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New Leadership for Filoli – Welcome Kara Newport

“On behalf of the Filoli Center Governing Board, I am delighted to announce the hire of Kara Newport as our new Executive Director,” said Donna Colson, Filoli’s Governing Board President. “Kara is a visionary leader with over two decades of experience in the non–profit sector including most recently serving ten years as the Executive Director of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to her horticulture experience, Kara brings to us a significant development and member services background having worked at The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Zoo, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.”

I am so excited to welcome Kara, who is a lover of gardens.  I know she will enjoy this incredibly beautiful and magical garden, historic house and learning experience… that we call Filoli!  — the editor

filoli 3 “Kara presently serves, and will continue to serve, as Treasurer for the American Public Garden Association. She has chaired many of their important committees including Finance, Benchmarking, and National Conference Program Selection. She is a regular presenter and contributor to the organization focusing on key industry topics such as garden tourism, horticulture trends, event planning, and design,” said Colson.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as the new Executive Director of Filoli; it is truly a national treasure. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the talented team of staff, volunteers and Board members.” —Kara Newport

FilFiloli Rosesoli Mission Statement

Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.

Baker Beach in SF: Monthly Beach Cleanup

Join the  Surfrider Foundation and green team members from Wells Fargo, Autodesk and happy local San Francisco beach-lovers for a beach cleanup at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.  It’s a monthly event, take a look at their calendar. Baker Beach is near the Presidio, with awesome views of the Golden Gate bridge. Bring a group, carpool, have a great outing and do some good!

The next great event:

World Ocean Day – San Francisco Bay Area
Wed, June 8, 12am – Thu, June 9, 12am

This cleanup is a monthly event, schools come out, moms and kids, folks with dogs all hoist a bucket and walk the beach and dunes picking up trash, keep plastics from being consumed by sea animals and showing we all care about our ocean.

More about Autodesk: they have a great free museum!

More about  San Francisco Surfrider

The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation consists of over 1,200 members throughout the Bay Area. We are surfers, windsurfers, dog walkers, environmentalists, fishermen and more. Many members of Surfrider are organized into sub-committees; many are involved with other organizations; and many act on their own when they find the time.

Our chapter consists entirely of volunteers looking to make a difference. We are an organized group, and together with other non-profit, government and private organizations, we can and do effect change in our local area.

Learn more at Surfrider.org.

EARTH DAY – What Green Deed will YOU do?

Earth Day (April 22) inspires us to be better greener global citizens! Let’s conserve water and energy, let’s get healthier by walking, hiking and biking. Let’s plant some native drought tolerant trees and smile at whatever the weather brings.  We can buy quality, skip the junk, make things last rather than throw out. We can make GREEN style the best style. We could encourage our work groups to TELECOMMUTE, to have phone conversations instead of drive to appointments and jump on planes! We could learn to be incredible trainers and collaborators by using SKYPE… we could learn and lead together while not in the same office.

 We can love our earth.    gogreen lightbulb

We can volunteer to plant, cleanup, recycle, and donate money to the causes we love…. like the  National Parks Foundation in support of its 100th anniversary.    


Volunteer for Earth Day!

April 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Canopy’s Earth Day Tree Care Service Day – 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 Earth Day Tree Servicing in Palo Alto

This is a wonderful organization. It is a fun group activity too, you’ll look fondly at the trees you have planted for years to come!

April 23, 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM Earth Day Beach Clean-Up in San Mateo Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA, 94401

Beach Clean Up in San Mateo

Coastal Cleanup Days a water pollution prevention program

Earth Day at ReThink Waste in San Carlos  333 Shoreway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

Blue Star Moms

Blue Star Moms is an amazing group.

