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NEWSLETTER: January 2014

In this issue:

Super Bowl Sunday Run, 9am

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday in San Jose with the Super Guadalupe River Run! Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 10K, run a 5K buttonhook, or tackle the kids' 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Click here to register.


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 $50, we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine. Click here for more details.

Salad Bars for Schools

After tackling our Super Bowl Sunday run, keep your momentum going with the Heart & Soles 5K on Feb. 8th. Proceeds from the Lam Research sponsored event support "Salad Bars for Santa Clara County Schools." Click here for more info.

Volunteer Coordinator Update

Volunteer Coordinator Jeremy Dalton has such a busy school schedule that he is not able to continue in the lead role. While we are sad to see him reduce his hours, we are excited to move Jessica Gonzales over to our stewardship team. Jessica has been a "Guad Guide" with us for the past two years, delivering top notch educational programs. She has experience leading volunteers at both Full Circle Farms and the SCC Open Space Authority. We wish Jeremy good luck with his studies and hope he can remain involved as time allows.

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

California San Jose Mission, Cisco Systems, Evergreen Valley High School, Irvington Change Project, Mission Bay, and Piedmont Hills High School Key Club

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference.


Meet Board Member Amelia Norris
Amelia discovered the GRPC through the Homeschool Program. She homeschools her two children and is the COO of ComfortQuest, Inc. Many years before homeschooling, she taught Spanish and business ESL. She grew up in Baltimore and has BA degrees in Elementary Education and Romance Languages from Loyola University Maryland. She spent a year in Granada, Spain and a year with AFS in Quito, Ecuador. After getting her MA in Latin American & Iberian Studies from UCSB she was recruited by her San Jose native husband, Joe, to move to the bay area and start a family. Amelia enjoys music, food, kayaking, spending time with her family and friends and exploring parks of all varieties.


Meet Volunteer Sister Ivana Packer
Sister Ivana Packer, born and raised in Pleasant Grove, UT, has found her passion in serving as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When she is not serving, she loves to play soccer, run, and be with her family. Sister Packer has a love for helping everyone around her and aspires to make service a large part of her future. She has lived in San Jose for 18 months as a full-time missionary. For the past year, she has been volunteering almost every week to assist the GRPC in trail, river, orchard, rose garden, office, and event maintenance. In two weeks, she is planning on returning home to Pleasant Grove, UT to attend school at Brigham Young University to pursue a career in the medical field. Thank you Sister Packer for your hard work and dedication, you will be missed!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Discovering Math in Nature

This month we look to nature as we explore some of the mathematical properties that underlie the daily workings of the world around us.

Fantastic Fibonaccis
January 9th

Finding Fractals in Familiar Places
January 15th/16th

Geometry in the Gardens: Shapes
January 22nd/23rd

Geometry in the Gardens: Angles
January 29th/30th

More info.

Rose Pruning Classes

Wednesdays & Saturdays
through February
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 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.

Dormant Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, January 18th
9:30 -- 11:30 am
$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." More info.

Guadalupe River Park Tour

February 8th
10:00 -- 12:00 pm

Wondering what's so special about the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens? Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's Education Coordinator Richard Tejeda and Jeremy Dalton for a free fun and informative tour of our park! While walking along the river trail you'll learn about the history of the park, the natural and man-made wonders within it, the amazing flood control projects, and the return of the California Golden Beaver! This is a leisurely 3.0 mile round trip walk that includes visits to interpretive overlooks, public art and points of interest relating to wildlife. Click here to sign up.

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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