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NEWSLETTER: April 2013

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Saturday, April 20th - Super Guadalupe River Run 10K/5K

Join us for a flat, timed 10K/5K and 1K kid's run on the park's trails.

  • 8:00 am - 10K start
  • 8:20 am - 5K start
  • 9:30 am - 1K kid's run

Register Now!

We greatly appreciate the financial support of Presenting Sponsor: San Jose Water Company, Start Line Sponsor: Valley Crest; Finish Line Sponsor: Seven Flags Automotive Care Network; and Blach Construction and Best Electric Company.

Please stick around for the trail ribbon cutting and/or Spring in Guadalupe Gardens festival.

Saturday, April 20th - Trail Ribbon Cutting

Join us April 20th at 10am for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the paving of the Guadalupe River Trail to Alviso. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, SCVWD Board Member Tony Estremera, County Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese, San Jose Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Kansen Chu, and Cisco's Ricardo Benavidez will be joining us for this joyous occasion. More info including map.

Saturday, April 20th - Spring in Guadalupe Gardens Festival

Mark your calendar for music, plant sales, compost bin sales (SJ Residents only), free compost give-away, and children’s activities from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm next to the Visitor & Education Center at 438 Coleman Ave. Click here to see more event details. Volunteer's needed! Click the green button to sign up.

Adopt-a-Rose for Mother's Day

Give your mother something unique, personal, and truly meaningful this Mother’s Day. Click here for more info!

San Jose Clean App

San Jose Clean, a smartphone app that lets you report graffiti, trash, and other undesirable conditions, has been very effective for addressing park issues. It is very satisfying to see a problem you report get resolved. Now if it could only conjure up some park rangers. Apple, Android.

Volunteer Corner

Meet Volunteer Jo Gadd
If you happen to call the Conservancy office on Thursday afternoon and get a person with a lovely British accent, you've just met our newest front desk volunteer, Jo Gadd! Jo became familiar with the Guadalupe River Park from running the Turkey Trot the past several years and decided to start helping around the office a couple of months ago. She came to California from London 13 years ago when her husband was transferred due to business and loves the weather. Jo often rides her bike the 11 miles to the Conservancy office from her West Valley home and also does marathons and half marathons in addition to shorter runs. She is currently preparing for the upcoming San Francisco Marathon, where she plans to do the half marathon while her husband is aiming for the entire 26.2 miles. Say hi to Jo next time you catch her on the phone or in the office.

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Series

April theme: Pollinators: Powerful Plant Propagators on Patrol

Pollen, friend or foe?
April 3rd or April 4th

The Buzz on Bees
April 10th or April 11th

High Flying Helpers
April 17th or April 18th

Exotic Pollinators
April 24th or April 25th

Time: 1:30 – 3 pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members per class

For more information, more info.

Sustainable Gardening Workshop Series

Wednesdays days from April 3rd to May 8th
7:00 to 9:00pm
$60/members, $70/non-members

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join Master Gardeners Dee Brown and Ann Northrup for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening! More info.

Raising Beautiful and Bountiful Citrus Trees

Saturday, April 6th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Citrus are wonderful trees as they offer both beauty and fruit for a home gardener. Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will lead a class about the types of citrus trees that thrive in Santa Clara County and how to care for them. Techniques for planting and pruning will be covered and, immediately after the class, there will be a hands-on demo of planting a citrus tree in Guadalupe's historic orchard! More info.

Spring Birding Walk

Saturday, April 20th
9:00am to 11:00am
All Ages
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join avid birder Ralph Schardt for a two- hour easy birding hike along the Guadalupe River. An experienced birder with a passion for getting people of all ages out in nature, Ralph will teach participants how to successfully identify our local and migrating birds by using guide books and binoculars. All ages are welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you have your own bird books and binoculars please bring them, but some will be available to borrow for the duration of the walk. More info.

Urban Foraging Workshop

Saturday, April 27th
10:00am to 12:00pm
All Ages
$10/members, $15/non-members

Have you ever been out for a walk and wondered if any of the plants around you could make it to your dinner plate? Join our urban foraging enthusiasts Dion Kardasis and Jeremy Dalton for a two- hour workshop on finding and cooking edible weeds. Dion and Jeremy will teach participants how to identify edible plants and then lead the class on a foraging excursion around the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Finally, the class will return to the Visitor Center to cook up some of the fruits of their labor. This class is open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult. More info.

Legacy Giving

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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