Goleta Valley Beautiful News
June 2005

GVB cell phone 252-1952,
E:mail kennethknight@cox.net
4th Annual GV Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour June 26

Reservation Form at end of Newsletter

1. GVB Community Service opportunities - General public welcome, especially jr.high to college students

- June 4      Tree Planting - Sat 9 AM to Noon Meet at GVB Storage area on Santa Felicita Rd. Take Storke Road towards UCSB and make a right onto Santa Felicita behind Home Depot.  Make the first left off Santa Felicita into the parking lot next to the Girsh Park bioswale. Look for GVB sign.  Don^t be late! RSVP 252-1952 
- June 11,25 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 on 2nd & 4th Sat., 9 to 11 am.
- June 18     El Encanto Parkway Maintenance- Sat 9 AM to Noon Meet in cul de sac next to Glen Annie Mobil Station.  Weeding, mulching and watering of young trees and shrubs. RSVP 252-1952
- July 4        Goleta Fireworks Festival -  Mon. 5 - 9:30 PM - Girsh Park  Volunteers needed to staff the Goleta Valley booth where we will be selling soft drinks, water, coffee, and fresh popcorn.  Two hour shifts beginning at 4 pm.  Call 252-1952. 

- 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    Administrative Assistants -
Part time volunteers, variable hours, work from your home. Assist  in maintaining and verifying membership and volunteer information, and grant compliance reports.  Experience in Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.  Call 252-1952  

     Upcoming events
- June 3      Central Coast Region Urban Forest Council Meeting - Fri., Noon to 2 PM, Agriculture Building, Room 100, Cal Poly Campus.  All interested in urban forestry welcome. Call 252-1952 for a ride. 
- June 22    7th Annual Ramada Limited Community Summer Party - Wednesday 5 - 7:30 PM 4770 Calle Real.  Come get a taste of Santa Barbara with over 20 different restaurants providing delicious treats.  Goleta Valley Beautiful will be there with our fresh hot buttered popcorn.
Call Laura Murdock Rosa for info at 895-0856

- June 26    4th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour - Sunday afternoon 1-5 PM
With Dan Condon moving to Michigan, this will probably be the last time we have both Dan and Jerry Sortomme leading the tour of our favorite Goleta Valley tree sites, some such as Bishop Ranch that you can^t get access to without special permission.  Randy Baldwin will be back with his personal tour of his secret gardens at San Marcos Growers.  New this year will be a short stop at the Fairview Gardens avocado and fruit orchards.  Join Dan and Jerry for an optional lunch around the landmark Witness Tree at the Sizzler Restaurant from 12 to 1.

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus, the bus is already 1/4 full, so don^t be disappointed.

Call 252-1952 for reservations ($35 each), or use the form at the end of this Newsletter. 

- July 4        Goleta Fireworks Celebration at Girsh Park- Monday 5-9:30 PM -   Goleta Valley Beautiful will be one of the non-profit food vendors operating a booth at our local fireworks festival.  There will be live music, giant slides and bounce rooms, lots of food (new this year-vegetarian selections) and of course Fireworks, all to benefit local groups.  Tickets $5. 

- Aug 12-14  California ReLeaf Annual Statewide Conference - to be held in Atascadero
- Sept 17     Annual United Way Day of Caring- GVB project planned for 125 volunteers
- Oct 6-8      California Urban Forest Council Annual Conference - to be held in Lompoc   

2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
       - June    458 Merida Drive, Jeff and Karen Thomsen-owners, David Brown- landscaper
                        - May    1070 Colleen Way, Carol Lane and David Widmer, owners

        - June    360 Storke Road, X Tech Systems, Sandy and Helen Roberts-owners, Jeff Perry Landscaping-Maintenance   
  Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form here on Goleta Valley Beautiful website at Clicking here to see and download the nomination form
 For residential properties, contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878 or call 252-1952  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the South Coast Beacon and the SB News Press.  

3. GVB News Tidbits
- GVB receives $2500 Wells Fargo grant - These funds will be restricted for use in maintaining the historical signs marking the route of the old Stagecoach that used to run from Santa Barbara through Goleta Valley and over the pass to Los Olivos.  Some of the larger, more intricate signs cost as much as $500 each.
- GVB Grant Announcements-Look for Press releases concerning grant awards from the National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council, and California ReLeaf  
     - City of Goleta General Plan Meetings - GVB testimony concerning the need for comprehensive urban forest policies occurred on May 5 and will continue at the June 13 Planning Agency Meeting.


4. Event results/kudos

- GVB Tree Planting and Care last month  Trees- Species- Location- Date - Hours -  Action
1- Brisbane Box - Trigo-Pasado Park- 5/1/05 -10 - Planted/mulched
40 -Various - Devereux- 5/2/05- 15 - Mulched 
             5- Brisbane, Callery - Trigo-Pasado - 5/7/05 - 40 - Planted-also 40 mulched
30 - Various- Devereux - 5/9/05- 21 - Mulched-Treegators
20 - Various- Turnpike area- 5/14/05- 8 - Mulched-Treegators
1 - Witness Tree Clone - Lassen Open Space- 5/18/05 - 3 - Planted
20 - Various- SB Shores- 5/18/05- 6 - Mulched/Treegators
4 - Ginkgoes- Orchard Park- 5/20/05-  27- Planted, mulched
20- Various- Turnpike area- 5/21/05- 9- Mulched-Treegators
3 - Pistache- SB Shores- 5/23/05- 4- Replant-Treegator
10 - Various- Coronado Dr- 5/23/05-  5- Mulch-Treegator 
15- Various- Turnpike Area- 5/28/05- 5 - Mulched-Treegator
4- Cork, Camphor, Elm  - Avenida Gorrion - 5/31/05 -  5- Planted, mulched
18 -Total Trees planted   - 158       volunteer hours

