Goleta Valley Beautiful News
September 2004


GVB cell phone 252-1952, E:mailkennethknight@cox.net

Sign up for Sept 18 Day of Caring Project at United Way at 965-8591   
   1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - .
   -Sept 4       Tree Plantings Bristol Place off Bradford Drive. Planting 6 parkway trees.  9 AM to Noon Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information.  Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided.  No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.
-Sept 11     Tree Plantings County Employees University, 267 Camino Del Remidio. Planting 3 trees.  9AM to Noon Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information. Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided. No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.
- Sept 11, 25 Cleanups of selected Goleta streets such as Cathedral Oaks, Patterson and Los Carneros Saturdays, 9:30 AM to Noon.  Call Judy Nason at 964-0436 and leave a message.
-Sept 18     Day of Caring El Encanto Beautification Project Phase 1 - Saturday, 9 AM to 1 PM   Glen Annie and Calle Real next to the Mobil Station.  150 volunteers needed for pruning, green waste disposal and mulching of 0.3 mile parkway on south side of Calle Real.  Volunteers are asked to pre-register with the United Way Day of Caring at 965-8591 and contact project coordinator Bonnie Freeman at 683-1878
-Sept 25     Parkway Tree Plantings Santa Barbara Shores Dr-various addresses.  Sat., 9 AM to Noon Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information.  Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided.  No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.
-Oct 2  Parkway Tree Plantings Coronado Dr-various addresses.  Sat., 9 AM to Noon Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information.  Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided.  No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.
-Oct 16-17  California Lemon Festival -Girsh Park Sat. 10 AM to 9 PM, Sun 10 AM to 6 PM 4 volunteers per 2 hour shift needed (40 total volunteers) to serve Sweet Lemon Frosted Churros & Sweet Lemon Frosted Popcorn.  Students welcome.  Call 252-1952 to schedule. 
-Oct 23       El Encanto Beautification Project Part 2 - Tree Planting Sat., 8 AM to noon Glen Annie and Calle Real next to the Mobil Station.  75 volunteers needed for planting 75 trees and shrubs in pre-dug holes along the parkway.
-Special      GVB Board position openings-One year term.  Candidate should enjoy speaking with GVB members, nonprofit policymaking, urban forestry, and/or monitoring government activities, Call Sam at 967-0595
-Ongoing    Interviewers needed to make phone calls and follow-up in person visits if necessary to determine the interest of residents in the planting and care of public parkway street trees adjacent to their property.  Hours and Goleta Valley locations vary according to your schedule and interest.  Call 252-1952 
-Ongoing     Develop your own Goleta Valley Beautification project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own tree planting, maintenance, educational and clean-up programs. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, school groups, fraternity/sorority, church groups and any youth groups in the Goleta Valley area. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.
-Ongoing    Graffiti Cleanup - Report acts of graffiti to Ed Graper at 964-7117 or e-mail edgraper@yahoo.com  Contact Ed if you would like to help remove graffiti in your area. Supplies and training provided.
-Ongoing    Anti-litter cleanup - Report litter problem areas to Judy Nason of Cambridge Drive Community Church at 964-0436, and volunteer to help with clean-up crews.
    2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Residential September - 1483 Camino Rio Verde, John and Mary Rose Handley, owners and designers
Residential August -  5211 Mono Drive, Lauren and John Pittman, owners
Business September - 91 Frederick Lopez Road, Goleta Building Materials, Ken Hall Owner
Business August - 4760 Calle Camarada at Puente Dr.,  Hidden Oaks Golf Club

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful website at Click here to see and download the nomination form
  For residential properties, contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878.  For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Marc Bradley at 967-3738.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the South Coast Beacon and the SB News Press. 
  3.Business Sponsor of the Month

– Home Depot Foundation - Here is the full press release about our recent grant from the Foundation
    The Home Depot Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Goleta Valley Beautiful to collaborate with Devereux California and Growing Solutions Restoration Institute to grow and plant 500 native trees.   Local seed and cuttings will be collected by local experts who, in turn, will train clients with developmental disabilities from Devereux how to grow native trees for use in community service projects.
    Goleta Valley Beautiful is celebrating its 30th year of service in urban tree planting and maintenance, beautification efforts and education.  “We are pleased to see a national business with a Goleta location help facilitate a project among three local nonprofits”, said Sam S. Alfano, President of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  “Growing trees will allow Devereux’s special needs clients to develop skills and contribute to our community.  We will also be working to improve the local native tree habitat with the expertise of Growing Solutions, and ultimately benefit the entire community with Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers planting long-lived, sustainable public trees”.
    Part of the project involves renovating a portion of underutilized greenhouse on the Devereux campus as a growing area for use by Devereux staff and clients.  By propagating native plant species, Growing Solutions is strengthening the community by ensuring biological diversity.  The resulting trees will be used by Goleta Valley Beautiful as part of its ongoing public planting program for street trees, park and public area trees in cooperation with the City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County.  
       Goleta Valley Beautiful has planted over several thousand trees in Goleta Valley public areas and they support neighborhood, government, educational  and other non-profit organizations that are active in urban forestry.  For more information on how to participate with Goleta Valley Beautiful projects and to receive their monthly e-mail newsletter, visit their web site at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, or call 252-1952.  Students and youth organizations interested in community service credits are particularly welcome.

