Archive for August, 2011

San Jose cuts parks’ doggie bag budget

Have you seen the notice on the doggie bag stations in our parks yet?

According to a story in the Aug 24th edition of the San Jose Mercury News, the City of San Jose hopes to save $60,000 annually.  Now this story “San Jose cuts doggie poop bags from budget“.

Janine shows how it's done. Photo by Dick Stevens.

A new dispenser has been added in Jeffrey Fontana Park near the Jeffrey Fontana memorial where the old one was on a trial basis.  Users are encouraged to bring their recycled plastic bags from home to put in it for others to use.

The story in San Jose Mercury News says that the Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden have started their own dog bag program.  For a $80 donation, you will receive 2,000 bags (10 boxes of 200 bags).  You can go to their web site for more info:

MFPA Fundraiser at Amato’s Pizzeria brings in $200

We all made sure to eat at Amato’s Pizzeria on Wednesday, August 10th.  And, thanks to Amato’s Pizzeria,  Martin-Fontana Parks Association received 15% of the proceeds. 

Thank You Amato’s!

Gathering of the Green

Also a BIG Thank You to those who came to Amato’s to support us.

It was all Fun in the Sun at our 2nd annual Heart of the Park Celebration

What fun we had, celebrating our second annual “Heart of the Park Celebration”. 

James Reber

Community members enjoyed the afternoon in the shade while listening to several speakers that included City of San Jose Councilmember Nancy Pyle, and San Jose Parks Foundation Executive Director James Reber.

They visited the different information booths, and then waiting anxiously to see if their number had been drawn in our Donor Drawing, at Jeffrey Fontana Park on Sunday, August 7th.  The membership drive and fundraiser for our Martin-Fontana Parks Association drew nearly 100 participants, who celebrated our achievements made in preserving the existing trees and the planting of sixty new trees in our Jeffrey Fontana and T.J. Martin Parks with coffee and birthday cupcakes.

We had over thirty people renew their memberships, added ten more new members, and even had several people became $100 sponsors at the Crepe Myrtle level.

Donor Drawing Booth

Our Donor Drawing fundraiser, combined with membership donations, and sales of MFPA merchandise, brought in over $1800 during the two hour event.

Information tables were hosted by five nonprofit organizations that handed out information and talked with those interested about their organization’s work in  Almaden Valley.  We want to thank the Humane Society’s representative Bev Cannon, Audubon Society’s members Janna and Lee Pauser, Parks and Recreation’s Adopt-a-Park program representative, Mollie Tobias, and Our City Forest members, who provided information about free trees for the community along with bringing their mascot, Tree-Na.

The Almaden Valley Women’s Club was well represented and brought along information about their 35th Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival to be held on September the 18th.

We had several people sign up to help with our next planting project to be held in Fontana Park on October 22, 2011.  Our thanks to all the volunteers who are planning to come out and help us with these enhancement projects.   We also want to thank our Members and Sponsors for their help in achieving our goal of protecting and enhancing our two neighbor parks.

See what the Almaden Times Weekly had to say about the event: “Heart of the Park II saves trees, stimulates community spirit“.

……and we have a WINNER !

Here are some the winners of the Donor Drawings held during our Heart of the Parks Celebration on August the 7th.  We want to thank MFPA member, Valli Sharpe-Geisler (The lady in yellow), for being our official MC.

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Not only did these folks win but, their generous donations made our parks the big Winner!

A BIG Thank You to all our Neighborhood Merchant Donors

We want to give a big “Thank You” to all these generous local merchants who were so kind enough to donate prizes for our Donor Drawings.  Please click on their names below for more information about them & their locations:

Almaden Hair Illusion

Almaden Pet Salon

Almaden Roasting Company

Almaden Valley Athletic Club

Almaden Valley Nursery

Amato’s Pizzeria

Bed, Bath, & Beyond


Branham Round Table

Burger Pit

C’est Si Bon Bakery

Charlie’s Cheesecake

Cup & Saucer Restaurant


Dale’s Shirt Wheel

Hair Affair

La Playita Restaurant

Larry’s Hallmark

Legend’s Pizza

My Le Nails

Peet’s Coffee

Swirls Yogurt Shop

The Little Gym