The Details

Park, Community Garden and Public Space Garden Improvements for a sustainable environment and beauty (Day of Service – January 19)
JANUARY 20 6:42 a.m.

Party my place! Now until midnight. Shoot me email mrm@sonic.net just in case it gets crowded or call. mrm@sonic.net 650 326 2029

I have food & drink but feel free to bring your favorite snack also bring favorite music. Musical instruments encouraged!

And hey you know there’s always plants that need planting in my garden at home for when it’s time to get up from the couch and get the blood moving …

Just kidding! I’m taking the day off.

JANUARY 19 6 p.m.

1) THANK YOU. This has been amazing. Although words do not fail me … I am writing it all up in a sort of “essay.” Send me any comments, quotes or photos (let me know if it’s OK to quote you in my essay and to publish your photos on my web page. It’s fine if you want to send me a private email, but just tell me it’s private.)

2) I am actively recruiting people for rose pruning at the Palo Alto VA on Feb 24, 9 a.m.. Sign up at http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4vkfj

3) I’ll send out a wrap-up email on Jan 25 (since the projects in this “umbrella event” run through Feb 24). In that email, I’ll send out the URL for the essay-with-photos and I’ll tell people how to stay in touch if they’d like to work on gardening-related events or habitat restoration throughout the year. Also I will list great organizations you might want to hook up with.

4) See http://mastergardeners.org/events for lots of great free gardening classes, workshops, seminars from the master gardeners. Best kept secret in Palo Alto: the Master Gardeners Palo Alto Demonstration Garden at Eleanor Pardee Park (851 Center, near Newell & Channing). We have free workshops at PADG the first Sat at of every month from 10 – 11 a.m .followed by open garden from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb 7 is Seed Starting and Direct Seeding (for vegetable gardens). (The Adult Ed classes we run, 6-week classes, are not free, but about $70. Everything else is free.)

5) I worked most of the day at Homesteader’s and words cannot begin to describe the transformation effected by 29 people who seemingly did not pause for 10 seconds in their pruning, weeding, mulching, hacking-back of overgrown perennials … In addition to the 20 rose bushes and a dozen or so fruit trees, these were pruned: grapes, blackberries, raspberries, potato vine along the fence, and more. The weeding alone is fabulous. Truly, the ranch is a new place. Jan Carey, garden manager, would like to extend her most deep and sincere thanks and gratitude. We basically sat around for an hour at the end of the day and drank it all in, in the waning light of the beautiful warm day. We would like to invite everyone to a tour/visit/picnic when the roses are in bloom. So if you’re interested in that, I’ll send info on Jan 25 on how we can stay in touch. I’m starting a wiki, actually (details in the Jan 25 email).

Marianne
Thank you Gracias Merci Spacebo Arigato and in every language, thank you
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I forgot to say in my final email …

This will be a blast, I think we ended up with a good distribution across the four projects and there won’t be too many people in any one place or too few! It should be beautiful weather. Palo Alto Foothills Park people: it is poison oak season, be prepared.

SUNDAY JAN 18 6:45 p.m.
“FINAL” ASSIGNMENTS

I am 100% sure there are mistakes in what follows. My apologies. If I said something to you in email like “please join the crew at place X,” then go to place X, not what I say below (if what I say below is different).

If your name is not listed, please go to either Rancho del Oro or Santa Teresa Park.

If you can only work in the afternoon, please join the merry band of pruners at Homesteader’s or the invasives weeders at Santa Teresa.

And in the final analysis … just use your own best judgment and go to the project that makes the most sense and that will be the most fun for you!

PALO ALTO FOOTHILLS PARK

Jan 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friends of Foothills Park
http://friendsoffoothillspark.org/friends.htm
http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/depts/csd/parks_and_open_space/preserves_and_open_spaces/foothills_park.asp
3300 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Map and directions: http://www.yelp.com/map/foothill-park-palo-alto

Meet at 1 p.m. on Monday Jan 19th at the Foothills Park entrance. Bob
Roth is leading this project and he has a gray Volvo wagon. He has
gloves and tools for people who need any.

1. Nancy McC.
2, 3. Susan D. & possibly sister-in-law
4, 5, 6. Stacey O. & two children
7, 8. Kathy & Bob L. 9, 10, 11. Lisa W. & three children
12. Kristina S.
13.
14, 15, 16. Megan C. & two companions
17, 18. Melanie C. & companion
19, 20. Sarida P & daughter
21. Marianne Mueller

This area has poison oak so even if you know how to recognize and
treat poison oak, please read up on it at
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7431.html

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RANCHO DEL ORO

Jan 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rancho del Oro Open Space Preserve
http://www.openspaceauthority.org/trails/rancho.html

Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve is located in the foothills
of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Bailey Avenue and McKean Road in
south Santa Clara County.

