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NEWSLETTER: March 2017

In this issue:

A Super Finish

Many thanks to San Jose Water Company for sponsoring our annual 10K/5K/1K run/walk, Board Member Francois Rodigari and the wonderful volunteers who were critical to our success, County Supervisor Ken Yeager who was on hand to provide encouragement to his fellow runners on a spectacular, sunny morning, Imperfect Produce, Sweet Tomatoes, Red Power Divas, and Kelly Wellness & Chiropractic Center who livened up the expo area.

Results are available here. Photos here.

Mark your calendars for next year - Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2018.

Valentine's Adopt a Rose

Many thanks to Schurra's for donating wonderful chocolate and Catered Too! for delicious cookies, with discount coupons from both. We appreciate Citti's for their flower-a-month contribution and all who adopted a rose for Valentine's Day. We are also grateful for Donna Snodgrass' many hours in the Heritage Rose Garden tending plaques and the volunteers from South Bay Heritage Rose Group whose twice weekly sessions keep the roses looking good.

It's not too early to adopt a rose for Mother's Day!

More information here.

Remembering Patch

We are very sad to announce the passing of Patch Lapin, our resident office rabbit and ambassador. Patch came to us in 2009 after he was abandoned outside the Visitor Center, and he delighted children and adults alike. He was an amazing bunny, and we will miss his antics and sweet, fluffy presence.

We have dedicated our Critter Fund in memory of Patch and welcome your support to cover his burial costs, as well as ongoing care for our resident snakes, turtles, toad, and lizards. You can also explore our Amazon wish list.

Click here for more information.

Education Updates

Students from Trace Elementary School kicked off our 2017 field trip season.

Boys and Girls Club members join us for weekly after-school sessions. Students explore river ecology, among other topics, and are inspired to think like scientists while gaining an appreciation for the natural world that's found in their backyard.

Volunteer Corner

Thanks to community volunteers, including SJSU Chi Epsilon, who joined us to remove debris from the river following February's storms.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Hope Services
LDS San Jose Missionaries

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

Santa Clara County Office of Education
South Bay Heritage Rose Group

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 1,125 volunteer hours in January.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Monthly River Cleanup
    Sat. March 18th, 8:30-11:30 am and 12:30-3:30 pm. Sign up.

Sat. April 15th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. April 1st, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • PlayGarden Landscaping Support
    On going, e-mail Ricky for more information.
  • Office Support
    On going 2-5 hour commitment on either Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays (adults only please). E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteer Lesby Cruz
Lesby Cruz is a full-time student who is volunteering with us while she is recovering from a work injury. She helps in the office on weekdays and in the Rotary PlayGarden on weekends. Lesby enjoys having a cup of coffee at Crema Coffee Roasting Co. while she is studying to become a nurse; she also loves to spend time with her son. We'd like to give a huge round of applause to Lesby for all her service to the park.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Birds of a Feather

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Sing Me a Song
March 6th/9th/10th

Can I Fly?
March 13th/16th/17th

Adapt and Survive

March 20th/23rd/24th

Testing Station
March 27th/30th/31st

Click here to learn more.

Click here to check out our Amazon wish list!

Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 11th through April 1st
8:30 to 9:30 am
Ages 18 and up
$20/members, $30/non-members

Burst out of winter with our Spring Walking Series led by fitness instructor Kristin Strellis. 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.

Edible, Medicinal, and Survival-Uses of Wild Plants - Families Welcome

Sunday, April 2nd
10:00 am to 1:30 pm
$20/members, $25/non-members

Join expert Ryan Taylor in partnership with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to delve into the beauty, mystery, and importance of wild plants! We will be taking an engaging, educational walk through Guadalupe River Park & Gardens unlike you’ve ever experienced before.

Click here to sign up.

Beginning Gardening: 3-Week Series

Thursdays, April 20th through May 4th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members

Are you new to gardening? Come to this three-week course to learn the basics so you can get out into your yard with confidence! Learn about the wide variety of plants that will thrive here in Santa Clara County and how to grow them successfully.

Click here to sign up.

City Updates

San Jose's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department is updating its Greenprint and would appreciate your input.

Click here to take the Greenprint survey.

February rains brought closures to parts of the river park, and the Guadalupe River Trail remains closed from Virginia to Gold St. in Alviso as of March 3rd. The good news is that flood control work completed in 2005 performed as expected.

Please be aware of debris and silt as City crews work to restore access.

Click here for updates on park and trail closures.

Legacy Giving

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

  1. It's simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, "I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy."
  2. You can change your mind. We won't receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.
  3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.
  4. It's an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we'd be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.
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