Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News -November 2007



Everyone living on Catherdral Oaks Road, Magnolia Avenue, Redwood Way, Moreton Bay Lane and Walnut Park Drive are invited to join your neighbors in becoming a donor member of Goleta Valley Beautiful. Check your mail for the 2008 annual membership renewal.

GVB Volunteer Opportunities-
    Call 685-7910, visit Volunteer Calendar on this website
  1. Sat. Nov 3, 9 am to Noon - Devereux Greenhouse in Isla Vista (Note site change). Call 252-1952 prior to event
  2. Sat. Nov 10, 9 am to Noon - Plant 35 trees at Hollister Elementary School, 4950 Anita Lane, 93111
  3. Fri. Nov 16, 3 to 5 pm - Plant trees with the UCSB Wellness Project in Isla Vista. Call 685-7910 for location
  4. Sat. Nov 17, 9 am to noon - Plant 20 trees, mulching, & pruning at Dos Pueblos High. Meet by Distinguished School sign
  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


November Events - Tree Plantings at Hollister & DP, Treegators, and Greenhouse planting


Our planned November 3rd tree planting at Camino corto was postponed to sometime later in Novbember/December due to dry weather. Its tough to plant in hard clay if it isn^t softened up. We^re bringing volunteers over to the Devereux Greenhouse that day to help get ready for our annual acorn plantings, and to help repot and reorganize protions of our 1500 tree growing grounds.
Our big plantings of the month will be at Hollister and Dos Pueblos Schools, and at an Isla Vista Park (we haven^t narrowed down which one yet). We^ll take a break for Thansksgiving and come roaring back on December 1 planting 20 more trees at San Marcos High. Come join us.

October a brisk month with 68 trees planted


163 GVB volunteers contributed 440 community service hours as they continued their effort to green Goleta Valley schools by planting 68 trees,including 21 at Dos Pueblos, 19 at San Marcos, 26 at Mountain View and 2 at San Jose Creek. Organizations represented this month included Mountain View Elementary, Dos Pueblos High and San Marcos High student and teacher volunteers, UCSB Environmental Affairs Board, Hermanos Unidos, Circle K, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, and Gamma Phi Beta. Boy Scout Troop 4, Cub Scout Troop 109, the Native Daughters of the Golden West Reina del Mar Parlor 126, Team Depot and the Goleta Valley community.
These events were made possible by generous grants from the Alliance for Community Trees, the Home Depot Foundation, Albertsons Partnership Program, the Goleta Home Depot Store Managed by Scott Lesan, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the City of Goleta Communnity Projects Grant Program, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and over 400 donor members of Goleta Valley Beautiful.

Creek Week Tree Planting, Science Night Fun


GVB contributed two clones of the historic Witness Tree sycamore for planting along San Jose Creek as part of October 13th Creek Week Activities. Thanks to the City of Goleta for sponsoring the event, and Cecilia Brown for follow-up tree care.
GVB Board Members Tami Mason, Zea Bauer, and Oscar Briones presented tree related enviornmental science projects to over several hundred children and their parents at the 10/25/07 Kellogg Elementary School Science Night. Do you know how to tell if a floating or sinking acorn is good to plant?

Water Kings and Queens


If we get 1/2 inch or more of rain, we^re hoping to pick up Treegators by the end of November. In the meantime, please keep watering. <> Martha, Gus,and Trish could use assistance in keeping the Hollister Ave corridor between Evonshire and Girl^s Inc watered and weeded each week. Check it out, it^s growing very well. <> Beautify Dos Pueblos has a highly organized watering crew to keep track of all the irrigation systems on campus. Jaime is overseeing irrigation installation at San Marcos High, and Goleta Union School District staff have been doing a superb job of keeping the trees watered.

Citizen Pruner Program


California ReLeaf has funded a training program to expand our efforts to teach local volunteers the fundamentals of pruning. We^ll begin classes in November similar to our Citizen Pruner training from last February. Contact us for details at 685-7910.

Annual membership renewals


Look in you mail for our one and only letter to you about renewing your annual donor membership in Goleta Valley Beautiful. If you like what you read about in this newsletter, help us keep it going with your financial support. We have a new thank you gift this year to family sponsors, a hansdsome forest green baseball cap with the Goleta Valley Beautiful logo embroidered on it in light green thread. One size fits most. If you misplace our letter, please download a form from www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. The interactive portion of our website isnit working yet, so you can^t pay on line.

    Carpinteria Historic Tree Project completed, New Greenhouse Volunteer and other news


  1. The final 18 historic Portola Sycamores grown at the Devereux Greenhouse were transported to the Carpinteria Parks Department in October. The trees will be planted in Carpinteria Parks throughout the City
  2. Mark Broomfield joined the Devereux Greenhouse volunteer crew in October with a desire to learn all he can about Greenhouse management
  3. The Nasons are back from vacation, and they^ve chalked up 18 service hours collecting 12.5 bags of trash along our streets.
  4. The Work Training Program, Inc. crew that we^ve worked with for 3 years is being disbanded due to lack of contracts. Our last day together will be November 7. We will miss their friendship and support
  5. Devereux clients, interns and volunteers are putting the finishing touchs on preparations for our fall acorn plantings, and reorganizing the growing grounds due to all of our fall tree plantings.
  6. GVB member Helen Smart held a booksigning at Chaucer^s last month for her book ^The Intrepid Fox^, a story of her life groiwng up in rural Canada. A good read.


    WISH LIST
  1. 40 Railroad ties
  2. Tool box w/tools
  3. 2 sturdy lightweight portable tables
  4. drinks/snacks/water
  5. 10 hand pruners
  6. We use/recycle 15 gallon tree containers, 8^ tree stakes and tree ties


November 2007 GVB Award


We don^t have an award this month because we didn^t get the paperwork done. Although all of our awardees are visible from public right of ways, we still secure the approval of the awardee before giving an award. We also have to get a photo and write a press release. There are only so many hours sometimes.
You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form at AWARD on this site You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910.

Pick Up Stix Fresh Asian Kitchen fundraiser - Sunday, November 18, 11AM - 9PM


    Here^s how you can support Goleta Valley Beautiful and get a great meal at the same time:
  1. 1) Print out the attached flyer
  2. 2) Go to Pick Up Stix on November 18th anytime from 11 am to 9 pm, bring the flyer and buy a meal. Pick Up Stix will send us a check for 20% of the cost of your order. You can call in your order in advance at 681-0300.
  3. Pick Up Stix is located at 5701 Calle Real.

Print out Flyer & Menu here

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