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NEWSLETTER: May 2015 - Special Edition

Rotary PlayGarden Grand Opening - May 23

Please join Rotary, the City of San Jose, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, donors, friends and family for a brief program celebrating the PlayGarden, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and fun in the park.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00 am

Park hours will be 10 am to 6:30 pm during the summer. Two areas will be available for birthday/picnic reservations; see for more information.

Park Rules:

Have fun!

No dogs

No bikes

No skateboards


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.

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.

We will also have paid, part-time positions for PlayGarden attendants.

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
Rotary Children's Playgarden,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water In Your Landscape!

Saturday, May 30th 10:00am to 1:00pm Ages 18 and Up $10/members, $15/non-members

Join certified greywater installer Alan Hackler to learn how to safely and easily reuse your laundry, sink or shower water in your home garden. In this three-hour workshop, 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.

More info.

Replacing Your Lawn

Saturday, June 13th 10:00am to 12:00pm Ages: 18+ $10/members, $15/non-members

Want to have a healthy, lush yard while using less water, fertilizers, and herbicides? Join Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County to learn how to replace your thirsty lawn with a beautiful low-water landscape. Explore low-water turfs, ground cover, combinations of bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and find out about Santa Clara Valley Water District's lawn replacement incentive. Bonus: you'll help improve habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects.

More info.

Legacy Giving

Retirement accounts, which are subject to income tax, are good vehicles for charitable gifts. Charities aren't subject to income tax so your gift goes farther.

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