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NEWSLETTER: April 2016

In this issue:

Rotary PlayGarden Anniversary

Can you believe that it has been nearly one year - and 150,000 visitors - since the PlayGarden opened to the public?! To commemorate that milestone and to raise funds for the continued maintenance of the park, we will be holding an event on Saturday, May 21st. Mark your calendars - details to follow.

We are thrilled to report that the Lennox Foundation awarded $20,000 towards salaries for our gate attendants as part of a larger grant to our education program. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Norris family!

Mother's Day Adopt a Rose

It's not too early to adopt a rose for Mother's Day! A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $50 (no package) or $60 (with package), we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Mom.

More information here.

Parks & Open Space Updates

D3 Decides, an exercise in participatory budgeting, allows District 3 voters choose how to allocate $100,000. Trail user Bert Weaver has proposed funding to repaint the center stripe on the Guadalupe River Trail. If you are a D3 resident, please consider voting for this item! Click here to read more about D3 Decides.

PBS is airing "10 Parks That Changed America" on Tuesday, April 12th. The hour-long film focuses on ten city parks that have had a significant impact on urban culture.

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is hosting a series of evening meetings to solicit ideas about its new Urban Open Space Program. GRPC Executive Director Leslee Hamilton will help facilitate the meeting on April 26th at Santa Clara University. For a list of all the meetings, click here.

Staff Updates

We are pleased to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinator Rick Davis (right). Rick brings a breadth of experience from working as a Senior Recreation Leader for the City of Cupertino to a stint at REI to managing a martial arts studio. We encourage you to join us in getting to know Rick!

We were very fortunate to have the assistance of Lucy Perez (left), our former volunteer coordinator of 12 years, in managing workdays during the transition and onboarding Rick. Thanks, Lucy, and welcome Rick!

Volunteer Corner

This group of students from SJSU waged a heroic battle against weeds - go Spartans!

An equally spirited group of Cisco volunteers helped with seasonal pruning in the Heritage Rose Garden.

A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past February:

Cisco Systems
Creekside School
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hands on Bay Area

HOPE Services
LDS San Jose Missionaries

Milpitas High School Key Club
Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

Santa Clara County Office of Education

South Bay Heritage Rose Group

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 1,457 volunteer hours in February.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

  • Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.

  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. April 16th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. April 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.


Meet Volunteer Layla Loens
Layla volunteers weekly to staff our front desk. In addition to volunteering, she also enjoys reading; her favorite genre is mystery novels. When she's not in the office, you will find Layla and her 11-year-old son hiking the trails here at the river park. Thanks, Layla, for your continued support!

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
Rotary PlayGarden,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Egg-cellent Life Cycles

Join us as we explore the life cycles of Guadalupe River Park’s quirky creatures! Students will investigate complete and incomplete metamorphosis and become experts of each life cycle by modeling and playing fun games to reinforce their learning.

Classes are offered on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Fish Finatics
April 4th/7th

A Bug's Life
April 11th/14th

All About Frogs and Toads

April 18th/21st

Life as a Lady Beetle
April 25th/28th

Click here to learn more!

Beginning Landscape Watercolor Painting

Saturday, April 2nd
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ages 8+ with adult participation
$15/members, $20/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. Art Specialist Heather Engle will show participants how to control water and pigment levels to explore variations in color and light. Other topics covered include primary colors, secondary colors, watercolor techniques, and the elements of landscape painting.

Click here to sign up.

Plein Air Festival

Sunday, May 1st
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Artists of every level are invited to paint during this second annual celebration of the glorious peak bloom in the Heritage Rose Garden. Collectors, art lovers, and the public are encouraged to visit the garden to enjoy the blooms and the creative process.

Click here for more information.

Recycled Art in the Garden

Saturday, May 7th
10:00 to 11:30 am
Ages 8+ with adult participation
$10/members, $15/non-members

Begin spring cleaning early this year and attend a unique workshop on recycled art with Art Specialist Heather Engle. Start with an introduction to using “junk” materials and see a presentation of how others have turned their trash into timeless treasures. Then, use your own creativity to make something for your garden that will impress your neighbors and encourage great green practices.

Click here to sign up.

Green Living

The City of San Jose Environmental Services Department, in partnership with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, is offering free landscape education classes using the Nature's Inspiration Garden in the Courtyard Garden.

Click here for more information.

Wildlife Corner


Take a walk along the Guadalupe River Trail this time of year and you might see something big jump out of the bushes!

April Fools! Learn more about the real flora and fauna in the park.

Legacy Giving

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 further.

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