Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Roxanne Koopman, Marilyn August, Gus Letona, Sam Drake, Woody Collins, Ron
Horii, Guillermo Martinez, visiting Park Interpreter Kelsi Ju.
- No meeting in July. Next meeting August 4.
Interpreter Kelsi Ju came to talk about events at the Bernal Ranch. She
will have youth volunteer days for middle schoolers on Thursdays from
9-12. They will do cleanup and garden work around the ranch house.
Kelsi and trained volunteers will supervise. Kelsi met with Dr.
Jamal Splane, principal of Bernal Middle School to talk about piloting
it with Bernal students. The events will be 1-2 days per month after
school. It will be open to all middle schoolers, including
home-schooled kids. There will be 1 adult contact per school for
signups. Volunteer hours are accumulated by school. Signups are by
group. Students can drop in, but it requires an adult to sign the
waiver form and be present. Mike pointed out that Martin Murphy Middle
School is also nearby. Kelsi will contact them.
talked about her Raptor Route program for 5th graders. It will start in
the fall during raptor migration season. There's no fee. It will be in
English and Spanish. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory people will
be coming to the Saturday adult raptor programs.
has a program for K-1 called Pieces of the Past, starting in the fall.
It's about what human need to survive: food, fire, and water. It will
cover the Ohlone period, the 1800's-1900's, and agriculture.
are needed for the school program. They need to go through the docent
training classes, be fingerprinted, and have special training for the
classes. Mike signed up.
- The La Fuente (formerly Fandango)
event is on October 19 from 12-4. Planning meetings are starting.
September 19 will be the deadline for exhibitors to sign up. They want
presenters to interpret the period from 1850-1910. The folklorico
dancers will be coming. The National Parks Service will have displays
on the Anza National Trail. FOSTP will have a booth. The Muwekmas have
- Martial Cottle Maintenance will be handling maintenance for Santa Teresa Park.
Gormon of Park Maintenance is looking for help to water the trees in
the Pueblo Area weekly. This requires hauling a long garden hose around
up there. Greg may be able to do it.
- The chickens at the Bernal
Ranch have been cared for by 4H members, but they are busy. They are
looking for neighbors to adopt the chickens. They need to come weekly,
collect the egss, which they can keep, and water and feed the chickens.
4H will train them.
- Middleschoolers and interpretive hosts will
take care of the garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch. Volunteers are
needed for weeding.
- Carolyn Schimandle is the park program
coordinator for programs at the Bernal Ranch and Martial Cottle. She
approves programs there.
- Bernal School has a restorative justice program. Kids get service hours.
Boy Scouts looking to do an Eagle Scout project at the Bernal Ranch,
send them to Kelsi. She is at the ranch on Fridays and Saturdays. The
rest of the time, she's at the Casa Grande.
- There are 6
full-time park interpreters and 3 park program coordinators. Unlike
rangers and maintenance workers, interpreters are not eligible for
- Kelsi requested some events supplies for La
Fuente. She needs 2-4 Day of the Dead sugar skulls, which cost $5-$8
each. She also needs 1 Day of the Dead bread, which costs $24 and
decorative plastic flags. For Christmas decorations, she needs
artificial garlands and 1-2 wreaths. The wreaths cost $22. We approved
up to $400 for the requested expenses (if they are eligible expenses
under our Beautify San Jose Grant).
- There is a new ranger,
Christopher Shears. He is assigned to the Hellyer unit and is based at
Martial Cottle. He will be coming to our National Night Out.
Schaut is retiring as manager of the interpretive/outdoor rec.
department. There was a retirement party for her at Vasona on 5/23/19.
Beeny Sander, who is a senior management analyst and once managed the
volunteer program, will be acting manager of the department until a
permanent replacement can be found.
- There will be Fire Department training by the archery range at the end of July.
- For our November 7 meeting, Kitty will do a presentation on New Almaden. We need to put out flyers to advertise it.
May 31, there was a free concert at the Santa Teresa Golf Club's Upper
Banquet Facility (where we have our meetings). It was standing room
only. People brought their own chairs. Future concerts are on 6/21,
7/19, 8/16, and 9/20.
- National Night Out: Marilyn will donate
ice cream. She can't come to the event, but will get someone to help
out. Gus will be bringing his kids and can help with the booths. Kitty
will be at the New Almaden NNO. The Koopmans will be throwing their own
NNO. Sam and Elaine may be able to come. We need to see if Debi Porras
can help with the table games/crafts. Come around 3:00 to help setup.
Use the raffle tickets to get a head count. We don't need to ask for
sign-in's, except for requests for more information. Kim contacted
safety agencies. Gus has friends with freezers to store the ice cream.
Marilyn has ice chests. We need plastic table covers. The Koopman's
will deliver 2 pizzas to us (with warming bags) for the helpers, not
for the visitors. (We're not allowed to give unpackaged food to
visitors.) Mike will hand the pizzas out to volunteers.
will be getting a table runner and banner. The banner will be 7' X
24"-30". It can go in the back of a tent. The total will be <$100.
showed pictures (he couldn't show pictures at our May meeting in the
golf course's restaurant): spring wildflowers, Ron's photo class and
wildflower hike on 4/27, our Stile Ranch hike on 5/11, wear on the
signs on the Nature Trail, over-growth on the Ohlone and Nature trails,
origami event at the Bernal Ranch, Muriel Wright Center construction
(see next), Norred Trail fire recovery, Robin Schaut's retirement party.
is done at the Muriel Wright Center. In June, the contractor running
the center will be moving in. Patients will be moving in in July.
Bryan Lu is is leading hikes to Coyote Peak. We should help with one or
more of them: "Saturday June 29, Sunday July 21, Sunday August 4,
Sunday August 18, 2019, What's "Shaking" in Parks? 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM,
Santa Teresa's Pueblo Day Use Area.Trek to the highest peak in the park
to view fantastic vistas and explore local geology formations. Meet in
2nd parking lot (on left by yellow call box) with hiking shoes, layered
clothing and water. Questions? (408) 225-0225."