Blue Star Moms, Chapter 101 in Danville, CA  website

San Mateo, CA  Blue Star Moms website

There are local groups in many communities, just google “blue star moms”.  Their volunteer work is simple: pack boxes of snacks, magazines, books, toiletries and useful items for our troops. They need flashlights, flushable wipes, soap, body lotion, chapstick, etc. Local business donate items that are needed. Families donate, local folks donate. During the Holidays local school kids write letters and draw pictures. The boxes are a strong link to US to families, communities and a spirited reminder “We Remember them!”

These boxes are not full of fancy stuff, no toys, phones, electronics, bling…. they need the basics. The boxes are full of hugs too.

Wreaths Across America

Honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths. All across the country, organizations and individuals are laying wreaths on the gravesites of our fallen heroes. This will occur on December 12th. The wreaths are provided through donations.
Support us by purchasing a wreath and join us at the cemetery to lay them at the gravesites

When: Saturday, December 12th @ 9:00 am
Where: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno
1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno
Why: To honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve those who serve. We support our Veterans who are recovering from wars of today and yesterday and send a piece of home to as many troops as possible deployed in combat zones. Our care packages are filled with everything from clean socks to beef jerky! They ask for it and we send it!

Wunderlich Park and Huddart Park

You know you want to . .. . . join us!

These two amazing San Mateo county parks are beloved by one and all. There is so much to do, hike, events, gather for art shows, and other clubs. There is one group that goes all out to provide and watch over these parks, The Friends! The Friends has enriching and fun opportunities for volunteers. Some jobs are seasonal. All training is provided.

Carriage Museum Docent
One Saturday/month
10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Folger Stable School Group Docent
Wednesdays or Fridays 10 a.m.-noon

Huddart Park Nature Hike Docent
Tues. or Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

One meeting/month + committee work
650.851.2660 or e-mail

Board Member
Give us a call!

Give! Without giving a cent

The Friends is now on the lists of both AmazonSmile and eScrip, two companies that give to the organizations of your choice based on your purchases. So without spending an extra penny, you can help the Friends help our parks. Sign up via the company websites and help us sweep that free money off the table. And like us on Facebook for the most up-to-the minute news.


And they have a GREAT Newsletter. Sign up and find out more! 

News of the Mission Blue Butterfly

The endangered Mission Blue butterfly is a local treasure. It lives in only  a few spots in the San Francisco area and on San Bruno Mountain favoring  various “flavors” of lupine for its meals. This butterfly has been at the heart of a long controversy that has affected development and won the hearts of school children.  Here are a few stories of the beloved  Mission Blue Yahoo!!!

The friends of San Bruno Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch hold benefits and plant sales at a local nursery for the plants the Mission Blue depends on. And recently, the Wells Fargo team members volunteered to improve the local habitat for the butterfly.  Over one hundred volunteers went to Fort Baker and  learned about this special  butterfly, its local food sources and the overpowering weeds that threaten that habitat. It’s a great story.

Wells Fargo volunteers helped beautify the habitat of an endangered species

Telling your Company’s Story

Every company has a story:

  • How did the company start?
  • Who started it?
  • Where did it start? (a garage, an old warehouse, a stately bank building?)
  • Why does it have it’s name?
  • How many employees were there at the begining?
  • You’ll see how history helps shape the vision and values.

There are so many ways to tell the story, and ways to help your employees understand the timing, history and struggles that all work together to make “the company story”.   Take a look at this Wells Fargo website that tells the story of a particular building and the history that surrounds it:

Considered the oldest continuously operating bank building in the U.S., the neoclassical structure known locally as “16 Broad Street” was founded in 1817 by John C. Calhoun, the nation’s seventh vice president. Calhoun opened the bank as a branch of the Second Bank of the United States.

Knowing YOUR company and being engaged in their struggles and triumphs, helps us do better work and get involved in supporting our communities. We can make our work and community better with our great ideas, engagement, energy and volunteerism.

