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NEWSLETTER: September 2015
In this issue:
Pumpkins in the Park
Super Guadalupe River Run
Coastal Clean Up
Pumpkins in the Park - Oct. 10
10 am to 4 pm in Discovery Meadow, Guadalupe River Park, no entrance fee.
What's there to do at Pumpkins in the Park? You can buy and decorate a pumpkin, play carnival games, join a costume parade, watch children's entertainers, or visit with over 40 community organizations. For a list of activities and sponsors, click here.
You can also help spread the word by sharing the Facebook event listing.
Super Guadalupe River Run - Feb. 7, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that our run was selected as one of the City of San Jose's "Super Community Events" during Super Bowl week.
Sign up soon to guarantee your spot on Feb. 7th - click here.
Rotary PlayGarden Updates
Many of you asked for a way to help pay for maintenance so we just added a fun coin and cash collector.
The PlayGarden is now closed on Mondays to allow additional time for maintenance and repairs.
If you are interested in booking the picnic area (six tables) or amphitheater for a birthday party or other celebration, you can do so here: www.grpg.org/rpg/picnic
Follow Rotary Play Garden on Facebook for updates or announcements.
Coastal Clean Up
A silver lining to the drought is the opportunity to remove trash from areas that are normally under water. Please join us at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 26th for this annual event. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Bay Area Bike Share Expanding: Please support one or both of these locations for a Bike Share Station near the GRPG Visitor & Education Center. Site 1, Site 2
CLOSURE: SCVWD is cleaning the river from 101 to Trimble from now until mid-October. During clean-up, trucks will enter the site from Trimble. SCVWD will have flaggers, signage and fencing to temporarily close the trail for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Work days will occur from 8:00 to 3:30. All trail users are asked to obey closure notices and staff at the site. This important project supports the environment of the river and conveyance of anticipated storm waters this winter.
The carousel has needed more repairs than initially thought, but we still hope to have it operating later this month. Stay tuned for more info...
Employees from Apple scoured the river for trash and had no trouble overflowing our utility cart with their findings.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past July:
California San Jose Mission
Hands on Bay Area
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Piedmont Hills High School Key Club
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 1133 volunteer hours in July.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. Sept. 12, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
Evening Rose Deadheading
Tues. Sept. 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up.
Meet Board Member Marguerite Lee
Marguerite worked at Cisco for 17 years before joining her husband to run A Slice of New York (San Jose and Sunnyvale) pizzerias. She has experience in community relations, recruiting, public relations, HR, and IT. A native San Franciscan, Marguerite holds a degree in liberal studies/mathematics from San Francisco State University and has been a long-time community advocate. Along with a committee of corporate partners, she worked with the State of California's Chief Service Officer to help increase volunteerism between businesses and nonprofits statewide. Prior to joining the GRPC board, Marguerite served on the Family Giving Tree board for four years.
Meet Volunteer Elder Carranco
Elder Carranco has been volunteering with us weekly since November 2014. With a can-do attitude and true connection to GRPC, Elder Carranco has been a great help to our organization, taking on some not so glamourous jobs with a smile on his face. In October he'll head back home to West Jordan in Utah, where he hopes to continue working on his engineering degree and hang out with his dog Mia. Thank you for all your hard work!