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Comedian, writer, actor and director Mike Birbiglia is one of the most sought-after performers in comedy today. From his masterful one-man shows on topics like sleep disorders, girlfriends and family, to his critically-acclaimed and audience-favorite films "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Don't Think Twice," Birbiglia is as funny as he is thoughtful.
On May 13, Birbiglia returns to the North Bay to headline Laugh Lounge 45 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. The show is a benefit for two Napa nonprofits celebrating 45 years of service. Aldea Children & Family Services and Cope Family Center were both founded in 1972, and work to address the need for child abuse prevention and mental health services in the Napa Valley. Laugh Lounge 45 will also offer various special packages to Napa Valley restaurants, hotels, resorts and wineries.
Through Aldea's Treatment Foster Care & Adoptions (TFC&A) program, more than 500 foster children and families are served annually in both Napa and Solano county. The program encompasses regular and Intensive Treatment foster care, adoptions, Emergency placement, and Transitional aged youth client services.
TFC& A provides forever homes to an average of five children and youth in the foster care system through successful adoptions every year. Although the need for permanent and stable homes remains high for many children in our community, every child that Aldea helps connect to a loving, caring and nurturing home adds to one brighter future helping create a healthier community for everyone.
New adoptive parent, Karen Musk expresses, "Our family has changed in the most beautiful way since we adopted Jada. We feel truly blessed to be able to have her in our family! These heart-warming testimonials from new families showcase the work and dedication of Aldea staff who work hard to find forever families for children in need. Musk continues, "Thank you to Aldea for not only making our family whole, but for also allowing us to be part of your family.”
Photo: Adoptive parent, Karen Musk with Jada
Baby Lucy came to Aldea as a tiny, frail newborn who was born with a congenital heart defect. With the help of Aldea, Lucy was able to be placed in a loving home where new mom, Martha, continues to provide the care and love needed for her to flourish. Three years after adoption, Lucy's heart is nearly completely healed! Martha told Aldea, "My daughter has flourished into a healthy, funny, smart, beautiful little girl! Alexis has changed my life forever and I am in awe of all that is motherhood!"
Photo: Adoptive parent, Martha and Lucy
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Aldea Children & Family Services will be expanding its Wolfe Center location and taking a campus approach to services by consolidating operations from three formal locations to one campus. Executive Director, Mark Bontrager states, “It makes sense for clients and operations to be in one locale." Through this expansion, Aldea hopes to eliminate client confusion and make services more accessible.
Aldea clinician and counselor, Alex Ochoa, spends every Friday counseling teens on drugs and alcohol at New Tech High. He states that substance abuse affects not only the user, but also significantly impacts the families. Ochoa spent the fall helping a class of psychology students to help combat the problem of substance abuse among middle school and high school students.
New Technology High School students have produced a video project intended to help parents and teens better understand the impact of using common drugs - of which 30-40 percent of teens in Napa County turn to at some point- the experience from a teen perspective and how to best deal with the issue of pressures and use.
This project includes detailed and informative video messages by teenagers, revealing short excerpts explaining the physical and health impacts of drugs and alcohol, and positive messages about avoiding use.
Aldea is one of 17 organizations to receive funding from Napa Valley Vintners! Funds raised each year at Auction Napa Valley are distributed by NVV, which enables Aldea to ensure Napa County residents have the resources needed to achieve mental wellness, making the community safer and healthier for all.