Directions:

From Highway 101 or Highway 85. Turn west onto Bailey Avenue. At the
intersection with McKean Road turn left. Where McKean Road becomes
Uvas Road turn right onto Casa Loma Road. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open
Space Preserve is at the end of the public access portion of the road.

Map to Rancho del Oro:
http://www.openspaceauthority.org/trails/pdf/Directions%20to%20Rancho.pdf

Derek Neumann will lead a team in removing invasives: Italian thistle,
cadaria and others.

1. Cathy B.
2. Gina F.
3. Danielle M.
4. Susan Ni.
5. Pamela H.
6. Nancy K.
7. Rosemary D
8, 9. Karin S. & companion
10. Kalps I.
11. Christine B.
12. Anne N.
13. Rainbow
14, 15.
16, 17, 18.
19, 20. Theodore T. & companion
21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Linda & Tom V., Elaine W., and Sue & Jim Lisk.
26, 27, 28, 29. Joan R. & one other adult & two children
30, 31, 32, 33, 34. Danielle M. & four companions

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SANTA TERESA PARK

Jan 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Santa Teresa Park, San Jose – Ohlone Trail
Restoration/Invasive Weeding
http://tinyurl.com/ohlone-trail-jan19

Location: Santa Teresa Park, San Jose.
Meet at the archery range of off Avenida de Espana and
Bayliss Ave.

Directions to Santa Teresa Park: From either 101 or Monterey Hwy go
West on Bernal to Santa Teresa South on Santa Teresa go Avenida
Espana, turn right, go 6 blocks. The gate is located on the right.

1, 2. Carrie M. & son
3. Sara E.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Karen G, Julian C and 4 children.
10. Sophia C., Santa Clara, cp
11, 12, 13. Bonnie H. & two children
14. Susan D.
16. Ann B.
17. Michelle H.
18. Babette V.
19. Dan C.
20. Cathy B.
21.
22. Karin F., Los Gatos.
23, 24, 25. Dana T & two chidren
26, 27, 28, 29, 30. Joan S & child; friend of Joan’s & two children
31. Harold L.
32, 33. Carrie M & child

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HOMESTEADER’S ROSE PRUNING

Jan 19, 9 a.m. – afternoon, Homesteader’s Ranch, Santa Clara
Rose Pruning & Fruit Tree Orchard Pruning

https://www.mastergardeners.org/projects/homestead.html

Jan Carey will meet you there; she is a Master Gardener of Santa Clara
County; http://mastergardeners.org/scc.html

Address:
3450 Brookdale Dr., Santa Clara, CA
The only internet map that will take you there is YAHOO MAPS:
http://tinyurl.com/homesteaders-ranch

Directions:
The major cross streets are Laurence Expressway and Homestead.
Left at Bing;
Right at the “T” onto Brookdale Dr.;
Look for the opening in the cyclone fence;
drive in past the portable buildings on the right to the garden where
the balloons are on the gate.

If you go too far on Brookdale Drive; you will reach Pomeroy. Turn
around. Drive past the big athletic field on the left side of
Brookdale Dr, you will see an opening in the fence, go into the
garden.

1. Fiona B.
2. Leslie H.
3, 4. Souroor M. and son
5. Jone M. & husband
6. John Per.
7. Shirley D’A, Atherton
8. Nanette S
9, 10. Tania G., Robert O
11. Nora F., Belmont, cp
12. Peter S.
13. Susan Nev.
14. Judy Sw.
15. Girogio S.
16. Denise K.
17. Reeta G.
18. Marianne Mueller
19, 20, 21. Nan R. & two companions
21, 22. Robin M. & companion
23. Diana A.
24, 25, 26 27. Rose Marie M. & 3 companions
28, 29, 30. Debra S., another adult, one child
31. Christina McC.

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SUNDAY JAN 18 4:30 pm MESSAGE

If (and only if!) you are coming to the Rose Pruning project at Homesteader’s, and you have a printer, plese print out, read, and fill in and bring with you the liability waiver that you find here:

http://www.ca4h.org/4hresource/forms/enrollment/WaiverofLiability.pdf

This will help us hit the ground running so we spend our time pruning and weeding! If you do not have a printer, I will have copies there, but it would be helpful to have everyone finished with the paperwork.

SUNDAY JAN 18 3:30 p.m. MESSAGE

Yeah Gardeners and Removers of Invasives! Your turnout for this event is fabulous.

