Newsletter: June 2012
Window on the River Park

Join us on June 14th at Adobe Systems, Inc. for our 11th annual Window on the River Park fundraiser. We greatly appreciate the generous support of our sponsors:



Able Services
The Akatiff Family
Blach Construction Company
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.
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Hopkins & Carley
HydroScience Engineers
Joseph J. Albanese Co.
Mike Meyer
Katherine Oven
Petrinovich, Pugh & Co
Republic Urban Properties
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Rotten Robbie
Jerry Silva
South Bay Construction Co.
The Schoennauer Company
Jodi & Drew Starbird

Accel Air Systems
AJ Auto Detailing
Alongi Brothers, Inc.
Hardcastle Autobody
HMH Inc.
Mac Millan Partners, Inc.
M.E. Fox & Co.
Mineta Transportation Institute
Motor Body Co., Inc.
Ruth and Going
Dave & Nancy Sandretto
Verde Design Inc.
Jack Wimberly

Information regarding sponsorships and individual tickets can be found here. Proceeds fund ongoing education and stewardship efforts in the park. Click here to see a .pdf of the invitation.

Confluence Area Additions

The Rotary Club of San Jose recently unveiled two wonderful new aluminum sculpture “scenes.” One features three children playing hide and seek near the Pool of Genes, and, in the other, two kids play with airplanes. Rotary commissioned the work from local artists at SJSU’s Foundry, and we have agreed to maintain them. We are also taking on the upkeep of the Pool of Genes, which had been shut down and filled with woodchips in 2010 due to budget cuts. It is great to see this wonderful feature restored to its intended function!

Visitor Center Improvements

Thanks to a grant from the eBay Foundation, we were able to purchase a 180-gallon aquarium, which will soon be home to six Rainbow Trout. The grant also paid for interpretive panels featuring information about life cycles, habitat, and our watershed – stop by soon to check it out!

Volunteers Needed

Join us for harvesting sweet, ripe, organic cherries this Saturday, June 2 at 9:30 am in the Historic Orchard. Please come with a container to take some fruits of your labor, water, and wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Please let Natalie ( know if you can make it.

We are also looking for volunteers to remove spent blooms in the SJ Heritage Rose Garden every second Tuesday of the month, beginning Tuesday, June 12th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here to sign up.

10th Annual Water Wizard Festival

On Wednesday May 30th three hundred third-grade students from Ann Darling, River Glen, and Zanker elementary schools transformed into Water Wizards by participating in a variety of activities exploring the science of water and the Guadalupe River watershed. Many thanks to the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting the costs of this event and to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Children's Discovery Museum, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, City of San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Audubon Society, A Schmahl Science Workshop, Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Clara University, and Our City Forest for joining us.

Meet Volunteer Richie Aguilera
Richie grew up in San Diego, where he looks forward to living again in a year or so. He just earned a degree in environmental studies from SJSU and hopes to work in the field of restoration or energy. When he wasn’t studying or taking care of the animals at the GRPG Visitor & Education Center, Richie could be found playing sports or hanging out with his friends. Richie, thanks for taking such good care of our critters!

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.

Guadalupe River: Headwaters to the Bay
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 pm

How well do you know your local watershed? Join us for an evening of discovery with wildlife conservation photographer Greg Kerekes, who will give a photo/video tour of the Guadalupe River from the headwaters to San Francisco Bay. His presentation will highlight the amazing wildlife diversity of the Santa Clara Valley and some of the most pressing environmental issues associated with our rivers and streams.

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!

Welcome Education Coordinator Kristjana Eyjolfsson

Kristjana’s passion for experiential outdoor education drove her to apply for our education coordinator position. Her recent experience teaching Life Lab garden science at Pacific Elementary School in Davenport piqued her interest in connecting children with nature, gardening and food, which will be a great fit here.  She earned a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Scripps College and was awarded master’s in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Glasgow. Kristjana is currently working towards an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. We look forward to learning more about her Icelandic roots.

Welcome Volunteer Coordinator Mike Peasland

Mike graduated from SJSU and began work as a journalist before transitioning to a twenty-five-year career in high tech. After volunteering for many years on trail crews in state parks, Mike made another career change and became a park ranger. He worked in San Jose parks for 10 years before being laid off last year. Mike was born in Canada and loves his family, hockey and baseball. Though our preference would be to see Ranger Mike back in uniform on a full-time basis, we love working with him and appreciate all that he does for GRPC and the park.

Legacy Gifts

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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438 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-7657
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