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ARPF May 2018 Newsletter


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May 2018
Event Thursday, May 3 | Big Day of Giving
Schedule a donation to the ARPF: click here!
Clean Up Saturday, May 5 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
River Clean Up @ Discovery Park
Work Day Thursday, May 17 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF Office
Event Friday, May 18 | 7-9am | Bike to Work Day
May is Bike Month Energizer Station
@ William B. Pond Park
Event Friday, May 18 | 3pm-11pm | Bike to Work Day
New Belgium + Der Biergarten Fundraiser for ARPF
Event Sunday, May 20 | Register | Volunteer
Ride the Parkway @ William B. Pond Park
Work Day Saturday, June 2 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
National Trails Day @ Guy West Bridge
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Clean Up Clean Up Event Special Event

ARPF Achievements
GWC Students
Pictured: George Washington Carver students helped with our annual oak grove count & removed cages from mature trees.
Thank you to more than 220 volunteers for joining us in April! They put in 920 hours removing over 260 pounds of trash and 1,819 invasive French and Spanish broom plants along the American River Parkway.

Groups joined us from AmeriCorps, Blue Shield, Core Power Yoga, George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science, State Fund, Visions in Education, and Jackson Family Wines!

April 2018

New Staff Highlight
We're excited to introduce a new member of our staff, volunteer coordinator Alice Lopes! Alice is a Sacramento native and former intern with the Parkway Foundation.

Meet her at one of our future volunteer events (calendar) or send her an email to say hello!

Read on for a brief bio and greeting from Alice.

Alice Lopes
Hello! My name is Alice Lopes and I am the new Volunteer Coordinator at the American River Parkway Foundation. I recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management. I am a former intern with the Foundation who spent time pulling invasive plants, leading clean up events, and learning about the parkway from Ashley.

Before my time as an intern I was an AmeriCorps NCCC member stationed in Mississippi, where I worked with an 8-member team for different organizations like Nature Conservancy, Audubon, and state agencies. I am a Sacramento resident who grew up using the parkway and I understand its importance to the community and the environment. I look forward to meeting with each of you and am excited to start working with the Foundation!

New Board Highlight
Dustin Luton

We're pleased to welcome Dustin Luton; Executive Vice President, Finance, Risk & Administration with Golden 1 Credit Union; to our Board of Directors!

Dustin is an outdoor enthusiast and all-around adventurer who enjoys nature of all kinds. He moved to Sacramento three years ago and had the pleasure of living very close to the American River Parkway for many months. During this period, he fell in love with the American River and all that it provides.

Being an avid cyclist and fly fisherman, the he was right at home on the river and its surroundings. He continues to spend many hours on the river fishing for the variety of species within the river. Dustin joined the ARPF as a way to give back to the river for the many of hours of enjoyment the river has given him over the past few years.

ARPF Champion
AmeriCorps Gold 52
AmeriCorps Gold 52

Thanks to AmeriCorps NCCC Team Gold 52 for spending a week in April on the American River Parkway with us! You may have spotted this crew of 10 out clearing the equestrian/hiking trail, working at our Campfire Outdoor Ed Site and in our Native Plant Garden, and weeding at restoration sites. Throughout their time with us, Gold 52 spent 360 hours volunteering on the Parkway! Read on for a highlight from Team Leader, Amber Parker.

Tell us briefly about yourself and AmeriCorps.
I was born and raised in Uniontown, Alabama and moved to Ohio in 2016. In October of 2017, I joined AmeriCorps as a Corps Member, and now am a field team leader for a team of 9. For our first project we worked alongside the American River Parkway Foundation. We are now serving our last three months in Fort Bragg, CA working with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
My volunteer experience has been successful thus far. I have learned how to use several different tools and gained useful knowledge on how to lead volunteer groups of all ages, races, and backgrounds. I would definitely recommend and encourage anyone to volunteer with the American River Parkway Foundation to gain knowledge about the outdoors and learn important common skills.

What surprised you about working on the American River Parkway?
I was surprised to know how long the river was, how long the organization has been around, and that you can’t cut down certain plants along the trail.

Do you have a favorite memory or experience from the week?
The very last day of volunteering, Ashley (ARPF Program Manager) asked me to lead the volunteer work day in the Native Plant Garden. I was honored and remember thinking, “Wow, this is a great opportunity!"

