Newsletter: March 2012
Save the Date!

Saturday, April 28, 2012
10 AM - 3 PM

Guadalupe Gardens
Between Coleman Avenue and Taylor Street

40+ vendors selling plants, garden art, etc.
Heritage Rose Garden in full bloom
Fun Run
Free Compost
Compost Bin Sales (SJ residents only!)
Alternative Energy

Our 5K Fun Run also returns on April 28th, with tremendous volunteer support from the Junior League of San Jose. For more information and to register, click here.

Conservancy to host 3/12 National Park Service Meeting

In 1857, Congress awarded John Butterfield a contract to establish an overland mail route between the eastern United States and growing populations on the West Coast. The National Park Service is evaluating the feasibility and suitability of designating the Butterfield Overland Trail as a national historic trail. To learn more, visit this link and join us on Monday, March 12th from 6-8 pm.

Great American Litter Pick Up

Our February 25th river clean up attracted over 80 people and included groups from Beta Alpha Psi, Nu Kappa Alpha, Alpha Kappa Psi, and De Anza Red Cross Club (pictured above). Join us on Saturday, March 17th from 8:30 to noon as we pick up litter in the park as part of the annual Great American Litter Pick Up. Volunteers will meet at the Visitor Center (438 Coleman Ave) and be treated to a free lunch afterwards in the Delmas Park neighborhood. Please register so we have enough materials on hand.

Meet Board Member Dave Finn
Dave is our new board president. A project executive for general contractor and construction manager Blach Construction Company, Dave manages the firm’s South Bay education construction programs and K–12 school district bond programs. He and his wife Sonja have four children and one grandchild and have lived in San Jose for over 20 years. Dave has worked with a variety of people and organizations and has developed a strong commitment to conservation, sustainability, and community outreach. His goals as board president are to increase fundraising, address long-term safety issues, promote greater coordination among stakeholders, and oversee a rebranding effort. A recreational cyclist, Dave enjoys the river trail and will work for improved connectivity.

Meet volunteer Kathleen Rhodes
Kathleen grew up in Southern California and attended San Jose State (BA, MA, MLS). After college she worked as an academic librarian and ran an art gallery in Los Gatos until 1987, when she joined the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle as a research librarian. After retiring in 2007, Kathleen enrolled in the Environmental Horticulture program at Foothill Community College to pursue her lifelong passion for plants, landscaping, and the environment. She joined our new Orchard Corps because, "The orchard project is a way to connect to the agricultural history of the valley. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about plant management while enjoying volunteering with others in a park I love." We greatly appreciate Kathleen’s expertise and passion for plants.

Upcoming Events
Safe Methods for Food Preservation and Canning
Saturday, March 10th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

If done improperly, preserving food at home can create poisonous food-born pathogens in the preserves, including botulism, which can kill. However, food preservation methods can be a safe, cheap, and green way to nourish the body and spirit, if the correct procedures are followed. To learn how, join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and UC Master Preserver Susan Algert for a workshop on safe preservation techniques that can be practiced in a residential kitchen.

Spring Walking Series
Saturdays, March 10th through April 28th (8 weeks)
8:30 to 9:30am
$40/members, $50/non-members

Do you sit all day at work and need an energy boost? Did your exercise routine fall apart during the holidays? Burst out of winter with a fun, new way to get fit this spring! Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for an eight week spring walking series, led by fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Sheri Suomela.

Greening your Lawn

Saturday, March 17th
9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 18+
$10/members, $15/non-members

Would you like to have a healthy, lush, green lawn while using less water, fertilizers, and herbicides? Or have you considered replacing part of your lawn with some native plants or a vegetable garden? Join Master Gardener Marianne Mueller for a workshop on greening your lawn. You will learn best practices for lawn care, including three easy tips to save water. Marianne will also demonstrate how easy it is to replace a lawn with a low-water garden featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.

Birding for Beginners and Beyond
Saturday, March 24th
9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 16 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

The Guadalupe River is a wildlife corridor, connecting resident birds to many different ecosystems throughout the South Bay, and also serving as a winter or summer refuge for migrating species. Learn how to identify the many interesting species that call the Guadalupe River home on an excursion led by naturalist Greg Kerekes. Greg will teach participants how to identify bird species by sound and sight using binoculars, keys, guidebooks, and birding techniques. No prior birding experience is necessary, but experienced birders are welcome to attend and refresh their knowledge and help fledgling learners. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Click here for more offerings!

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San Jose, CA 95110
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