CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER how the big flock of wild
turkeys that has adopted Sunol feels about Thanksgiving. They
should read the poem displayed in Sunol Glen's kindergarten
class - it's about five fat turkeys who think their goose is
cooked (!) but end up joining the feast as guests rather than
entrees. Actually, our turkeys wouldn't be the least bit surprised,
since most people here look out for them as if they were visiting
Our school is always an uplifting place to visit around the
holidays. The teachers put their imaginations to work, inspire
the kids, and delightful seasonal projects result. Kindergarten
teacher Becky Radulovich's class "boarded" the Mayflower
last week for a simulation of the ship's voyage to Plymouth
Rock. Using yarn, Mrs. Rad (as we all know and love her) marked
off a space for the ship one-fifth the size of the original,
recreating the cramped conditions shared by the 100 pilgrims
for her 20 students.
Crackers stood in for hardtack, and beef jerky for salt horse.
There was a bit of cheese and drinking water was rationed. "They
were crowded and uncomfortable," Becky reported, but things
brightened when the class "landed" at Plymouth Rock
on Thursday, which they enacted by moving their handmade ship
puppets through a paper sea. The students have been busy since
then with preparations for the Thanksgiving feast they will
share on Wednesday. The children signed up to bring everything
from turkey to fry bread, and will make their own butter to
slather on potatoes and corn. Now, there's a holiday classroom
project to be thankful for!
PRE-HOLIDAY TICKET SALE: Sunol Valley Golf Club is hosting
the 18th Annual Taste of the Valley food and wine event on Sunday,
March 3, 2002, and tickets are available now at a pre-Christmas
discount price. The event benefits the Volunteer Center of Alameda
County, so giving these tickets as holiday gifts is really two
gifts in one. There will be two tasting sessions, 1 to 3:30
p.m. and 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person or two for
$100 until December 25, after which tickets will be $65 each
and two for $120, and you can get yours by phone at 925-462-3570
or visit www.volunteeronline.org.
THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK: Speaking of the county Volunteer
Center, the agency has many opportunities for you to share the
holiday spirit with others. Among the volunteer options this
year is the Help from the Heart program, through which individuals,
families and community groups can adopt a family, volunteer
time, or make donations for local service agencies.
The Tri-Valley Help from the Heart program serves Dublin, Livermore,
Pleasanton and Sunol, where adopters are needed for 75 families,
including very low-income seniors. Contact Chris Smiley in the
Volunteer Center's Tri-Valley Office at 925-462-3570. There
are many volunteer and donation programs all over the valley,
so don't hesitate to call park departments and senior centers
throughout the county for information on how you can help.
CASTING CALL: The Sunol Repertory Theatre will be holding auditions
for its annual melodrama on December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sunol
Glen School auditorium. This year's offering, "Caught in
the Villain's Gaze, or
Your Mother Was Right about Those
Theatre People," is an original play by SRT founder Tom
Harland, who will also direct the show. The story involves a
traveling troop of players that arrives in Sunol - uh, oh! -
announcing they are auditioning for a Shakespearean play. Their
real motive, of course, is to swindle the locals, and lots of
thrilling and hilarious mayhem ensues.
Rehearsals begin January 8, 2002, with performances Friday
and Saturday evenings March 1 through March 23. Folks are also
needed for crew positions, such as stage manager, set builders,
lighting and sound crew, and painters, to name a few. If you
have friends, family, colleagues or neighbors with talent, time
and a good sense of humor, please bring them along.
SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR: It's good to be back on the Around
Sunol beat, where there's always something interesting going
on. I am ever thankful for the natural beauty and special community
here, for my dear family and friends, and for every minute of
our precious days. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.