IT'S DIFFICULT TO FOCUS on everyday events this week, with Wednesday's
infamous date looming. How to spend such a day? The options
I've come up with so far include hiding under my covers, solitary
meditation in the woods, and staring at the television as experts,
survivors and others try to make sense of terrorism. I think
I'll just do a major counting of blessings, some meditation
on the meaning of loss and recovery, and focus on showing my
love to those in my heart, wherever they might be.
Labor Day weekend we moved one of those people, our daughter
Allie, into her dorm at Cal State Long Beach for her first year
of college. Under any circumstances that's a bittersweet experience,
and in these uncertain times it is only more difficult to let
go. But we must and we will. Many parents are facing these separation
pangs as their children embark on new lives away from home.
I wish yours and mine a successful year and, hopefully, a safer,
more conscious world in which to seek their fortunes.
That said, life does go on, and in Sunol that means meetings,
gatherings, and community volunteerism. So get out your calendars,
and I'll fill you in on some upcoming events.
WE LOVE 4-H: The Sunol 4-H holds its first meeting of the school
year on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunol Glen cafeteria and
all interested students and parents are welcome. There will
be project sign-ups for youngsters interested in raising beef,
sheep, swine and rabbits, as well as caring for and riding horses,
crafts, cooking, drama, gardening, leadership, and of course,
Mini-4-H for the younger kids. In addition to the projects,
this year's Sunol 4-H members will enjoy parties, barbecues,
camping trips, ice-skating and lots more. Adult advisor Teresa
Donovan invites adults who are interested in leading a project
not listed to contact her and join the fun. You can call her
at 925-862-2118 if you have questions or to volunteer.
WALK-A-THON ALERT: The Community Club is getting in gear for
their big fundraiser of the year, the annual Sunol Glen Walk-a-thon.
This is the 10th anniversary of the event, and it will be a
very special day. Mark your calendars for September 28 from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to come out and cheer on the walkers, and if
you can, please do volunteer to help. If you and/or your company
would like to be a sponsor, please contact Caren Foster at 925-862-2587.
For other event information, call Paulette Beemiller at 510-651-0393.
STOPPING TRAFFIC: On Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the
Sunol Glen cafeteria, there will be a community meeting with
representatives of the Alameda County Public Works Department.
This is a rescheduling of the meeting originally set for September
10, and will cover the status of the 2002 Metropolitan Transportation
Commission Transportation for Livable Communities grant. There
will be a discussion of the feasibility of Sunol's application
for funds in the March, 2003 phase of the program.
THE POWER OF RHYTHM: There will be Community Drumming at the
Little Brown Church of Sunol September 22, October 6 and October
20. Once again, no drumming experience is required, just an
open mind and a spirit of adventure. Please call 925-862-2004
for info or to say you're ready to shake a drumstick.
The Great Sunol Bed Race and Chili Cook-off is right around
the corner on October 6, so if you would like to participate
in the races or put your favorite chili recipe to the test,
pick up entry forms at Little Valley Vineyard on Main Street
in Sunol, or call 925-862-0472 for more info.
The event, sponsored by the Sunol Business Guild, will feature
chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and so far there are 16
booths registered. The bed races begin at noon, and there will
be a great Zydeco dance band playing rocking Cajun tunes for
your dancing pleasure from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be
a pet parade, horseback rides, train rides, games for children
and terrific prize drawings, including a $750 cash prize donated
by Bosco's Bones & Brew.