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March 2011

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·        California Arbor Week Celebrations at Local Schools March 9-11

·        Sign Up for March 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

·        Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·        February Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

·        March Goleta Valley Beautiful Award Winner

California Arbor Week Celebrations at Local Schools March 9-11    

Goleta Valley Beautiful will celebrate California Arbor Week with tree plantings at seven Goleta Union School District elementary schools.  The schedule includes:

·         Wed, March 9 – 9:45 AM – Ellwood Elementary

·         Wed, March 9 – 12:45 PM – Kellogg Elementary

·         Wed, March 9 – 1:30 PM – El Camino Elementary

·         Thurs, March 10 – 11:30 AM – La Patera Elementary

·         Fri, March 11 – 10:30 AM – Brandon Elementary

·         Fri, March 11 – 11:15 AM – Foothill Elementary

·         Fri, March 11 – 1:15 PM – Isla Vista Elementary

Thanks to California ReLeaf for their support in making these events possible.  For more information, call 685-7910.

Sign Up for March 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.  All work done from the ground.  Students, bring your community service forms to get signed for credit.  Families welcome as long as younger children are constantly supervised.

Sat., March 5th, 9 AM to Noon – El Camino Elementary School Young Tree Care.  Meet at 5020 San Simeon Drive, later going to Hollister Elementary School.

Sat., March 5th, 1 PM to 4 PM – UCSB Young Tree Care.  Meet at UCSB Parking lot 37, Mesa Road. 

Sat., March 12th, 9 AM to Noon – Dos Pueblos High Tree Planting Event. Meet at 7266 Alameda Drive

Sat., March 12th, 1 PM to 4 PM – Al Turnbull Grove Tree Care.  Meet at 300 N. Los Carneros Road.

Sat., March 19th, 9 AM to Noon - San Marcos High School Tree Planting.  Meet at 4750 Hollister Avenue on the Turnpike entrance student parking lot.

Sat., March 19th, 1 PM to 4 PM - Girsh Park Young Tree Care. Meet at the Maintenance Building (located at 7050 Phelps Road.)

Sat., March 26th, 9 AM to Noon – Neighborhood Street Tree Planting. Meet at 7625 Dartmoor Avenue.

Sat., March 29th, 1 PM to 4 PM – Neighborhood Street Tree Planting. Location to be announced.


Litter Pickup

Graffiti Removal

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

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-   Tree Fun with Math and Science popular with Science Night Attendees – UCSB Interns helped hundreds of Ellwood and El Camino 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 Hollister Science Night in March.  Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers are available to help with your School Science Event by calling 685-7910

- Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Study underway – Noted Arborist Dan Condon is continuing the Goleta Valley Beautiful Heritage Tree 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.   

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

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- Free Street Tree Program Continues – Above are some of the beneficiaries of the free street tree program supported by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  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


February Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

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See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

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

Fri, 2/4/11                   Alpha Resource Center                                                                                  3                                0                                    0                      8                      18

Sat, 2/12/11 AM         Dos Pueblos High                                                                                            8                                0                                  10                    47                    124

Sat, 2/12/11 PM         Brandon/Ellwood Schools                                                                              0                                0                                  50                    17                      56

Sat, 2/19/11                 Storke Ranch Apartments                                                                             7                                0                                    0                      5                      15

Sat, 2/19/11 AM         261 Santa Barbara Shores Dr                                                                        1                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Sat, 2/19/11 AM         259 Santa Barbara Shores Dr                                                                        1                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Sat, 2/26/11 AM         7626 Anchor Drive                                                                                          2                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Sat, 2/26/11 AM         7621 Dartmoor                                                                                                1                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Sat, 2/26/11 AM         209 Ancona Ave                                                                                              2                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Thurs, 2/24/11            Ellwood Elementary Science Night                                                               0                                0                                    0                      4                      10

Sat, 2/26/11 AM         270 Sylvan Dr                                                                                                  2                                0                                    0                      3                        9

Sat, 2/26/11 PM         San Marcos High                                                                                           10                                0                                    0                    31                      94

February Totals                                                                                                                                 37                               0                                  60                   133                   371

The Cambridge Church trash collection crew collected  6.5 bags of trash with 14.5 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 18.5 bags and 36.5 hours.

-Volunteer groups participating in January tree care included:   San Marcos High, Dos Pueblos High, UCSB Nu Alpha Kappa, Bren Student Sustainability Committee, UCSB Pilipino Cultural Night, Delta Tau Delta, UCSB Honors Program, Santa Barbara High, UCSB Latino Business Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, UCSB Vietnamese Student Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Tau Omega, Circle K International 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 Santa Barbara, City of Goleta, Beautify Dos Pueblos,  Santa Barbara Secondary Schools, Cal Fire,   San Marcos High,   Yardi, Inc., West Covina Nurseries,  Alpha Resource Center, UCSB Coastal Fund, San Marcos Growers,  Dos Pueblos High, Goleta Union School District, Towbes Foundation, Peoples Self Help Housing, Alliance for Community Trees/ Home Depot Foundation and Project Learning Tree.

- March Goleta Valley Beautiful Award Winner  

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Receiving Goleta Valley Beautiful’s March award is the Darcy home at 636 Andy Lane (off Walnut Lane). Five years ago, homeowner Simon Darcy gave the front exterior of his home a dramatic facelift with new paint, new windows, and construction of a low wall for privacy. Darcy employed landscape designer Jeannie Mason to re-design the front yard areas to compliment his home's new look. Her challenge: To replace his 1950’s style yard of Bermuda grass and shrubs with a more appealing, contemporary, natural-looking landscape that would be low maintenance, water conserving and enhance the home's privacy.


Today, with its automated drip irrigation system and varied plantings, the Darcy property reflects current trends in local landscape re-design projects. Grasses are popular low-maintenance choices and the front yard features several varieties.  The parking strip is covered in waving, luxurious, Mexican Feather Grass, and Red Fountain Grass and Porcupine Grass were also selected for their attractive, low-maintenance properties. “In addition to being low-maintenance, the colorful New Zealand Tea Tree has another bonus - - its bright red blossoms attract birds and bees” said Mrs. Mason. Drought tolerant plantings selected include: California Poppies, Agaves, Elephant Food, Mexican Sage, Hidcote Lavender, and the Australian Leucadendron, “Safari Sunset”.  Creeping Fig blankets the privacy wall, and beautiful Pink Jasmine was selected for the front entrance gate.   Story by Lesley J. Masuda, photo by Joyce Reinertson.

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

Renewing Members

Edward Cassidy, Mimi Elder, Joanie Jones, Lesley Masuda and Lydia Swanson.

Support our Supporters

Thanks to generous discounts from West Covina Nurseries, San Marcos Growers, Crop Production Services, Channel City Lumber, and numerous other local merchants. Please mention to our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  You can find the list of our donor members at http://www.goletavalleybeautiful.org/Membership.asp  .   

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