However there are now 102 people signed up. Probably some people won’t show up, but at this point … if at 9 p.m. tonight your name is NOT on one of the lists below (I’ll catch up adding people and by 9 p.m. that will be my final list of names), then you may or may not be sadly with regret turned away at a park if you go there since it might just not be physically possible for everyone to work there without potentially damaging the environment.

So here are the options!

A) Go to either Rancho del Oro or Santa Teresa parks anyway, and if there isn’t room to weed invasives, you can have a great hike! And I will beg the people leading those projects to let in everyone who shows up.

B) Then to make up for missing out (if you do, whichI hope no one does), join me and others on any of the events going on between Jan 21-24. I’m including all these events under this “umbrella event” when I report #volunteers, #volunteer hours, etc, to the USA Service people.

Plus these projects are very interesting and fun and also educational for kids.

Here’s a listing of what I’m still organizing for:

FOUR MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Please note, I will clear up the info needed for the Save the Bay events, before the end of day Jan 20.

1. Jan 21, Palo Alto/Shoreline Baylands Save the Bay
Details on demand & I’m trying to confirm if this is definitely scheduled.

2. Jan 24: San Carlos Edgewood Park, Invasives removal.
Weekly outing of the Edgewood Weeders! This is definitely happening;
meet around 9 at Edgewood Park in San Carlos. I’ll post more details
soon on the website at
http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4jllf

3. Jan 24: Collective Roots, School Garden Work Day
East Palo Alto, CA

Come help in the most fabulous local community garden that is part of an East Palo Alto charter school! The garden is an integrated part of the K-8 curriculum and it is also a fabulous garden, beautifully designed, vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, you name it.

We will be planting, preparing beds, weeding,
mulching, turning compost, and other garden tasks! Please bring a
water bottle and dress in layers … Great for Kids, Teens, 55+,
Groups. We have gloves you can use, and all the tools you’ll need, but please bring your own favorite gloves and favorite tools if you like!

7. Jan 24: San Francisquito, Palo Alto, wetlands planting with Save the Bay.
Details on demand & I’m trying to confirm if this is definitely scheduled.

C) Check out other fabulous and worthy USA Service events. Here a few that look great to me.
It is amazing how many USA Service events are
at capacity!

1. Palo Alto Main Library, Community Garden and Art Center Clean-up
http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4vhs9

Side benefit of that one: you can wander in the lovely community garden – some people grow veggies year round – you can wander in the Art Center, have dinner at an inexpensive place downtown! (They do exist.)

2. An Hour of Service At Arundel, San Carlos

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4v23h

Their description: Cleaning up our local elementary school of debris which will involve the students and parents of the school. Almost like a ‘scavenger hunt’ but for garbage!
Due to a great turnout, we will also be able to do other miscellaneous projects – updating some planting, attacking the weeds, cleaning the grungy lunch tables plus whatever else you’d like to do around the campus!
Please bring your own water and note that there will not be any bathroom facilities for the ‘hour’ that we’re working.
Thanks for helping us out!

3. Clean the Community Walk – San Jose

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4v8py

Their description: Beginning at the South Entrance of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, we will embark on a walk with trash and recycle bags and clean up any litter we find. Everyone welcome! Bring gloves and bags! Clean-up area ideas welcome!

4. Light repair and yard work (Day of Service – January 19)

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/w75

San Jose, California
Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (www.cgslc.org)
1550 Meridian Avenue
Volunteers needed to provide light repair and yard work and other projects for which elderly and persons with limited mobility might need assistance. Volunteers who have handyman skills and simple tools are especially welcome.
To get involved, contact:
Pastor Bea Chun
408-266-8022
pastorchun@cgslc.org

5. LULAC Young Adults San Jose Neighborhood Clean-Up (Day of Service – January 19)

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4vmjy

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Young Adults council in San Jose is organizing a neighborhood clean-up project in San Jose. Volunteers should meet at the National Hispanic University Parking lot.

6. Remove Invasive Plants at Quail Hollow Ranch (Day of Service – January 19)

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4vfdk
Martin Luther King 2009 Day of Service

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park staff need help removing French broom in the park. No experience necessary and tools are provided. Please bring work gloves, warm layers, sturdy shoes, lunch, and water. All ages welcome.

Please contact Christina Thurston or Christine Loewe at the Volunteer Center 427-5066 to register for a project or email ys@scvolunteercenter.org

thank you everyone! If the plants could speak they would say they love you!

