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NEWSLETTER: February 2014

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Looking for a distinctive Valentine's gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $50, we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine. Click here for more details.

Super Bowl Sunday Run, 9am

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River Clean Ups

Volunteers from Evergreen Valley HS Interact Club helped with our first river clean up of 2014. Last year, we mobilized 660 volunteers for 20 clean ups.

If you are interested in helping with a future clean up, please send a message to

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

Boy Scout Troop 452
California San Jose Mission
Evergreen Valley High School
Irvington HS Change Project
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Yerba Buena High School NHS

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference.

Meet Volunteer Ofelia Perez
Ofelia, a native of San Jose, is a new face in our office volunteer group. She has a wonderfully positive attitude that helps her not only get a variety of tasks done but makes her a delightful addition to our visitor center. Before she joined us, Ofelia worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her career and volunteer time at the conservancy reflects on her love for working with people. When she isn't busy volunteering with GRPC you can find her crocheting, collecting sea glass on the beach, or spending time with her family. Ofelia loves to bake for her sons; she even said, "There are times when I have baked dessert before dinner because I would rather bake then cook." Glad to have you with us Ofelia, and we thank you for your time!

Legacy Giving

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:

I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate. I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

The World Underground

With Spring on the horizon, we'll spend February uncovering the world underground. Join us as we explore the science behind successful gardening and investigate the various gardens in the Guadalupe Gardens.

The Birth of a Cheeseburger
February 5th/6th

How Does Your Garden Grow?
February 12th/13th

February 19th/20th

Guadalupe Green Thumbs
February 26th/27th

More info.

Rose Pruning Classes

Wednesdays & Saturdays
through February
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons will be offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday, through February 26th. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am.

More info.

Gardening with Cold Frames and Mini-Greenhouses

Saturday, February 22nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Start your garden out on the right foot! Greenhouses are not just for the winter; join Master Gardener Sharon Johnson for this workshop to about the many seasonal uses of cold frames and greenhouses. Participants will learn an easy way to build a cold frame or mini greenhouse as a place to start your seeds, acclimatize your nursery plants before setting them in your garden, as a place to keep the plants you don't have time to plant, or to start seedlings for an earlier harvest. Click here to sign up.

Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 1st through April 5th
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Age 18 and up
$30/members, $40/non-members

Burst out of winter with a new walking series! Join fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher for a 6 week Spring Walking Series. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River. Learn proper stretches, toning exercises, and walking technique as you meet others who enjoy exercising outdoors along the way. Varied fitness levels will be offered. Click here to sign up.

Successful Backyard Birdhouses Workshop

Saturday, March 8th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Building and installing a birdhouse is not as simple as it may seem. The location of your residence, the layout of your garden or patio, and the birdhouse's design and size all factor into the habitability of a birdhouse. If you'd like to study the art of building birdhouses, come to an adult workshop on March 18th, led by Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's Cavity Nester Recovery Program. Check out this interview with Mike in Bay Nature. Click here to sign up.

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