Goleta Valley Beautiful News
December 2002
GVB cell phone 252-1952, Website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org
Holiday Party December 3 at Camino Real Cafe - Please RSVP

November 2002 Highlights
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities 
2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events
3. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
4. Business Sponsor of the Month
5. News Tidbits
6. Kudos
7. Members information
8. December 3 Holiday Party Invitation

1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@cox.net for more information

December 14 More Mesa Bikeway (4600 Block More Mesa) Tree Planting Saturday 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Planting 5 Coast Live Oaks. Meet at Puente Dr. and More Mesa Drive at the Bikeway.  Drinks and snacks provided
December 15-31 GVB Tree survey - Field survey and photo documentation of the status of trees planted by Goleta Valley Beautiful and preparation of report.  Flexible hours.  Call 252-1952
December 1-31 Portable Tree Irrigator (Treegator) Repair.  Flexible hours.  About 150 of our greenTreegator bags had holes poked in them by various animal teeth and claws. Volunteers will make them watertight again with tape and glue.  Call 252-1952 for delivery.
December 13, 20 Tree Plantings on North Kellogg, Butte, Lyon Place, Stow Canyon,and Pembroke. Fridays, 8:30 to Noon.  We^re waiting for City authorization to proceed, and the results of resident^s choice of tree species, so these projects are subject to delay.  Call 252-1952 for updates. 

2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events
December 3 Goleta Valley Beautiful Holiday Party at Camino Real Cafe - Tuesday 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Camino Real Marketplace, Hollister and Storke Road.  A fun and tasty treat and a great way to help GVB.  Silent Auction and Honor Tree awards, photos from this year^s events. See Part 8  of this Newsletter for details.
January/February   Young Shade Tree Pruning Workshops  On site training by a certified arborist in developing the structure and form of young shade trees
January - April Internships (4 to 20 hours per week)  Tree inventory, Tree Maintenance Workshops and Urban Forestry Planning supervised by a certified arborist.  Call 252-1952 for details. 
Ongoing Develop your own Goleta Valley urban forestry project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own urban forestry projects, or assisting with a GVB project. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts (Eagle Projects!), and any youth groups in the Goleta Valley area.  Call 252-1952 to develop a project. 

3. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Neighborhood Residential  
November 5240 Austin Road, Doug and Diane Keep
December  6074 Paseo Pamilla,  Frederick and Ann Lopez owners.  Landscaping by Beto Landscape and Yard Maintenance 
November Donald Bren Hall, University of California at Santa Barbara Landscaping by Jonathan Cook, Mo Lovegreen and Wallace Roberts and Todd, Landscape Architects
November Honorable Mention - 5697 Calle Real, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Jim York,owner
December Not available at the time of writing
December Honorable Mention  6414 Hollister Avenue,  STA (Student Transportation of America), 681-8366 Operations Manager Jerry Sitton, landscaping by Kitson Landscape Management, Inc.

Nominate your favorite place.  For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247, for commercial/office call Kathy Curtis at 967-5240 or Mark Ingalls at 685-3458.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and the Santa Barbara News Press.

4. Business Sponsor of the Month - Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, 5800 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta, CA 93117  Phone (805) 964-7762  Hours Monday through Friday 5:30 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am-8:00pm General Manager, Charlotte Valentine Cathedral Oaks Club maintains eleven tennis courts, one basketball court, a full fitness facility and two outdoor pools for its members. The club is nestled in the Goleta foothills.  If you used to be a member, you^ll be excited to see the improvements. They include a totally redesigned fitness area, freshly resurfaced tennis courts, expanded children^s programs, steam rooms and more. Charlotte Valentine has been General Manager of the Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club for six years. With approximately 100 employees and 2,200 members, Charlotte^s goal is for each member to have an enjoyable and memorable experience each time they come to the club.  Please call 964-7762 for a personal tour.   Also, visit their very informative website at www.calwestgroup.com/cotc

5. GVB News Tidbits
Honor Tree Awardees Honor Tree recipients at the December 3 Holiday Party include Eric Onnen and Santa Barbara Airbus, Professor Jerry Sortomme, Doug Zylstra and West Covina Nurseries, Michael Towbes, Alpha Kappa Psi, Goleta National Bank.  Memorial trees will be dedicated to Mildred Williams Stern from her daughter Micki Stern, and to Leon and Thomas Franquet from Mom and Sis.  Former GVB Board members will be honored with Honor Tree Plaques, including Dougal house, Gerald Little and Pat Corwin. 

Water Kings and Queens
   Now that the Treegators have been removed for the winter, supplemental watering of your trees should not be necessary.  However, if your tree begins to wilt or drop leaves excessively (assuming it is not deciduous) please call 252-1952 for advice.  Thanks again for your support during the dry times.  If you have a Goleta Valley Beautiful issued hose, we can store it for you, or land onto it until the next dry spell.

Membership Campaign
Much of our general operating expenses is covered by the generosity of our member donors.  If you haven^t yet mailed in your donor membership, the new Goleta Valley Beautiful forest green polo shirts have arrived, free with a $60 membership.  Note that the date of donor membership expiration is on the outside front of the flier we mailed in September.  Remember you can also be a GVB service member by just volunteering your time.         

