Imagine the warm afternoon sun setting early in
Niles Canyon and riding the rails while sipping a glass of wine.
Niles Canyon Railway is offering a wine tasting special during
the month of August. Offered every Saturday afternoon you can
enjoy tasting wine from a different local winery each week such
as Westover Winery, Wente Vineyards, Fenestra Vineyards and
For only $25.00 per person, passengers will enjoy an introduction
to the different wines by sommelier Sean Anderson. You will
also receive a commemorative wine glass and buffet tray to take
home. All trains will board at 4:00 p.m. and will depart at
4:30 p.m. at the Sunol Depot
As I've mentioned many times here in this column, Sunol is
all about fundraising and I've just been alerted to two very
big events coming in October. The first takes place on October
1 and it's the Sunol Country Festival. Donations for the live
and silent auction items are still needed. Please contact Nancy
Davis at 925-862-0809 if you have anything you wish to donate.
Last years event was such a success that the organizers are
inviting anyone interested in having a craft booth to sign up
now. Nancy tells me that you don't have to live in Sunol to
have a booth, all are welcome. The forms to register your booth
can be found online at www.sunol.net. Pet Parade
Then exactly one week later on October 8, Sunol Glen School
is holding their annual walkathon but there's a new twist. The
theme this year is Sunol Glen School Leaping Leprechauns and
yes instead of completing laps the students get to complete
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of Dolores
"Dee" Caldeira. Dee passed away in her Modesto home
on July 17. She is survived by husband Arnold, children Judy
Sexton of Modesto, Terry Craig of Linden, Tim Heck of Modesto
and Diane Caldeira of Visalia; eight grandchildren and eight
A former Sunolian, Dee and husband Arnold were heavily involved
in 4-H while they lived here. Their children attended Sunol
Glen School and Dee was active in the Community Club as well.
Dee and Arnold were very well respected and active in the local
ranching community and her bright smile will surely be missed.
Living in such a rural area, every summer we hold our breaths
and hope that we don't hear the frightening word, "fire".
But unfortunately there were two fires in Sunol last week that
caused some concern.
The first, along Sunol Blvd., there was an unfortunate truck
accident in which there was a fatality. That fire caused a small
grass fire besides the freeway 680 but the second fire was much
larger, scorching some 400 plus acres of very dry grass that
also started besides the freeway 680.
The second fire was more frightening because it took off in
the direction of a few homes in the vicinity of Highway 84 near
Little Valley Road. Thankfully the firefighters gained control
on the fire within a few hours and protected the homes from