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NEWSLETTER: February 2018

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run

It's not too late to earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe!

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run (10K/5K/Kids' Fun Run) at 9 AM this Sunday, February 4th. It will be a beautiful morning in the park!

Don’t fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1 mile quarterback sneak, you’ll earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers to run a 10K or 5K -- cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game.

You won’t want to miss the second in our series of collectors’ shirts! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.

Click here to register.

Adopt A Rose for Valentine's Day

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 $60, we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine.

Click here for more details.

Spirit of Stewardship

We were pleased to welcome over 60 community volunteers to pick up litter in the northern end of Guadalupe Gardens on our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and over 100 RAs and staff from SJSU's Housing Department (pictured below) joined us on the 16th to spruce up the gardens.

We were also fortunate to be selected by The SVO's Leadership San Jose class for a multi-month project to enhance connectivity between the gardens and river in support of our outdoor environmental education programs. Thank you to all who help us #beautifySJ.

Volunteer Corner

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

Cisco Systems
Friends of Children with Special Needs
HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

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 1,133 volunteer hours in December.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. March 3rd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Education Program Intern - Ongoing
    We are looking for positive, go-getters who enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about education for a program support role. We would also love to have someone who is computer savvy, creative, and detail-oriented. E-mail us for more information.
  • Rotary PlayGarden Support - Ongoing
    Attendant Assistant and gardening support opportunities. E-mail Ricky for more information.
  • Front Office Receptionist - Ongoing
    Shifts available Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings or afternoons, and Friday mornings. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Bella
Bella is a student at Independence High, and, even with a rigorous academic schedule, she still manages make time to to care for our educational animal ambassadors.

During her internship, Bella will learn to identify the behaviors of our native animals and how to best share her knowledge with others. We appreciate all of the work Bella has put forth to ensure the utmost quality of life for our animals in the Visitor & Education Center.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Green Thumb Gardening

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Making Plans to Make Plants
Feb. 5/8/9

Power Plants
Feb. 12/15/16

Gigantic Gardens

Feb. 26/Mar. 1/2

Click here to register.

Success in the Vegetable Garden - Six-Week Series

Wednesdays beginning March 21st
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$60/members, $75 non-members

Registration closes March 14

A productive vegetable garden can provide delicious produce year-round, without being a full-time job! Join us in partnership with UC Master Gardener Dee Brown for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening! Learn how to get the best yield by applying science-based gardening methods that minimize environmental impacts.

Click here to sign up.

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons are offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am.

Come to learn, engage with community members, and have fun! Please bring leather gloves and bypass shears if you have them; loaners are available if needed. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a full water bottle. Meet in the center of the garden.

Click here for more information.

Education Scholarships

Calling all teachers! Did you know that Title One schools and special needs groups are eligible for a full field trip scholarship, and $300 for transportation? Funding is limited so don't miss out - share with those who can benefit from this amazing opportunity!

Visit our scholarship page for more information.

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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