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NEWSLETTER: May 2015
In this issue:
Window on the River Park
Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, will be held on Thursday, June 4th and is generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc. We rely on individuals, corporations, and foundations for operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts. For sponsorship opportunities or to buy a ticket click here.
Adopt a Rose
Looking for a distinctive Mother's Day gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $50 (no package) or $60 (with package), we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Mom. Click here to learn more!
Bike to Work Day Thursday, May 14th
Look for our Energizer Station on the trail just north of Coleman Ave on Thursday, May 14th, from 6 am to 9 am. Stop by for a piece of Hobee's coffee cake. Tallies from Bike to Work Day and the annual September trail count provide valuable data that supports continued investment in our trail network.
Female and feel like exploring? GRPC and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition member Candice Stein is leading a women's bike ride along the Guadalupe River Trail to historic Alviso on Saturday, May 30th at 10 am. For more information about the 16-mile and 22-mile options, click here.
National River Clean Up Day
Join us for a day of environmental stewardship on Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 am to noon as we remove debris from the river channel. We have already collected thousands of pounds of waste from the Guadalupe River this season! We need your help to stay on top of this ongoing effort. Please wear a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Click here to sign up.
Education Update - Jobs!
Interested in teaching environmental science and place-based lessons to children and adults in an outdoor setting? Click here to learn about student intern positions or here to learn about paid positions.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past March:
California San Jose Mission
Hands on Bay Area
Los Gatos High School
Milpitas High School Move Club
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Heritage Oaks Chapter
Notre Dame High School
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 1443 volunteer hours in March.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
- Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
- Monthly River Clean Up
Sat. May 23, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. June 6, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
Meet Volunteer Breann Ah Sam
Breann, or Bree for short, assists with everything from staffing our front desk to processing rose garden information. With two parents in the Coast Guard, Bree was born in Hawaii and moved to the Bay Area 30 years ago with her family. She now has a small family of her own here in San Jose. Bree's bubbly and hardworking personality have made her a fantastic fit as she volunteers in our office. When Bree is not busy at GRPC, she loves spending time with her two children. Bree can also often be found searching Pinterest for her newest craft idea or upcycling project. Thanks for your hard work Bree!
So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
Rotary Children's Playgarden,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations
Join us for our first ever Maker May, underwritten in part by a generous grant from the Lennox Foundation. Maker culture promotes creativity and innovation and encourages self-directed learning. Students will be challenged to design something that flies and given a variety of materials and to time to think and build. Students will also have the opportunity to observe flying objects in the park using our new digital SLR camera and spotting scope. Over the course of the series, students will be empowered to design and print their own flying 3D creation.
Intro to Maker May
Angry Birds Live
Build A Brushbot
Things That Glide
Click here to learn more!
Beautiful Water-wise Landscaping
Wednesdays, May 6th - 20th (3-week course) 6:30pm to 8:30pm $35/members, $45/non-members
Join Master Gardeners Dee Brown & Lisa Strand and learn to beautify your landscaping while reducing water use in our summer-dry climate! In this 3-week course, you'll learn about the many beautiful low-water plants that thrive in our mild, Mediterranean climate and how to incorporate them into your landscape. Reduce both your water usage and your yard maintenance while creating a vibrant, diverse oasis that attracts birds, bees, and butterflies. Topics will include creating a design that meets your wants & needs, steps you can do now to convert a lawn or other landscape into one that's more climate-friendly, plants that do well here in Santa Clara County, and the latest in watering techniques and maintenance for a garden that will last for years to come.
We will be participating Silicon Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 5th. SV Gives is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and is designed to raise money for local nonprofits through a 24-hour online campaign. Click here to give.
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.