Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News-May 2008 

34th Annual GVB Awards Banquet and Silent Auction, Saturday May 3rd.  See last month's newsletter for winners.  Limited number of seats still available.  Call us at 685-7910   

GVB Volunteer Opportunities- RSVP 685-7910 or 252-1952 day of event.  Also visit the Volunteer Calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

  • Sat. May 3, 9 am to Noon - Tree care at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue, 93111.  Meet at parking lot A by gym -enter on Turnpike Avenue.  Installation of irrigation systems and pruning of young trees. Last scheduled event of the school year at San Marcos
  • Sat. May 10 , 9 am to Noon -  Tree care at Dos Pueblos High, 7266 Alameda Dr. 93117  Meet in the student parking lot at the corner of Alameda and Cathedral Oaks Drive. All work from ground level, tools and refreshments provided.
  • Sat. May 10, 1 pm to 4 pm - Irrigation of trees at Los Carneros.  Meet at corner of Los Carneros Way and Los Carneros Road. 
  • Sat. May 17, 9 am to Noon -Tree Planting follow-up at St. Vincent's, 4200 Calle Real, 93110.  Irrigation, mulching and follow-up care to 42 trees.  All tools, equipment and refreshments provided.
  • Sat. May 17, 1 pm to 4 pm - Irrigation of trees at Los Carneros.  Meet at corner of Los Carneros Way and Los Carneros Road. 
  • Sat. May 31, 9 am to Noon - Tree care of young trees along Mesa Rd, El Estero and Camino Corto .  Meet in front of Isla Vista School 6875 El Collegio Rd, 93117.  All work from ground level, tools, refreshments and expert training provided.
  • Sat. May 31, 1 pm to 4 pm - Tree care of young trees at Goleta Valley schools and parks .  Meet in front of Kellogg School, 475 Cambridge Drive, Goleta 93117.  All work from ground level, tools, refreshments and expert training provided.
  • Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Fri. morning and by appointment - Call 685-7910
  • Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  • Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  • Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  • Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910


  • May 3, Annual Awards Banquet - Goleta Holiday Inn
  • June 22nd - 7th Annual Heritage Tree Tour -  12-5 pm

Merlyn Cummings To Receive Man of the Year Award.  GVB President Merlyn Cummings will be honored as Man of the Year at the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Goleta's Finest Awards - "A Celebration of Community" on May 8, 2008, at 6:00pm.   Merlyn joins previous GVB Board/staff winners Sam Alfano, Patricia Corwin, Michael Bennett, Betty Rosness, and Ken Knight in receiving this award. This black tie event will be held at the Bacara Resort & Spa.  For attendance information, call 967-2500.

 National Arbor/Volunteer Week Celebrated with tree planting and barbeque


        77 volunteers gathered at Dos Pueblos High School on April 26th to celebrate National Arbor Day by planting 9 trees and providing 226 service hours in maintaining the school grounds.  Following the event, Goleta Mayor Michael T. Bennett and Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf joined Goleta Valley Beautiful President Merlyn Cummings in celebrating Volunteer Recognition Week.  They presented Evergreen Volunteer Service Awards and Goleta Valley Beautiful ball caps to 68 volunteers who have participated in 3 or more volunteer service events this year.   

Mayor Bennett announced that he had received word that the City of Goleta has been selected by the Arbor Day Foundation for a 2007 Tree City USA Award.  This is the first time that the City of Goleta has won the award.  The Goleta City Council will formally accept the award at their May 6th meeting.

The Suburban Kiwanis treated the volunteers with a tri-tip and chicken barbeque, with desserts provided by Reina Del Mar Parlor #126 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and drinks provided by the Beautify Dos Pueblos High School Committee.     

   In addition to Mr. Cummings and Mr. Bennett, additional Goleta Valley Beautiful Board members present (also significant Evergreen volunteers) included Treasurer Tami Mason, Treva Yang, Al Scholl, Phebe Mansur, Melody Tan, Maia Kazaks, and Jill Tiegs.   

Santa Barbara Beautiful/GVB Collaborate at St. Vincent's Tree planting


  Eighty volunteers from 10 different groups came together Saturday April 19th at St Vincent's on 4200 Calle Real.  They celebrated Earth Day by planting 43 trees for the benefit of the low income and senior residents living there.  The day long project was a joint operation of Goleta Valley Beautiful and Santa Barbara Beautiful.

    Among the groups contributing 253 service hours was, in the morning session, UCSB Iota pledge class of Sigma Alpha Zeta, MERC, Alpha Kappa Psi, Master Gardeners, Tau Pledge Class of Alpha Kappa Psi, Fighting Back Mentor Program, and families and staff of St. Vincent’s with other community volunteers.  In the afternoon representatives included UCSB Honors Program, NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), Goleta Valley Beautiful and St Vincent’s volunteers. 