Marianne

JAN 17 MESSAGE

Schedule for Jan 18 – 24 Gardening and Environmental Projects

Sorry this email is so long but it should answer all questions. I will post
it also on the website,
http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4jllf

WHERE YOU WILL GO

Look for your name under the project I assigned you to. Tip to find
you name fast: use the search facility inside your email progam to
search on your first name.

I hope everyone is OK with the park I put your name under. If you
prefer another place, that’s fine, just send me a quick email to tell
me where you decided to go. This is just so I can give the
organizer/leader for each project an idea of how many people to
expect. In some cases, I put a note next to your name to say (for
example): “I put here here in invasives weeding but wasn’t sure if you
preferred the rose pruning – go to the rose pruning if you prefer,
just let me know.”

I did assign everyone to a project on Jan 19. There is a list of
projects at the end that run on different days between Jan 18 – Jan
24. Send email to mrm@sonic.net if you want to join me or others on
any of those events as well.

MY NAME’S NOT THERE

My mistake! Or you signed up after I wrote this! Please join the MLK
Day Event at Santa Teresa Park (described below). Send email to
mrm@sonic.net so I can let the organizer know how many people to
expect. If you want to go to another park, that’s fine, just shoot me
an email.

HOW TO GET TO YOUR PROJECT

See address and directions included in the description of your project.

If your name has “cp” next to it, (“carpool”), you will get email from
me later today. I am going to email each group of potential carpoolers
so that you all have each other’s names and email and then you can
take it from there. That is, I’ll connect people who are carpooling
and who live in the same area and are going to the same park. Feel
free to email me if your name doesn’t have “cp” next to it and you are
interested in carpooling. I am sure I have not done perfect record
keeping and there are people who already told me they’d like to
carpool but I failed to note this next to your name.

The reason to carpool is that there are limited parking spaces at the
parks, and it’s also good to reduce pollution and gasoline use etc.

HOW TO PREPARE

Dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water, hat, gloves,
sunglasses and anything you’d normally take if you were going for a
short 2-hour hike in a park. Bring your camera and send me photos
later! I’ll put them up on my website with your permission. Special
instructions for particular parks are given in the details for that
park.

If you are weeding: Be sure to bring gloves. Heavy gloves are a good
idea but any gardening gloves are fine. For weeding, I admit I like
thinner gloves so I can feel what I am doing. I will bring my
hori-hori digging tool (like a trowel) and you can bring a trowel or
other digging or weeding tool if you like, but this is optional.

If you are pruning: wear long-sleeved heavy cotton shirt and thick
gloves. Bring clean sharp (bypass) pruners and loppers. If your tools
are dirty, just clean with soap and water. Oddly, Scrubbing Bubbles
is great for cleaning and disinfecting tools. I just use soap and
water. Don’t worry if your tools are dull; we’ll have some sharpening
stones and we can sharpen pruners before you start.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET THERE

In most cases, when you get to the park, you’ll sign in on a sign-up
sheet. In many cases, you’ll sign a waiver of liability for insurance
purposes. This is in case anyone stumbles or gets hurt; none of the
organizations want to get sued (all are nonprofit).

Invasives Removal: The person leading the project will describe how to
identify the weed, how to remove it and anything else you need to
know. I am sure you can also learn a lot about the local plants – he
or she probably can answer any questions!

Pruning: Jan Carey is the leader and can refresh people on basic
pruning techniques. No need to do this 5-bud or 7-bud or whatever
complicated rose pruning – ordinary pruning of bushy ornamentals is a
good way to do it. I’ll send the rose pruners a very short
description of EZ rose pruning tips in separate email. Of course many
of you know a lot more about rose pruning than I do! Jan is expert
and can answer questions.

MY FRIEND/COUSIN/NEIGHBOR/MAILMAN WANTS TO COME TOO

Just ask them to sign up on the website at
http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4jllf. I will get a
notification that they signed up and I’ll add them before the end of
the day (of the day when I receive their notification) to one of the
projects, below. Tell that person to check back later to see what
event they’re assigned to, or to send me email at mrm@sonic.net or
phone me at 650 776 3929. It’s best if people can figure out their
assignments by referring to the USA Service website. Most likely,
I’ll assign them to the MLK Day Event at Santa Teresa park, unless
they specifically request a different project.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARD

At the end of all these projects (which span Jan 18 – 24), I’ll send
in the summary report to USA Service with the list of projects, number
of people, number of volunteer hours and some comments. I should be
getting that info from the people organizing each event, but please
also shoot me an email after you’re back home to confirm that you went
& send me any comments you have. Now this isn’t absolutely necessary,
but it’s interesting to me to hear any feedback. I will also email
out to people a list of environmental/park/gardening/planting
organizations that you can volunteer with throughout the year.

