Goleta Valley Beautiful News

February 2011


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·        Goleta Valley Beautiful Expand Services to Affordable Housing and Educational Programs

·        Sign Up for February 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

·        Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·        January Goleta Valley Beautiful Events Reflect Diversity of Efforts

·        February Goleta Valley Beautiful Award Winner

·        Nominations Now Being Accepted For 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards- Deadline 2/28/11

Goleta Valley Beautiful Expand Services to Affordable Housing and Educational Programs

Goleta Valley Beautiful usually plants in public areas, but our funding sources usually don’t allow us to plant in affordable housing locations and other nonprofit sites.  Thanks to support from Yardi Systems, Inc., we’ll be working with Peoples Self Help Housing Apartments and Alpha Resource Center this month. Later this year we’ll be back working with the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County.

GVB will also be working on more educational programs with Yardi Systems Inc and Towbes Foundation support.  Call us at 685-7910 for classroom presentations on math and science tree fun.        


Yardi backs GVB’s education and affordable housing projects – Yardi Systems provided   grant to GVB to assist in our educational outreach programs, and to further our efforts to plant trees at affordable housing projects.  More information on this in coming months.




Sign Up for February 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

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For all volunteer events….

Please RSVP for all events by sending an e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net  with your name, phone and e-mail, and the date, time and location of the volunteer event in which you would like to participate.  For questions before the event call Ken at 685-7921, and during the day of the event at 252-1952.

No experience necessary.  Goleta Valley Beautiful provides all tools and equipment.  Please wear old clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes – no open toes or flips please.  Students, bring your community service forms to get signed for credit.  Families welcome as long as younger children are constantly supervised.

Fri., Feb 4th, 10 AM to Noon – Tree Planting at Alpha Resource Center.  Planting of 3 Redbud trees with the clients and staff of the Alpha Resource Center. Located at 4501 Cathedral Oaks Road.

Sat., Feb 5th, 9 AM to Noon - UCSB Planting at Los Carneros and Mesa.  Tree Planting/Management to take place from 9 AM-12 PM at UCSB on Los Carneros and Mesa Blvd.

Sat., Feb 5th, 1 PM to 4 PM – Kellogg/La Patera Pruning.  Tree pruning volunteer event to take place from 1 PM- 4 PM.  We will be migrating to La Patera after the pruning at Kellogg. 

Sat., Feb 12th, 9 AM to Noon - Tree Planting at Dos Pueblos High School, located at 7266 Alameda Drive. Meet at the Distinguished School Sign in the Faculty Parking lot off Alameda Drive.

Sat., Feb 12th, 1 PM to 4 PM - Brandon/Ellwood Elementary School Tree pruning volunteer event.

Sat., Feb 19th, 9 AM to Noon - Tree Planting at Storke Ranch Apartments with Peoples' Self-Help Housing.

Sat., Feb 19th, 1 PM to 4 PM - City Root Shields.  Installation of root shields in anticipation of tree planting on February 26,2011. Meet at 261 Santa Barbara Shores Drive.

Sat., Feb 26th, 9 AM to Noon - City Street Tree Planting.  City street tree planting at 8 different sites. Meet at 261 Santa Barbara Shores Drive and we will go from there.

Sat., Feb 29th, 1 PM to 4 PM - Tree Planting at San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue. Meet on the Hollister Avenue side.

Litter Pickup

  •  Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Trash grabbers and bags provided by the City of Goleta.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP   

Graffiti Removal

  • Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area as soon as you see it.     

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Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

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-       Tree Fun with Math and Science popular with Science Night Attendees – UCSB Interns helped over 150 Foothill elementary students explore math and science concepts using tree-related concepts as part of our Project Learning Tree program.   We’ll be participating with the El Camino and Ellwood Science Nights in February.  Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers are available to help with your School Science Event by calling 685-7910

Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Study underway – Dan Condon will be helping Goleta Valley Beautiful update Goleta Valley Heritage Tree sites on our website, made possible with a California ReLeaf Urban Forestry grant.  If you know of a Heritage Tree or Tree of significance that hasn’t appeared on our past lists, please send us a photo or give us a call.   


Newsletter Format Revisions – In a continuing effort to improve our appearance, we solicited the help of newsletter guru Pete Peterson, who provided us some tips on how to make the newsletter look better.  If you have any suggestions for improvements, drop us a line.


New Year Bouquets - For the fifth year, Goleta Valley Beautiful has delivered “Happy New Year” Bouquets to two assisted living facilities to bring some sparkle into the lives of folks who need some cheer.  

