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NEWSLETTER: January 2015

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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.

Our Feb. 1, 2015 Super Guadalupe River Run is the perfect incentive to keep that New Year's resolution. 10K and 5K finishers earn a medal and t-shirt. Click here to register.

Rotary PlayGarden Update

Construction should wrap up on the PlayGarden  by the end of this month. Stay tuned for an opening date!

Visitor Center Parking

The Rotary Children's Playgarden will cause some temporary changes to parking here at the GRPC Visitor and Education Center. Click here to see a map (a larger version than shown above). Stay tuned for further updates.

Volunteer Corner

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory California San Jose Mission
Cisco Systems
Mission Bay
Mohawk Packing
Morgan Autism Center
South Bay First Thursdays
Willow Glen 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. We logged more than 1,044 volunteer hours in November.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

  • Rose Garden Workdays (Pruning Lessons!)
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
    Sat. February 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

Meet a Volunteer William Uchiyama, Jr.
William, born and raised in San Jose, is one of GRPC's newly minted Trail Ambassadors. He reports to our office three times a week before heading out for trail patrol. William decided to volunteer with GRPC as a way to give back to his community while he does something he loves to do, walk the Guadalupe Trail. A well seasoned traveler, he hopes to visit more locations in the US in the future. Look for William on the trail and help us thank him for all his help!

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.

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

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.

Wild about Wind
January 14th/15th

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 cherries, apricots and prunes that once made the Santa Clara valley famous as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

Click here to sign up.

Bird Friendly Gardens

Saturday, January 24th 10:00am to 12:00pm $10/members, $15/non-members

Bird friendly gardens are easy to create and enjoy! Birds that visit your garden will eat pesky bugs, bathe, make nests, sing to attract mates and give you hours of joy and relaxation. Join professional gardener Sheri Bohan to learn about native, bird friendly plants and leave with the info needed to create a garden that birds will love to visit and maybe even call home. Students will become knowledgeable about the many methods and techniques that can be easily applied at home to instantly attract birds.

Click here to sign up.

Bird Friendly Gardens

Saturday, February 7th 12:00pm to 2:00pm Ages 18 and Up $10/members, $15/non-members

Building and installing a birdhouse is not as simple as it may seem. The location of your residence, the layout of your garden or patio, and the birdhouse's design and size all factor into the habitability of a birdhouse. If you'd like to study the art of building birdhouses, sign up for this adult workshop led by Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's Cavity Nester Recovery Program. In addition to teaching the aspects of a successful birdhouse, Mike will share the efforts of the Audubon Society and others in the community to restore bird populations through cavity nesting programs. Check out this interview with Mike in Bay Nature.

Click here to sign up.

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. 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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