So after that longwinded but necessary preamble … here’s the
assignments.

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Jan 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friends of Foothills Park (5+ volunteers)
Palo Alto Foothills Park
http://friendsoffoothillspark.org/friends.htm

http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/depts/csd/parks_and_open_space/preserves_and_open_spaces/foothills_park.asp

3300 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Map and directions: http://www.yelp.com/map/foothill-park-palo-alto

We can meet at 1:00pm an Monday Jan. 19.

Meet at Foothills Park entrance. Bob Roth is leading this project and he has a gray Volvo wagon. He has gloves and tools for people who need any.

1. Diana A. (Los Altos, cp) If you think this park might be hilly for
you, contact me & I can describe terrain of other parks. Foothills
Park is a bit hilly but not a lot.
2, 3. Susan D. & possibly sister-in-law
4, 5, 6. Stacey O. & two children
7, 8. Kathy & Bob L. (Palo Alto, cp). In my email that I’ll send out
after Jan 20, I’ll include info about how you can join people who are
doing wetlands, natives and tree plantings around the area.
9, 10, 11. Lisa W. & two others
12. Nan S.
13. Kristina S.

Bob Roth will meet 5+ people for 2-3 hour project (possibly longer if
people want to work longer – up to Bob). Invasives removal – French
Broom and others.

Foothills Park is a 1400 acre nature preserve. It offers a retreat to
a rural setting in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area.

Fifteen miles of trails provide access to three distinct habitats:
chaparral, oak woodland, and grasslands.

This area has poison oak so even if you know how to recognize and
treat poison oak, please read up on it at
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7431.html

Wear long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and shoes and socks – short
pants and sandals a very bad idea. If you are exposed to poison oak,
rinse off immediately with water from your water bottle (bring a
little plastic bottle of liquid soap in your backpack and a hand towel
to be really an Eagle Scout!) (Eagle Scouts are good!) Note that using
only a small amount of water, or using disposable hand wipes, will
actually spread the poison oak oil around instead of removing it. So
no wipes, no magic “dry” antibicroial soaps (which should never be
used anyway as their active ingredients are environmentally harmful).
If you think you were exposed to poison oak, take a shower as soon as
you get home & toss all clothes in the wash. One recommended
follow-up treatment if you were exposed is Tecnu,
http://www.tecnuextreme.com If it’s a bad rash and painful continual
itching, consult your family doctor. In very bad cases, they
prescribe steroids. (Unlikely you’d need that unless you had an
allergic reaction).

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Jan 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open Space Authority (20+ volunteers)
Rancho del Oro Open Space Preserve,
http://www.openspaceauthority.org/trails/rancho.html

Derek Neumann will lead a team in removing invasives: Italian thistle,
cadaria and others.

(Cadaria latifolia (L.) Common names: Perennial pepperweed, tall
whitetop, perennial peppercress (or peppergrass), broadleaved
peppergrass (or pepperweed), peppergrass,slender perennial
peppercress, dittander, giant whiteweed, ironweed.)

This is a great time of year to do weeding in general and especially
of invasives, as the ground is softer from rain and you can pull them
up easier, and also because now is when the new plants sprout from
seed and you can pull them up (trivially!) while they are tiny. Derek
will show you what to look for and pull.

Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve is located in the foothills
of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Bailey Avenue and McKean Road in
south Santa Clara County. The valley climate is cool and bright in the
winter and hot during the summer months. The 3,882-acre preserve was
opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks and
Longwall Canyon trails.

Directions

From Highway 101 or Highway 85. Turn west onto Bailey Avenue. At the
intersection with McKean Road turn left. Where McKean Road becomes
Uvas Road turn right onto Casa Loma Road. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open
Space Preserve is at the end of the public access portion of the road.

Map to Rancho del Oro:
http://www.openspaceauthority.org/trails/pdf/Directions%20to%20Rancho.pdf

1. Cathy B.
2, 3. —mistake removed —
4. –another mistake removed—
5. Pamela H.
6. Nancy K., Belmont, cp
7. Rosemary D, Belmont, cp (let me know if you’d rather do the rose pruning)
8, 9. Karin S. & companion
10. Kalps I.
11. Christine B.
12. Anne N. (MP/PA, cp) — if you can only work in the afternoon, you
can come to the rose pruning/tree pruning as that will go on all day,
and you can do other things instead of pruning (weeding between rose
bushes; spreading ground cloth over weeded areas between rose
bushes). Or we can demo rose pruning and you can do that.
13. (person moved)
14, 15. Robin Montoya & companion
16, 17, 18. (person moved)
19, 20. Theodore T. & companion
21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Linda & Tom V., Elaine W., and Sue Lisk. & companion.
Elaine: if you’d prefer to do rose pruning, let me know. See also my
note to Anne N. above. Since you folks are in the same area & are
volunteering together I figure you do not need my carpool management
services! 🙂

