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NEWSLETTER: September 2017

In this issue:

Eclipse Viewing

We were excited to host a viewing of the solar eclipse. Current and former board members Erica Carr, Tony Le, Francois Rodigari, Jodi Starbird, and Bracey Tiede came to the party. Thanks to all who joined us, including Supervisor Ken Yeager and Councilmember Raul Peralez.

Many thanks to the Rotary Club of San Jose and President Jay Ross for sponsoring the eclipse viewers. We distributed over 1,800 pair at the Rotary PlayGarden!

Pumpkins in the Park

Save the date! Pumpkins in the Park returns to Discovery Meadow Saturday, October 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!

Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Great Food
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Lots of Free Kids' Activities
Children's Concert
and more!

Interested in participating as a vendor, sponsor, contributor? We need volunteers Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, too!

Click here for more information.

Help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event.

Arena Green Updates

The Arena Green playground will be getting some new equipment. Fraying ropes caused a danger so the climbing structure was removed without any notice, but PRNS will beinstalling a new piece or two in the coming months. We hope to have good news about the carousel in next month's newsletter!

Education Scholarships

We are grateful for the support of Adobe, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and Western Digital Foundation for funding our education programs.

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.

Volunteer Corner

Bellarmine faculty and staff, including advisory council member Brian Adams, joined us for their annual pre-back-to-school volunteer day and helped spread mulch in the Historic Orchard.

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

Boy Scout Troop 452
Boys Team Charity
California San Jose LDS Missionaries
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Greater Opportunities
HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Maxim Integrated Products
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Prospect High School
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 2,038 volunteer hours in July.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Sept. 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sat. Sept. 16th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.
  • PlayGarden Landscaping Support
    Ongoing, 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.


Volunteer Profile: Greater Opportunities
Greater Opportunities is one of the groups that comes out to help to clean and maintain the Rotary PlayGarden. The mission of Greater Opportunities is to empower persons with developmental disabilities to achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. Everyone at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy would like to give a big thank you and round of applause to Greater Opportunities for all the work they do for us and the community.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Wacky Water Systems

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Get to Know Guadalupe
Sept. 11/14/15

Watershed Wonders
Sept. 18/21/22

Riveting Guadalupe River

Sept. 25/28/29

Click here to register.

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening - Family Workshop

Saturday, September 23rd
10:00 to 11:30 am
$15/members, $18/non-members
Children ages 12+ welcome with adult chaperone

Vegetables in the winter? You bet! Here in Santa Clara County we can grow vegetables year round. Join UC Master Gardener Karen Schaffer to learn about the wide variety of vegetables that thrive in our cool season: broccoli, kale, peas, lettuce, and many more. Take home some seeds and seedlings to start your delicious fall/winter garden.

Click here to register.

Plant Perennials Now!

Saturday, November 11th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$15/members, $18/non-members

The start of our rainy season is the perfect time to add perennial plants to your garden. Perennials provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, as well as year-round beauty in our landscapes.

Join UCCE Master Gardener Dee Brown to learn about the wide variety of beautiful, water-wise, low-maintenance native and Mediterranean climate plants that will thrive here.

Click here to register.

Internship Opportunities

Animal Care:

We're looking for enthusiastic, passionate individuals who are interested in doing animal care for our educational animal ambassadors! This is a long-term (at least one year) commitment. Candidates must be able to commit to 2 - 5 days during the week.

E-mail Mel 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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