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May 2011

Click here www.goletavalleybeautiful.org to see this newsletter on the web and to reserve online for the May 1st 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards


·        Reserve your place at the 37th Annual GVB Awards Event May 1st                         

·         Citrix

·    Sign Up for May 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

·    Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·         Reserve now for May 22nd 10th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Garden Tour

·    April Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

Reserve Your Place at the 37th Annual GVB Awards Event May 1st

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The 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards.   The Awards event will occur Sunday May 1st from Noon to 2:30 at the Rancho La Patera and Stow House Gardens.  The Event will feature an on site Santa Maria style tri-tip and chicken barbeque lunch catered by Country Meat Market and a Silent Auction including a wide assortment of local merchant offerings as well as unique gift baskets.  The Bren Grass Band will provide entertainment  You can still reserve a seat online for only $25 at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.     For more information, call 685-7910.

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2011 Awardees

Residential – 5344 Paseo Rio

Multi-Family – 6626 Picasso Rd , Coronado Apartments

Sustainable – 944 N. Patterson

Community Pride – SunGate Ranch Homeowners Association, Old San Marcos Road

Educational/Institutional – Pollock Theater , UCSB

Commercial – 6550 Hollister Avenue , Cottage Health System Business Services

Restoration – 600 Pine Avenue , ATK Space Systems and The Towbes Group

Public Space – 7300 Mirano Drive , Bella Vista Park

Historical Preservation – 300 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta Depot

Orchard  – Rancho Del Ciervo, N. Patterson

Heritage Tree – Shamal Ash, San Jose Creek

Community Volunteer Group  - Beautify Dos Pueblos, Kim Howard and Bill Parker, co-chairs

Evergreen Volunteer – Jennifer Berry

Golden Shovel Award –Tami Mason

Community Partners- Kitson Landscape management, Inc., Camino Real Marketplace, Marborg

Philanthropist of the Year – Michael Towbes


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Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan to be discussed at the May 3, 2011 City Council Meeting

The Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan will be discussed at the afternoon session of the Goleta City Council beginning at 1:30 pm on May 3, 2011. We encourage all interested Goleta residents to monitor the City of Goleta website and download information about this item. This is an opportunity to appear before the City Council and show your support for urban forest issues in the city. For further information check the City of Goleta website at http://www.cityofgoleta.org/ and check under government meetings.


Citrix Online provides free 3-month GoToMeeting.com trial offers to GVB members and newsletter readers


During May only, Citrix Online is offering a free 3-month trial membership of one of its most popular products, GoToMeeting.com. GoToMeeting.com is a website that allows you to collaborate online with small groups, providing easy web conferencing and online meeting tools. Citrix Online wants to help fund a new program with Goleta Valley Beautiful to plant fruit trees. If you want to help drive our campaign to fund fruit tree plantings, please sign up for a free trial of GoToMeeting here: http://www.gotomeeting.com.  You can click Try It Free and sign up with the promo code earth day. If there is a huge response, we’ll have the ability to fund more trees.

Thanks to Citrix volunteers for helping on April 19, 2011 to maintain the Hollister 2 plantings.


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Sign Up for May 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

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 685-7910, 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.

Sun, May 1, 12:00-2:30 PM –Stow House Gardens–Annual Awards event-Meet at the Stow House Gardens, located at 304 North Los Carneros Road in Goleta

Fri, May 5, 8 AM-4 PM –Maintenance and irrigation of 140 trees planted last year along Cathedral Oaks Road, Hollister Avenue, and other locations within the City of Goleta

Sat, May 7, 9-12 – City Tree Care – Meet at the Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, May 7, 1-4 – County Tree Care – Meet at the Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, May 14, 9-12 –Tree Planting at San Marcos High School. Meet at the Hollister side of the school, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue in Goleta.

Sat, May 14, 1-4 – UCSB Tree Care—Meet at UCSB Parking Lot 37 located off of Mesa Road in Goleta

Sat, May 21, 9-12 – Dos Pueblos High School Tree Planting Meet at the Distinguished School Sign in the Parking Lot. Dos Pueblos is located at 7266 Alameda Avenue.

Sat, May 21, 1-4 – Hollister 2 Tree Care -- Meet at Hollister and Palo Alto

Sat May 28th – No projects- Memorial Day Weekend.


