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NEWSLETTER: January 2017
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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.
Super Guadalupe River Run
Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River 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)! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.
Click here to register.
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.
In 2016, we started handing out the President's Service Award, the President of the United States' recognition of volunteers who have donated more than one hundred hours of service. We awarded the bronze (100+ hrs) to 18 of our volunteers, the silver (250+ hrs) award to 3 volunteers, and the gold (500+ hrs) award to 1.
Please join us in congratulating the following award recipients:
Silver: Alejandra, Marie, Paulen
Bronze: Alice, Carolyn, David, Erika, Eve, Gabriella, Greg, Ian, Joseph, Kammy, Kathy, David, Marianne, Mary, Mike, Rose, Scott, and Vibha
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past November:
Boys Team Charity
California San Jose Mission
Cristo Rey High School
Cupertino High School
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Girl Scout Troop 61492
HandsOn Bay Area
Homestead High School Nat'l Honor Society
Lynbrook High School
Morgan Autism Center
Notre Dame High School
Prospect High School
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Valley Christian High School
Yerba Buena High School Nat'l Honor Society
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1.238 volunteer hours in November..
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
- Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
- Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
Sat. January 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Monthly River Cleanup
Sat. February 18th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day
Mon. January 16th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Sign up.
Meet Board Member Erica Carr
Originally hailing from Madison, AL, Erica is a Source Code Auditor Ninja at Adobe by day and a variety Twitch streamer by night. As a downtown resident of San Jose and former downtown resident of Washington, DC, Erica brings an urban perspective coupled with creativity and lots of energy. Erica also has worked with several non-profit organizations over the years including United Way, the Save Darfur Coalition, and René Cassin in London. Thanks, Erica, for your service!