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NEWSLETTER: January 2018

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run (10K/5K/Kids' Fun Run) at 9 AM on Sunday, February 4th.

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.

Want to volunteer? Join us for shifts on Saturday, February 3rd and on event day. Click here to sign up.

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.

Guadalupe River Park Survey

SPUR, a non-profit organization, is conducting a survey about Guadalupe River Park in preparation for a re-envisioning of the park. While we are not thrilled with some of the options listed (e.g., residential), we encourage you to participate. Your ideas will help them better understand your desires for this natural and community resource and help make the park a great space for residents, employees and visitors.

Please click below to take and share this short survey. They will not share your personal information with others.

Click here to take the survey.

Volunteer Corner

We are grateful recipients of a new donation stand thanks to Ethan, who completed the project to earn his eagle scout award.

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

Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Pioneer High School
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UCCE Master Gardeners of SCC

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 1,311 volunteer hours in November.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day
    Mon. Jan. 15th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Join us for a morning of service! Families are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up.

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Feb. 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 Volunteers: UCCE Master Gardeners
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County have been dedicated volunteers in the Historic Orchard since 2013. They have adopted the family portion of the orchard, which is the side closest to the river. They come out twice a month on Wednesdays to prune, weed, mulch, and do whatever is needed to keep the orchard in tip-top shape. They also offer educational opportunities to the general public. We appreciate their time and dedication!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Environmental Truth Seekers

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

What'er Your Rights?
Jan. 8/11/12

Food, Dude
Jan. 22/25/26

Wildlife Matters

Jan. 29/Feb. 1/2

Click here to register.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, January 20th
9:30 to 11:30 am
$10/members, $15 non-members

Registration closes January 17

Learn how to prune your fruit trees with professional landscaper Sean McGrail. Gain hands-on experience by practicing your newly learned techniques on Guadalupe River Park & Gardens' Historic Orchard, a 3.3-acre site planted in 1994 to showcase the varieties of fruit trees such as cherries, apricots and prunes that once made the Santa Clara Valley famous as the "Valley of Heart's Delight".

Click here to sign up.

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10th
Wednesdays and Saturdays
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 beginning January 10th. 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

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.

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