Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News - November 2006 

    GVB Volunteer Opportunities-GVB Office and message phone number 685-7910        
  1. - Saturday Morning Tree Plantings 9 am to noon, meet at 8:30 am at Fire Station 11 parking lot             (Storke Rd at Frey Way) to caravan to planting site:
  2. Nov.11  - San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue
  3. Nov. 18 - Ellwood Elementary School, 7686 Hollister Avenue 
  4. Saturday November 11, 1:30- 4:30 PM Winchester Canyon Entryway replanting and maintenance-call 968-8576
  5. Greenhouse/Growing Grounds young tree care - Monday/Friday mornings - Call 685-7910
  6. Litter pickup 1st and 3rd Saturdays (note changed times) - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 for locations and times
  7. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  8. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  9. 3 openings on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors - For information call 685-7910


  Our October 21 NeighborWoods Project above included 70 volunteers donating 236 community service hours to plant 35 15 gallon sized Coast Live Oak and Sycamore trees in the Glen Annie Open Space.  The Project built upon the decades long efforts of local arborist Dougal House (shown above with daughter Carly) to improve the quality of local watersheds through native tree planting and care.   This neighborhood funded project was linked to a national NeighborWoods tree-planting and care program during the month of October.  Over 100 NeighborWoods events nationwide were coordinated by the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation.  ACT sponsored a pizza party for the volunteers afterwards.  Councilmember Margaret Connell spoke briefly to the volunteers, which included neighbors, UCSB students, and a team of Home Depot volunteers led by Goleta Home Depot store manager Scott Lesan.  Prior to the event, Andy Holland donated his time and backhoe to dig the holes in the compacted clay soil, and Liz Hasch spearheaded efforts to publicize the event in the community. To sign up for a volunteer activity, send an e-mailScott or leave a message at 685-7910.
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November 17 Urban Forestry Workshop at Goleta Community Center Click here for more information.

November Tree Planting Projects Continue at our schools Dos Pueblos, San Marcos and Ellwood Schools will benefit from our tree planting efforts this month.  Dos Pueblos will see a continuation of native oaks planted along Cathedral Oaks Road (Oaks on Cathedral Oaks-what a concept!) and Alameda on Nov 4 after receiving a row of trees around the tennis courts in October.  San Marcos High kicked off their planting program in October with a visit from Assemblyman Pedro Nava, and more trees will be planted there on Nov. 11.  Ellwood School will get 30 new trees on Nov 18 with the help of Andy Holland^s backhoe.   Call 685-7910 to join in.

click here to go to top of newsletter November Goleta Valley Beautiful Award - 1103 More Ranch Road - Isabelle residence

        The November award goes to 1103 More Ranch Road in Santa Barbara County. Owner Mrs. Julie Isabelle traded her Avocado Ranch for this family Hacienda with barn, stable and orchard property.  Helping her convert the grounds to a sustainable compound was her daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Patrick Housh.  The family installed a large vegetable garden, many fruit trees, bird and bunny-attracting plants mixed with lots of color and scents for the entryways.  Statuary abounds with Saint Francis and St. Roque watching over wildlife and pets. You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form from the website or by contacting Bonnie Freeman at 683-1878.  For all other categories (Multifamily residence, Commercial, Firescape, Sustainable Development, Home Owners Association, Preservation of the Goleta Valley, Public/Institutional, Open Space, Shopping Center, Commercial Orchard, Open), contact Phebe Mansur at 685-2277 or call 683-0121.  

                                                     Water Kings and Queens- keep the water flowing in November Note to our Water Kings and Queens - please keep filling your Treegator bags if you have them, and if not, keep giving you trees a deep watering once or twice in November.  We generally keep watering until the first good rain of 1/2 inch or more.

El Encanto Heights/Dos Pueblos High Entryway Sign Restored 

On October 7, ten members of the Sigma Chi Omega Fraternity took time out from tree planting to reinstall the entryway sign to El Encanto Heights and Dos Pueblos High School.  The $3500 sign was originally paid for by contributions from neighborhood residents and installed by Dos Pueblos High School Principal Mike Couch and a group of Dos Pueblos volunteers over 9 years ago. The posts for the sign rotted out recently, and the $600+ cost of replacing the posts and repainting the sign were supported by Beautify Dos Pueblos and the Dos Pueblos High School Art Club.

     GVB Project Learning Tree School Presentations
As part of Goleta Valley Beautiful^s tree planting programs, we are also available for making classroom presentations on tree-related topics.  Above are photos from the October 26 Family Science Night at Kellogg School where we presented a number of math and science activities with a tree-related theme.  These activities included providing samples and identity of every tree species on the campus, leaf printing, telling time through tree rings, how to test acorns for viability, tree height and canopy estimating, and materials for children to take home to do with their parents. The following day 14 Students in the Kellogg Student Council contributed 42 volunteer service hours in planting two trees (Grecian Laurel and Arbutus Marina).   Although Principal Nancy Knight provided overall supervision and Arborist Ken Knight provided technical guidance, these trees were planted wholly by student initiative.  These and other activities from the Project Learning Tree program are available at no charge to classroom teachers upon request.  These programs are made possible in part by support from GVB donor members.

October 2006 GVB accomplishments/Kudos
A real busy month!  Merlyn Cummings has temporarily assumed the GVB Presidency taking over for Laura Funkhouser, who stepped down to concentrate on responsibilities at work. 81 trees (mostly natives grown by GVB) were planted in October with 420 volunteer service hours.  Our litter crew picked up 131/2 bags of trash with 15 volunteer service hours.  Greenhouse volunteers Stacia and Adran were joined by Janine and put in 33 volunteer hours with our new trees. Our Work Training Programs crews are hard at work planting trees at County Open Spaces on Wednesday mornings.  Look for them at Tabano Hollow and Ribera Bikeway in November.  See more photos at Click here to go to the photos 

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