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Jan 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Santa Teresa Park, San Jose – Ohlone Trail
Restoration/Invasive Weeding (50+ volunteers)

This is the Santa Clara County Parks’ MLK Day of Service.
Join them for the length of time that you can – 2,3 hours is fine!

Their website for this is under http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks,
specifically at this tinyrul:
http://tinyurl.com/ohlone-trail-jan19

You can see on that webpage a whole year’s worth of upcoming volunteer
events at the parks!

Location: Santa Teresa Park, San Jose.
Meet at the archery range of off Avenida de Espana and
Bayliss Ave.

Directions to Santa Teresa Park: From either 101 or Monterey Hwy go
West on Bernal to Santa Teresa South on Santa Teresa go Avenida
Espana, turn right, go 6 blocks. The gate is located on the right.

If you look on their web site, you’ll see they say that registration
is needed. You don’t need to do this, I’ve sent the list of names to
Heidi McFarland.

1, 2, 3. Nan R. & two companions – If you prefer rose pruning,
that’s fine, just let me know so I can let the leaders know how many
people to expect.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Karen G, Julian C and 4 children.
10. Sophia C., Santa Clara, cp
11, 12, 13. Bonnie H. & two children
14. Susan D.
16. Ann B.
17. Michelle H.
18. Babette V.
19. Dan C., Emerald Hills, cp
20. Cathy B.
21. (person can’t come)
22. Karin F., Los Gatos. And Karin, you are a gardener! Anyone who
says “I like to plant things” is a gardener!
If you can only work in the
afternoon, you can come to the rose pruning/tree pruning as that will
go on all day, and you can do other things instead of pruning (weeding
between rose bushes; spreading ground cloth over weeded areas between
rose bushes). Or we can demo rose pruning and you can do that.
23, 24, 25. Dana T & two chidren
26, 27, 28, 29, 30. Joan S & child; friend of Joan’s & two children
31. Harold L.

More people can come along to this one – that is, this is the best
place to send any friends or family members or neighbors who want to
join our merry band of invasive removers.

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Jan 19, 9 a.m. – afternoon, Homesteader’s Ranch, Santa Clara (20+ volunteers)
Rose Pruning & Fruit Tree Orchard Pruning

https://www.mastergardeners.org/projects/homestead.html

Homesteader’s Ranch is the last working farm in the city of Santa
Clara, and it preserves part of our agricultural past. It is a
collaborative effort between 4H and the Master Gardeners with a Santa
Clara County Master Gardener as coordinator.

Jan Carey will meet you there; she is a Master Gardener of Santa Clara
County; http://mastergardeners.org/scc.html

Purpose of Homesteader’s projects: To teach children and teenagers
horticultural practices. School tours, lead by the teenagers, help
the children to reconnect and understand their food supply. Besides
the tours, the 4-H youth have two special projects to cut back the use
of pesticides: the Homesteaders Frog and Toad Pond and growing
Monarchs in the public school classrooms. This demonstrates how easily
any pesticides can kill amphibians and butterfly larvae. Encouraging
the protection of beneficial insects including bees, native
butterflies and beneficial animals, such as bats, birds and toads, is
an important part of these projects. With the end goal of hosting a
Beneficial Bug Day, we hope to show the importance and beauty of
beneficial insects to the community to demonstrate the significance of
less pesticide use.

… Homesteaders Ranch serves about 600 children a year. The 4-H youth
lead most school tours reconnecting children with their food supply.

Address:
3450 Brookdale Dr., Santa Clara, CA
The only internet map that will take you there is YAHOO MAPS:
http://tinyurl.com/homesteaders-ranch

Directions:
The major cross streets are Laurence Expressway and Homestead.
Left at Bing;
Right at the “T” onto Brookdale Dr.;
Look for the opening in the cyclone fence;
drive in past the portable buildings on the right to the garden where
the balloons are on the gate.

If you go too far on Brookdale Drive; you will reach Pomeroy. Turn
around. Drive past the big athletic field on the left side of
Brookdale Dr, you will see an opening in the fence, go into the
garden.

