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NEWSLETTER: December 2014

In this issue:

Registration for the Feb. 1, 2015 Super Guadalupe River Run is the perfect gift for the athletes in your family or perhaps incentive to keep that New Year's resolution. 10K and 5K finishers earn a medal and t-shirt. Rates increase on Jan. 1st so sign up soon! Click here to register.

We get by with a lot of help from our Friends - and have lots of ways for you to contribute!

Whole Foods 1% Day

Fill your fridge and pantry at Whole Foods on The Alameda on Thursday, Dec. 18, and we will receive 1% of the store's proceeds. Or have a pint at the brewery; that works too. We greatly appreciate Whole Foods Market's generous support!

Stock Gifts
Did you know that you can donate appreciated stock (held for at least one year) and take a tax deduction for the fair market value of your gift? You avoid paying capital gains taxes, and we don't owe taxes when we sell the donated stocks so 100% of your gift goes to support our education, advocacy and stewardship efforts.

Please let us know if you are interested in making a stock donation. Your broker will need the following information to make the transfer:

Morgan Stanley
DTC# 0015
For credit to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Acct # 574-584393
GRPC FEIN 77-0166797

End-of-year gift

Help us to:

  • Connect children to nature through field trip programs, featuring environmental education activities tied to state standards.
  • Produce excellent events -- Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run -- that get people into the park and enhance the quality of life in San Jose.
  • Engage volunteers and advocate for the expansion and upkeep of the downtown trail - the backbone of the city's trail network.

Other ways you can help include corporate matching. You might be able to double your contribution if you work for one of the many generous companies in Silicon Valley that offer a matching gift program! Stop by our office to pull a tag from our holiday tree (critter care, dip nets, waterproof boots, office supplies). You can also make a wish tree donation on-line.

The Donor Walkway

Looking for a way to pay tribute to someone? Consider a granite paver or park bench in Arena Green. Click here for more info...

Education Update

We are pleased to introduce Cindy Moreno (photo right) as our new education coordinator. Cindy was an intern and Guadalupe Guide while an environmental studies student at SJSU. She moved on to other opportunities and even won an Environmental Hero award. She was drawn back to GRPC by the opportunity to connect people to nature via environmental education. One of her first tasks was accepting a $5,000 check from KLA-Tencor's Cathy McAbee (photo left). Thanks Cathy and welcome back Cindy!

Rotary PlayGarden Update

Lots of activity -- new walkways, slide supports, and play elements have popped up!

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

American Soccer
California San Jose Mission
Cisco Systems
Cupertino HS National Honor Society
Gunderson High School Interact
Hands on Bay Area
Independence High School Key Club
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
NVIDIA Corporation
One Brick
SAP
XYZ Santa Clara University
Yerba Buena High School NHS

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged more than 2060 volunteer hours in October.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
    Sat. December 6, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. December 20, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

Meet a Volunteer Ramon Barragan
Ramon, a certified nursing assistant and native of Playa Azul, Mexico, commutes from Redwood City to join us every day for volunteer work. After living in Nevada for some time, Ramon made the move to California and has been a resident of the Bay Area for seven years. Ramon attends cosmetology school full time in San Jose and hopes to graduate this spring. He has become a great help to our staff and a valuable part of our Trail Ambassador Program. When Ramon isn't patrolling our trails or helping at the front desk, you can find him reading, spending time with loved ones and cooking some tasty goodies! Thanks for all your hard work Ramon!

Meet Board Member Teresa Davies
Teresa is PG&E's Senior Manager for the San Jose Division. Her team is responsible for managing customer relationships and services to PG&E's business customers with an emphasis on promoting energy efficiency, demand response, renewable generation, and climate change solutions. A Navy Veteran, Teresa has a passion to serve and has been an active volunteer in both industry associations and community-based organizations. She brings considerable non-profit experience in fundraising, marketing, outreach, and event planning. Though new to Silicon Valley, Teresa has made her home close to the park and is passionate about helping to bring our vision to life. Welcome Teresa!

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
Rotary Children's Playgarden,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

 

Homeschool Programs

December
Geology Rocks My Socks

Explore with us the layers of the Earth and learn about how the Earth was formed, what causes earth quakes and why a volcano erupts. Discover the geology in San Jose while learning about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks and the famous San Andreas Fault. Please note: Classes will not meet on December 24th/25th in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The Big Rock Theory
December 3rd/4th

Meet a Rockstar: Serpentinite
December 10th/11th

Rock Your World
December 17th/18th

Click here to learn more!

 

 

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 6th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members

This annual workshop is so popular that there are two sessions! Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show us how to look through our gardens to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. After a basic design lesson, and examples of other clever projects, you will be ready to create your own personal gift for your home. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have some special greenery, lights or ornaments that you would like to incorporate onto your wreath, feel free to bring them along.

Click here to sign up.

 

 

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 14
8:00 am to noon

The Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is a census of early winter bird populations. More than 50,000 volunteer observers across the Americas take part in counting birds in their particular area. The result is over a century of data on bird populations from North to South America, which is used by scientists to monitor bird population changes over time. Please join us to complete the census of birds in the section of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens from Coleman Ave to Hedding St. No experience is necessary.

Click here to sign up.

 

 

Orchard Pruning

Saturday, January 17th
9:30am -- 11:30am
$10/members, $15/non-members

Learn how to prune your fruit trees with professional landscaper Sean McGrail. Gain hands-on experience by practicing your newly learned techniques on Guadalupe River Park & Garden's Historic Orchard, a 3.3-acre site planted in 1994 to showcase the varieties of fruit trees such as cherries, apricots and prunes that once made the Santa Clara valley famous as the "Valley of Heart's Delight".

Click here to sign up.

 

 

Rose Pruning Classes

Wednesdays & Saturdays
January 4th through February
8:30 to 11:30 am
Free!

Hands-on rose pruning lessons will be offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday, beginning Saturday, January 4th and ending February 26th. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am.

Come to learn, engage with community members, and have fun! Please bring leather gloves and bypass shears, if you have them; loaners are available if needed. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a full water bottle. Meet in the center of the garden. 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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