April 2014 Newsletter

Goleta Valley Beautiful Celebrates 40th Annual Awards and Fundraising Benefit May 4th


The newly renovated La Patera Ranch Stow House gardens will be the venue for the 40th Annual Awards. The fundraising event features live music, great food, and a silent auction.  Former GVB Board members are also invited for a reunion.


Join us May 4th 3-5pm and celebrate 40 years of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  The benefit will be at the magnificent La Patera Stow House Gardens to honor Award winners and recognizing former board members over the past 40 years.  Enjoy an afternoon of live music, delicious food and a no-host bar, plus a Tree Walk highlighting some interesting characteristics of the diverse trees recently uncovered during the garden renovation.

              Our Silent Auction features many wonderful items donated by local businesses, including: Disneyland tickets; a one–night stay in a Bacara King Suite and dinner for two at Miro; an original watercolor by Cree Mann; Kayak or Stand-up Paddle board rentals from Channel Islands Outfitter; Garden items; Gift Certificates to local restaurants, and more.


              Former GVB Board members are encouraged to attend and be recognized.


              This fundraiser helps support Goleta Valley Beautiful tree planting, care, and educational programs.  The event is generously sponsored by Marborg Industries, Rabobank, Camino Real Marketplace, and the Rudi Schulte Family Foundation. You may register to attend the event at  or call GVB at 685-7910.


May 18, 2014 Heritage Tree and History Tour Features SB Olive Company Orchard Tour, National Champion Sycamore and more!  


          Join us for an exclusive bus and walking tour to explore some of the wonderful natural tree and historical treasures in our area.  We’ll be meeting at 12:00 noon at the Rancho La Patera Stow House Gardens for lunch and then board a Santa Barbara Airbus, our sponsors for the 13th consecutive year. 

           Each year we try to visit new sites, but we always welcome back our beloved and entertaining tour guide Professor Jerry Sortomme.   This year’s new site includes a visit to the Santa Barbara Olive Company orchard east of El Capitan with its 5,000 olive trees.  Additional sites to be posted on our website.

          Note: The tour includes frequent easy walking tours, so bring your walking shoes.  We only have one 50 passenger bus, so please sign up as soon as possible.  Call 685-7910 for reservations, tickets are $45, student tickets only $10, with proceeds to benefit both the Goleta Valley Historical Society and Goleta Valley Beautiful. 

           Reservations and advance payment will be available on the GVB website soon, in the meantime call 685-7910 for more information. We know that our friends in the Pearl Chase Society also have an event the same day, but this is the only day we can schedule this. 

Goleta Valley Beautiful California Arbor Week March 7-14 Celebrations Involve 11 Sites!

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                      Mayor Bennett at Winchester II                                               Wallis Honor Tree                                                                                                      


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                                Coal Oil Point                                                                                          Hollister                                                                                      

          Goleta Valley Beautiful celebrated California Arbor Week at eleven different school, restoration and City Park sites with more than 300 people participating in the planting of 28 trees.  During a noon time ceremony at Winchester 2 Open Space, Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett, presided over the planting of a 24” box Magnolia tree planted by Goleta Valley Beautiful and City staff.

          Additional California Arbor Week planting sites included a restoration tree planting at Coal Oil Point, a memorial tree planting at Armitos Park for the late Jonny Wallis, plantings at San Marcos and Santa Barbara High Schools, and Elementary school plantings at La Patera, El Camino, Brandon, Cleveland,  and Foothill Schools.  Since it was Pajama Day at Hollister, for the first time we had students planting a tree in their pajamas. 

     These events were sponsored by a grant from California ReLeaf with the assistance of the Goleta Union School District, the Work Investment Program, the UCSB Coastal Fund, UCSB Community Affairs Board, and Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor Members.  

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                       El Camino                                                                          San Marcos High                                                                Santa Barbara High


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                              Brandon                                                                 Cleveland Fun In the Sun                                                 


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                             Foothill                                                            La Patera

Volunteer Events-Check for April events and updates

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                                 Hollister Science Night                                                                    San Marcos High             

Tree Planting and Care – We spent most of our time in March celebrating  California Arbor Week, while continuing to work with the horticultural class at San Marcos High and with the Los Prietos Boys Camp.  Join us in April for tree planting in restoration areas and a final round of structural pruning.  We’ll help you learn how to care for trees according to the latest scientific procedures.

Roadside trash collection – Ron and Judy Nason were involved in a serious car accident while in New Zealand.  They are back home recuperating, but you can’t keep good people down.  Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area continues on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP.  

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

Ken Kruger, one of Goleta Valley Beautiful’s original founders, passes away at age 83  



Ken Kruger passed away peacefully at home among family on the afternoon of March 2, 2014. He was 83.  Forty years ago on June 19, 1974, Ken Kruger was one of seven founders of Goleta Valley Beautiful that signed the Articles of Incorporation. We thank him for his vision and civic mindedness in helping create Goleta Valley Beautiful and the many other community organizations in which he was involved.

40th Annual Award Event Sponsorship

It is not too late to donate a product or service for our silent auction, please call 685-7910.  Please show your support by attending the event and consider a sponsorship at one of the following levels:

·         Champion of the Good Land       $5,000

·         Guardian of the Good Land         $2,000

·         Steward of the Good Land          $1,000

·         Custodian of the Good Land       $   500

Free trees available to donor members

As part of our mission, we offer a free tree from our growing grounds to our donor members.  Please note that since the majority of our trees are large shade trees native to the south coast, they are not likely to be suitable for planting in narrow spaces such as street parkways.  However, these trees will make a great addition to locations with sufficient space for the roots.  We can give you advice on how to identify the right tree for the right place.  You can donate online at, and call us at 685-7910 for information about available tree species. 

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Trees for Vets Program Receives National Recognition

The Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) newsletter Treebune News March 10th edition carried an article about the recent GVB Trees for Vets program.  To read it in full, cut and paste the following link to your browser.

GVB openings for Board members – GVB has several opening for a one year term on the Board of Directors.  We have several graduating seniors, so there will be openings for student representatives on the Board of Directors as well.  We are also looking for tree advocates to provide testimony at public meetings (we will train you!)  Contact Board President, Phebe Mansur for more information at 685-2277.

Thanks to our sponsors including: Workforce Investment Program, Citrix Online, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Marborg, Rabobank, Rudy Schulte Family Foundation, Venoco, Michael Towbes, Edison, Home Depot Foundation, Beta Theta Pi, Coastal Fund, California ReLeaf, Alliance for Community Trees, Sares-Regis Group, Pacifica Suites, City of Goleta, UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), California Urban Forest Council, Goleta Union School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division,  and hundreds of GVB donor members. 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 our website at

Statistical information about previous tree care events including the amount/locations of trees and volunteers can now be found in the archives of the education section of our website.   

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