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NEWSLETTER: March 2016

In this issue:

A Super Finish

Many thanks to San Jose Water Company for sponsoring our annual 10K/5K/1K run/walk, Board Member Francois Rodigari and the wonderful volunteers who were critical to our success, County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager and Councilmember Raul Peralez who were on hand to provide encouragement to their fellow runners on a spectacular, sunny morning, Noosa Yoghurt, Red Power Divas, and Kelly Wellness & Chiropractic Center who livened up the expo area, and California Lavash who provided tasty flatbread for our top finishers. Results are available here.

Mark your calendars for next year - Sunday, Feb. 5th, 2017. More photos here.

Valentine's Adopt a Rose

Many thanks to Schurra's for donating wonderful chocolate and Catered Too! for delicious cookies, with discount coupons from both. We appreciate Citti's for their flower-a-month contribution and all who adopted a rose for Valentine's Day. We are also grateful for Daniel Harman and Donna Snodgrass' many hours in the Heritage Rose Garden tending plaques and the volunteers from South Bay Heritage Rose Group whose twice weekly sessions keep the roses looking good.

It's not too early to adopt a rose for Mother's Day! More information here.

Board Retreat

We were pleased to welcome Ken Kay of KenKay Associates for a discussion on master planning and visioning at our annual board retreat. We first worked with Ken in 2009 when he led a visioning process for the continued development of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.

Click here to read more about master planning.

Education Updates

Seventh grade students from River Glen School joined us for the second in a series of three visits to learn about wildlife monitoring, water quality, and plant propagation. In addition to participating in lab stations, the students are conducting research in preparation for the presentation of their project findings in May.

Boys and Girls Club members from seven clubhouses join us for weekly after-school sessions. Students explore river ecology and are inspired to think like scientists while gaining an appreciation for the natural world that's found in their backyard.

Volunteer Corner

LDS Missionaries made light work of seasonal pruning in the Rotary PlayGarden.

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

Creekside School
Friends of Children with Special Needs

HOPE Services
LDS San Jose Missionaries

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center
Oak Grove High School Key Club

Santa Clara County Office of Education
South Bay Heritage Rose Group

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged more than 685 volunteer hours in January.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. March 19th, 8:30-11:30 am. FULL

Sat. April 16th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. March 12th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Front Desk Volunteer
    On going 2-5 hour commitment on either Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays (adults only please). Sign up.


Meet Volunteer Elder Davis
Elder Davis is originally from Albuquerque, NM and moved to San Jose in October 2014 to start his mission. We are fortunate to have him and many LDS Missionaries join us weekly to volunteer. When asked what keeps him coming back, he remarked that he identifies with the Conservancy's mission and enjoys the diversity of people who use the park. In his free time, he enjoys teaching swing dance and riding motorcycles. Thanks, Elder Davis, for your service and leadership!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Junior Ornithologists

Explore how birds' structures and behaviors help them meet their survival needs. Students will learn about flight and feathers, build their own nests, meet live owls, and discover the science of bird calls with connections to physical science concepts including sound and flight.

Classes are now offered on Monday and Thursday afternoons!

Flight and Feathers
March 7th/10th

Backyard Birds
March 14th/17th

All About Owls

March 21st/24th

The Best Nest
March 28th/31st

Click here to learn more!

Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 5th through 26th
8:30 to 9:30am
Ages 18 and up
$20/members, $30/non-members

Burst out of winter with our Spring Walking Series led by fitness instructor Kristin Strellis. Step by step, you’ll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River. Learn proper stretches, toning exercises, and walking technique as you meet others who enjoy exercising outdoors along the way. Varied fitness levels will be offered.

Click here to sign up.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series

Wednesdays, March 2nd through April 6th
6:30 to 8:30pm
$60/members, $70/non-members

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join Master Gardener Dee Brown for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening! Topics include: soil preparation, amendments, and fertilizers; irrigation methods and systems; working with both seeds and seedlings; sustainable drought strategies; requirements of specific warm and cool season crops and varieties that do well in our area; and how to identify and manage common pests, weeds, and diseases of vegetable crops in Santa Clara County.

Click here to sign up.

Historic Orchard in Bloom

Education Assistant Richard Tejeda captured this gorgeous photo of blossoms in the Historic Orchard. Visit the Gardens to witness the splendor. Join us for our monthly workday on Saturday, March 12th, too! Sign up here.

Wildlife Corner

Chinook Salmon
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Take a walk along the Guadalupe River Trail this time of year and you might see something big jump out of the water!

The Chinook Salmon is blue-green or purple on the back and top of the head, with silvery sides. It has black speckles on its tail and the upper half of its body, and weighs between 30 and 120 lbs when fully grown. Adults migrate from a marine environment into the freshwater streams and rivers of their birth in order to mate. They feed on terrestrial and aquatic insects and other crustaceans while young, and primarily on other fishes when older.

Unlike Steelhead Rainbow Trout, which spawn many times, Chinook Salmon spawn only once and then die. San Jose is the southermost U.S. city with a salmon run.

Learn more about flora and fauna in the park.

Legacy Giving

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?

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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