"AROUND SUNOL" by BREE K. JAMES


March 24, 2003

A BRAND NEW PT CRUISER is a heck of a prize, and that's what Save Our Sunol is offering to a lucky winner. The fundraising raffle for the group's on-going fight to save Water Temple Field from mining kicked off with a showing of the car before the Sunol Rep's show Friday evening. Sunolian Klaus Silbermann stood outside the school in the chilly evening air, so SOS sends a big thank you to him.

SOS sold refreshments at the sold-out performance of "The Vile Veterinarian" and the buzz in the cafeteria during intermission was all about how fabulous the play is. Tickets for the PT Cruiser raffle went on sale Saturday morning at the Pleasanton Farmers Market, and continued on Sunday at Little Valley Vineyard's Bistro in Sunol.

Here's the deal: Stoneridge Chrysler-Jeep of Dublin (thank you Joe Himsl) is providing the car at their cost and ferrying it around to the places SOS is selling tickets. There will be only 500 tickets sold at $100 each, and though that's a lot of dough for a raffle ticket, the odds are fantastic. If all 500 tickets are sold, SOS will make enough to pay its lawyer, Morgan King, for the next phase of the quarry lawsuit. Morgan is very optimistic about winning the suit, and hopes it will be settled soon.

So, if you want to see the cherry red, 2003, California Special PT Cruiser and buy a ticket, SOS will have the car and tickets for sale at the Pleasanton Farmers Market on Saturday (3-29) from 9 a.m. to noon, and again at Little Valley on Sunday (3-30) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If all the tickets are not sold by the end of Sunday's sale, SOS will post further dates for sales on the Sunol Post Office Bulletin Board and on www.sunol.org.

If you have questions about the raffle, I'm fielding logistical issues, so give me a call at 925-862-0850. Please don't bring me automotive questions, because, to paraphrase "Gone with the Wind's" Prissy, "I don't know nothing 'bout cars, Miz Scarlett!"

Save Our Sunol would also like to send a big thank you to Mike Quinkert at Copy Club in Pleasanton for all his help and the great deal he provided on the tickets and SOS bulletin.

SOME IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR NOTES: The date for the second session of Sunol Glen School's Babysitting Class has been changed to Wednesday April 9. There will be no school bus service on Friday, April 11, so parents are asked to make other arrangements for their students' transportation. Sunol Glen apologizes for the inconvenience. Also on April 11, the Eagle's Nest staff will be attending an important conference in Sacramento and the before and after school care will be closed that day. However, the Nest will be open for all-day care on April 18 when school is closed.

SUNOL SCOUTS WANT YOU: There will be an open house at Sunol Glen on March 29 for all parents and kids interested in joining Sunol Cub Scout troop 912. Cub Scouts offer your sons an opportunity to do good things in the community, learn good values, and build interpersonal skills with both adults and other youngsters. They will have fun building things, learning about nature and spending time with other scouts. The highlight of the open house will be the Pinewood Derby Race at 4:30 p.m., with FREE derby cars provided. Following the races, the potluck Blue and Gold Dinner will start at 5:30. Please contact Susan Ingebretsen at 925-462-0110 for info. (Note: Susan's number was incorrectly listed in the school's Eagle Flyer - this is the right one!)

SUNOL 4-H WANTS TO FEED YOU: The 37th Annual 4-H Pancake Breakfast is coming up Sunday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Sunol Glen (is there ANYthing in our community that DOESN'T take place at our school??). As always, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk and coffee. The cost is only $5 for adults and $4 for children, and you can purchase tickets at the door or from any Sunol 4-H member. The event also includes a plant sale, bake sale and silent auction. What a great way to see your neighbors, help the 4-H and have a great morning!

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