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NEWSLETTER: October 2017

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Pumpkins in the Park returns to Discovery Meadow Saturday, October 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!

Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Great Food
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Children's Concert
and more!

Ride VTA and redeem your fare ticket or Clipper card for complimentary game tickets.

Want to volunteer? It's not too late to join us for Friday or Saturday set up/tear down.

Click here for more information.

Help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event.

Event Sponsors - Air Systems Foundation, 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 - Office of Councilmember Raul Peralez, Sheryl Hinshaw, Johanson & Yau

Coffee with Councilmember Raul Peralez

Do you have any questions about your community? Have suggestions for improving your neighbrohood? District 3 residents are invited to join Councilmember Raul Peralez for his monthly Coffee on Saturday, October 28th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Rotary PlayGarden.

Can't make it? Tune in to Facebook Live from 12:30 - 1:00 pm, when Raul will take questions from residents unable to make it to the coffee.

Trail Updates

We are excited to be one of the newest hosts of a Ford GoBike station, right outside the Visitor & Education Center.

We also participated in the City's annual trail count and survey on September 13th, hosting a count station north of Coleman Ave.

Click here to view the trail count results.

Registration is now open for our Feb. 4, 2018 Super Guadalupe River Run (10K/5K/Kids' Fun Run). Register early and save! Click here.


We are hosting a new litter of kittens and are pleased to introduce Comet and Orion, pictured above with our education staff. They will be available for adoption soon, along with their two siblings. E-mail if interested.

Volunteer Corner

Five groups from Cisco (including the one pictured above) joined us for workdays in the gardens as part of the company's Global Service Month.

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
California San Jose LDS Missionaries
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Greater Opportunities
HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Moss Adams
National Charity League
South Bay Heritage Rose Group

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 1,488 volunteer hours in August.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Oct. 7th, 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: Jorge
Jorge is one of our garden and Trail Ambassador volunteers; he is recovering from a work injury. When he is not picking up trash or cleaning park signs, you will find him riding his bicycle or playing one of his many musical instruments. Jorge has been a great help with around the park and office. We hope he's able to return to work soon, but will miss him when that time comes. Everyone at GRPC would like to give a big round of applause and thank you to Jorge for all that he's doing for us.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Selecting for Success
Oct. 5/6

Phenomenal Plants
Oct. 9/12/13

Astounding Animals

Oct. 16/19/20

Evolutionary Relationships
Oct. 23/26/27

Click here to register.

Spooky Halloween Recycled Art - Family Workshop

Can you believe this used to be a wine bottle? Learn to make your own!

Saturday, October 28th
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
$15/members, $18/non-members
Children ages 12+ welcome with adult chaperone

Join GRPC's very own Heather Engle for some pre-Halloween fun! We will be using items you can find around your house to create spooky and boo-tiful Halloween decor that your friends and family will love!

Click here to register.

Plant Perennials Now!

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

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.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 2nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members

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

UC 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.

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

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?

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