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NEWSLETTER: July 2016

In this issue:

Gardens Development Update

We hosted a meeting at on June 7th to gather input from the community on the proposed six-acre park that would be built as part of the soccer complex. The input is key for the environmental scoping document and subsequent report that need to be completed before the FAA will approve or deny the soccer complex. Representatives from the Lincoln Hound Society, Audubon, and interested individuals proposed a dog park, natural open space, gardens with observation deck, cyclocross course, walking paths, and picnic tables to support people attending soccer games. The consultants took note of all the ideas and will be returning this fall to solicit community input on their proposed design.

Education Wrap Up

Our education team just completed another successful school year, serving 5,125 students through field trips, homeschool and small-group classes, and programs for children with special needs. Thanks to generous donors such as the Packard, Lennox, and Shortino foundations, we were able to offer field trips at no charge to 53 classes, serving 2,111 students. Our drop-in programs in the Rotary PlayGarden drew an additional 1,285 participants, and 865 adults took advantage of our healthy living classes.

Additional highlights included inaugural service-learning projects with Harker and Notre Dame freshman classes, the launch of our Physics of Play program in the Rotary PlayGarden, and the addition of Luana Rivera Palacio to our team.

Window on the River Park

Save the date - Adobe will once again host our Window on the River Park major donor appreciation party on September 22nd.

Viva CalleSJ

Viva Calle, San Jose's Open Streets event, returns for a second year on Sunday, September 18th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Save the date and look for us at the activity hub at Arena Green in Guadalupe River Park.

Click here for more information.

Monarchs in the Gardens

Master Gardener, GRPC volunteer, and former board member Bracey Tiede captured this monarch perched on our native milkweed outside the Visitor and Education Center. Milkweed is disappearing, adding to the challenges that Monarchs face. To learn more, click here.

Learn more about flora and fauna in the park.

Volunteer Corner

We were fortunate to have 149 employees from Google join us to tend the Heritage Rose Garden as part of Google Serves.

Cisco joined us to harvest 139 pounds of prunes from the Historic Orchard.

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

Applied Materials

Armanino

Creekside School

Friends of Children with Special Needs

Girl Scout Troop 6283

HandsOn Bay Area

Hope Services

Intel Corporation

National Charity League

San Jose State Pi Alpha Phi

San Jose State Sigma Alpha Zeta

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,307 volunteer hours in May.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. August 6th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Monthly River Cleanup
    Sat. July 16th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Summer Rose Garden Deadheading
    Tues. July 12th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up.

 

Meet Volunteer Mike Hammes
Mike has been a volunteer and member of GRPC since 2006. Mike joins us weekly to staff the front desk and helps out with river cleanups whenever possible. When he is not spending time with us, you will find him volunteering elsewhere around the South Bay (he's also a docent at Deer Hollow Farm). If he is not out volunteering, you will find him walking the Guadalupe River or exploring the great outdoors. Everyone at GRPC would like to thank Mike for all that he does for us.

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

Upcoming Events

Summer Deadheading in the Heritage Rose Garden

Tuesday, July 12th
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Help us promote the next bloom cycle by removing spent roses and get rewarded with ice cream!

Join us on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month through summer. Dates as follows: July 12, August 9, and September 13th.

Click here to sign up.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Tuesday, July 12th, Amazon donates to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Simply select us as your charitable organization and shop at https://smile.amazon.com.

Still Life Painting

Wednesday, July 20th & 27th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$30/members, $40/non-members
Ages 18+

Inspired by Guadalupe River Park Historic Orchard, Art Specialist Heather Engle will teach participants how to paint by controlling water and pigment levels to explore variations in color and light. Other topics covered include primary colors, secondary colors, and watercolor mixing techniques.

Click here to sign up.

Nature Prints

Saturday, July 23rd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$15/members, $20/non-members

Families welcome! Ages 8+ with parent chaperone participation

The summer is an inspiring and warm season at Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Come take a morning walk, collect real life nature samples and learn how to capture nature's beautiful design with two printing techniques, sun printing and transfer printing with tempera paint. No artistic skills are needed for this workshop; Art Specialist Heather Engle will show participants how to work with aspects of shape and form to create at least two pieces of art to take home.

Click here to sign up.

Twilight Yoga in the Park

Thursdays through July 21st
6:15 to 7:15 pm
$10 drop in

As summer's warmer weather and longer evenings approach, we look forward to Twilight Yoga in the Park. Join fitness instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance, and relaxation. All you need to bring is yourself, dressed in comfortable clothing, and any stress or worries that have accumulated throughout the week to release outdoors in the beautiful Guadalupe Park. All other necessary equipment in provided. This Yoga class will be held outside and inspiration from nature will surround us. Reserve your space in this very popular healthy living class.

Click here to sign up.

Birding for Beginners and Beyond

Saturday, August 6th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$15/members, $20/non-members

Learn how to identify the many interesting species that call the Guadalupe River home on an outdoor birding excursion led by Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's Education Programs Specialist Kym Sugano. Kym will teach participants how 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. Make sure to bring proper clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a sack lunch, and some binoculars if they are available.

Click here to sign up.

Homeschool Classes

Classes are on hiatus until September.

Click here for more information on our homeschool program.

Legacy Giving

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

  1. It's simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, "I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy."
  2. You can change your mind. We won't receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.
  3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.
  4. It's an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we'd be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.
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