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NEWSLETTER: November 2013

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Our 19th annual Pumpkins in the Park festival was a smashing success thanks to the support of our fantastic sponsors and volunteers. New features such as carnival games, a kid's straw maze, and Children's Discovery Museum's train and costume swap added to the fun. Many thanks to all who volunteered their time and to those whose financial support made the event possible.

GRPC Sponsors - Adobe, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Joseph J. Albanese Inc., Blach Construction, Bright Green San Jose, Cisco, City of San Jose, Cortese Brothers Farms, Cosmopolitan Catering, eBay inc, Flagship, Garden City Sanitation, H.T. Harvey & Associates, Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust, Pacific Gas & Electric, Philips Lumileds, Martinelli's, NBC11, Radio Disney, Republic Services, SanDisk, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Water Company, Silicon Valley Law Group, The Sobrato Organization, Target, ValleyCrest Landscape, Venezia, Watershed Watch, West Valley Construction

Event Supporters - A-1 Heating, Air Systems Foundation, AJ Auto Detailing, The Alves Family, The Austen Family, Bay Hydraulics, The Caputo Family, Gizdich Ranch, Hardcastle Autobody, Sheryl Hinshaw, JR Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Lindy Roofing, Precision Flooring, Rose Garden Auto Care, Sam's Downtown Feed & Pet Supply, San Jose Water Company Employees' Community Fund, South Bay Construction, The Starbird Family, and The Steene Family

You can check out all the pics from the big day in our FlickR album. And here is a fun video we put together that really captures the day.

Community Runs

Need some training runs to keep you on pace for our Feb. 2nd San Jose Water Company sponsored Super Guadalupe River Run? Sign up for the Turkey Trot and Santa Run and help support community organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Christmas in the Park.


To our amazing volunteer board of directors, to the people who volunteer weekly in the office or gardens, to those who come for a corporate service or team building day, and to those who provide financial support -- thank you for supporting the vision of an iconic park for our community. Happy Thanksgiving!

Packard Foundation Grant

With budget cuts at many schools eliminating funds for field trips, we depend on foundations to help underwrite the costs of our science education programs. We are thrilled that the David and Lucile Packard Foundation recently renewed a two-year, $100,000 grant for our hands-on children's programs. We appreciate the Packard Foundation's financial support and are inspired by their confidence in our program.

Adult Education Survey

What adult classes would you like to see us offer? Please help us better serve the community by taking a moment to complete this survey...just click here.

Volunteer Corner

Here is a list of all the volunteer groups that put great effort into the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in October 2013: Alpha Gamma Sigma San Mateo, Alpha Phi Omega of San Jose State, Boston Scientific, California San Jose Mission, Cisco, Cupertino High CSF, Greater Opportunities, Independence High School Key Club & iHeart, Intel (shown above), Latin American Student Organization, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Mission Bay, Morgan Autism Center, National Charity League, One Brick, PADpro, Pioneer High School, SAP, St. Christopher Elementary, and Yerba Buena HS

And that's just the groups...we also had countless individuals.


Meet Board Member Michael Parrish
Dr. Michael Parrish is Dean of the College of Science at San Jose State University. Prior to moving to SJSU in 2006, he was a professor and chair of the Biology Department at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Michael earned BA degrees in biology and chemistry from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in anatomy from the University of Chicago. He is a specialist in vertebrate paleobiology. Welcome to the Board of Directors!




Meet Volunteer Helen Ale
Helen is a student at West Valley College in the park management program. She has a BS in nutrition/dietetics from UC Davis, an AS in fire protection and technology, a culinary degree, and is also a nationally registered paramedic!

Helen has lived in San Jose for most of her life and enjoys hiking, camping, working out at the gym, going to movies, and learning new skills. She chose us for her internship so she could give back to the community through our education and outreach programs and learn about natural resources by taking care of trees in the Historic Orchard. Thanks and keep up the great work Helen!

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Mother Earth: The Ohlone Way

This month, we invite you to travel back to a time long before there was a Guadalupe River Park to explore how this region once looked and to learn about the natural resources that provided for life in this fertile valley. Please Note: Class will not meet on November 27th/28th in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

November will be a 3-class series, $25/members, $40/non-members.

Individual classes are $10/members; $15/non-members.

Ancient Traditions of San Jose
November 6th/7th

Guadalupe Grocery
November 13th/14th

Ohlone Olympics
November 20th/21st

More info.

Fall Walking Series

Saturdays, October 12th - November 16th
(6 weeks)
8:30 to 9:30 am
Ages 18 and Up
$30/members, $40/non-members

Join our favorite fitness instructors Kristin and Janet Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship along the Guadalupe River. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails. Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, you will find helpful instruction, motivation and accountability. Interval training, safe for all fitness levels will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises. Starting Saturday, October 12th at 8:30am, this series will run for 6 weeks. More info.

Winter Gardening

Saturday, November 23rd
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join Sheri Bohan for a wonderful Winter Gardening workshop! You'll learn about disease prevention, soil building, pruning and dormant spraying. This workshop also covers natural and low-toxic sprays, techniques for healthy gardens, and will include winter vegetable plantings. Beginning and experienced gardeners will enjoy learning methods that are environmentally friendly. Ms. Bohan has 30 years experience as a professional gardener and 16 years' experience teaching this class for Sunset zones 15, 16 and 17. More info.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 14th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 to 3:30 pm
$25/members, $35/non-members

This annual workshop is so popular; we've added an additional time slot. Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show you how to look through your garden to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have some special greenery, lights or ornaments that you would like to incorporate into your wreath, feel free to bring them along. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. More info.

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 15
8:00 am to noon

The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is a census of early winter bird populations. More than 50,000 volunteer observers across the Americas take part in counting birds in their particular area. The result is over a century of data on bird populations from North to South America. This data is crucial because it is used by scientists to monitor bird population changes over time. Please join us to complete the census of birds in the section of Guadalupe River Park& Gardens from Coleman Ave to Hedding St. No experience is necessary. Click here to sign up.

Super Guadalupe River Run

On Superbowl Sunday, earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe! Sign up for the 10K, 5K or 1K kid's run/walk soon to guarantee your t-shirt. Click here to register!

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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