Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News -March 2007

Nominations due March 27 for 33rd Annual Awards Banquet presented on May 19

    GVB Volunteer Opportunities-GVB Office and message phone number 685-7910
  1. SaturdayMorning Tree Plantings 9 am to noon
  2. March 3 -Foothill Elementary School, 711 Ribera Drive
  3. March 10 -Dos Pueblos HighSchool, 7266 AlamedaDr. - Arbor Week celebration with a barbeque sponsored by the Suburban Kiwanis and cookies by the Reina del Mar #126 Native Daughtersfor the first 100 registered volunteers
  4. March 17 - San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue
  5. March 24 - La Patera Elementary School- 555 La Patera Lane
  6. March31 -Spring Break-No Project
  7. April 7-EAB Planting Project in Isla Vista-locations to be announced
  8. April 14 -Dos Pueblos HighSchool, 7266 AlamedaDr.
  9. April21-El Camino Elementary School, 5020 San Simeon Drive
  10. April 28 - San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue
  11. May 5 -Dos Pueblos HighSchool, 7266 AlamedaDr.
  12. May 12 - San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue
  13. March 21- Annual GVB Advisory Council - Edison conference Room, 123 Love Place call 685-9710for information
  14. April 22 - Tu B^Shvat/Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration at Queen Ann Open Space - call 685-7910 for info
  15. Wednesday morning County Park tree plantings, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 to noon - call685-7910 for locations
  16. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Groundsyoung tree care - Mon & Fri9 am to Noon- Call 685-7910
  17. Litter pickup2nd and 4thSat.-Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  18. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  19. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  20. Additional GVB ongoing volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910

GVB volunteers add 53 new trees to Goleta Valley in February

Now that our clay soilhas been softened by rain, we^ve entered into our most productive time of the year to plant new trees.61 volunteers planted 14 trees at Dos Pueblos on 2/10, including the trial installation of 71Visapore weed blocking screens around existing trees. On 2/17, 18 volunteers showed up at San Marcos despite rain in the forecast, and we planted 10 trees. Another 63 volunteers returned to San Marcos on 2/24 to plant 24 trees and move four 20^ telephone poles to get to the planting spots. Now that^s teamwork!Work Training Program crews added another 11 trees in county parks, along with 3 replacement trees-the gophers are on the attack. Photos byNatalie Rossington.
To sign up for a volunteer activity, send an e-mailScottor leave a message at 685-7910.
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Call for nominations - 33rd Annual Award Nominations Due March 27

Nominations are being accepted for the best designed & landscaped residential and business properties in the Goleta Valley incorporated and unincorporated areas. The Goleta Valley stretches from the Santa Barbara City line(generally Highway 154) on the East to the Rancho Embarcadero subdivision adjacent to the Bacara Resort on the west. Nominations are open to everyone, including self-nominations. Forms are available at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, or Click here to see and download the 2007 Auunal Award Nominationor GV Chamber of Commerce 271 N. Fairview Ave #114. Please send completed forms to PO Box 6756, Goleta CA 93160-6756. Call 685-7910 for information. Categories include: 1. Single Family residence, 2. Multifamily residence or apartments, 3. Sustainable development, 4. Homeowners Association Common area, 5. Commercial, 6. Preservation of Goleta Valley Heritage, 7. Public/Institutional, 8. Public Park or Open Space, 9. Shopping Center, 10. Firescape Design, 11. Commercial Orchard, 12. Open Category. Past winners are not eligible unless substantial renovation has occurred. Awards will be presented at the 33rd Annual GVB Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on Saturdrday May 19 February 3 Workshop Graduates 34 Citizen Pruners
We capped enrollment at 60, and after a morning of instruction by Dan Condon, Dougal House,Ken Knightand Jerry Sortommee, participants took an open booktest and then a field examination at the Optimist Groove in Lake Los Carneros Park. 34 successful Citizen Pruner graduates of the workshop will receive certificates and recognition at the May 19th banquet good for 5 years with an annual volunteer pruning requirement. Several graduate put their skills to good use at Dos Pueblos on 2/17. Citizen pruners can call 685-7910 for volunteer pruning assignments.

GVBMarch 2007 CommercialAwardWinner- 5790 Thornwood Rd, Paradise Machining & Precision Welding

The March award goes to Paradise Machining and Precision Welding at 5790 Thornwood in Goleta. The landscaping features unique mixtures of palms and rare Cycads with Kangaroo Paw and Bird of Paradise for accent color. Rock and quaint wood fencing are incorporated into the landscape design. Planted over ten years ago, this drought tolerant and low maintenance site continues to flourish and grow. This is a rare find in a commercial/industrial zone. Kitson Landscape Design completed the design and installation, and now maintains the site. No photo available.

Water Kings and Queens,its time to weed and mulch
Your trees don^t need watered this month, but get a start on weeding around your tree and add up to 3-4 inches of mulch except by the root crown within 4 " of the trunk. Call us at 685-7910if you need help, additional mulch,or if you are unable to remove/store your Treegator.

Tree related Science Night Projects complement school tree plantings
Elementary school students are learning tree related math and science concepts in a fun manner at Science Night demonstrations. Students can test the viability of acorns using the float test, tell time through tree ring analysis, see samples ofall the different tree speciesat their school, and make prints of leaves, among other activities. A collection of tree related coloring books and tree activities for students to do with their parents is also available. GVB volunteers have been at Kellogg, El Camino and Ellwood schools this year,with Brandon coming up on March 22 and Isla Vista on May 24. If your school is having a Science event, let us know at 685-7910 and we^ll be glad to participate.

MoreFebruary 2007GVB accomplishments/Kud
Carpinteria Beautiful Director Donna Jordan shows off the first of 10 Portola Sycamore clones grown at GVB^s Devereux Greenhouse and planted at a Carpinteria Park. Thanks to California ReLeaf for supporting our joint efforts. Morehungry/thirsty volunteers received drinks and snacks through the support of Beautify Dos Pueblos and theSan Marcos PTA. The Nason litter crew collected 6 bags of litter in12 hours-they appreciate the thank you honks from passing motorists. Ongoing Greenhouse volunteers Stacia and son Adran spent8 hours at the Greenhousepruningand moving trees to get ready for next year^s crop. The Devereux clientsare busy weeding and filling pots with soil, as well as expanding into working with cymbidiums, spider plants and jades. They are looking to present their work at a Farmers Market in the near future. Work Training Programs crewsplanted 14 new and replacement trees, and provided invaluable support to prepare for our substantial increase in volunteers this year.Ed Graper devotes countless hours in his continuing battle against graffiti. And a special thanks toscholarships from the Partnership for Excellence that allowed GVB to attend their excellent 2/15 workshop.
Membership Drive ends March 31!
It is crucial for every member to renew their support annually to GVB. Your donationcalidates thatwe^re doing work that has value to the community. We don^t receive subsidies from local governments or schools, and our expenses are growing as our activities increase. Forthose who still need to renew, you can now use our website to renew your membership online using a secure PayPal system.
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