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Let's G.O.! Campaign
We are excited to announce Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) San Joaquin Valley, a joint effort with Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Let's G.O.! is a local campaign that is part of a national movement to increase participation in outdoor recreation. Throughout the month of April, the Trust and SFC will have a variety of program activities designed to get you outside and active. In February we'll share a special webpage where you'll be able to read about and sign up for hikes, classes, volunteer opportunities and more with each organization. 

Save the Date and Save Your Gear
April 12, 2015 
One of the highlight events of the Let's G.O.! Campaign is the 2nd Gear Sale at River Center. Join us to shop for great deals on gently used sporting and outdoors equipment. Have some gear you'd like to find a good home for? We'd greatly appreciate your donation and we'll have three weekends prior to the sale for you to drop off your gear donation. For more information contact Sarah Parkes, sparkes@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107. 
Do Something GOOD
Want to do something GOOD for the environment? Become a Parkway
Trust Monthly Member. Your small monthly contribution can play a big role in protecting land and the San Joaquin River. Monthly giving is an easy and efficient way to support the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. You save us time, paper, and postage, and that means your gift has more impact on the places you love. It's easy to get started. Click here to sign up for the Parkway Trust Monthly Membership program. You can also get started by calling Kathy Lustig at 559-248-8480 ext. 104. 

Thanks for helping us do something GOOD in 2015. 

Parties for the Parkway 2015
Reception Honoring the Artists 
Join the River Parkway Trust in celebrating the generous and talented artists that donated original pieces to the Parties for the Parkway Art Exhibit. The reception will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at Fresno City Hall. This reception is one of the first opportunities to see the exhibit and to bid on your favorite piece through silent auction. 

The Artists Reception is also one of the first opportunities to get a copy of the Parties for the Parkway Book. We've made some exciting changes to the book for 2015, and we can't wait to share it with you. 

Save the Date: Parties for the Parkway Kickoff Event
The 23rd Annual Parties for the Parkway Kickoff Event will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, beginning at 6:00 pm, at the Clovis Memorial Veterans District Building. Don't miss out on your first chance to reserve space in one or more of the 51 fantastic parties offered in 2015. You'll also enjoy wonderful wine and beer tasting, and delicious hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and caterers, wineries and breweries. 

Kickoff tickets will be available online and by phone Tuesday, February 17, beginning at 8:30 am. The date and time of your Kickoff purchase will determine your priority for making reservations at the Kickoff. Visit our website at www.riverparkway.org for more information. 

Follow our Parties for the Parkway Facebook Page 
News! We've created a Facebook page dedicated to the Parties for the Parkway Program. You'll find detailed information about the 2015 season of parties, you can view the art exhibit and learn more about each of the artists. We'll also share updates from parties throughout the year. The Facebook page goes live on February 5, and can be found at facebook.com/partiesfortheparkway. 
Let's Take a Walk 
Walk With a Doc Program
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Fresno/Madera Medical Society's Walk With a Doc program. We'll meet at the River Center and then venture out on the Hidden Homes Trail and the Lewis S. Eaton Trail. This is a free walking program for anyone who is interested in taking steps to improve their health. Each walk is hosted by a friendly local physician and lasts about 1 hour. In addition to the numerous health benefits you'll get by walking, you'll also have the chance to talk with a doctor along the way. Lace up a pair of comfortable shoes and join us for some fresh air, fun, and fitness on an upcoming Saturday morning. Walks will be held throughout the year on the third Saturday of each month. Click here to view the dates and to register.

Upcoming Nature Hikes
We invite you to come out and explore the wild and wonderful natural world of the San Joaquin River. We have several nature hikes coming right up. Please watch our website for information about future hikes. 

Sycamore Island Opens This Weekend 
Whether you like bass, bluegill, catfish, or trout - there's something for every angler at Sycamore Island. Sycamore Island opens for 2015 on Sunday, February 1, at 6:00 am. Launch a small boat or float tube, or fish from the shoreline around our ponds. You can also hike several miles on dirt roads and enjoy the beauty of the river and the many species of birds and other wildlife that inhabit this 350-acre site. Entry fees are $9 per vehicle or $85 for an annual pass. Save time and purchase your pass online, click here. 
New Ranch House Art Exhibit and Reception 
Musings: Studies in Light 
We are excited to announce the new photography exhibit, "Musings: Studies in Light," by Dan Sniffin and Paul Lebby. The exhibit will be on display in the River Center Ranch House February through April. 

Dan Sniffin
The photographers, Paul Lebby and Dan Sniffin, are friends who have spent considerable time honing their craft while searching singular subjects in unique light. They have enjoyed traveling together throughout the U.S. and abroad while feeding their passion for photography. Dan and Paul have taught photography, and have led tours throughout the United States. Both Dan and Paul are accomplished local professionals who find respite from the stresses and complexity of their work, relaxing together and enjoying nature, while creatively expressing themselves through their photography. However, this exhibition is not only about photography, but the moments they have shared as friends - the laughter, the fatigue and the exhaustion of traveling long distances well before sunrise, or staying well past sunset to capture a unique and magical light. 

Paul Lebby
Please join us to meet the Photographers at a special reception on Saturday, February 28, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. For more information about the artists, visit their websites at dansniffinphoto.com and paullebbyphoto.com

We hope to see you soon in the great outdoors! 


Sarah Parkes, Program Director 

San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust | 559-248-8480 | sparkes@riverparkway.org | http://riverparkway.org
11605 Old Friant Road
Fresno, CA 93730