Buena Vista Care Center receives 17 individual arrangements which are  conveyed to residents staff feels would enjoy the colorful blooms in their rooms.  Activity Director Julie Mullins represents her Administrator William Pringle on the distribution.

Heritage House Assisted Living Community Activities Coordinator Ann Howorth handles the incoming ten floral arrangements for her Administrator Rosemarie Harris.   These flowers are sent to the Garden Room where memory care residents dine and visitors can enjoy as well.

The New Year project is directed and implemented by Lori Grimaud-Roper, past Goleta Valley Beautiful Vice-President, and her spouse Marc Bradley.  Often cards and thank you letters from resident family members are received by Goleta Valley Beautiful, with comments that the flowers brought a great deal of joy and uplift into the lives of their relatives.




- Community Action Commission Youth Corps Visits GVB – The crew from the Goleta Community Action commission Youth Corps worked with Goleta Valley bEautiful volunteers at the Devereu Greenhouse recently.  Officials with both organizations are looking for opportunities for more interaction

- Santa Barbara Foundation Helps GVB Board Work together better – Thanks to the Santa Barbara Foundation for supporting the cost of a Facilitator Billie Maunz at the Board’s annual retreat on January 20th.  The Board worked on improving internal communication and clarifying the direction Goleta Valley beautiful will take in the coming year.

- Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan   – City staff is still collecting comments and making refinements to the draft of the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan.  If you have questions, check it out on the City’s website or contact Bill Millar at 968-6848 for further information. 

- Free Street Tree Program Continues – If you would like to arrange for a street tree to be planted in the parkway in front of your property, and you are willing to water it for the first several years while it is getting established, please give us a call and we’ll work with City of Goleta officials to provide you a tree free of charge.   We are now taking orders fortrees to be installed in March.  This service is not yet available in the unincorporated area of Goleta Valley pending approval of County officials.  

- Honor Trees Are a Great Way to Remember Loved Ones: Honor trees come with a certificate that can be sent to the honoree.  In addition to our Dos Pueblos High School Honor Grove site, GVB can also plant Honor Trees on any private sites as well as public.  Any trees planted on private property require someone to assume responsibility to provide ongoing maintenance.   For more information, call 685-7910. 

- Goleta Valley Beautiful Wish List:  Please call GVB at 685-7910 if you can help with our wish list posted on our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

- Greenhouse interns help keep the Devereux Nursery going- Some of our interns currently working out at our Growing Grounds include Ariel Ouziel, Cindy Au, Denise Russell, Emma Krenzin, Doug Walker

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January Goleta Valley Beautiful Events Reflect Diversity of Efforts

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Date                            Event                                                                                                  New Trees Planted   Replacement Trees    Trees Maintained Volunteers    Service Hours     

Jan 8th, Sat, AM        Greenhouse                                                                                                    0                                  0                                  0                     52                    161

Jan 8th, Sat. PM         Greenhouse                                                                                                    0                                  0                                  0                      1                        3

Jan 15th, Sat. AM      Foothill-Mountain View Pruning                                                                 0                                  0                                 45                     1                        4

Jan 15th, Sat. PM       Isla Vista Elementary/UCSB Tree Care                                                     0                                  6                                 40                    25                     76

Jan 17th, Mon.           Arellanes Elementary and Junior High, Orcutt                                        80                                 0                                  20                    91                   340

Jan 22nd, Sat.             Dos Pueblos Tree Pruning Workshop                                                         1                                 0                                120                    38                   266

Jan 29th, Sat, AM      San Marcos Pruning                                                                                      0                                 0                                  80                    56                   169

Jan 29th, Sat PM        San Marcos Pruning                                                                                      0                                 0                                 40                    19                     58


January Totals                                                                                                                                 81                                 6                                345                   287                1093







The Cambridge Church trash collection crew collected  12 bags of trash with 22 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 12 bags and 22 hours.

-Volunteer groups participating in January tree care included:   San Marcos High, UCSB Career Services, Circle K, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Dos Pueblos High, UCSB Chinese Students Association, Dos Pueblos High Leadership, Atascadero Tree Foundation, City of San Luis Obispo, GVB Board of Directors, GVB Devereux Greenhouse, UCSB Interns, Arellanes Elementary and Junior High staff, parents and students, Phi Iota Alpha, Environmental Affairs Board, SIRRC Guides, Santa Rosa Hall, Hermanos Unidos, Lambda Theta Nu and Goleta Valley Beautiful 

-  Sponsors for this month’s events include California ReLeaf, the Central Coast Urban Forest Council,  the Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Division, UCSB Coastal Fund, Devereux of California, City of Goleta, Beautify Dos Pueblos,  Santa Barbara Secondary Schools, Cal Fire,   San Marcos High,  Crop Production Services, Yardi, Inc., Isla Vista Recreation and Park District, West Covina Nurseries, Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Arellanes Junior High and Elementary Schools, Bill Spiewak Consulting, and Dan Condon Consulting.


