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NEWSLETTER: August 2012

New Logo & Website

Our board of directors decided it was time for a brand refresh and charged Communications Committee Chair Jack Wimberly with coordinating the effort. We hope you enjoy the clean appearance.

River Clean Up

Many thanks to the team from Iron Construction that coordinated over 50 people from BOMA, CREW, and IFMA for a river clean up recently. They removed nearly 4,000 pounds of trash. If your company or group is looking for a team building or service day, please contact

Greater and Greener

GRPC Board President Dave Finn and Executive Director Leslee Hamilton attended last month's Greater and Greener conference in New York City. They returned inspired by the remarkable investment that New York City has made in its parks. As the mayor of Oklahoma City said, 'You can't be a suburb of nothing;

Historic Orchard Update

Silicon Valley HealthCorps member Natalie Stameroff's service is coming to an end. She has been coordinating activities in the Historic Orchard since last October. Through her extraordinary efforts, we now have a hedgerow to attract pollinators, additional education curriculum, an agreement with UCCE Master Gardeners to maintain the "family" section of the orchard, and we were able to donate well over 1,000 pounds of fresh cherries and apricots to local soup kitchens and food pantries. Thanks Natalie!

We're reverting to our former orchard coordination system; i.e., Volunteer Coordinator Mike Peasland will be recruiting volunteers. If you’re interested in helping us to maintain the orchard, please contact

Demonstration Gardens

The director of the state Department of Pesticide Regulation will be visiting the Courtyard Garden on September 22nd to see the results of a $200,000 Integrated Pest Management grant that the Environmental Services Department received. The demonstration areas include the use of different types of mulch to suppress weeds, a water-wise alternative to turf, and XYZ.


It's just about time to begin another season of homeschool classes. We have expanded the age range; this year we will offer classes for children from 5-12 years old. In September we will start with a series called Feathers, Fins, Burrows and Nests: Habitats and Adaptations in the River Park. Our Guadalupe Guides will be leading students on an exploration of the River Park where we will discover how animals live in their environments and what they need to survive. We will have two special guest animal programs, more details to follow. Click here for more information.

Trail Update

Work on the Hwy 880 to Alviso paving project is making great progress. According to Trail Manager Yves Zsutty, the fog seal (final oil coat) will be installed along the Hwy 880 to Airport Parkway segment over next two weeks. Please do not travel on the trail until construction is complete as use at this time will damage the surface. Click here to follow Yves' construction updates.

Volunteer Corner

Meet Board Member Terry Austen
Terry is a native San Josean. Academic credentials include a BS-Biology degree from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from San Jose State University. Terry began his health care management career as laundry manager at now-defunct San Jose Medical Center. While there, he moved into finance and information technology management positions, leaving in 1992 to run a physician-owned company. In 1998, he joined Kaiser Permanente as CFO for three hospitals. Terry was promoted to Senior VP/Area Health Plan Manager in 2004, responsible for health care delivery to 200,000 KP members in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy. He also serves on the board of the American Cancer Society (Board President 2004-2006) and SJSU Research Foundation. Terry and his wife Carol live in the Rose Garden neighborhood where they tend roses, orchids and a wine cellar!

Meet Volunteer Marshall Woodmansee
Marshall first came to the GRPC for our homeschool program where he discovered the fun of geocaching. Later he became a Junior Guadalupe Guide, helping with our education programs. This summer Marshall has taken on the challenge of caring for our visitor center animals, who are always happy to see him! When he's not volunteering you might find Marshall hiding his own geocaches, riding his customized bike, or taking care of his own animals, a corn snake, albino rabbit, chicken, fish and two cats! Thanks Marshall!

Upcoming Events

Collecting and Planting with Seeds

Saturday August 11th
10:00am to 11:30am
$10/members, $15/non-members
Ages: 18 and up

Increase the varieties of vegetables and other plants you can grow while decreasing costs by starting your own plants from seed. Master Gardener Laura Monczynski will take you step-by-step through the seed-starting process and show how to collect and save seeds from existing plants.

Rose Deadheading

Tuesday, August 14th
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Free, Ice cream included!
Ages: 15 and above

Come join an awesome volunteer group, learn about roses, and join us for a free ice cream at the Gardens.

Composting Class

Wednesday, August 22nd
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ages 18 and Up

Turn your kitchen and yard waste into black gold with this workshop on composting. The two hour workshop, taught by Master Composter Joan Kyle, will teach you the basic strategies to successful home composting. Come learn what materials can be composted, different techniques for the best results, and receive tips and hints to choose the best method for you. Help make the world a greener place by joining in the fight for waste reduction – It's HOT to ROT!

Gardening with Succulents

Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

All you ever wanted to know about succulent plants! Master Gardener Laura Balaoro will discuss how to use succulents in the garden. Topics include which succulents tolerate sun or shade, which go dormant in the summer, when to best cut them, watering, soil mixture, how to propagate, and succulent pests and diseases. If there is time, Laura will demo planting succulents with a design in mind.

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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