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ARPF July 2018


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July 2018
Clean Up Saturday, July 14 | 7:30am-2:20pm | RSVP*
River Float Clean-Up | Sunrise to River Bend
*Volunteers must bring own water vessel
Event Friday & Saturday, July 20-21 | Volunteer
Eppie's Great Race @ River Bend Park
Invasive Plant Removal Saturday, July 28 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Arden Bar Islands Invasive Plant Removal @ William B. Pond Park
Clean Up Saturday, August 4 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
River Clean Up @ Tiscornia Beach
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Clean Up Clean Up Event Special Event

ARPF Office Closures
Our office will be closed for the 4th of July holiday on Wednesday, July 4th & Thursday, 5th.

ARPF Achievements
National Trails Day
Pictured: (Above) Volunteers celebrated National Trails Day on June 2 with us by clearing the equestrian/hiking trail along Mile 7 of the American River Parkway. (Below) Volunteers removed stinkwort and arundo for California Invasive Species Action Week.

Our volunteers worked hard during the month of June! 195 volunteers spent more than 625 hours on the American River Parkway removing trash and 31,184 invasive plants, including red sesbania, broom, stinkwort, and 3 arundo populations.

Volunteers also braved the heat to help with our 4th annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction on June 23rd!

Throughout the month, groups joined us from Blue Shield, Crowe, The Mission Continues, The National Charities League, and Trainor Fairbrook. Thank you, volunteers!

ARPF Champion
Brendan Cabe

Brendan Cabe

Meet ARPF intern Brendan Cabe! Brendan joined our intern crew in October of 2017, and has put in more than 160 hours in just 9 months. Brendan assists in leading volunteer groups and spends time on the Parkway working on trail maintenance, invasive plant removal and more.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I was born and raised in Sacramento, and after leaving for a few years to live in Santa Barbara I returned to finish a degree in geography at Sac State. I loved growing up here and a big part of that was, of course, the American River. I spent many of my formative years (aren’t they all?) rafting and biking and trekking with friends along the Parkway. I’ve always had a great appreciation for the natural world, and I try to constantly learn more about what’s around me, but I keep it fun. When friends and I go down the river we like to have an ice cold beverage, look at the stratigraphy and wildlife, and have some laughs watching folks get wild during the summer months.

What ARPF volunteer activities/programs do you support?
I’ve mostly been working on or learning about invasive plant management, trail maintenance, burn site restoration, oak woodland restoration, and the native plant garden.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
The Parkway is our 4,800-acre communal backyard. It’s frequently what comes to mind when I think of growing up here, and it continues to be something my life revolves around. I went to Rio Americano High School, and now my current school is next to the American, too, and to top it off I put most of my leisure time into the Parkway. I think that speaks for itself. The immense value of the Parkway as both a resource and a part of who I am is undeniable.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
I had just moved back here and was looking for something productive to fill my free time, and when I discovered ARPF as an option it just made sense. I keep coming back because I want to give back to the Parkway, after it has offered me so much, for so long.  I also find myself inspired by the good folks who I meet through the Parkway.  Even when I see a patch of invasive Red Sesbania growing out of control, I also know there are people out there who will rip it out with a smile. It’s also just nice to be outside enjoying a beautiful area and get some work done also.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Working with ARPF has been a blast, and very enlightening as well. There’s so much I didn’t know, and took for granted, about how the Parkway is managed and how I can help. I actively encourage everyone to volunteer; it’s a worthy cause, and generally a lot of fun!

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
I saw a bald eagle twice in a week! That was very exciting, considering they don’t often fly downstream so far, and I didn’t know they were in this area at all. All my time working with ARPF has been positive, but I have the best time when I’m out working with a big group and get to witness other people getting excited about the Parkway.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Please enjoy responsibly.

Call to Community
Save with Parks Pass
Parks Pass There's no better way to enjoy the summer than with a Sacramento County Regional Parks Pass! For only $50 a year, the pass provides access to 13 parks along the American River Parkway, along with 7 other regional parks.

Plus, skip the holiday price increase for parks day-use fees by using your annual pass on 4th of July! Click "Buy Now" below to order your pass online*, or visit one of our 26 vendors in the Sacramento region (map).

*Please allow 5-7 business days for shipping of passes ordered online.
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Life Vest

Water Safety
Remember your life vest as you enjoy our region's waterways this summer! If you need a vest, Sacramento County Regional Parks has you covered with borrowing stations for kids and adults along the American River Parkway.
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ARPF Events
Summer Solstice
Tia Gemell - Solstice
Event photos by Tia Gemmell // Riverview Media Photography
Thanks to our generous sponsors and 256 guests, $113,000 was raised for the American River Parkway at our 4th Annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction! Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening on the American River Parkway hosted by Rob Stewart of KVIE's Rob on the Road and Kellie DeMarco, KCRA 3 Anchor, with live music by the Rod Stinson Band and a gourmet farm-to-fork meal by Chef Robb Venditti of Rossi Catering.

Of course, we could not have pulled off this event without the help of 71 volunteers who dedicated 248 hours in the summer heat to setting up, bartending, serving dinner, assisting with the auction, and tearing down. Thank you, volunteers!

Net proceeds will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation's ongoing restoration and volunteer programs, with a portion specially dedicated to building permanent restrooms at the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site in River Bend Park. Restrooms will enable school groups and others to participate in overnight activities.

Thank You, Sponsors!
Arraycon Teichert AT&T
Delfino Madden Golden 1 Kaiser
PG&E Platinum Advisors Propp Christensen Caniglia
Taylor & Wiley Riverview Media Photography Illuminate Production Services
  Sacramento Theatrical Lighting  
Astro-Cooler Products | Balestreri Realtor Group | BNI Central Valley | Burger Rehabilitation Systems, Inc. | Cunningham Engineering | Eason & Tambornini | Five Star Bank | Jonathan Deeringer | Law Offices of Deon R. Stein | Leo Winternitz & Keith Coolidge | Outback Solutions | Patty & Paul Selsky | SAFE Credit Union | SMUD | State Street Corporation | Scott & Carmah Wolcott | Wells Fargo | West Sacramento Land Company
Eppie's Great Race
Eppie's Finish Line
Be part of a longtime Sacramento tradition and volunteer or participate in Eppie's Great Race on Saturday, July 21st! The race will celebrate it's 45th and final year on the American River Parkway.

The event is presented by the Eppie’s Wellness Foundation, (formerly Eppie’s Great Race Foundation), and its designated beneficiary is Therapeutic Recreation Services, a Sacramento County program for people of all ages with special needs and developmental disabilities.

Click the button below to learn more about how you can join the fun!

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Great American River Cleanup

Clean Up

Mark your calendar! The Great American River Cleanup is just around the corner on Saturday, September 15th.

Stay tuned for registration and cleanup site announcements via our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Partner Highlight
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American River Raft Rentals Capital Hop Shop Cap Tap
Colleen Watters Kinetic Cycles Refill Madness
River Rat Rubio's Sportsman's Warehouse
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