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NEWSLETTER: June 2013
In this issue:
Window on the River Park
Window on the River Park, our annual fundraiser, will be held on Thursday, June 13th and is generously hosted by Adobe Systems, Inc. For sponsorship opportunities, click here, or to buy a ticket click here.
Information regarding sponsorships and individual tickets can be found here. Proceeds fund ongoing education and stewardship efforts in the park. Click here to see a .pdf of the invitation.
Blach Construction Company
H.T. Harvey & Associates
San Jose Water Company
Silicon Valley Law Group
Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Terry & Carol Austen
Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp.
Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Cornerstone Earth Group
Rod Diridon, Sr. and Dr. Gloria Duffy
Focus Business Bank
Garden City Sanitation Company
Gardenland Power Equip
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Hopkins & Carley
Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation
Lewis & Tibbitts
Petrinovich, Pugh & Co
Francois & Beth Rodigari
S.C. Valley Water District
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Sharks
The Schoennauer Company
Seven Flags Automotive Care Network
Jodi & Drew Starbird
AJ Auto Detailing
Anthony & Norma Alves
Alongi Brothers Towing
Comerica Bank Building
Reed & Graham
Rose Garden Auto Care
On May 22nd, we held our 11th annual Water Wizard Festival, an educational celebration of our local watershed. Every year, environmental education organizations from the South Bay come together at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to teach 300+ 3rd-grade students hands-on science lessons based on topics such as water conservation, pollution prevention, the value of water as a natural resource, and how people can affect their watershed. Students rotated through four different activity stations and had the lessons reinforced during lunch by the environment-oriented music of the duo ZunZun.
Classes from Santee, River Glen, Washington Open, and Willow Glen elementary schools participated in the festival. The Michael Lee Foundation underwrote the event, with Watershed Watch paying for ZunZun to perform. Collaborating organizations included Our City Forest, Schmahl Science Workshops, City of San Jose's Water Protection Division, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Children's Discovery Museum, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Santa Clara University, and the Energy Coalition. Photos from the event can be seen here.
Journey to the Valley of the Heart's Delight
June 5th/June 6th
Plants, food and fuel
Junior Urban Foragers!
Back to the Garden
Click here to sign up!
Nature Inspired Yoga in the Park
Session 1: June 6th through June 27th
Session 2: July 18th through August 8th
Thursdays 6:15 to 7:15 pm
$25/members, $30/non-members, $10 drop in
With warmer weather and longer evenings on the horizon, it's time once again for Yoga in the Park. Join us and our favorite yoga instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance and relaxation. All necessary equipment is provided. 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. This class will be taught outside. More info.
We rely on individuals, corporations, and foundations for operating support for our education, advocacy and stewardship efforts.
We've upgraded our donation system to allow for sustaining gifts, so now you can choose to have your credit card automatically charged once a year, or spread out the generosity over 12 months (or even quarterly). Check out our donation page to see all the different ways you can give, or just go straight to the general donation page to set up your recurring donation.
Meet Volunteer Bruce Victorine
After 33 years in the fast paced high tech world, Bruce decided to retire and, fortunately for us, volunteer. Bruce participated in our Christmas bird counts in the past and it was through this he learned of the Conservancy. When Bruce first came in, he said 'put me to work' and so far he has helped with the Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard, our Water Wizards Festival, and in several other areas. Bruce lives in San Jose with his middle school teacher wife Allie and enjoys riding his bike when he comes into the office. Congratulations on your retirement, Bruce, and thanks for being so generous with your newly acquired free time.
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.