Newsletter: July 2011
Window on the River Park

Jack Wimberly, Sam Liccardo, Jay Ross, & Shirley Lewis

Our recent fundraiser was a tremendous success. We greatly appreciate the following sponsors:

Platinum: Adobe Systems Inc.

Gold: Cisco; City of San José; Kaiser Permanente; Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Silver: Blach Construction Company; Flagship; Hotel De Anza; Rosendin Electric; San Jose Water Company; Verde Design Inc.

Bronze: Able Building Maintenance; Accel Air; Ampco System Parking; Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp.; Boston Properties; Bridge Bank; CH2MHill; Colliers International; Comerica Bank Building; ExecutivEdge; The Finn Family; Focus Business Bank; Garden City Sanitation; Hardcastle Autobody; Heritage Bank of Commerce; HydroScience Engineers; The Lee Lester Family; LibraryWorld Inc.; Morgan, Franich, Fredkin & Marsh; Robinson Oil Company; Santa Clara Valley Water District; The Schoennauer Company; Silicon Valley Law Group; Jerry Silva; Sobrato Development Companies; Jodi & Drew Starbird; Joe and Marianne Sugg; Jack Wimberly

Supporters: ABM Security; Berliner Cohen; Hillhouse Construction Company Inc.; Hulberg & Associates; Pro-Sweep; Mineta Transportation Institute; Morley Brothers; Reed & Graham; Tim & Jane Starbird; Urban Market LLC

Trail Monitor and Ambassador Program

With the loss of our park rangers due to budget cuts, we are looking to get more eyes and ears in the park and on the trails. If you ride to work on the trail, you can help by being a Monitor and reporting graffiti, hazardous conditions, etc. For the Ambassador program, we are looking for folks to walk (dogs on leash welcome) or ride their bicycles on the trails and through the gardens. We’ll have more details soon, but if interested, please contact

Summer Fun

School may be out, but summer learning opportunities abound in the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens! In June, we hosted a fantastic group of ten and eleven-year-old students for the first week of our S.T.E.W.A.R.D. summer camp. We also welcomed the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley for two fun-filled weeks of exploration in the park, including a hunt for macroinvertebrates in the Guadalupe, a tour of the Historic Orchard, an archeological dig, and even a bike ride to Arena Green! We are still taking sign ups for our August summer camp! Check it out, just click here!

River Clean-up Volunteer Leaders Needed

If you are interested in helping to lead river clean-ups, please contact or 298-7657. We have a great group from Iron Construction coming on Saturday 7/30, from 9-12 pm and could use some additional leaders.

Corporate Volunteers Rock!

Thank you to all our spring corporate volunteer groups, including: Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, Genentech, Intel, LSI Consulting, Brocade, and Hands on Bay Area!!

Save the Date

The Italian American Heritage Foundation’s Festa is returning to Guadalupe River Park on August 27-28.

July Orchard Update: Summer Harvest

On June 27th, we donated fruit grown in the Historic Orchard to Loaves and Fishes. The small batch of plums went to the Eastside Neighborhood Center, where it was served as part of a fruit salad for the day's lunch. After two years without much of a harvest, this felt like a huge accomplishment for the Historic Orchard team: pruning consultant Sean McGrail, soil specialist Brian Debasitis, veteran volunteer Emily Williams, and the volunteers who have helped care for the orchard in seasons past and present. More>>>

Meet volunteer Samantha Syhathep
Samantha is an awesome Visitor Center volunteer. She found us on and is always willing to fill in volunteer shifts at the drop of a hat and pick up projects when needed. Thank you, Samantha and congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Upcoming Events

Composting Classes
Wednesdays, July 6, August 3
6 to 8 pm

Start from the beginning and learn nature’s way of recycling in a free composting class. Join various Master Composters for a workshop covering items such as what can be composted, the different composting methods available (including worm composting), and what to do with the finished compost. The Wriggly Ranch worm bin and the Bio Stack compost bin will be available for sale before and after this workshop.

Rose Dead Heading

It's the season for promoting beautiful new rose blooms by removing the spent ones in the Heritage Rose Garden. Join us for our next evening deadheading event on Tuesday, July 12th from 5:30-7:30! Please register yourself, friends, family, group, etc. so we'll have enough ice cream.

Twilight Yoga in the Park
10 Week Summer Series
Thursdays, June 9th – August 18th
6:15pm to 7:15pm
18 years or older
$60/members, $80/non-members

As summer’s warmer weather and longer evenings approach, we look forward to Twilight Yoga in the Park. Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and fitness instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance, and relaxation. All you need to bring is yourself, dressed in comfortable clothing, and any stress or worries that have accumulated throughout the week to release outdoors in the beautiful Guadalupe Park. All other necessary equipment in provided. This class will be taught outside and enrollment is limited, so make sure you reserve your space in this very popular healthy living class.

Silicon Segway offers tours of GRPG & SJ

In exchange for promotional consideration, Silicon Valley Segway provided a tour for our board retreat. You too can tour the GRPG like never before...atop a Segway! Lasting about two hours, your tour will follow the river trail making several stops along the way to visit key points. It also hits several spot in dowtown San Jose. Don't worry, segway training is included. Call ahead to book at 1-800-u-segway or visit Silicon Segway's website.

Legacy Gifts

As a supporter of Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, you care about our mission. But what happens to your support when you pass on? If you remember Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in your will or revocable trust, you will help us continue the work that you value, far into the future.

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

  1. It’s simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, “I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.”
  2. You can change your mind. We won’t receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.
  3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes. 
  4. It’s an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we’d be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.

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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
438 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-7657
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