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NEWSLETTER: December 2014, Special Edition

In this issue:

Whole Foods

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!

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.

Rotary PlayGarden Update

Did you know that when the Rotary Club of San Jose approached the city about a $6 million centennial gift of an all-access PlayGarden, Rotary was told that, due to budget cuts, they would need to also pay to maintain it or find a private organization that would? Had we not stepped up, this would have been a deal breaker. Fortunately, our board recognized the importance of this investment to the park and our community.

The beauty of the PlayGarden is that it's designed to allow children with special needs to play alongside their able-bodied siblings and friends. We are asking for your support to help us cover approximately $25,000 in annual PlayGarden maintenance plus programming costs. Opening is projected for late February.

Volunteer Corner

While we were thrilled to see the river running again during the recent storms, there was a disheartening amount of trash left behind when the water receded.

We have plenty of volunteers for this Saturday's river clean up, but we are looking for help on January 17.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. January 17, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
    Sat. January 3, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

Legacy Giving

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

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

January
Weather Happens Everyday

Students will study the many aspects of how weather is created by experiencing simulated weather phenomena, learning about the water cycle, seasons and air pressure, and by making a weather station to record changes in the weather.

Precise Precipitation
January 7th/ 8th

Wild about Wind
January 14th/15th

Cloudspotting
January 21st/22nd

Extreme Weather
January 28th/29th

Click here to learn more!

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.

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