735 Poinsettia Way - February Goleta Valley Beautiful Award Winner  

Last year, owners Glenn and Illean Carter decided that the 1970’s lawn and hedge look fronting their ranch-style home, had to go.  “We wanted to replace it with a colorful, inviting, water-conserving, low-maintenance landscape”, said Glenn.  To that end, landscape architect Courtney Cochran of Lush Life Landscape was brought on board to help the couple realize their dream.   Despite rains which considerably slowed the project’s progress, the work was completed in December of 2010.   The result is spectacular, with 50 different plant varieties providing vibrant color and texture. A rustic-looking rock creek provides drainage, lazily winding its way across the front yard and under a path of attractive Sweet Water flagstone. 


      To nominate a property for the monthly award, call the Goleta Valley Beautiful office at (805) 685-7910




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To conserve water, drought-tolerant plantings were selected.  Some of these include: Carex Blue, New Zealand Orange Sedge, and Blue Oat Grass.  In addition, a new drip irrigation system was installed, along with Redwood Spider Bark to hinder evaporation.   Because selecting colorful plantings was a top priority with the Carters, today cheerful bursts of color from the Orange lion’s tail, Purple Majesty, Purple Sage, and the pink and purple Salvias punctuate the landscape, providing interest and contrast in the garden.  Article by Leslie Masuda   Photo credit to Joyce Reinertson         

      To nominate a property for the monthly award, call the Goleta Valley Beautiful office at (805) 685-7910

Nominations Now Being Accepted For 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards- Deadline 2/28/11

Goleta Valley Beautiful today announced that nominations are being accepted for the best designed and landscaped properties in the Goleta Valley incorporated and unincorporated areas, stretching 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 all properties visible to the public.

Categories include: Sustainable development, Firescape design, Single Family residence, Multi-family residence or apartments, Homeowners Association Common area, Commercial, Preservation of Goleta Valley Heritage, Public/Institutional, Public Park or open space, Commercial Orchard or Farm and an Open Category.

The 37th Annual Awards Celebration will be held Sunday, May 1st at the La Patera Ranch-Stow House.  Nomination forms are available at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org and at the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, 271 N. Fairview, #114.  For additional information, call 685-7910.


Date: _______________


I nominate the property at ___ _______________________________________________________


due to the excellence of its landscape design, as visible from public road, sidewalk, or trail.


Award Category:


  ____  Single Family Residence           ____  Public Building/School             ____  Farm/Orchard

  ____  Multi-Family Residential          ____  Non-Profit Institution                           ____  Sustainability

  ____  Commercial                               ____  Goleta Valley Heritage             ____  Open Category

  ____  Public Park/Open Space          ______other_________________________


Outstanding features of nominated property (check one or more):


            ____ Overall Visual Appeal                   ____ Neighborhood Enhancement

            ____ Originality                                     ____ Use of Drought Tolerant Trees & Plants

             ____ Use of Native Plants                    ____ Use of a Theme          

           _____ Integration of hardscape (e.g. pavers, rock work. etc.) with plantings

          _____  minimal grass area                      ____ Low maintenance/water wise


Comments: ______________________________________________________________________




Property Information (If Known):


Name of

Property Owner _________________________ Phone  _______________ Email_____________________________


Contact Information for Person Making Nomination (Not Required):



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                                                                   Mailing Address

Nominations must be submitted by 28 February 2011 via

Fax: 805.968.8523  or mail: P.O. Box 6756, Goleta, CA 93160-6756


Renewing Members

Airport Animal Hospital, Sam Alfano,  American Academy of English, Lynn Baragona, Barbara Bennett, Joyce Berger, Bishop Ranch,  Jean Blois, Joan Bolton, Jeffrey Boyle, Robin Cederlof, Judy Connors, Steve Cousens, David Deselm, Margaret Desruisseaux, Edward Easton, Bonnie Freeman, Mark Giroux, Jonathan Goss, Charles Hamilton, Richard Jenkins, Charlie Johnson, Dennis Kirby, Ralph Kornahrens, James Markham, Tami Mason, Mary Medbery, Josephine Millet, Nick Nichols, Kristine O`Leary-Hayes, Philip Pazich, Priscilla Peale, Lori Roper, Richard Sandow, and Srbislav Zivanovic.

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