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NEWSLETTER: February 2017

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run

It's not too late to earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe!

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run 10K/5K/1K Kids' Run at 9 AM on Sunday, February 5th.

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1 mile quarterback sneak, you'll earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers to run a 10K or 5K -- cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game.

You won't want to miss the first in our series of collectors' shirts (graphic above) from the Rotary Children's Sculpture Walk! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.

Click here to register.

Adopt-a-Rose for Valentine's Day

Looking for a distinctive Valentine's gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $60, we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine.

Click here for more details.

Adult & Family Workshops


Hurry - this is your LAST CHANCE to register!

Still Life Painting Family Workshop

Building Successful Backyard Birdhouses

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening - Six-Week Series


Register soon to reserve your spot!

Orchard Landscape Watercolor Painting
Saturday, March 4th - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
(ages 8+ with adult chaperone)

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: painting techniques such as shading and the elements of landscape painting.

**NEW** Birding for Beginners
Sunday, March 5th - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
(any age with adult chaperone)

Why not get the love of nature and wildlife started young? We are partnering with Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) to bring our first ever family birding program! Bring the family on a fun and educational bird walk, and learn proper techniques and tools to make your future family trips a success!

Birding for Beginners & Beyond
Saturday, March 11th - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Adults only.

 Learn how to identify the many interesting species that call the Guadalupe River (and sometimes your backyard) home on an outdoor birding excursion led by SCVAS. Learn to identify bird species by sound and sight, using binoculars, keys, guidebooks, and birding techniques. No prior birding experience is necessary, but experienced birders are welcome to attend and refresh their knowledge and help fledgling learners.

Spring 4-Week Walking Series
Saturdays, March 11th - April 1st - 8:30 to 9:30 am
Burst out of winter with a new walking series. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class; learn proper stretches, toning exercises, and walking technique as you meet others who enjoy exercising outdoors along the way.

Click here for more information.

Winter Storms

Record January rains and spillover from upper watershed reservoirs caused the Guadalupe River to swell last month, bringing debris and impacting undercrossings, while ushering in the Guadalupe's diverse birdlife.

Our next river clean up is Saturday, Feb. 18th. Please use caution at undercrossings as the City continues work to clean up sediment after the storms.

Volunteer Corner

Thanks to over 60 community volunteers who joined us for a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Volunteers removed over 4,000 pounds of debris from the river in January.

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

Altria Group

Basis Independent Silicon Valley HS

Boy Scout Troop 452

California San Jose Mission

Cupertino High School

HandsOn Bay Area

Hope Services

Lynbrook High School

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

Notre Dame High School

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

Valley Christian 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 over 1,074 volunteer hours in December, finishing 2016 with an all-time record of over 19,000 hours donated to the park.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

  • Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. March 4th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Historic Orchard Pruning Lessons
    Sat. February 25th, 9:30 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.
  • Monthly River Cleanup
    Sat. February 18th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.


Meet Volunteer Donna Snodgrass
Donna has been volunteering with us since February 2006 and has done a bit of everything over the years, including supporting our adopt-a-rose program. She also has been a member since 2004. When she is not volunteering with us, you can find her gardening, walking, and reading about Bay Area wildlife. We'd like to give a huge round of applause to Donna for all her years of service and love for the park.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Classes

Science in the Garden

Gardening 101: Natives vs. Invasives
February 2/3

Home Cooked Garden
February 6/9/10

Pumped Up Pollinators!
February 13/16/17

Breathe It All In!
February 23/24/27

Click here for more information on our homeschool program.

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Wednesdays and Saturdays through February 25th
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons will be offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday through February 25th. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am. Rain cancels.

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.

Click here for more information.

Still Life Painting - Family Workshop

Saturday, February 11th
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ages 8+ with adult chaperone

Looking to learn the secret of watercolor pigments? Art specialist Heather Engle is excited to teach you and your family! Discover the magic behind the brush and learn how to translate a photo into your own art!

Through exploration of local and seasonal items, Heather will be covering topics such as pigment levels, color, and light in a fun and engaging class. This workshop will also cover primary colors, secondary colors, and watercolor mixing techniques.

Click here to sign up.

Building Successful Backyard Birdhouses

Sunday, February 12th
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Ages 12+ with adult chaperone

Have you ever wondered about the mystery behind birdhouses? Where to build them, how big to build them, or even how to build them at all? Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's Cavity Nester Recovery Program, will answer these and many other questions!

Learn how to build a birdhouse as well as how, why, when, and where to install them. Mike will be covering a variety of topics ranging from restoration of bird populations through nesting programs, to monitoring nest boxes for Bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds.

Click here to sign up.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening - Six-Week Series

Wednesdays, February 22nd through March 29th
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join UC Master Gardener Dee Brown for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening!

Learn how to grow a successful, environmentally responsible food garden that produces delicious vegetables and herbs all the year!

Click here to sign up.

City Updates

San Jose's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department is updating its Greenprint and would appreciate your input.

Click here to take the Greenprint survey.

Following January's rain, the City expects work on the Autumn Parkway extension to Julian and west bank trail closure to wrap up by the end of the month.

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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