Kids and Climate Change Class

The purpose of the Kids and Climate Change Class was to educate kids about aspects of climate change, and then empower them with information so that they know that what they do to help matters. This happened while they learned how to make Minestrone Soup with Farro. Kids always enjoy cooking, and love knife skills. They especially loved eating their delicious, nutritious soup at a communal table. Such a great class!

Beth Greer and a Healthy Home

Three programs on children’s health in a row with three incredible women leading the charge.

How to Have a Holistic, Healthy, Happy Home: Solutions for Parents of Kids with Challenges

Jun 23 2016 – 12:00pm Beth Greer, Award-winning Journalist; Environmental Health Advocate; Holistic Lifestyle Educator; Author, Super Natural Home: Improve Your Health, Home and Planet … One Room at a Time

Beth Greer, known as the Super Natural Mom, bestselling author, holistic health coach and one of the foremost experts on sustainable and toxin-free living will give a talk on things you need to know to help kids who have challenges. She will offer powerful information on the toxins in everyday products that can have triggering reactions in a child’s nervous system; five things in the home to avoid to create a safe, healthy, toxin-free home; practical and convenient solutions that give dramatic results; and symptoms to look for in kids that indicate they’re being impacted by toxins in their home environment.

She’ll also discuss a non-psychological approach to behavioral changes in kids. Don’t miss this talk to help you enhance your child’s well-being as well as your own (caregiving can be stressful).

Location: 555 Post St., San FranciscoTime: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signingCost: $20 nonmembers, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)MLF: Health & Medicine Program Organizer: Patty James

Wellness in the Schools

If you’re on this site, then you’re interested in kid’s health!

Nancy E. Easton, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Wellness in the Schools is coming to The Commonwealth Club in June to discuss healthy lunches, and much more, in our nation’s schools. If you’re an educator, parent, or anyone interested in our kid’s health, join me!

Wellness in the Schools inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. Today WITS programs serve approximately 30,000 public school children across New York City, Kentucky, and Florida.

In an effort to combat childhood obesity and create healthier learning environments, Wellness in the Schools (WITS) developed Cook for Kids and Coach for Kids, hands-on food and fitness programs that are poised for replication nationwide. Cook for Kids has even received national accolades from First Lady Michelle Obama, and the WITS model served as inspiration for the Chefs Move to Schools Initiative.

Location: Club Headquarters, 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
MLF: Health & Medicine
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DirectionFive’s First Annual Gala — Wine, Bubbles, Bites & Beer

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Soda Rock Winery logoNovember 5, 2011 6pm to 10pm.
*VIP event from 5pm to 6pm.

Hosted by Soda Rock Winery

This fun-filled evening will include food, drink, live music and an auction!


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Soda Rock, deLorimier, Jaxon Keys, Matrix, Mazzocco and Wilson Wineries will all be pouring.
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Sip on champagne bar and nibble on delicious bites created by wine country chefs.



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The Pat Jordan Band is in the house, so wear your dancing shoes!




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  • Trips to Paris, New York & Hawaii
  • A Rolling Stone-signed guitar
  • A Drum Head signed by Ringo Starr
  • Sailing lessons with Dennis Connor
  • A Ride in a P-51 Mustang


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Le Cordon Bleu Paris 5-Night Adventure with Airfare for (2)

Le Cordon Bleu Paris 5-Night Adventure with Airfare for (2)

Fairmont Canada Getaway

Fairmont Banff Springs (Alberta) 4-Night Stay with Airfare from the West Coast for (2)

Fairmont Kea-Lani for auction

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui 4-Night Stay with Airfare for (2) from California OR Nevada Only

Kennedy Space Center Trip for the auction

Kennedy Space Center Space Pass and Astronaut Training Experience with 4-Night Stay and Airfare for (2)

America's Cup Stars & Stripes Experience in San Diego 4-Night Package with Airfare for (2)

America's Cup Stars & Stripes Experience in San Diego 4-Night Package with Airfare for (2)

Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway in New York City... Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree, 3-Night Weekend Stay and Airfare for (2)

Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway in New York City... Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree, 3-Night Weekend Stay and Airfare for (2)

Rolling Stones guitar up for auction

Guitar Signed by all of the Rolling Stones

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$95 per person
$350 for a VIP ticket

Limited edition VIP ticket-holders (limited to 30) will have a special Pinot and Paella evening with the chef and international artist himself, Wade Hoefer. Mingle in Hoefer’s studio, located on the Soda Rock Winery grounds and eat the Paella he learned to make while living in Spain while he chats about his work. Pat Jordan will be strumming his guitar in the background. More about Wade Hoefer.

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Help to support DirectionFive’s programs for kids locally and around the country. Attend the Gala and have fun!


May 1st Launch Party a Big Success!

“Now I understand” was the theme of yesterday’s party at Chop’s Teen Club in Santa Rosa, CA. Attendees “now understand” what our organization and programs are all about.
We began the presentation with a slideshow of our nation’s beautiful kids, then moved on to releasing the data-the answers to the 25 questions I asked kids all across the country last year. Next we explained the five health programs we have created for kids based on what they said they wanted and needed to learn in order to lead healthier lives. Lastly we unveiled out new name/logo/web site/and Facebook page.
We ended the day with a big thank you to everyone who believed in the non-profit since the beginning.
Pilot programs are in June and July, so now, we are fund raising. We do not charge kids to go through the programs, but they’re not free, so we need your help. It’s $580.00 for one child to go through the program and we would like to give a big thank you to Dr. Michael Lipelt for sponsoring the first child to get the ball rolling. Every donation is so important and the other funds donated yesterday are almost enough for the second child.
At DirectionFive, today begins our future. We are proud of our beginnings and confident in our ability to help our kids with their health. 


Patty and Tanya at Launch Party

DirectionFive First Annual Gala at the Vine Hill House at O’Connell Vineyards – November 5th, 2011

Wine and Whiskey Food and Jazz

Auction items include:

A Guitar signed by the Rolling Stones

A Week in Paris

A Weekend in New York

Chef’s Dinners

Wine Weekends

Sailing Lessons

Dinners with Local Restaurants

…and that’s just a taste! …so far!

Save the date-details and invitations coming soon!

Our goal is $100,000 for DirectionFive’s programs for kids.