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Working alongside the Parkway Foundation has been an amazing volunteer experience for both my team and myself. We have learned so much about nature and gardening. Given the opportunity, I would volunteer again on the American River Parkway.

Whole Foods 5% Day
Whole Foods 5% Day

Thank you to everyone who shopped at Whole Foods Market in Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville on Thursday, April 19th! Because of our community's amazing support, $12,525.15 was raised for the American River Parkway.

The money raised from our partnership with Whole Foods will benefit trash removal and youth education on the Parkway through our Campfire Outdoor Educational Site and River Clean Up Program.

May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month
It’s time to dust off your bikes, pump up your tires and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping, recreation or training this May during the Sacramento region’s 14th Annual May is Bike Month Campaign.
Register to log your miles, challenge your friends, and win cool prizes!

ARPF Events
Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day

Two great ways to celebrate National Bike to Work Day with us on Friday, May 18th! First, fuel up on your way to work at our William B. Pond Park energizer station from 7-9am and grab some May is Bike Month swag!

After work, take a detour over to Der Biergarten in Midtown (map) from 3pm - 11pm for Sacramento Beer Week's National Bike to Work Day celebration.

Enjoy a New Belgium beer and a pretzel for $8.25 all day, with $2.00 of every sale benefiting the American River Parkway Foundation! New Belgium Brewing will be at Der Biergarten for part of the evening, handing out glassware and fun swag to any and all.

Der Biergarten + New Belgium

Ride the Parkway
Sunday, May 20

Ride the Parkway is less than one month away! Don't miss out on our 15th anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 20th at William B. Pond Park to support the American River Parkway.

Whether you're an avid cyclist, or just learning to pedal, Ride the Parkway has something for you. Choose from 3 routes on the bike trail and then relax at our post-ride party with a BBQ lunch, beer, cider, music and friends.

Registration includes your ride, t-shirt, BBQ lunch, beverages and a raffle ticket. Click the button to register online, or click here for a mail-in form.

Hub International Hanson McClain Advisors R3 Consulting Group
Retinal Consultants Sacramento Wheelmen Click here for our full list of sponsors!
Volunteers Needed!
We still need volunteers for setup (trucks needed!), the Hazel Ave aid station (groups only), and tear down. Click the button below to email us for more info. All volunteers receive an event t-shirt, so be sure to include your shirt size (men's/women's, sizes S-XXL).
Sign Up
Ride the Parkway Jerseys
Rep the American River Parkway year-round! We have cycling jerseys available online through Voler in:
  • Men’s and women’s short-sleeved club fit, sizes XS – 3XL, 3/4 length hidden zipper
  • Men’s and women’s short-sleeved race fit, sizes XS – 2XL, full length hidden zipper
Ride the Parkway Jerseys
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Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
A limited number of tickets are still available for the 4th annual Summer Solstice Dinner and Auction on Saturday, June 23rd from 6-9pm at William B. Pond Park! Come dressed in white for a beautiful evening on the American River Parkway to support our region's greatest recreational civic amenity.
  • Hosted by Rob Stewart of KVIE's Rob on the Road and KCRA3 Anchor Kellie DeMarco
  • Gourmet meal by Rossi Catering
  • Social hour with beer, wine and a silent auction
  • Live music by the Rod Stewart Band
  • Live auction with Auctioneer Keith McLane

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Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation's 24-hour giving challenge, is almost here! We would greatly appreciate your support on Thursday, May 3rd to continue and expand our environmental stewardship, outdoor educational, and volunteer efforts on the Parkway.

New this year, schedule your donation before the Big Day of Giving! Click the "Donate" button below to view our profile. Once on the site, click "Donate Now" (top right on a web browser or below the ARPF logo on a mobile phone) to schedule your gift.


Partner Highlight
Kinetic Cycles Gear up for May is Bike Month with our partner, Kinetic Cycles! The shop is a quick detour from the American River Parkway in the Arden Town Center at the intersection of Watt & Fair Oaks. Whether you're a first time rider or a daily pedaler, Kinetic is there to fill all your cycling needs!
American River Raft Rentals Colleen Watters Fleet Feet
Visit Rancho Sportsman's Warehouse Refill Madness
River Rat Rubio's University Auto
  Capital Hop Shop  

To find out how the Parkway Partners Program
can benefit your business, click here!

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