Jan will have bleach solution or spray for sterlizing between roses.
(That is, once you finish working on one rose, if you start on
another, you need to sterilize your tools so we don’t spread any
viruses that are lurking about.)

If people want to weed between rose bushes or install weed cloth on
ground after pruning, those are also available as a volunteer
opportunity. Tell Jan if you especially would like to prune trees as
I am sure she will love help with that.

As time/energy/etc permit, fruit tree pruning might happen later in
the day.

1. Fiona B. (Menlo Park, cp)
2. Leslie H.
3, 4. Souroor M. and son
5. Jone M. & husband
6. John Paru., Los Altos
7. Shirley D’A, Atherton, cp
8. Nanette S., Palo Alto, cp. Nanette, if you want to come earlier
than noon, that’s fine, or if you want to come around noon, that’s
fine!
9, 10. Tania G., Robert O, Los Altos, cp
11. Nora F., Belmont, cp
12. Peter S.
13. Susan Nev.
14. Judy Sw. (Mountain View, cp)
15. Girogio S.
16. Denise K. – Denise, introduce yourself to Jan as you are very
experienced etc and Jan may ask you to help run things
17. Reeta
18. Marianne Mueller

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SEVEN OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITUES

Send me email, mrm@sonic.net, if you’d like to join me and whoever
else on any of these projects.

1. Jan 18, 9 a.m. – noon: Collective Roots Community Garden
East Palo Alto

The mission of Collective Roots is to educate and engage youth and
communities in food system change through sustainable programs that
impact health, education, and the environment. Collective Roots
achieves its mission through the innovative integration and
implementation of three program areas: garden-based education, food
systems change, and environmental action.

Eron Sandler is hosting a group of volunteers on Sunday, January 18th
from 9AM – Noon. We will mostly be doing tree planting. We will have
several staff at that event, and could arrange to accommodate your
group then. There are a number of projects we could do then,
including tree and bulb planting, weeding and mulching, and general
garden maintenance. As Wolfram mentioned, there is also a general
garden volunteer day next Saturday, January 24th, 9AM – Noon.

Address:
1286 Runnymede Street
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

1. Harold L.
2. Marianne Mueller

2. Jan 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Ulistac open space, Santa Clara
University

Ulistac Natural Area, along the Guadalupe River on Lick Mill
Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

Ulistac Natural Area is a community-driven venture, which means the
project flourishes only because volunteers have logged thousands of
hours working on the project.

Info about this workday:
http://scu.edu/cas/environmentalstudies/ulistac/volunteer/calendar.cfm

Map to Ulistac:
http://tinyurl.com/ulistac-map

Their description: A Restoration Work Day is scheduled for Jan
18. Join us for watering, weeding, mulching, and planting hundreds of
oaks and native plants!

Where to go: Meet at the bike rack/tool shed near the park’s South
Entrance on Lick Mill Blvd.

What to do: Stay the whole time, or just for a while – we
appreciate any time you can offer. Please arrive at the beginning, as
this is when we provide instructions for the day’s activities. Don’t
forget to sign-in/sign-out: We keep track of volunteer hours for a
variety of reasons (to report back to our grant sponsors, to monitor
our progress, and to document students’ volunteer hours).

Note: Only heavy rain cancels a work day What to bring with you:
Water, a snack or lunch, sunscreen/hat, paperwork (new volunteers
only) What is provided: Gloves, tools, instructions What to wear: Long
pants, sturdy shoes, a jacket in case of rain No experience necessary!

Associated with Santa Clara University,
scu.edu/cas/environmentalstudies/ulistac/volunteer, ulistac@scu.edu –

3. Jan 18, 9 a.m.- noon : Foothills Park Invasives Weeding (10+ volunteers)
http://friendsoffoothillspark.org/friends.htm

The Friends of Foothills Park meet regularly to wage war on invasive
weeds, every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for several hours until about
noon. All are welcome to help, no experience needed.

We will meet in the Orchard Glen parking area in Foothills Park at 9
AM on Sunday, January 18.

And we will be working on removal of small poison hemlock plants and
small Italian thistle plants. It is only a short walk up Wild Horse
Valley road to the area near the end of the road that we are trying to
restore from its past use as a dump for construction trash. There is a
nice meadow hidden in the area that we are trying to find again.

And Fern Loop Trail is nearby for those who want more Italian thistle.

These are easy to walk to sites, and we are expecting a beautiful
sunny working day.

4. Jan 21, Palo Alto/Shoreline Baylands Save the Bay
Details on demand & I’m trying to confirm if this is definitely scheduled.

