Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

SCCAOR* AT WORK IN OUR PARK

On Sat, July 10th., sixteen volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors* came out in the 90°+ heat to refresh the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden.  We were joined by Johnny Khamis, the past City Council member and now the Public Relations Consultant for SCCAOR, and a couple of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services staffers, Eddie and Lalo. All worked diligently to pull weeds, cut prune tree suckers, gently deadhead the roses, and feed each rose bush in the block long garden.

The work party was organized by the Martin-Fontana Parks Association working with San Jose’s Adopt-a-Park volunteer unit and PRNS maintenance workers from our District One Maintenance Dept.  Funding from MFPA member donations provided the rose feed, and 30 bags of mulch that were spread to preserve the sprinkler water during the summer.  Thanks to Johnny Khamis and PRNS staffers Eddie and Lalo who provided extra help and support.

Thanks also to MFPA member Dave Gonzalez (wearing the white shirt) who signed in the volunteers and provided energy snacks! And thanks to our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp for all the photos.

Watering Day at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Thanks to the folks who came out to help water the oak saplings and to our own Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Supervisor Jesse, his son, and Boy Scout Troop 250 for paving the way to smooth trails ahead.

Memorial Rose Garden Clean Up

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) thanks all of you in the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Adopt-a-Park Program for your help in establishing the recent work day in the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden.

Thanks to the Adopt-a-Park for providing all the tools

This year, 2021, marks the seventh year since the realtors in SCCAOR adopted the rose garden, donated funds to help keep it up, and have recruited volunteers to work each spring and winter to keep Jeffrey’s garden a delight for all park visitors.  Saturday, Feb. 6 continued this tradition, with 30 realtors and adopt-a-park volunteers spreading throughout the garden to pull weeds, remove ground cover choking out some rose bushes, and cutting out the prune tree suckers that spring up every year.  

Abiding by COVID restrictions, the masked volunteers worked in the warm February sunshine to get the garden ready for spring and the new rose growth to come.    Lots of mulch was spread to prevent weed growth, and plans for a June work day were set in motion. The rose bushes provided an abundance of thorns to keep everyone on their toes as they worked through the garden.

The event was set up and organized by Elisabeth Krienke of PRNS and Anna Lopez with the Realtor Group. Don Jessup and Neil Collins provided leadership for the realtors’ efforts, and Jose Ruiz from PRNS pitched in with much needed manpower to head up the green waste collection and clean up.

*Special thanks to Wayne Opp, our MFPA photographer, who captured the spirit of the day with his photos.

It was a Beautiful Day October 17-18

Volunteers from #beautifulday spent the day cleaning and beautifying the park ranger station at Almaden lake and Almaden Expressway

and updating and improving the Learning Center at the City of San Jose Corporation Yard.

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers from #westgatechurch #beautifulday.

To view all their projects, visit https://beautifulday.org and click on 2020 Projects. 

WALK FOR THE TREES

On November 7th, 2020 from 9AM – 8PM, Our City Forest will be hosting the Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon, a social distancing event!

Let us all walk for the trees and appreciate what the trees provide for us by enjoying the trees outside! Biking is welcomed and any other form of activity as long as you and any other friends and family you bring are outside for the trees!

Participants in our Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon are encouraged to send photos with trees and post them on social media using #walkfortrees or #bikefortrees.

Anyone who participates is welcome to contribute any amount of money for Our City Forest’s mission of creating a greener and healthier space throughout Silicon Valley!

We will also be holding a raffle during this event for participants!

How it works to participate in our raffle for a succulent garden prize:

1. Fill in our participation form below
2. Donate $25+ for our Breathe Easy! T-shirt (donate once participation form has been completed)
3. Take a selfie with any tree from your walk anywhere and post it on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter using the hashtag #walkfortrees or #bikefortrees and tag Our City Forest

On November 13th, we will announce the winner of our succulent garden prize through our social media and contact the winner!