Thanks this month to tree volunteers Bob Lugo and the Devereux crews, UCSB Project leader Tanya Novak, our recurring student volunteer Thomas Donati, UCSB Society of Physics Students, Community Affairs Board volunteers, Associated Student volunteers, GVB Board Member Scott Bull, and a tip of the hat to Assemblyman Pedro Nava, who rolled up his sleeves and helped plant trees in Isla Vista.. 

- Neighborhood Cleanups  -On May 14,  Don and Judy Nason picked up about 2 orange bags of trash from North Patterson Ave. from Cathedral Oaks to University, Cathedral Oaks, Carlo to Los Carneros, down Los Carneros to Calle Real and some of Calle Real in about 3 man-hours.  Then on May 28, they collected about 3 bags of rubbish in about 6 man-hours mainly along Cathedral Oaks Fairview to Glen Annie. Judy and her group do projects on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  GVB will sponsor cleanups with your neighborhood groups at your request, just call 252-1952 

- Devereux Greenhouse Update  Devereux clients have completed the transfer of all trees from inside the greenhouse to the growing area next door.  We^re getting the drip irrigation system in place with plenty of room for expansion.  If you would like to donate container grown trees that you think might be suitable for street or park plantings, give us a call at 252-1952

  - Shoreline Preservation Fund Update We are now searching for homeowners in western Isla vista to accept trees on their property, whether in county right-of-way or not.   We are still looking for more tree planting and maintenance volunteers to carry on this work over the summer.  Call 252-1952 

- 31st Annual Banquet and Silent Auction - The largest crowd ever (143) attended our annual banquet and silent auction and helped us raise close to $5,000 for GVB projects.  Dave Edelman was a superb and conscientious host, Assemblyman Pedro Nava  and Supervisor Rose^s representatives brought resolutions, and Goleta Councilmember^s Margaret Connell and Cynthia Brock accepted awards.  Through a concerted effort of past and present GVB Board members, and silent auction chairs Marc Bradley and Lori Roper, the evening was a great success. 
Please patronize all our Silent Auction sponsors listed on our website.

5. Water Kings and Queens. 
- If you have a portable tree irrigator (Treegator) installed on your street tree, you must fill it once every two weeks in overcast weather, and once a week in hot sunny weather until the fall when the rains start.  Please remove weeds and grass but do not remove mulch at the base of the tree and check that mulch is not touching the bark of the trunk.  Please do not use any herbicides such as Round-Up near the base of the tree- the newer varieties are strong enough to kill the tree!.  Please report any insect, disease or tree  damage problems to GVB at 252-1952.  Also let us know if you think you need a Treegator.  We^ll deliver one at no charge and we^ll pick it up in the Fall when it is no longer need for the year.  Generally, if your tree has been planted for less than 2 years, or if you do not have an irrigation system in place, you probably need one.   

6. Welcome New/Renewing donor members
- R designates renewing member, + designates exceeding minimum contribution for that category

Donor: Alan Scholl, Margie Brawn (R), Nicholas Priester (R), Christina Lange, Randy Rosness (R), Bonnie Wilson, Fran and Aavo Koort, Joe Murphy, Lydia Swanson, Nick Nichols, Bill Millar, Janie Ableson, Dale Richards, Wendy Ayala, Jane Ferris, Sarah Bronstad, John Corbani, Jim and Kathleen Isaac, Mark Alfano, 

  Supporting Donor: Susan and Gene Lucas, Lawrence Parsons, Katie O^Reilly Rogers,

Family: Mary Handley, Mark Hoff (R), Marianne Wampler
Business: See GVB Website
  Honor Tree: Michael T. Bennett (R)+

31st Annual Banquet Special Donors - Margaret Ellis, Patricia Montemayor, Pedro Nava, Paul Poirier, Robin Cederlof, Merlyn Cummings, Laura Funkhouser, Tami Mason, Joe and Margaret Connell, Doug Winter, Mark Alfano, Sue Brogan, Katie O^Reilly Rogers, DeAnne Sarver, Jean Paynter 

Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Western Farm Service, Growing Solutions Restoration Institute, West Covina Nurseries and all of our business sponsors and silent Auction donors listed on this website  We appreciate the ongoing coverage of our events in the Santa Barbara News Press, The Independent, the Valley Voice the South Coast Beacon and the Independent.

7. 2005 Annual Donor Membership Information -
Print out here

and mail to:

Goleta Valley Beautiful Membership, PO Box 6756, Goleta, CA 93160-6756

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

Goleta Valley Beautiful P. O. Box 6756 Goleta, CA 93160 -6756 
  Phone  252-1952 E-mail kennethknight@cox.net

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, David C. Fainer, Jr.  Executive Director - Ken Knight

Member California ReLeaf Network and National Tree Trust Grant Recipient 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. back to top