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NEWSLETTER: June 2016
In this issue:
Park Development Workshop
We are hosting a meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 7th to gather input from the community on a proposed six-acre park that will be built as part of the soccer complex. Come share your ideas for the activities or features you would like to see with representatives from the Earthquakes, City of San Jose PRNS Dept., and GRPC at the GRPG Visitor & Education Center - 438 Coleman Ave.
San Jose Water Company Gift
San Jose Water Company made a major announcement recently, "In recognition of our 150th anniversary and of the community that has been central to our existence, the Company is making a special contribution to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to significantly expand the Rotary Children's Sculpture Walk."
Here's the nice, BIG check we got from San Jose Water Company for the children-at-play sculptures. We will be working with same artists - Steve Davis and Ryan Carrington - who did the first installations in 2012. Thank you SJWC!
L-R Sharon Whaley (SJWC staff), Jeff Lawson (VP GRPC Board), Leslee Hamilton (GRPC staff), Francois Rodigari (SJWC staff & GRPC Board), and John Tang (VP SJWC & former GRPC board)
Click here for more information about SJWC's generous gift.
Bike to Work Day
Mayor Sam Liccardo and Supervisor Cindy Chavez were among the many cyclists who stopped by our Energizer Station on May 12th. Over 600 people rolled through, a 20% increase in riders over 2015!
We are pleased to introduce our new part-time Program Manager Lisa Mitchell. She will be running our membership and adopt-a-rose programs and helping with our Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run. When not helping us, Lisa can be found on Fridays running the downtown Farmer's Market.
We were lucky to have 31 Armanino employees come out for The Great Give event, in which they shut down the company and send their employees out to volunteer in the community.
SJSU's Pi Alpha Phi fraternity and Sigma Alpha Zeta sorority teamed up to work in the Historic Orchard.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past April:
Avalon Bay Communities
Boy Scout Troop 485
NCL (National Charity League)
Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Jose City College
Western Digital Foundation
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,923 volunteer hours in April.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
- Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
- Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
Sat. June 4th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Monthly River Cleanup
Sat. June 18th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Summer Rose Garden Deadheading
Tues. June 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up.
Meet Volunteer Shannon Lehman
Shannon is interning with us while working on her Bachelor's degree in environmental studies at SJSU. Shannon takes great care of our garden and the compost bins in our outdoor classroom and is looking forward to converting our 180-gallon trout aquarium into an aquaponics display. When she is not studying or volunteering she likes to garden, cook, travel, and plays with dogs and babies as often as possible. She would like everyone to know how honored she is to be a part of a great organization like GRPC. Thanks, Shannon, for all your hard work!
So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations
Classes are on hiatus until September.
Click here for more information on our homeschool program.
Summer Deadheading in the Heritage Rose Garden
Tuesday, June 14th
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: June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13th.
Click here to sign up.
Saturday, June 25th
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Certified greywater installer Alan Hackler will teach you how to safely and easily reuse your laundry, sink or shower water in your home garden.
Alan will cover local codes and regulations, greywater safe soaps, and the simple plumbing modifications needed to redirect your household water into your backyard garden. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on, and participants will have the chance to work with the parts and tools necessary to install a simple greywater system. In addition to being a certified greywater installer, Alan Hackler is a talented landscape designer and the owner of Bay Maples landscaping.
Click here to sign up.
Twilight Yoga in the Park
Thursdays, June 16th - July 21st
6:15 to 7:15 pm
$30/members, $40/non-members, $10 drop in
As summer’s warmer weather and longer evenings approach, we look forward to Twilight Yoga in the Park. Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and 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.
Sprinkler runoff washes fertilizers into local creeks and streams, including Guadalupe River.
Click here for pollution prevention tips, courtesy of Watershed Watch.
The common buckeye or simply, buckeye, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Its habitat is open areas with low vegetation and some bare ground. The bold pattern of eyespots and white bars on the upper wing surface is distinctive in much of its range. The eyespots likely serve to startle or distract predators, especially young birds.
Learn more about flora and fauna in the park.
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.