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NEWSLETTER: September 2016
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Pumpkins in the Park
Save the date! Pumpkins in the Park returns to Discovery Meadow Saturday, October 8th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!
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 the many community organizations.
You can also help spread the word by sharing the Facebook event listing.
If you would like to be a vendor, sponsor, or contributor, please email Lisa at email@example.com.
We need volunteers all day Saturday. For more information or to sign up, click here.
Window on the River Park
Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, will be held on Wednesday, October 5th and is generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc.
We greatly appreciate the individuals, corporations, and foundations who provide operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts.
For sponsorship opportunities or to buy a ticket, click here.
Cavalia presents Odysseo
Cavalia returns to San Jose with Odysseo,their latest equestrian and acrobatic adventure. Cavalia will open under the white big top at Coleman and Ryland on September 14, with matinee and evening performances scheduled through October 2.
Please note there will be heavier-than-usual traffic on the trail between Julian and Coleman during show times.
Save up to 15% on evening shows with promo code VOYAGE. Click here to purchase tickets.
San Jose's annual count of trail users takes place Wednesday, September 14th from 7 am to 7 pm. Look for our table just north of Coleman.
Viva Calle, San Jose's Open Streets event, returns for a second year on Sunday, September 18th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Save the date and look for us at the activity hub at Arena Green in Guadalupe River Park.
Click here for more information.
Construction Update: The City expects to finish work on the Autumn Parkway to Julian extension and reopen the western trail segment in early 2017.
We're hosting our 14th annual Water Festival on Wednesday, September 14th, with over 250 5th-grade students from River Glen, Luther Burbank, and Franklin schools.
The Water Festival is designed to raise awareness of our local watershed. Every year, we convene environmental education organizations from around the Bay Area to teach students important hands-on science lessons about water conservation, pollution prevention, the value of water as a natural resource, and how people can protect our watershed.
Many thanks to our volunteers, the presenters from our partner organizations, and the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting the costs.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Join us and volunteers across the state on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00 am for Coastal Cleanup Day, California's largest volunteer event. For more information, and to sign up, click here.
Bellarmine faculty and staff joined us for a river cleanup--and to gain firsthand experience with where their students volunteer.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past July:
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
California San Jose Mission
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Independence HS National Honor Society
Milpitas HS Key Club
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Silver Creek HS Key Club
Think Bigger San Jose
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,304 volunteer hours in July.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
- Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
- Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
Sat. September 3rd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
- Coastal Cleanup Day
Sat. September 17th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.
- Pumpkins in the Park
Sat. October 8th, Various shifts available. Sign up.
Meet Volunteer Joseph Walsh
Joseph is interning with us while working on his bachelor's degree in environmental studies at SJSU. He will graduate this fall. When Joseph is not studying or volunteering, he likes to take his 8-month old puppy on walks and hike new places throughout the Bay Area. He also loves watching and participating in sports, especially football and basketball. Thanks, Joseph, for all your hard work and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!