film Festival of Napa Valley in May that showcases a student film competition, and a collaboration with Napa Valley Shakespeare that screens productions of London’s famed Globe Theatre.
We’re very proud of our public library, which was named second-best small library in the nation by the Library Journal, a competition sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For the senior set, check out Rianda House Senior Activity Center, which offers programs, services, resources, and social connections for those 50 and over.
No matter how you choose to spend your free time, we’ve got an activity for you. We take our fun seriously.