5. Jan 24: San Carlos Edgewood Park, Invasives removal.
(Almost) weekly outing of the Edgewood Weeders! This is definitely happening;
meet around 9 at Edgewood Park in San Carlos. I’ll post more details
soon on the website at
http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4jllf

6. Jan 24: Collective Roots, School Garden Work Day
East Palo Alto, CA

Come help in garden! We will be planting, preparing beds, weeding,
mulching, turning compost, and other garden tasks! Please bring a
water bottle and dress in layers … Great for Kids, Teens, 55+,
Groups. See item #1 under “Other Volunteer Opportunities” (above) for
info on Collective Roots, collectiveroots.org.

7. Jan 24: San Francisquito, Palo Alto, wetlands planting with Save the Bay.
Details on demand & I’m trying to confirm if this is definitely scheduled.

thank you everyone!
Marianne

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Gardeners in the San Francisco south bay will work together on a couple projects.

Please note: On Sat 17th mid-morning I’ll send email to everyone who’s signed up via this website, with the final details of when/where/who/how (the how being carpool suggestions). I will also post this info on this website.

See below for more details on logistics.

The projects are:

1. Removing invasive weeds from local parks (small teams per park). In some cases this is part of an overall habitat restoration effort and in some cases it’s weeding pure and simple! There are many openings here, 50+.

2. Pruning rose garden in front of school. This is big task considering the size and the amount of roses needing pruning. They haven’t been pruned in 2 years and most are amazingly large, about 6 feet high and 5 feet wide and at 18-19+ roses. In full bloom, they were amazing last year. The rose fragrance was so strong that you could smell the roses before you reached them. A friend said our white rose was the prettiest flower she had ever seen and took cuttings for her garden. (You could likely take home cuttings. You can root roses; google how to do it, or, Jan can tell you how to do it. It isn’t hard.)

Pruning help welcomed. Bring your own loppers, gloves and bypass hand pruners. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, cotton or canvas! You can buy inexpensive long-sleeved denim shirts, which are perfect, in your favorite Goodwill store!

Do NOT bring or use an anvil pruner, please. Anvil pruners are ones where the two blades meet each other hard, or squarely, or head on. Those pruners sqoosh the branches and do not make a clean cut. A bypass pruner is one where one of the blades passes over the other blade. Most people probably have bypass pruners but it’s important not to use anvil pruners so I thought I’d mention it.

More details on this one from the person who is leading this project:

“It will be very hard work. Weeds are between. I would like the knowledgeable
people especially to come. How many?
I am thinking minimum 7 people.
If we end too quickly, I still have an orchard to prune.”

So if you know about pruning fruit trees in addition to roses … this one’s for you!

Number of volunteers needed: 10+ people.

I hope to help out or at least visit all the projects when they happen and take photos. I’ll put the photos on my website.

LOGISTICS:

When you sign up, please include a comment that answers these questions.

1. Your name, and the city you live in, and if you are willing to carpool.

2. Which day you want to work: 18th, 19th or other (if other, state which day)

3. Morning or afternoon?

4. 2-3 hours, or “all day” (won’t be 8 hours, probably more like 5-6 hours with lunch break)

5. Anything you think I should know, like allergies or disabilities.

6. Any questions you have

This web site insists I put a date & time on the event, so I put Jan 19th at noon, all day. This varies. Most projects are on the 19th, but they are at different times/places; a couple are on the18th, and a couple later in the week.

On Sat 17th mid-morning I’ll send email to everyone who’s signed up via this website, with the final details of when/where/who/how (the how being carpool suggestions). I will also post this info on this website.

My goal is to assign the needed number of people per park: one park wants 4 volunteers; another park wants 20; etc.

The best way to contact Marianne Mueller is by email, either through this website or to mrm@sonic.net directly.

You can also call my cell in case of emergency but please try email first. If I don’t get back to you within the time frame you need then you can call my cell, 650 776 3929. Thanks for not phoning unless necessary as there are 58 people signed up as of 8:37 p.m. Jan 16. Yeah!!! We will have tons of fun and I will bring homemade lemonade from my lemon tree and some snacks too. I am going to try to make it to as many of the projects as I can. By the way, if you’re into it (this is definitely not necessary – do not feel you ought to – only if you would like to) please feel free to bring munchies or snacks to share.

Time: Monday, January 19 12:00 PM
Host: Marianne Mueller
Location:
Marianne Mueller's house (Palo Alto, CA)

333 Kingsley Ave.
Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Directions: 101 to Embarcadero West in Palo Alto, California; drive west for about 2 miles; right on Waverly; after two blocks, left on Kingsley and park. #333 is on your right.

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