To sign up for our event now, please fill out our participation form listed below:
Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon Participation Form

2010 – The Community Calls

Patrick Pizzo Memorial Donation

Beautiful Day Project Nov 2010

We will be having a Memorial for Patrick Pizzo at this year’s Heart of the Park Celebration on the 23rd of May.  For those wishing to donate in memory of Patrick, please make your check out to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and send to this address:

Martin-Fontana Parks Association
6081 Meridian Ave, Suite 70 #246,
San Jose, CA  95120

Please indicate that your donation is for Patrick’s memorial.

You may also select the “Make A Donation” button     located on the upper right side of our Home page and make your donation there.  It will connect you to PayPal where you can donate through PayPal or donate with a Debit or Credit Card.  Please make sure to click on the “Add special instructions to MFPA” and indicate your donation is for Patrick’s memorial.

*There will be more details on the memorial to follow.  We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association honored by the Almaden Valley Community Association

Dedicated volunteer groups of Almaden Valley were recently recognized at a Almaden Valley Community Association (AVCA) meeting held on Nov. 11th.  MFPA President, Linda Wilson, was one of those providing a presentation about our association along with displays showing different past projects completed within our two parks.  All the Members of the MFPA Board were awarded Certificates of Appreciation.

For the rest of the story please visit the Nov 12th edition of the  Almaden Times

 

A Soggy Day in May

A hearty round of applause and a big thanks to all the volunteers who braved the drizzle and rain to put on our ninth

Heart of the Park Celebration!

 

Thanks to the morning set up crew of:  Robert Braunstein, Theresa Wellman, Dennis Abad, Rich Grialou, Kent Wilson, Chris Chen, Tami Demayo, Paul Dornell, Michelle, Dan and Grace Judd, Brandon Koehne, Sunny Wagstaff, Rosy Bowring, Stacey and Mike Winters, Patrick Pizzo, Kelly Shepherd, and Wayne and Linda Opp.

They set up the 21 canopies while waiting in the rain for the delivery of 21 tables and 130 chairs.

Linda Opp, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Jean LaMarca, and Tami Demayo

Thank you to Linda Opp, Jean LaMarca, and Tami Demayo, who signed in new memberships at the Membership Booth.

The MFPA raffle items collected by our board members were labeled, arranged and readied for the raffle by Michelle Judd, Christine Noordam, Praneetha Vukkadala, Kathy Mulholland, Pat Burrow, and Rosy Bowing, with Kari Wilson once again announcing the winning draws.

The ever-popular “Strut Your Mutt” dogs paraded in the rain with a small but enthusiastic crowd, under the management of Stacey Winters, Dick and Joy Stevens, and the help of Sophia Snyder and Vince Piazzisi registering the playful pups.  Councilmember Khamis let the judging team and prizes were awarded the winners.

 

Kathy Krenn and her daughter Hannah, braved the rain to take care of the refreshment booth, while free ice cream was given away at SJPD’s Operation Frozen Treats Patrol ice cream truck during the afternoon.

Starting the day off, for the second year in a row, Lisa Myers of Los Gatos Bird Watchers, led another successful birding tour of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park with 15 intrepid bird watchers. 

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Our photographer for the event was Wayne Opp, who captured the activities on film and preserved the rainy memories!  Also providing photos were Johnny Khamis and Dave Poeschel.

“Pruning Party” this Saturday

Theresa Allen & Dave Walsh plug in the roses.

 

The Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden is having a “Pruning Party” this Saturday, January 26 at the corner of McAbee and Golden Oak Way.  


Join your park neighbors for Registration at 8:45, and Pruning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (or noon).
 
Try your hand at pruning roses, instruction provided for beginners, as we ready Officer Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden for the spring awakening!
 
All tools, gloves, coffee, water, donuts are provided.  Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants to keep the thorns at bay.
 
Sponsored by  the San Jose Parks Dept. Adopt-a-Park program and the
Martin-Fontana Parks Association.