CNPS-SCV-NEWS: April / May Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

BTW – CNPS is the California Native Plants Society. It’s a great Bay Area group with loads of events, really nice people and a chance to learn more about the plants in our area.
Note from Toni:
Our chapter will be participating in a couple of Earth Day / Spring events later this month and next month, and we are looking for some volunteers to help staff our information tables. These events are great opportunities to get involved with our chapter, learn a little about native plants, and get involved with your local community. You do not need to have any previous experience, or knowledge of plants.  All you need is enthusiasm for native plants, and a desire to engage with the general public.   If you would like to help staff our table for any of these events, or if you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail.  tonig@flash.net
Toni Gregorio-Bunch
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 Thursday, April 17th – Mission College Eco-Fair, Santa Clara – 10:30 – 1:30
 Tuesday, April 22nd – San Jose State Earth Day, San Jose –  10:30 – 3:00
 Saturday, May 10th – Skyline Open Space Preserve Family Wing Ding Fest, 10 – 3

Eco SF: School Farm Volunteering

Green Thumbs and Important Causes
Get Active!  Try out a weekend work party with ECO SF, which means gardening, ground work, and anything green thumb.  Of course it’s all for an important cause.  ECO SF has a mission to cooperatively create communities that are ecologically, socially, and culturally in balance. By developing new communities together, they help education, inform, and strengthen our culture and community. Come out and participate with an important group! We can be working on
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-5:30 on school days
  • Every second Saturday of the month 12-4pm for the weekend work party
All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even those for moral support! They will provide some water and maybe a snack, as well as work gloves, but it’s a good idea to bring some of each on your own. After we are tired and finished we can grab a bite and relax after a rewarding day.
LOCATION:  Academy of Arts and Sciences and the School for the Arts which is at 555 Portola Ave., SF.
Enter the gate on O’Shaughnessy Blvd just before it crosses Portola. Close to the 36, 44, 48, and 52 Muni Bus lines. From the parking area at the top, proceed on foot to the right, down the hill towards the athletic field. Limited parking is available down by the loading dock, but please do not park on the grass. The farm is behind the east bleachers across the field.

Loaves and Fishes Garden needs Volunteers!

The Loaves and Fishes garden at Goodwill is in need of volunteers to help with planting, weeding and watering.
Chuck Habib, Dave Romeri and Larry Vollman have been hard at work for the past month getting the garden into its present state and more work needs to be done. Plants and seeds need planting and as the garden produces, weeds follow along, so we need weed hoeing and furrow maintenance. We will teach you how!

We work in the garden three or four weekday mornings, typically from 8am to 1pm. However, if you can work for as little as one hour, that would be fine. Saturday mornings we work from 8am to 1pm. Again, we need whatever time you can give us.

What to bring:
Bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen and water and come out and help us provide Loaves and Fishes with fresh produce! Expect to get dusty so wear appropriate clothing. Please give us a call and we can set up a time that works for you. If you can help, please contact one of the numbers listed below:

Chuck Habib (408) 313-7784
Dave Romeri (408) 593-4345
Larry Vollman (408) 904-8676

Please do not contact Kimberly the Loaves & Fishes volunteer coordinator regarding the Goodwill garden project. 
If you would like to donate to the garden we are also in need of:
* Twenty treated 8 ft tree poles constructed from fir wood and treated for ground contact use.
* Four dozen 2 ft fir garden stakes.
* Four hundred pole bean seeds.
* Two hundred red cabbage seeds.
* Two hundred kale seeds.
* Two hundred beet seeds.
* Two hundred carrot seeds.
* Two hundred radish seeds.
* Two hundred radicchio seeds.
* Two hundred swiss chard seeds.
* Two Meyer lemon trees.
* Two Valencia navel orange trees.
* Two Washington navel orange trees.
* Two heavy duty storage racks; includes 4 large 36″ W x 16″D steel shelves that holds up to 200 lbs. per shelf.
Thank you in advance, we look forward to working with you and growing the garden!
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
777 North First Street, Suite 420 | San Jose, CA 95112 US