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NEWSLETTER: August 2018

In this issue:

Sculpture Unveiling

San Jose Water Company unveiled the latest sculptures in the Shirley Lewis Rotary Sculpture Walk during a community celebration on July 20th. Their generous $150,000 donation, commemorating the company's 150th anniversary, funded six installations along the river. The sculptures pictured above (between the Visitor & Education Center and the Rotary PlayGarden) are the northernmost ones. Additional installations are found along the trail, terminating with two adjacent to the fence at Children's Discovery Musuem (bottom photos). Many thanks to San Jose Water Company for significantly expanding this family-friendly means of exploring the park!

Click here to see the sculptures on the map.

Summer Programs

We welcomed Boys & Girls Club members from Alum Rock, Levin, and Luther Burbank last month for environmental education programming that included activies at the Guadalupe River and in the gardens, and a bike ride on the Guadalupe River Trail.

Leadership San Jose

Please consider supporting the Leadership San Jose Class of 2018 project in the park by purchasing tickets to the Charity Classic 2018: A Night in Jurassic Park, to be held on November 3rd.

Leadership San Jose is enhancing our outdoor classroom space along the Guadalupe River so that it may become a premier outdoor education destination for San Jose and Santa Clara County schools and residents. It will feature two outdoor murals highlighting our local ecology along the banks of the river, and will include engaging facts, directions, and way-finding signage along the surrounding trails.

Tickets to the Charity Classic support the project and are currently $75 each (early bird pricing).

Click here to purchase tickets.

Volunteer Corner

Several large groups from Google joined us to spruce up Guadalupe Gardens.

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
HandsOn Bay Area
Mission Bay

South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
Western Digital

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 2,716 volunteer hours in June.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Sept. 1st, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sat. Sept. 15th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.
  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Fri. and Sat. Oct. 12-13th; Various shifts. Sign up.
  • Front Office Reception Support
    Shifts available Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Fridays. E-mail for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Lauren
Lauren has been volunteering at our front desk since late April; she lives in the area and often walked on our trails. Her favorite thing about volunteering at GRPC is that the people here are so energetic and enthusiastic about the environment, nature, education, and the animals that call our visitor center home! Thanks for all that you do for us Lauren!

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

Upcoming Events

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, October 13th
10 am to 4 pm

Save the date! Our annual, family-friendly harvest festival returns to Discovery Meadow on October 13th.

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

Interested in participating as a vendor, sponsor, contributor, or volunteer?

Click here for more information.

Homeschool Programs

Our Outdoor Environmental Science Program for homeschool students is eagerly preparing for another year of hands-on science.

Registration opens August 15th.

Click here to learn more.

GRPC Board of Directors

We greatly appreciate our hard working, volunteer Board of Directors, led by our Executive Committee:

Jeff Lawson, President
Silicon Valley Law Group

Francois Rodigari, Vice President
San Jose Water Company

Marguerite Lee, Secretary
A Slice of New York

Marty Cull, Treasurer
Air Systems

Terry Austen, Past President
Kaiser, Retired

Erica Carr
Adobe Systems

Kristen Gray
Heritage Bank of Commerce

Kelly Hattley
Boston Properties

Sheryl Hinshaw
Johanson & Yau

Dan Kennedy
Samaritan Medical Center

Marty Kopp

Tony Le
Stanford University

Mike McCarroll
Sharks Sports & Entertainment

Jed Mettee
San Jose Earthquakes

Michael Parrish
San Jose State University

Brandon Racine
Wells Fargo

Cameron Schwab

Carrick Young
Cushman & Wakefield

Legacy Giving

Retirement accounts, which are subject to income tax, are good vehicles for charitable gifts. Charities aren't subject to income tax so your gift goes farther.

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