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NEWSLETTER: September 2014

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Pumpkins in the Park, a fun, family friendly harvest fair with a strong environmental education component, is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Join us on Saturday, October 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM for a giant pumpkin patch, a costume parade, tons of free kid's activities, a children's concert and so much more. Click here to read more about the event. Interested sponsors or vendors can contact Phil at 408-298-7657.

Measure Q - Yes on Open Space

Our Board of Directors voted to endorse Measure Q, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority's measure on November's ballot. The $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.

Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden - September 27

On September 27, from 10 am-2 pm, check out the South Bay Heritage Rose Groups' festival celebrating the Heritage Rose Garden's fall bloom and learn about composting, propagation, and heritage roses. Heritage and hard-to-find roses will be for sale.  For more information, click here.

Trail Ambassador Program

Do you find yourself walking, running or biking the Guadalupe Trails within the Guadalupe River Park at least once a week? We are building our Trail Ambassador Program, where individuals like you act as the eyes, ears and friendly face of the park. Volunteers help report issues along the trails, hand out trail maps to other trail users, and be a friendly presence in the park. The commitment is flexible but requires at least 45 minutes a week.

Backyard Update

Thanks to a Lennox Foundation grant, our backyard is being transformed into an outdoor classroom, with a weather station, archeological dig box, planting areas, and more.

Rotary Children's Playgarden Update

The new parking lot will be paved next week. You can follow the progress on our Facebook page and web site.

Trail Update

Due to some PG&E gas line testing, the northern part of the trail will be closed from Tasman Drive to Gold Street from approximately the end of September to late November. Alternate street routes will be forthcoming.

Now Hiring
Are you, or someone you know, looking for a job and well organized, passionate about the environment, and a self starter? If so, please click here to see the job description and requirements.

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

Avago Technologies
California San Jose Mission
Cisco Systems
Evergreen Valley High School
Four Winds Tours
Hands on Bay Area
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League

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 1500 volunteer hours overall in July.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

Meet a Volunteer
Elder Kwan joins us from Wallingford, PA. He is volunteering with us on Fridays during his religious mission. We have seen elder Kwan grow and show great leadership when working with fellow volunteers. When he is in Wallingford, Elder Kwan enjoys playing sports, hip hop dancing, and playing the piano and cello. We look forward to Elder Kwan volunteering with us during the rest of his term; thank you Elder Kwan!

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

Exploring Our Watershed

Everyone lives in a watershed! Join us in September as we journey through the Guadalupe Watershed--from the headwaters to the bay. Please note: Classes will not meet on September 17th/18th. Wednesdays are FULL this month; space is available on Thursdays.

Mountains in Motion
September 4th

September 11th

It's All Connected
September 25th

Discovering Alternative Energy

October is National Energy Awareness Month. Join us as we explore the science behind some of the exciting developments around alternative sources of energy.

It's Electric
October 1st/2nd

Turbine Time
October 8th/9th

Water Works
October 15th/16th

It's Getting Hot in Here!
October 22nd/23rd

Brewing Biofuels
October 29th/30th

Click here to learn more!

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, September 6th
10:00am to 12:00pm
$20/members, $25/non-members
Ages 18 and Up

Vegetables in the winter? You bet! Here in Santa Clara County, we can grow vegetables year round. Join Master Gardener Karen Schaffer to learn about the wide variety of vegetables that thrive in our cool season: broccoli, kale, peas, lettuce, and many more. You will also receive hands-on experience sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings and will take home a flat of seedlings for your winter garden.

Click here to sign up.

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.

Water Festival

Our Water Festival celebrates our local Guadalupe watershed. On September 17th, environmental education organizations from around the Bay Area will come together at Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to teach local 5th-grade students important hands-on science lessons based on topics such as water conservation, pollution prevention, the value of water as a natural resource, and how people can affect their watershed.

We appreciate the participation of the following organizations: The Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Center at Walden West, Children's Discovery Museum, City of San Jose Environmental Services Department, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Environmental Volunteers, Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Save the Bay, Our City Forest, and Youth Science Institute. We also thank the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting festival since 2009.

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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