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NEWSLETTER: January 2016

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run
Rotary PlayGarden
Trail Updates
Volunteer Corner
Legacy Giving

Super Guadalupe River Run

Our Feb. 7, 2016 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.


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.

Rotary PlayGarden

With over 113,000 visitors, the Rotary PlayGarden is getting lots of use. Want to help us to maintain the cleanest park in the South Bay or perhaps you are looking for a way to pay tribute to someone? Please consider a park bench. For a tax-deductible donation of $5,000 (small bench) or $10,000 (large), the donor's name or dedication stays on the bench for five years. Click here for more info.

Trail Updates

The river is running again! Be careful when using the trails during storms.

The third and final meeting for the Guadalupe River Master Plan for Virginia Street to Chynoweth Avenue will be held on January 20th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Gardner Community Center at 520 West Virginia Street.

The west bank trail between Coleman Avenue to Julian Street is closed due to the construction of Autumn Parkway but will connect to Julian once the road building is finished at the end of this year. Please use the east bank trail during the closure.

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 November:

Sobrato High School
LDS San Jose Mission
National Charity League
Creekside School
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Cupertino High School Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
HOPE Services

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 718 volunteer hours in November.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. Jan. 9th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

River Clean Ups
Saturday, Jan. 23rd 8:30 - 11:30 am FULL

Saturday, Feb. 27th 8:30 - 11:30 am Sign up.

Meet Volunteer Tim Stuart
Tim volunteers with us on a daily basis, helping both in the Rotary Playgarden and at our front desk, while recovering from an injury. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Tim became an electrician years ago. Once recovered, you might find him on the basketball court or working out at the gym. Although Tim has a great interest in health and fitness, one of his greatest guilty pleasures is doughnuts. Thank you for your help Tim!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Physics of Play

Students will have a blast experimenting with the park's slides, swings, and seesaw, all while learning about physics - linear and rotational motion, and conservation of energy and momentum.

Swinging Forces
January 7th

Slip Sliding Away
January 14th

Seesaw Lever Lift
January 21st

Hula Hooping
January 28th

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

9:30 to 11:30 am

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.

Successful Backyard Birdhouses

Saturday, February 13

10:00 am to noon

If you’d like to study the art of building birdhouses, join us for an adult workshop led by Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Cavity Nester Recovery Program. Learn how 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.

More info.

PlayGarden Drop-In Programs

Saturdays, 11:00 am

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

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?




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