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NEWSLETTER: December 2015

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run
Rotary PlayGarden's 100,000th
Ways to Give
Trail Update
Volunteer Corner
Legacy Giving

Super Guadalupe River Run

Registration for the Feb. 7, 2015 Super Guadalupe River Run is the perfect gift for the athletes in your family or perhaps an 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's 100,000th

Bryan Nabong, Alice Jou, and baby Aiden passed through the gates on Saturday, Nov. 21st and will be enjoying a complimentary picnic reservation as a reward.

Feeling generous? We have lots of ways for you to contribute!

Whole Foods 2.5% Day

Fill your fridge and pantry at Whole Foods on The Alameda on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and we will receive 2.5% of the store's proceeds. Or have a pint at the brewery; that works too. We greatly appreciate Whole Foods Market's generous support! Add the event on Facebook for a reminder.

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 gifts help us to:

Maintain Rotary PlayGarden as a clean, safe place to play.

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).

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

Trail Update

SJ Trail Manager Yves Zsutty reports that PG&E's work on the levy between Tasman & Gold is complete so the trail is open.

Volunteer Corner

Many hands make light work of river clean up!

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

Bellarmine College Prep
Cisco Systems
Creekside School
Cupertino High School
Evergreen Valley high School
Friends of Chilren with Special Needs
Gunderson High School
Hands On Bay Area
Harker School
Mission Bay
Mission San Jose
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
One Brick
Yerba Buena High School

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 1,556 volunteer hours in October.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. Dec. 5th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

River Clean Ups
Sat. Dec. 19th, 8:30-11:30 am. FULL

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 8:30 - 11:30 am Sign up.

Meet Volunteer Bayardo Castro
Bayardo has been staffing our front desk for a month now and has brought great conversation and smiles to those who enter the Visitor Center. Bayardo, a professional in the fueling industry, loves spending time with his wife and son and is excited to be welcoming a new daughter in the coming weeks. Together with his family, Bayardo spends time outdoors hiking and attending community events. When he gets some time for himself, he often can be found working on his cars. Thank you for your work Bayardo!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Science of Composting

Join us as we explore the incredible world of worms and discover their important role in nature. Students will learn about compost and about the role of decomposers in a food web.

Warming up to Worms
December 3rd

The Incredible Journey
December 10th

Make It Rain
December 17th

More info.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 12th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

$35/members, $45/non-members

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show you how to look for 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.

More info.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 20

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.

More info.

Smart and Beautiful Landscaping

Saturday, January 16

10:00 am to noon

$10/members, $15/non-members

Join UCCE Master Gardener Laura Monczynski to learn how to landscape for our wildly varying climate. Smart landscaping choices will help you create a lush, beautiful yard that is also low maintenance, water wise, and attractive to birds and butterflies.

More info.

Dormant Tree Pruning

Saturday, January 16

10:00 am to noon

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 that made the Santa Clara County the Valley of Heart’s Delight.

More info.

PlayGarden Drop-In Programs

Every Tues. & Sat. 11:00 am
Every Thurs. 3:00 pm

Want to learn more about nature and our environment while visiting the Rotary PlayGarden? Join us for our free weekly drop-in programs in the Amphitheater! Topics vary on a weekly basis, and have thus far included: All about Birds, Salmon Survival Game, Parts of a Plant, Salmon Lifecycle, Animal Pelts and Tracks, and Impacts on the Watershed using the Enviroscape model. We welcome all ages and abilities to participate. Follow us on Facebook for updates about the Rotary PlayGarden.

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 is 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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