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NEWSLETTER: March 2018

In this issue:

A Super Day for a Run

Many thanks to San Jose Water Company for sponsoring our annual 10K/5K/Kids' run/walk, Board Vice President Francois Rodigari for his organizing skills, Jodi Starbird for her promotional efforts, the wonderful volunteers who were critical to our success, County Supervisor Ken Yeager and Councilmember Raul Peralez who were on hand to provide encouragement to their fellow runners on a spectacular, sunny morning, and 4C Council of Santa Clara County, Farm Fresh to You, San Jose Earthquakes, and Red Power Divas who livened up the expo area.

Results are available here. Photos here.

Mark your calendars for next year - Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2019.

Valentine's Day Roses

Many thanks to Schurra's for donating wonderful chocolate and Catered Too! for delicious cookies. We appreciate Citti's flower-a-month contribution and all who adopted a rose for Valentine's Day. We are also grateful for Donna Snodgrass and Daniel Harman's many hours in the Heritage Rose Garden tending plaques, and the volunteers from South Bay Heritage Rose Group for providing twice weekly TLC in the HRG.

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

Click here for more information.

Plentiful Poppies

Thanks to generous donors - Jodi Starbird, the family of Tony Alves, and Northrup Grumann - and the volunteers who helped us sow seeds - Intel, Western Digital, Jane Matulich, and Donna Clarke - poppies are blooming at the GRPG Visitor & Education Center, along Coleman Ave., and elsewhere in the gardens.

Now Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our team.

Click here for more information.

Volunteer Corner

Over 100 local high school students teamed up to serve as course monitors and support setup and cleanup for the Super Guadalupe River Run on Feb. 4th.

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

Andrew Hill High School
Creative Learning Center
Cupertino High School
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Homestead High School National Honor Society
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
San Jose State University
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 1,650 volunteer hours in January.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. April 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Front Office Receptionist - Ongoing
    Shifts available Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings or afternoons, and Friday mornings. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteers: Celeste, Rebecca, and Joanne
Celeste, Rebecca, and Joanne are volunteering with us in the gardens and around the office. The three of them met while volunteering at the San Jose Animal Shelter. Celeste came to us as an animal care volunteer and referred Rebecca and Joanne to help in the gardens. Now Celeste is doing double duty as an animal care and garden volunteer, and all three are joining us on a weekly basis! When they're not volunteering, you will find the friends walking their dogs. Everyone here at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy would like to give a round of applause to these three wonderful women.

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

Upcoming Events

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.

Homeschool Programs

Fantastic Flora

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Flora Features
March 8/9

Cyclical Living
March 12/15/16

Wet Plants from Wetlands

March 19/22/23

Looking at the Forest for the Trees
March 26/29/30

Click here to register.

3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase!

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.

Critter Corner

Western Toad

As educational ambassadors, it's incredibly important that our Visitor Center animals are well socialized. We have a large, grassy area that our animals love to explore (and interact with people). Since we are located in a natural setting, it's not unusual to see birds of prey. Red tailed hawks prefer to hunt small mammals, rodents, and other animals found on the ground. They have keen eyesight - 2 to 8 times better than humans.

One day, as a new volunteer, I had Rocky, our Western Toad, out for some exercise. He was enjoying exploring when suddenly a hawk swooped down thinking he had lunch!! Hawks are silent hunters, and only screech to communicate or defend their territory. I was so startled, I jumped and started waving my arms to scare him off. Rocky was blissfully unaware. I decided Rocky had enough exercise for that day! I also developed a much greater appreciation for all of our wildlife.

-Celeste Graper, Animal Care Intern

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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