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NEWSLETTER: November 2017

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Our heartfelt thanks go out to the sponsors, partners, supporters, contributors, and volunteers who made Pumpkins in the Park a great success! Save the Date for next year - October 13, 2018!

We are particularly thankful that Cortese Brothers Farms supplied our pumpkin patch again!

Event Sponsors - Air Systems Foundation, Bay FM/Mix 106, Cortese Brothers Farms, First 5, Martinelli's, NBC Bay Area, RXBAR, VTA, Watershed Watch

GRPC Partners - Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing, Adobe, Air Systems, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Armanino, Terry & Carol Austen, Blach Construction, Boston Properties, BrightView, Cilker Family Businesses, Eco Bay Services, Ferguson, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Insight Realty, Lewis & Tibbits, Linda Lester, PG&E, Francois & Beth Rodigari, Samaritan Medical Center, San Jose Water Company, Santa Clara Valley Water District, California Service Tool, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Silicon Valley Law Group, A Slice of New York, John Michael Sobrato, Swenson, West Valley Construction

Event Supporters - Terry & Carol Austen, Office of Councilmember Raul Peralez, Joan & Sheryl Hinshaw, Johanson & Yau, and Marguerite Lee.

Super Guadalupe River Run

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run (10K/5K/Kids' Fun Run) at 9 AM on Sunday, February 4th.

Save 10% on 10K or 5K registration through Nov. 30th with promo code ENEWS.

Don’t fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1 mile quarterback sneak, you’ll earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers to run a 10K or 5K -- cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game.

You won’t want to miss the second in our series of collectors’ shirts (graphic above)! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.

Click here to register.

Education Program Update

We are grateful receipients of multi-year support from the David & Lucile Packard and Shortino Family Foundations, underwriters of our outdoor environmental education programs.

Grateful for Volunteers!

Thanks to support from local corporate teams and many individuals, GRPC Volunteer Coordinator Ricky Davis is setting records. October saw our highest ever monthly volunteer-hours total, and we broke the 20,000-hour yearly mark for the first time, with two months to spare!

We appreciate everyone who has contributed to these records through their work in the gardens, staffing our office or events, participating in a river cleanup, or serving on our board and/or committees.

Volunteer Corner

Silicon Valley Community Foundation and two groups from Samsung joined us for workdays in the gardens.

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
California San Jose LDS Missionaries
The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hope Services
Mission Bay
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
Wells Fargo

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 1,890 volunteer hours in September.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Dec. 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • River Cleanup
    Sat. Nov. 18th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Education Program Intern - Ongoing
    We are looking for positive, go-getters who enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about education for a program support role. We would also love to have someone who is computer savvy, creative, and detail-oriented. E-mail us for more information.
  • Rotary PlayGarden Support - Ongoing
    Attendant Assistant and gardening support opportunities. E-mail Ricky for more information.
  • Front Office Receptionist - Ongoing
    Shifts available Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings or afternoons, and Friday mornings. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Isabel
Isabel is one of our office volunteers and is recovering from a work injury. When not covering the front desk or helping with projects around the office, you will find her either knitting or playing with one of her 17 grandkids or two great-grandkids. Thank you Isabel!

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

Upcoming Events

Plant Perennials Now!

Saturday, November 11th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$15/members, $18/non-members

Don't miss out! Registration closes Monday, Nov. 6th.

The start of our rainy season is the perfect time to add perennial plants to your garden. Perennials provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, as well as year-round beauty in our landscapes.

Join UCCE Master Gardener Dee Brown to learn about the wide variety of beautiful, water-wise, low-maintenance native and Mediterranean climate plants that will thrive here.

Click here to register.

Homeschool Programs

Super Sustainability

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Keeping up with the Sapiens
Nov. 6/9/10

I Cycle, You Cycle, We Cycle!
Nov. 13/16/17

Super Stewards!

Nov. 27/30/Dec. 1

Click here to register.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 2nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members
Families with children any age welcome with accompanying adult(s)

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath!

UCCE Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show you how to look through local gardens and parks 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 a beautiful wreath for your home.

Click here to register.

Native & Drought Tolerant Planting Techniques

Saturday, December 9th
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Discover how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health.

This workshop takes place at the Nature's Inspiration Gardens in the Courtyard Garden. Parking is available at Seymour and Walnut St.

Click here to register.

Giving Tuesday

Save the Date! We're participating in the sixth annual Giving Tuesday on November 28th.

Click here to learn more.

Education Scholarships

Calling all teachers! Did you know that Title One schools and special needs groups are eligible for a full field trip scholarship, and $300 for transportation? Funding is limited so don't miss out - share with those who can benefit from this amazing opportunity!

Visit our scholarship page for more information.

Legacy Giving

If you are over 70 1/2 years old and have an IRA account, you can make a tax-free charitable donation of up to $100,000 until December 31.

The advantage is that the transferred amount does not count as taxable income but does count toward your required minimum distribution. Please note, to qualify as an IRA Charitable Rollover, the distribution must go directly from your IRA custodian to the charity.

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