    The volunteers planted ten different shade tree species that, once established, will continue to grow without supplemental watering.  The trees should provide environmental benefits for hundreds of years to come.


    This event was made possible by grants from Santa Barbara Beautiful, UCSB Coastal Fund, Santa Barbara Foundation, California ReLeaf Urban Forestry Grant, Devereux of Santa Barbara, St Vincent's and the generous support of Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members.

April  Tree Care events emphasize maintenance


    Thanks to the 12 volunteers and friends from Hermanas Unidas who contributed 30 service hours at the Saturday morning April 5th tree planting at the Devereux Greenhouse.  The volunteers planted 274 Coast Live Oak acorns in one gallon containers.  These acorns were collected from Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteer Ed Easton from his heritage oaks adjacent to his house at Kellogg Ranch.  Other volunteers continued the process of mixing soil and filling 15 gallon containers in anticipation of repotting oaks later this spring.

       Thanks to the 24 volunteers who contributed 69 community service hours to install irrigation lines to trees at San Marcos High School on Saturday April 12th.  Volunteer groups attending included students and parents from San Marcos High School, along with Calvary Chapel and GVB Community members.  The 1000' of drip irrigation lines were placed by 14 trees surrounding the Turnpike student parking lot and 18 trees along the west end of the softball fields.  The temporary irrigation to the native Coast Live  and Island Oaks will continue for the next two years while the trees are getting established.  Once established, the trees will be able to live without supplemental watering.

    Thanks to the 15 volunteers who contributed 42 service hours on Saturday afternoon April 12th as part of a Goleta Valley Beautiful's tree care program.  Volunteers from UCSB's Associated Students Environmental Affairs Board installed 1000' of irrigation line to 30 trees.   The trees were all young trees previously planted by EAB volunteers at Isla Vista Recreation and Park District's Camino Corto Open Space as an offset to the carbon impacts of presenting last year's Earth Day event. The temporary irrigation to the native Coast Live will continue for the next two years while the trees are getting established.  Once established, the trees will be able to live without supplemental watering.

    These events were made possible by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, UCSB Coastal Fund, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management  Division, Devereux Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation, a California ReLeaf Urban Forestry Grant, San Marcos High PTA,  the Santa Barbara High School District, the Goleta Union School District, the City of Goleta   and hundreds of GVB donor members that help us to make the time to establish our trees. 

Use your tax rebate check to help GVB-Donate through TreeBank Now Online!

     The TreeBank is an online giving community comprised of organizations dedicated to engaging the public to care for our urban forests.  Individual organizations join as local branches, providing members with an efficient online tool for accepting contributions at a local level, while helping the larger urban forest community on a national level.  Click on the TreeBank link on the first page of our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org or visit TreeBank at www.itreebank.org/itreebankdonate.php?org=goletavalley

April Award - 6570 Covington Way

   Homeowners for 40 years, Marvin Faucett and Carl Stuart, of 6570 Covington Way in Goleta, decided it was time to reduce their water bill and update their front yard. Removing Korean grass and Junipers by themselves, Marvin then shaped a circular landscape with a birdbath at center and surrounded it with a brilliant color palette of Heliotrope, Limonium, Marigolds, white and purple Salvia, Lavender, and ‘Pink Panther’ Flax. Pavers set in ‘California Gold’ chipped rock sets off another bedding with a surrounding pathway. Mr. Faucett bonsai’d the 90 year old Olive tree for interest and the neighbors couldn’t be more pleased.
    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, Orchard, Open), contact Phebe Mansur at 685-2277.
    You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910.     

 Additional April Volunteer  news 

 The Nasons led trash crew spent 22.5 hours collecting 13 bags of trash on 6 different days in April.  Since January 1, they have collected 55 bags in 108 service hours. <> Contact 685-7910 if you are interested in one of the four openings for the GVB Board of Directors beginning in August of 2008.  the terms are for one year.<> Check out www.greengardener.org for an article about GVB Green Gardener Ken Knight.

Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Tour coming June 22nd 

The 7th Annual GVB Heritage Tree Tour, sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus, will take place on Sunday afternoon June 22nd from 1 to 5 pm.  We'll meet for lunch at the Historic Witness Tree in Sizzler Restaurant in Old Town.  New attractions this year include the Exotic Flora Tour on the UCSB campus, as well as old favorites including the Moreton Bay Fig Tree Forest at Dos Pueblos Ranch.   Reserve your seat now, reduced ticket prices of $25 until June 10, and $35 after June 10th.  Call 685-7910 for reservations.    

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