MEETINGS, FUND RAISERS AND FABULOUS FOOD
are on Sunol's agenda this week. There are two meetings that
may be of interest to Sunolians concerned about property usage
downtown. Tomorrow (4-29) the Sunol Advisory Board meets in
the Sunol Glen cafeteria at 7 p.m., and on Thursday, the Alameda
County Board of Adjustments meets at 1:30 p.m. at the county
Public Works Building, 4825 Gleason Drive in Dublin. A main
topic at both of these meetings will be the conditional use
permit for a business at 11842 Main Street.
The last Alameda Creek Alliance monthly meeting until September
will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Sunol Glen Community Room.
According to ACA Director Jeff Miller, "We will be discussing
preparations for the upcoming Steelhead Festival and the ACA's
proposed Land Use Plan for Sunol and Ohlone Parks."
As mentioned previously, there's a school board meeting tonight
at 6 p.m. in the Sunol Glen library. Everyone is sure to be
refreshed from the week off for spring break and ready to continue
the important business of running our terrific school.
Superintendent-Principal Diane Everett recently sent an open
letter to school parents and community members addressing the
potential impacts of state budget cuts on Sunol Glen. "Because
the Sunol Glen Unified School Board and staff have always been
fiscally conservative, the mid-year cuts for this year demanded
only a few minor cuts to our budget which we were able to absorb,"
Other Tri-Valley schools are finding it necessary to give lay-off
notices of hundreds of teachers as they face multi-million dollar
shortfalls for next school year. As for Sunol Glen Unified,
Diane explained that we have given notices to three certificated
staff members on a precautionary basis. "However, our projected
enrollment for the 2003-04 school year is 204," she continued.
"If this holds true these notices will not be given in
May and we will keep all of our certificated staff."
Facing a possible funding cut of as much as $41,000, Sunol
Glen intends to be proactive in the months of April, May and
June to raise this amount and avoid cutting programs. "If,
however, we do not raise this money," Diane said, "cuts
will be made to technology, art, music, office personnel, and
library. These are programs we value and we will strive to save."
Part of the effort to raise this money is the Dollar-a-Day
Campaign. If each Sunol Glen family donates one dollar for each
of the 180 days of the school year, Sunol Glen would have $33,300
toward the goal amount. "Community members and parents
have already donated $1,400 to our cause, our students are brainstorming
activities to generate money, and our dedicated community club
has given us $5,000 additional funding," Diane's letter
concluded. "We are on our way with your assistance and
There are several ways you can help, starting with the student
run Shop and Wash event Saturday (5-3). While you browse at
a flea market and enjoy refreshments, your car will received
a handsome washing. Proceeds will benefit the school's Arts
and Media Center. You might also consider a donation directly
to the school for the special account set up for the Center.
These donations will not be used for general expenses.
Checks payable to Sunol Glen School with "Arts and Media
Center" in the memo line may be turned in to the school
office or mailed to 11601 Main Street, Sunol, CA 94586. Watch
this column for news of future fundraisers. It's time to pull
together for education in all of our communities!
FINE FOOD AND WINE AT ELLISTON: We haven't checked in
with Elliston in a while, and there is definitely some delectable
news to report. Now open the first and third Friday of each
month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Chef's Table features a variety
of seasonally inspired dishes. The $36 per person buffet includes
at least two entrees, side dishes, salads and dessert. Wine
will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Then there's the new Café at Elliston, which opened
April 5 and offers a "light faire menu to enhance your
wine tasting experience" Saturdays and Sundays from noon
to 4 p.m. on the mansion patio. And last but most certainly
not least, there's the Mother's Day Lunch on May 11 at noon.
The $55 per person meal starts with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres,
and includes a very special three-course menu. For more details
and sample menus, visit Elliston's Web site at www.elliston.com.
For reservations, please call 925-862-2377 Tuesday to Friday
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bon