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NEWSLETTER: March 2013

In this issue:

Saturday, April 20th - Super Guadalupe River Run 10K/5K

Join us for a flat, timed 10K/5K and 1K kid's run on the park's trails.

  • 8:00 am - 10K start
  • 8:20 am - 5K start
  • 9:30 am - 1K kid's run

Register Now!

We greatly appreciate the financial support of Presenting Sponsor: San Jose Water Company, Start Line Sponsor: Valley Crest; Finish Line Sponsor: Seven Flags Automotive Care Network; and Blach Construction and Best Electric Company.

Please plan to stick around for the trail ribbon cutting and/or Spring in Guadalupe Gardens festival.

Saturday, April 20th - Trail Ribbon Cutting

As of Saturday, less than 100 feet remained to be paved to reach Gold Street in Alviso.

Join us April 20th at 10am for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of 6.4 miles of paving of the Guadalupe River Trail to Alviso. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, SCVWD Chair Nai Hsueh, Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese, Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Kansen Chu, and many others will be joining us for this joyous occasion. More info including map.

Saturday, April 20th - Spring in Guadalupe Gardens Festival

Join us for music, plant sales, and children’s activities from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteer opportunities will be announced soon, send e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator to join the interest list.

River Stewards Project

With the help of Cisco and other volunteers, we planted native grasses, oak woodland plants, and some chaparral shrubs just off the lower trail at Coleman Ave. Next up is a native wildflower garden and the expansion of our native plant demonstration site to surround the Visitor Center.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help with this project on a regular basis. If interested, send e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Our ultimate goal is a robust habitat along the Guadalupe River that supports wildlife and serves as an outdoor classroom for our nature education programs.

Thanks to Cisco for their help kicking off of our River Stewards project.

River Clean Up

Last fall's storms deposited a lot of trash on the river's embankments. Join us on March 23rd from 10am - 1 pm as we get the park ready for April's festivities.

The Donor Walkway

A paver or bench plaque in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green makes a lasting gift to honor or remember someone special in your family, business, or social circle. This enduring tribute is also a great, tax-deductible way to support park development. Pavers are available in three sizes for a donation of $250, $500, or $1,000. Logos can only be engraved on the large $1000 paver size. More info.

Volunteer Corner

Meet Volunteer Anne Marie Angeles
Annie is in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University. She has been a big help in looking after our above-mentioned restoration project and compost bins. She also helps with maintenance in the Historic Orchard. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, hiking, and composting. Keep up the great work Annie!


Upcoming Events

Homeschool Series

March theme: Sun, Soil, Water and Air: The Science of Gardening

I Will Survive!
March 7th

A Plant's Life
March 14th

How Does Your Garden Grow?
March 21st

Ready, Set, Garden!
March 28th

Time: 1:30 – 3 pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members per class

For more information, more info.

Six-Week Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 9th through April 13th
Age 18 and up
$30/members, $40/non-members

Burst out of winter with a new walking series! Join fitness instructors Kristen Strellis and Sheri Suomela for a 6-week Spring Walking Series. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River. More info.

Gardening with Cold Frames and Mini-Greenhouses

Saturday, March 9th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Greenhouses are not just for the winter; join Master Gardener Sharon Johnson for this workshop to learn about the many seasonal uses of cold frames and greenhouses. Participants will learn an easy way to build a cold frame or mini greenhouse as a place to start your seeds, acclimatize your nursery plants before setting them in your garden, as a place to keep the plants you don’t have time to plant, or to start seedlings for an earlier harvest. More info.

Nature Photography Along the Guadalupe

Saturday, March 23rd
8:30 to 10:30 am
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join local outdoor photographer Ralph Schardt for an exciting nature photography workshop. Ralph's work with the National Park Service covering the reintroduction of the California condor has been widely published; his 20-year experience as a professional photographer will be instrumental in helping increase your abilities to successfully take photos in an outdoor environment. More info.

Edible Landscaping

Saturday, March 30th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join Master Gardener Sharon Johnson for an overview of edible landscaping. Learn how to use your existing landscape to fill your pantry as well as your life with beauty and good nutrition. More info.

Sustainable Gardening Workshop Series

Wednesdays days from April 3rd to May 8th
7:00 to 9:00pm
$60/members, $70/non-members

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join Master Gardeners Dee Brown and Ann Northrup for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening! More info.

Legacy Giving

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.

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