Newsletter: July 2012
Window on the River Park

Our June 14th Window on the River Park, hosted by Adobe, capped our most successful fundraising campaign ever. Many thanks to our sponsors:


City of San Jose


Cosmopolitan Catering
San Jose Water Company
West Valley Construction


Able Services
The Akatiff Family
Blach Construction Company
Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust
eBay inc
Linda Lee Lester
S.C. Valley Water District
Silicon Valley Law Group
Sobrato Development Companies
Valley Crest Landscape Development


Ampco System Parking
Terry & Carol Austen
Barry Swenson Builder
Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp.
Boston Properties
Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Burdick Painting
Dan Caputo
Comerica Bank
Cornerstone Earth Group
The Cristina Family
The Finn Family
Focus Business Bank
Garden City Sanitation Company
Guerra Realty Co.
Hardcastle Autobody
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Hopkins & Carley
HydroScience Engineers
Joseph J. Albanese Co.
Mike Meyer
Katherine Oven
Michelle Peacock
Petrinovich, Pugh & Co
Republic Urban Properties
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Rotten Robbie
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Sharks
Jerry Silva
South Bay Construction Co.
The Schoennauer Company
Jodi & Drew Starbird

Accel Air Systems
Rod Diridon Sr.
Mac Millan Partners, Inc.
Reed & Graham
Ruth and Going
Salas O'Brien Engineers, Inc.
Verde Design Inc.
Jack Wimberly

Summer Camp

Although school is out, activity at the visitor and education center hasn’t slowed a bit! We’ve hosted kids from InnVision’s shelters and are happy to be continuing our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of Silicon Valley, with four different clubhouses visiting us in June and July. Boys & Girls Club kids are with us for five days, exploring the park, making connections between the fruit in the orchard and produce at Trader Joe’s across the street, learning to identify the creatures big and small that live on land and in our river, and adventuring along the trail on bikes. Thank you to Trader Joe’s for providing the behind-the-scenes tours and to the Shortino and Packard foundations for underwriting these programs.

Native Plants Additions

When we moved into the Visitor and Education Center back in '05, we installed a drought-tolerant garden in the front yard. The garden needed a refresh so we decided to go native to take advantage of the educational opportunities a native landscape offers. Last summer Eagle Scout Rishabh Shah removed the groundcover that was taking over. Longtime supporters Richard and Bracey Tiede donated a bunch of great native plants, which Richard installed through the fall and winter. This spring, flowers started popping out to an appreciative audience of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees! We plan to add plant labels soon. Many thanks Richard, Bracey and Rishabh!

New Lobby Residents

Our new aquarium is now home to some beautiful Rainbow trout; many thanks to eBay Foundation for funding the aquarium and to Herman Garcia of CHEER for transporting the fish. GRPC Education Assistant Richard Tejeda secured the permit from the Department of Fish & Game and spent many hours getting the water chemistry just right for the new residents.

We also have a new Gopher snake; the youngster slithered up to GRPC staff members Phil Cornish and Mike Peasland in the Heritage Rose Garden. Send your suggestions for a name to

Meet Board Member Dan Caputo
Dan Caputo, Jr. is president of Dan Caputo Co., a family owned business started by his father in 1931 as construction company that Dan converted to a real estate management and investment company. He is a lifelong resident of San Jose and earned a degree in accounting from Santa Clara University in 1967, where he was a three-year member of SCU’s first rowing team. Dan belongs to the Rotary Club of San Jose and has been involved in a number of community groups, including Books Aloud, Christmas in the Park, Kiwanis Club and the Civic Club of San Jose. A longtime recreational bicyclist, he recently gave up riding and now swims three or four days a week.

Meet Volunteer Reema Vyas
Reema grew up in San Jose and is currently a student at University of California, Riverside where she is studying Business Administration. She enjoys helping out at the GRPG Visitor and Education Center and in her spare time can be found reading or going on a hike.

Upcoming Events

Nature-inspired Yoga in the Park, Summer Series
Thursdays, June 7th through July 26th
(8 weeks)
6:15pm to 7:15pm
$50/members, $60/non-members
$10 drop in
Age: 18+

With warmer weather and longer evenings on the horizon, it’s time once again for Yoga in the Park. Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and yoga instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance and relaxation. All necessary equipment is provided. 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. This class will be taught outside.

Gardening with Succulents
Saturday, July 21st
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

All you ever wanted to know about succulent plants! Master Gardener Laura Balaoro will discuss how to use succulents in the garden. Topics include which succulents tolerate sun or shade, which go dormant in the summer, when to best cut them, watering, soil mixture, how to propagate, and succulent pests and diseases. If there is time, Laura will demo planting succulents with a design in mind.

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Saturday, August 4, 2012
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
$10/members, $15/non-members
Ages: 18 and up

Learn to slow down growth, increase light, and remove disease from your fruit tree in this hands-on summer pruning class led by horticultural specialist Sean McGrail.

Collecting and Planting with Seeds
Saturday August 11th
10:00am to 11:30am
$10/members, $15/non-members
Ages: 18 and up

Increase the varieties of vegetables and other plants you can grow while decreasing costs by starting your own plants from seed. Master Gardener Laura Monczynski will take you step-by-step through the seed-starting process and show how to collect and save seeds from existing plants. This program will take place at the Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose. Pre Registration is required, space is limited. For more information, call 408 298-7657.

New Plant Clinic

The Master Gardeners will be hosting free plant clinics on the first Sunday (starting June 2nd) of each month from 10 am-12, at the covered picnic area in Guadalupe Community Garden. Entry is through the gate on Asbury. Members of the public are welcome to drop by to ask general garden and landscape questions, bring plant samples for diagnosis or learn what plants are best for our area. Thanks to Ann Northrup, Lee Ann Ray and Deyana Leni for spearheading this effort!

Legacy Gifts

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There’s no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled.

Here’s some sample language:
I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate. I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors’ discretion.


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