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NEWSLETTER: November 2014

In this issue:

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday in San Jose with the Super Guadalupe River Run! Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles, run a 3.1 mile buttonhook, or tackle the kids' 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Click here to register.

Measure Q - Yes on Open Space

This $24 parcel tax will fund trail projects and protect open space, watersheds and agricultural lands, with 25% of the funds collected allocated to cities, nonprofits, or schools for compatible projects. To learn more, click here.


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 all who contribute funds -- thank you for supporting the vision of an iconic park for our community. Happy Thanksgiving from the GRPC staff and office mascot Patch!

Rotary PlayGarden Update

The restroom is up and some of the elements have arrived. We spotted a salamander, part of the water feature, and quail.

Community Runs

Need some training runs to keep you on pace for our Feb. 1st San Jose Water Company sponsored Super Guadalupe River Run? Sign up for the Turkey Trot and Santa Run and support community organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Christmas in the Park.

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

Akamai Corporation
Boy Scout troop 452
California San Jose Mission
Ernst & Young
Gunderson High School Interact
Hands on Bay Area
Intel Corporation
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Willow Rose
Santa Clara University
Santa Teresa High School, Green Team
Stanford University

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 1150 volunteer hours in September.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
    Sat. December 6, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. November 15, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

Meet a Volunteer Karoline Woodhouse
Karoline Woodhouse, one of our education interns, is thrilled to be spending her second semester of college volunteering with us. Karoline is a native of Santa Ana in Southern California and has happily found her place here at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. As a biology major, she hopes to one day work in the agricultural industry finding sustainable and natural ways to protect our food sources from diseases and pests. Her interest for improving the environment stems from a history of hanging out at her grandmothers ranch and the environment's connections to human health. When Karoline isn't busy with homework or volunteering, she can be found reading, hiking and exploring her new surroundings. Thank you for spending your time with us Karoline!

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Investigating Global Climate Change

Evidence of change is all around us. You may notice it in the weather and the seasons, but Earth's climate is changing too. Join us in November as we explore climate change science and learn how our local actions can have global impacts. Please note: classes will not meet on November 26th/27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gases Galore
November 5th/6th

Glaciers No More
November 12th/13th

Climate Change and You
November 19th/20th

Click here to learn more!

Fall Walking Series

Saturdays, October 11th - November 15th (6 weeks) 8:30 to 9:30am Ages 18 and Up $30/members, $40/non-members

Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of walking the paved trails along Guadalupe River. Join fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship. Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, you will be provided with instruction, motivation and accountability. Interval training, safe for all fitness levels, will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises.

Click here to sign up.

Pressed Flower & Leaf Art

Saturday, November 8
10:00am to 12:00pm
Families welcome

$20/members, $25/non-members

$30/members, $40/non-members for a parent and one child

$40/members, $55/non-members for a parent and two children

*Child(ren) must be accompanied by an adult

Join Master Gardener Opal Lemmer to learn how to create gorgeous art with pressed flowers and leaves. Get tips on the best flowers and leaves for pressing and learn techniques for collecting and drying your own. A wide selection of materials will be provided to let you create your own collages for cards, pictures, and more. Adults and children alike can enjoy this craft that preserves nature's beauty for years of pleasure.

Click here to sign up.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 6th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members

This annual workshop is so popular that there are two sessions! Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show us how to look through our gardens to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. After a basic design lesson, and examples of other clever projects, you will be ready to create your own personal gift for your home. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have some special greenery, lights or ornaments that you would like to incorporate onto your wreath, feel free to bring them along.

Click here to sign up.

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 14
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, which 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.

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