     The Home Depot Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that are in the business of building better communities.  The Home Depot and many of the suppliers who help fill Home Depot’s shelves contribute to The Home Depot Foundation to help fulfill their shared vision of creating stronger, healthier neighborhoods.  The Foundation focuses efforts in the areas of affordable housing, at-risk youth, the environment and disaster preparedness.  See www.homedepotfoundation.org for more information.

4. GVB News Tidbits
-El Encanto Heights Beautification Project -  The project involves large-scale dryland landscaping of the 20 ^ wide southern portion of Calle Real (next to Highway 101) between Colusa and Daffodil. Check our page on this website by clicking here for the final design plan approved by the City^s Design Review Board on their August 17 meeting. 
Block captains will be meeting to review logistics during the weekend of Sept 11/12 in preparation for Phase 1 improvements on Saturday September 18 (United Way Day of Caring).  Phase 2, the date of planting 75 trees and shrubs will occur on Saturday October 23.   
For more information and to assist, contact Project Coordinators Bonnie Freeman at 683-1878.  We still need professional assistance in pruning the Canary island Palms. 

     -Tree City USA Status for the City of Goleta- The SC Beacon ran an editorial concurring with GVB^s efforts to secure Tree City USA status for the City of Goleta.  The City is urged to adopt stronger tree ordinances and better enforcement procedures.   Two points of clarification--the City already does have a hardworking Street Tree Subcommittee of the Design Review Board that does a yeoman job of looking out for public trees in the City.  Their role can be strengthened if they are given additional authority via more effective tree ordinances and enforcement responsibilities.  Also, the editorial mention of politics regarding Tree City Awards was aimed at the National Arbor Day Foundation which gives the award and not local governments. 

   -Santa Barbara Shores/Coronado Tree Planting- We^re starting tree planting in this area but we could use some help in notifying residents in the area about their preferences.  Call 252-1952. 

  -Tree Planting/Maintenance Requests -   In the City of Goleta, send your requests to the Community Development Department, 6500 Hollister Ave Suite 120, Goleta CA 93117.  In the unincorporated areas of the County, contact either the County Parks Department at 610 Mission Canyon Rd., SB 93105-2911 for trees in public parks or the Public Works Department at 123 East Anapamu St., SB 93101 for trees in the public right of way.  You can mention that you would like to work with GVB in planting trees in public areas. 



5. Event results/kudos
GVB Tree Planting and Care last month 
Trees -Species  - Location - Date - Hours - Action
100 -Brisbane Box - Cathedral Oaks Rod - 8/14/04 - 35- Watered
4 - Root Shield installation -Bristol Place - 8/21/04  -35- Root shields installed
5 -Geijera -Devereux - 8/25/04-  22 -Planted, mulched 
5 -Geijera -Devereux-8/30/04 - 22 -Planted, mulched

Thanks this month to tree volunteers at Los Prietos Boys Academy, Los Prietos Boys Camp, Kristian Blom, Bob Lugo and the Devereux crews.

-Trailer Hitch - GVB will be getting a custom made trailer hitch attached to our one-ton truck thanks to the generosity of GVB Board Member Al Turnbull.  Thanks,  Al!

-Venoco increases their gift - Venoco, Inc. has increased their gift to GVB by another $2000 to help us purchase a trailer.  We appreciate their ongoing support. 

-Neighborhood Cleanup - Judy Nason and her Cambridge Drive Community Church volunteers are continuing their anti-litter campaign along our roadsides.  They cleaned up Los Caneros Road from Calle Real over the overpass and across Hollister to the Mammoth Moving turnoff on one side and nearly that far on the other, collecting 4 orange bags in 4 1/2 man hours.  On 8/21 they cleaned up Cathedral Oaks from La Patera to about  half way between Los Caneros and Glen Annie, and Los Caneros from Cathedral Oaks to Calle Real, collecting  3 1/2 orange bags in 3 1/2 hours.   On 8/28, they cleaned up Cathedral Oaks Road Glen Annie to Carlo collecting 3 orange trash bags in 3 man hours.

6. Water Kings and Queens. - Please refill your portable tree irrigators (Treegators) once a week.  Treegator instructions can be found at www.treegator.com

7. Welcome last month^s new/renewing donor members - R designates renewing member 
   Basic-Jim Pearson and Melanie Jacobson
Special thanks to Lee Ann Applebay for becoming an Honor Tree member but also organizing her neighbors to become Honor Tree members as well, including Richard Johnson, Jerry and Patti Richards (R), Rachael and Augie Sancha, Michael and Mary Alvarado, and William and Gale Hugo. 

    Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Island Feed and Seed, San Marcos Growers , and West Covina Nurseries.  8. 2004 Annual Donor Membership Information - and mail to: Goleta Valley Beautiful
P. O. Box 6756
Goleta, CA 93160-6756 

GVB is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, federal tax id # 23-7392774

Board of Directors: Sam S. Alfano-President, Lori Roper -  Vice President, Doug Winter - Secretary, Tami Mason - Treasurer. Board members: Merlyn Cummings, Alan Cavaletto, Al Turnbull, Thom Myall, Laura Funkhouser, Kristen Amyx, Dan Condon, Phebe Mansur, Marc Bradley.  Executive Director - Ken Knight

Board of Directors meetings at Pacifica Suites, 5490 Hollister Avenue, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM on the first Friday of the month. 
Our mission: To ensure and improve the beauty of the Goleta Valley through our 5 goal areas,  (1) Urban Forestry Management (2) Neighborhood Responsibility (3) Business Responsibility    (4) Education (5) Public Area Beautification.

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