"AROUND SUNOL" by BREE K. JAMES


March 3, 2003

IT'S SO MUCH FUN to write today's date, I saved up all my bills so I could write "03-03-03" a whole lot of times. Hope it's worth the late fees! If anyone knows where February went, please let me know. So here we are, moving swiftly toward spring, which starts Friday, March 21 this year. (Watch this segue into a plug for Sunol Rep, folks, or you won't know what hit ya'!) I checked my calendar and don't you know, I'm scheduled to help with refreshments that night the during intermission of "The Vile Veterinarian!"

Yes, at each of Sunol Repertory Theatre's performances, a deserving community organization offers sweets and beverages in the Sunol Glen cafeteria. Theater-goers get a yummy snack and a beverage, and the groups have an opportunity to raise a little money for their worthy work. This season, refreshments will be provided by Sunol 4-H for opening night on Saturday (3-8).

Girl Scout Troop 2921 will do the honors on March 14, followed by the Little Brown Church on March 15, Save Our Sunol on March 21, Cub Scout pack 912 on March 22, the Sunol Business Guild on March 28 and the Grandmas of the Most Beautiful Babies on closing night, March 29. This is yet another great reason to enjoy a night at the theater with SRT, so hurry and get your tickets at Little Valley Bistro in Sunol.

SPEAKING OF SAVE OUR SUNOL: Phew, these segues are amazing, aren't they? About 30 people gathered February 24 in the Sunol Glen Community Room for an SOS meeting. President Pat Stillman welcomed everyone and introduced attorney Morgan King. Morgan gave an optimistic update on the group's suit to bring a planned quarry on Water Temple Field to a vote under Measure D, the Alameda Open Space Initiative.

Another speaker was David Stolowitz of Pleasanton, who announced the formation of an East Alameda County chapter of the Green Party. The group will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. the last Sunday of each month at the Panama Bay Coffee Co. at 1st and K Streets in Livermore. If you'd like more information, you can visit their Web site at http://groups.msn.com/eastalamedacountygreens.

Neil Davies, who sits on the boards of both SOS and the Preserve Area Ridgelands Committee (PARC), reported on recent and potential East Bay Regional Parks acquisitions. PARC is working to raise funds and support for the purchase of the Palo Verde Ranch by the park district or the American Land Conservancy.

The meeting ended with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" in honor of Pat's special day, February 26. And then, of course, the folks did what Sunol community groups do best - dug into dessert and caught up on the latest neighborly news.

MORE BIRTHDAYS: Natal celebrations seem to be coming in threes around here lately. Pat shared hers February 26 with two members of the Vlacos family, Cade, who turned seven, and his dad, Alex, who turned 38. Now, wasn't that nice of mom Marianne to give Alex a son for his birthday? Cade celebrated with his Sunol Glen first grade classmates at a fun party Sunday (3-2) in the Sunol Depot Gardens (also known as the community park). They were joined by Cade's big brother Aris and little sister Tessa, as well as Alex's sister Leah Vlacos of Alameda and numerous well-wishing friends and neighbors.

AND AN ANNIVERSARY: Little Valley Vineyard Tasting Room and Bistro celebrates its first anniversary with a new release of the winery's signature Spanish wine. Owners Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster invite you to enjoy some Tempranillo wine, Manchego cheese and Flamenco music on Sunday, March 30.

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