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NEWSLETTER: January 2019

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run

Join us on Groundhog Day - Saturday Feb. 2 - for our annual 5K walk/run, 10K run, and Kids' Fun Run to see if you can outrun your shadow!

You won’t want to miss the third in our series of collectors’ shirts featuring children from the Shirley Lewis Rotary Sculpture Walk! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.

Click here to register.

Want to volunteer? Join us for shifts on Friday, February 1st 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 from the Heritage Rose Garden and prepare a gift box for your Valentine.

Click here for more details.

Park Improvements

San Jose's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Service (PRNS) Dept. recently installed new trail lights powered by solar panels. Copper-wire theft is a huge problem, and according to Park Manager Yves Zsutty, this solar pilot will "determine if they are more sustainable than the wired lights." Thank you PRNS!

Volunteer Corner

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

HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Independence High School UNICEF Club
Irvington Change Project
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League Almaden
Notre Dame High School
Pioneer High School
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
West Valley College Park Management

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 732 volunteer hours in November.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Feb. 9th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Super Guadalupe River Run
    Fri. Feb. 1st & Sat. Feb. 2nd; various shifts. Sign up.
  • Rotary PlayGarden Maintenance Support
    Ongoing on Mondays. E-mail for more information.
  • Education Program Support
    Love kids and being outdoors? We're looking for enthusiastic education interns to help with our variety of programs; both morning and afternoon opportunities are available. These volunteer positions are ideal for someone looking for experience with children and outdoor environmental programming. Interested and/or have questions? Please contact


Meet Volunteer: Kersten
Kersten has been volunteering with us since November and has been a tremendous help in the office and gardens. She used to frequent the area in 2005 and recalls there was nothing too interesting happening in the downtown area. Upon moving back to the area in 2018, she saw all the changes made in our park and, looking for opportunities to work outdoors, decided to volunteer. Kersten likes that we are a nonprofit associated with the City and the ability to work in parks. She appreciates the flexible volunteer experience affording a variety of ways to help. She also greatly enjoys the self-directed work she does in the gardens, and that everyone is very nice! Thanks for all that you do Kersten!

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

Upcoming Events

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, January 26th
9:30 to 11:30 am
$10/members, $15 non-members

Registration closes January 22

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.

Homeschool Programs

Just Winging It

Our Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes are held on Mondays (ages 5-8).

Busy Bird Bodies
January 14

If it Quacks Like a Duck
January 28

Click here to register.

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9th
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 9th. 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.

Kitten Corner

We are fostering four teen moms and a playful gray kitten. If interested in providing a furever home, please e-mail

Legacy Giving

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?

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