Urban Forestry program  GVB reps are working to develop tree maintenance workshops beginning after the first of the year.  We are still waiting for the City of Goleta to approve a contract with GVB for 60 street tree plantings within the City over the next several months.

WISH LIST FOR SANTA (or Santa^s Helper) 
Plastic waterproof storage containers
Heavy duty tarpaulins
Pump Thermos (3)
Portable shade structure
Garden hoses 
Digital camera
Children^s books featuring trees, particularly coloring books and Spanish language books.
Three spade forks
One power auger
Portable Display System
Large portable cooler
Pickup truck (anything that runs)

6. Event results/Thank You
Kingston Tree planting  On November 1st, 14 volunteers spent 69 hours planting 3 Ginkgo bilobas along the west side of Kingston.  This is another expansion of the type of street trees that the new City of Goleta will allow to be planted in City right of ways.  We^re working with the City to deal with new plantings to replace old trees blocking visibility at intersections.  Thanks to Water Kings and Queens David and Diana Russell, Lois and Robert Welsh and Susie Lee for volunteering to help water their trees.  Thanks also to Ron White, Jose Macedo and the Tri-Counties Boot Camp Crew.       

Hastings Tree planting  On November 22 and 23, the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity showed up with 19 members to plant 4 Sweetshade (Hymenosporum flavum) trees along Hastings St.  The Sweetshade is another expansion of the list of eligible street tree species.  With the volunteer firepower we had, the project was completed in two hours.  Thanks to Water Kings and Queens Allen and Laurabell Engler, Nathan Perry, Elizabeth Peinado and Barbara and Jack Edgehill for volunteering to water their trees.  Special thanks to Sandy Wu for organizing the students, including Susan Yoon, Allyson Alla, Mike Benburry, Charlie Ramos, Mark Bobil, Keith Allen, Karl Stone, Precila Aqui, Summer Chang, Frank Lee, Jerome Chan, Paula Hansanugrum, Brian Darmas, Tara Stewart, Preceti Thukral, and  Scott Dinsmore.   Additional volunteers included Summer Talbot, Jackson and Todd Still, Jose Macedo and 8 Tri-county Boot Camp Volunteers. 

Treegator Removal
On November 16 (after the big rain), Doug Winter, Sam Alfano, Jimmy Emslie and Ken Knight removed 400 Treegators from trees throughout the Goleta Valley.  After they are washed and repaired, they will be put into cold storage until needed for next year^s dry period.   

Tree planting
  The Tri Counties Boot Camp crew spent several sessions planting tree in locations where the first try didn^t make it. These final plantings for the Proposition 12 grant project will be completed in November.

Salute to Andy Weinberg
 Andy spent around 11 hours over 4 weekends last month in picking up trash along Hollister Avenue and the Santa Barbara Shores Park area.  Andy helped keep the trash from flowing into the nearby creeks and to the ocean.  Thanks Andy for making our neighborhood more beautiful!   Andy hopes more Ellwood Elementary School students will join with him in helping pick up trash when you see it in the area. 

7. Welcome new/renewing donor members/Membership information
(R) designates renewing member 
Basic Denise Lockhart, Gerry Little (Cathedral Oaks HOA) R, Cherie Erickson R
Supporting  Christian and Jane Brun, Ed Graper R,
Family Hope Smith R
Business Sponsor     Bacara Hotel and Spa R, Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club R, Merlyn Cummings R,
Honor Tree   Goleta National Bank, Rose Ann Hill R, Reid and Robin Cederlof R  

Special thanks to longtime GVB supporter Michael Towbes for his $1,000 donation to Goleta Valley Beautiful.  This unrestricted gift will be used to support our ongoing operations.  We would not be able to continue our services without this type of unrestricted donation.  Our thanks to Mr. Towbes for support.  

Thanks to discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from West Covina Nurseries, CopyRight Printing Systems, Venoco, Inc. and Camino Real Marketplace

Thanks to the Holiday Party Silent Auction donors Kitson Landscape Management, Inc, Tri-Valley Blinds, Fairview Gardens, Doug Winter, Merlyn Cummings, Ken Knight, Cherie Welsh, Thom Myall, Judy Thiele, Ross Harris and Camino Real Cafe (Partial list, additional donors in next month^s newsletter)        

8. Invitation to December 3 Holiday Party

The Board of Directors of GoletaValley Beautiful invite you to join us for a Holiday Party at

Camino Real Cafe in the Camino Real Marketplace, Hollister &Storke RoadinGoleta

Tuesday December 3rd
5:30pmNo-Host Bar –6:00 to 7:30pmDinner
The party includes Honor Tree awards, a silent auction and a gourmet dinner to give you a break from those turkey leftovers.
Dinner includes your choice of soup or salad, potatoes and vegetables, a non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert.Please select from the following entrees:
Flat Iron Steak
Seared & Sliced Flat Iron Steak served over Black Bean and Pasilla Chili Salsa.
Chicken Breast
Chicken Breast Sautéed with Chopped Tomato, Basil and Black Olives
Salmon Fillet
Charbroiled Atlantic Salmon Fillet Covered with a Corn Fennel Relish.
Radiatori Pasta
Eggplant, Roasted Peppers and Squash Sautéed with Radiatori Pasta in a Garlic Herb Sauce.

Reservations: $25 per person(includes tax and tip)
Please RSVP for reservations by Noon, December 2 to 805-252-1952
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