Newsletter: May 2012

Thanks to all our sponsors who made Spring in Guadalupe Gardens and the Fun Run a great success – Adobe Systems, Inc., Best Electrical, Blach Construction, Club Rodeo, the City of San Jose, Greenwaste, Kaiser, NBC Bay Area, San Jose Water Company, and Silicon Valley Community Newspapers. We could not do this event without all of the great vendors who come out, and all the dedicated volunteers who donate their time.

Motherís Day Adopt-a-Rose Promotion

Give your mother something unique, personal, and truly meaningful this Mother’s Day. Our Adopt-a-Rose program includes a personalized plaque in the rose garden and a very attractive gift package containing: Click here for more info!

Bike to Work Day & Trail Update

Look for our Bike to Work Day Energizer Station on Thursday, May 10th. We’ll be set up on the trail next to the Visitor Center.

The trail north of Hwy 880 will be closed early next month so that the paving project can begin. Worst-case scenario has the Hwy 880 to Gold St. section closed for one year, but we hear that the contractor is eager to get the job done sooner.

National River Clean Up – May 19th

On Saturday, May 19th from 9 AM to noon, we'll be cleaning our adopted section between Coleman and Hwy 880 (Site 20). If you'd like to join us, just click here to sign up. To see a list of other sites, click here!

Window on the River Park

Join us on June 14th as Adobe Systems, Inc. hosts our 11th annual Window on the River Park fundraiser. Information regarding sponsorships and individual tickets can be found here. Proceeds fund ongoing education and stewardship efforts in the park.

Meet Volunteer Sandi Del Balso

After working as a project manager in engineering for United Airlines, Sandi took time off to raise her two children. She decided to pursue a degree in environmental studies at SJSU in anticipation of returning to work, and chose GRPC for her internship. Sandi developed curriculum for our homeschool program and assisted with field trips, where she found working with children really rewarding. Thanks Sandi, and congratulations on your degree!

Upcoming Events
Raising Urban Chickens
Saturday, May 5th, 2012
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Chickens make great tenants—they mind themselves, provide fresh, nutritious eggs and powerful fertilizer, and will never bug you about home improvement projects or dirty laundry. Why not try to start a coop in your own backyard? More>>>

Walking the Labyrinth: A Guided Meditation through the Heritage
Tuesday, May 8th
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ages 18 and Up

Sometimes we all need to take a moment to stop and smell the roses. Join GRPC for a non-denominational guided meditation through the Heritage Rose Garden, led by Santa Clara University alumnus Sarah Tkach. More>>>

Beginning Landscape Watercolor Painting
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

With the green hillsides covered in wildflowers, the late spring is an inspiring season in the Bay Area. Learn how to capture nature’s beautiful landscapes with watercolors at this workshop. More>>>

Planning the Harmonious Garden
Saturday, May 19, 2012
10 am
Guadalupe Community Garden
Ages 18 and Up

Join the Master Gardeners of the Guadalupe Demo Garden to discuss planning a harmonious garden including how to plan your garden, what veggies to plant at this time of year, using the sun/shade microclimates in the garden, including ornamentals to attract incredibly helpful insects, and including edible flowers.

Managing Pests and Diseases in the Edible Garden
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

You deal with them on the road, at work, and waiting in line at the store, but you don’t have to deal with pests in your garden too! Come to this workshop hosted by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to learn how to discourage garden pests in a sustainable manner. More>>>

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 yoga instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle class designed to improve your flexibility, balance and relaxation. More>>>

Legacy Gifts

Retirement accounts, which are subject to income tax, are good vehicles for charitable gifts. Charities aren’t subject to income tax so your gift goes farther.


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