Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News - September 2007

Teachers-Register for 9/29 Project Learning Tree Workshop at SB Botanic Gardens - Click here to download the file
    GVB Volunteer Opportunities-GVB Office and message phone number 685-7910
  1. Sat. Sept 8, 9 am to Noon - Tree plantings multiple locations - Meet at Devereux Greenhouse, call 685-7910 for directions
  2. Sat. Sept. 15, 9 am to 12:30 pm - Tree planting, mulching and grounds care. Annual United Way Day of Caring. Dos Pueblos High School, 7266 Alameda. Please park in Student lot and walk down to Distinguished School Sign
  3. Sat. Sept. 22., 9 am to noon - San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue. Meet at Stadium Rd entrance off Turnpike
  4. Sat. Oct. 6 9 am to noon - Tree planting at Mountain View School, 5465 Queen Anne Lane.
  5. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Mon. and Fri. mornings - Call 685-7910
  6. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  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. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910

Two events on Sat. Sept 29- Devereux Day and Project Learning Tree Workshop

The Devereux organization invites the public to attend the annual Devereux Day on September 29th from 9 am to 3 pm. Goleta Valley Beautiful has worked closely with Devereux and their clients over the last several years, and this is an opportunity to see what we^ve have been doing together at the Greenhouse and Growing grounds, as well as other aspects of Devereux^s operations. For more information on Devereux Day, contact Janis Johnson at 968-2525 x202.

Also on September 29 from 9 am to 3 pm, GVB Executive director and Certified Project Learning Tree Instructor will be leading a Project Learning Tree Workshop for teachers, environmental educators and General public members. Project Learning Tree is a source of interdisciplinary, hands-on instructional activities designed to increase student^ awareness of the world around them, particularly as it relates to trees. Participants will learn how to use this award-winning environmental educational program in grades pre-K to 8. Participants will receive free copies of the 400 page Project Learning Tree Activity Guide and additional materials to help you add environmental education to your curriculum. The workshop will be held at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon and will also feature Sally Isaacson, SBBG Director of Education. A pre-registration fee of $10 is required. The registration form is Click here or call Sally at 682-4726, ext 111 to register. For more information about PLT, visit www.plt.org

August GVB Award -6188 Stow Canyon Rd./September 6676 Sueno Rd

The August 2007 Goletta Valley Beautiful Award goes to Jonathan and Diane Bartel at 6188 Stow Canyon in Goleta. Working closely with Santa Barbara Garden Designs Landscaper Joan Bolton, a low maintenance garden was installed amidst a set of willow chairs on a high point. An Eastern Redbud stands guard over Convolvulus sabatius (ground morning glory), Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, deepred Kangaroo Paws, Society garlic, daylilies, dry stream bed, and a Black-eyed Susan vine at the edge of this corner garden that holds Manzanita, Russian sage and much more beyond the lens. Photo by Bonnie Freeman.

The September 2007 Award goes to 6676 Sueno Rd for a brilliant mixture of textures and color. Photo by Phebe Mansur.
Nominations are open to everyone, including self-nominations. You do not need to be a member of GVB. For residential properties contact 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 252-1952.

Also check out Sarah Susanka^s Sept 6 lecture in the first of a 6 part adult education class "Join the Green Revolution". For more info visit - www.sustainabilityproject.org

Free Tree City USA Bulletins to Members

GVB is providing free to members copies of the informative Tree City USA Bulletins from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Each of the 45 bulletins is devoted to topics of practical interest, including #1 How to Prune a Young Shade Tree, #7 How to Save Trees During construction, #44 What Ails Your Tree? and 42 other topics. This offer is available to current GVB donor members and anyone volunteering for GVB in the last year. For each bulleting that you would like to receive, please send us a self addressed stamped 4" x 9" envelope to GVB, PO Box 6756, Goleta CA 93160-6756. We^ll also include an informative brochure on how to plant a tree. These brochures are available through funding provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. For information on other bulletin topics call 685-7910 or send an e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net

Major tree planting events kick off the fall tree planting season

GVB^s fall tree planting program starts with the September 15th United Way Annual Day of Caring. We anticipate up to 200 Westmont student volunteers to join forces with Dos Pueblos High and Beautify Dos Pueblos families to plant 40 trees, install drip irrigation, weedblock and mounds of mulch. The Native Daughters of the Golden West will also be present to provide goodies to the volunteers. Volunteers will be asked to park at the student parking lot off Alameda and walk over to the registration area by the Distinguished School sign in the Faculty parking lot. Because of the large number of volunteers anticipated, we could use the loan of gloves, shovels, hoes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, all clearly identified with contact information written on them.
The following week we^ll have our first major tree planting of the year at San Marcos High. We^ll be meeting at the end of the Stadium Access Road off Turnpike where we^ll be planting 20 trees and installing drip irrigation. Two weeks later on October 6th, we^ll be planting 35 trees at Mountain View School with Principal Bob Woods. For more information on our tree planting events, call 685-7910.

UCSB intern Joey Lecky joins Ryan Schauland working at the Devereux Greenhouse this summer, and we said goodbye to Abby Horn and Adran Young. These internships are made possible by the UCSB Shoreline Preservation Fund. And after the third time our resident possum trapped himself looking for food in our open ended recycle can, we finally put a lid on it to keep him out.

Tree Diversity Project Continues

GVB volunteers planted 4 Forest She-Oaks (Allocasaurina torulosa) at La Patera School and one at Kellogg School as part of a Tree diversity Project in cooperation with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and local cities and schools. The objective is to reestablish species of trees that once flourished in this area, as well as introduce new non-invasive varieties that are appropriate to our Mediterranean climate. Thanks to California ReLeaf for their support of this project.

New Board Member, August maintenance projects and other kudos

For the first time, a high school student has joined the GVB Board Directors. Dos Pueblos High Senior Melody Tan will act as a liaison to Dos Pueblos High as part of our many activities there. Check the GVB website for photos of all our directors and how to contact them.
The GVB/Cambridge Community Church Litter Crew led by Don and Judy Nason spent 22.5 hours collecting 14 bags of roadside litter in August They will be taking the month of September off on vacation, but we suspect there will be a pile of litter waiting for them on their return.<>Martha and Gus Degassis, Trish Kreiss are keeping the Hollister Ave corridor watered and weeded each week. Some of the vines have already reached the top of the wall! We^re looking for sponsors to help expand this project in response to requests from neighbors in the Via El Cuadro area.
Also joining our administrative staff on a part time basis is Christine Hartsock, who will be assisting getting our paperwork in order.
Work Training Program crews continue to provide lifesaving water to new trees in schools and County parks during August. Devereux clients and Evergreen Devereux Greenhouse volunteers Stacia and Adran Young worked 18 hours reinforcing earthen banks with railroad ties provided by Friendship Manor, mixing soil and finishing repotting last year^s tree crop.
And a special thanks again to Helen McFerrin who every couple of months loads up at Costco with portable drinks and snacks for our volunteers. She^s an angel.
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