Science Night Presentations


Thurs, May 5, – Brandon Elementary School Science Night-  

Thurs, May 12, -- Washington Elementary School Science Night

Thurs, May 19, 9-12 – Isla Vista Elementary School Science Night located at  6875 El Colegio Road in Isla Vista


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.     


Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

-  March Monthly Award Additional Recognition: The March Goleta Valley Beautiful Monthly Award to the residents at 636 Andy Lane neglected to include a credit to Will Silver for the installation of the landscaping and hardscape. He also made contributions to design elements. Will Silver is head of Silver Services and you can reach him at 705-4144.

- Get Well Soon George: Our volunteer trainer George Jimenez recently underwent knee surgery. He’ll be out for three-four months. We’ll miss you George and look forward to you coming back in your superman form again.

-       California Urban Forest Council Announces Free 2011 Membership – Goleta Valley Beautiful members also receive free 2011 membership in the California Urban Forest Council.  The California Urban Forest Council is the nation’s oldest urban forest council, sustaining and expanding California’s urban forests to make our communities healthier and stronger.  Check out their website at www.caufc.org


- Free Street Trees - Preaching to the Choir – We keep telling you about our free street program supported by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  But it’s like preaching to the choir.  We need you to tell your neighbors.  Just about every time we plant a tree in a neighborhood, a neighbor comes strolling by and says “Hey, can I get in on that?”  Please save us some time and talk to your neighbor today.    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 for trees to be installed in May.  

- 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.  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


Reserve now for May 22nd 10th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Garden Tour

Goleta Valley Beautiful once again teams up with the Goleta Valley Historical Society to present a tour of the great treasures of Goleta Valley.  This year we’ll be visiting some new sites, including Edgar Stow’s Lab on La Patera Ranch, and in depth look at planned improvements to the Stow House Gardens, a tour of the History Education Center, and newly discovered  Heritage Trees and Trees of significance uncovered by GVB’s Heritage Tree Project.  SBCC Professor Emeritus Jerry Sortomme  will return as our popular guide and bring his fascinating storehouse of horticultural knowledge. 

We salute Santa Barbara Airbus for their tenth year of sponsoring this tour.  For more tour information, call 685-7910.  A limited number of reserved seats are available online at www.goletavalleybeautiful.com.

April Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

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

Apr 2, Sat AM           7625 Dartmoor Ave                                                                                      2                                                                                              35                    25.25

Apr 2, Sat AM           6216 Cumberland Dr                                                                                    2                                                                                              35                    25.25

Apr 2, Sat AM           5580 Berkeley Rd                                                                                          2                                                                                              35                    25.25

Apr 2, Sat AM           7067 Armstrong Rd                                                                                      3                                                                                              35                    25.25

Apr 2, Sat PM           UCSB Tree Care                                                                                                                                                                   40                    20                    60

Apr 9, Sat AM           San Marcos                                                                                                    4                                                                                                7                    29

Apr 16, Sat AM         Earth Day Booth                                                                                                                                                                                             3                    10

Apr 16, Sat AM         Dos Pueblos High                                                                                                                                                                                          44                    125.5

Apr 16, Sat PM         Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                    22                    68

Apr 17, Sun AM        Earth Day Booth                                                                                                                                                                                             3                    10

Apr 22, Fri AM         Citrix Earth Day                                                                                                                                                                                             5                    7.5

Apr 23, Sat AM         Habitat for Humanity, 7512 Padova                                                           12                                                                                            14                    46

Apr 23, Sat PM         Hollister 1 Tree Care                                                                                                                                                                                      3                    13

Totals for April                                                                                                                                 25                                                                    40                    261                 470

The Cambridge Church trash collection crew collected  3 bags of trash with 7 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 36.5 bags and 74 hours.

-Volunteer groups participating in March tree care included:   Dos Pueblos Leadership, UCSB Circle K, Los Prietos Boys Academy, Dos Pueblos students, parents and staff, UCSB Mu Delta, San Marcos high students, Hermanas Unidas, UCSB Honors Program, Envision, Santa Barbara City College, UCSB Global Medical Brigades, Citrix Online, 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, City of Goleta, Beautify Dos Pueblos,  Santa Barbara Secondary Schools, Cal Fire, San Marcos High, West Covina Nurseries, Dos Pueblos High, Towbes Foundation, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, and Citrix Online.

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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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