YOU'D THINK SOMEONE who works as hard as
Sunol Glen Superintendent-Principal Diane Everett could use
a little R&R. She finally took a week off and did she go
to Gimme The Works Spa or Umbrella Drink Island? Not this time,
folks - try Northern Ireland Global Village Work Camp in Belfast
to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Diane traveled to
Belfast with her twin sister Doris Stipech of Denver for a week,
during which they with they worked on two row houses, caulking
and varnishing window and door frames and off-loading lumber.
Diane and Doris stayed at St. Clements Retreat House, which
Diane described as "very serene and relaxing." The
Metro Denver Habitat for Humanity group sponsoring the trip
has a kind of sister city relationship with Belfast. A group
of women from that Irish city came to Denver last year to build
with Habitat in one of the Mile High City's poorer neighborhoods.
The Belfast ladies treated Diane and her fellow volunteers to
a luncheon and a special dinner the final night.
There is another goal for the two Habitat projects in Belfast
- one building site is in a Protestant area and the other is
in a Catholic area, with the hope that the good feeling generated
by the volunteers will help with much needed reconciliation.
As for Diane, this is her second Habitat experience. Six years
ago, she and Doris helped build houses in Fiji, and lived in
the village while they were there. "I've had such a wonderful
life," our caulking expert Principal said. "I do this
to give something back." Pretty cool, huh?
SPRING FLING UPDATE: Sunol Glen School's Community Club
is offering babysitting at the school's Eagle's Nest from 7:45
to 11:15 p.m. for parents attending the Spring Fling Friday
night at Little Valley Bistro. The kids will dine on pizza and
watch a movie - with popcorn, of course - for $25 per child.
Just pop them into their p.j.s and bring them over to the Eagle's
Nest and you can thoroughly enjoy the Fling knowing the kids
are nearby and happy.
Now, more details about the event. The live auction will feature
local art by Tom Harland and Pam Ekelbaum, and theme baskets
from each Sunol Glen class with contents worth at least $200.
Sunol Glen teachers and staff members have donated items involving
a unique shared experience. Here's a partial listing: You could
go bowling with Phil Mumford and Leslie Owen, have a water skiing
adventure with Linda Pappas, get "Lost in Space" with
Jane Murphy or enjoy a wine tasters dinner for ten with Nancy
Chiprich. Diana McCrary is offering "Movie Madness,"
and Emily Summa will take you to a movie matinee.
Diane Everett is offering two different items. You could be
"Principal for a Day," or have a great time at a swim
party at her beautiful Sunol home. There's also "Mad About
Science" with Kalina Wong, "Computer Bytes" with
Lorri Vargas, or check out ""Jack(lin) of All Trades"
with Brad Taylor and Leo Marquez. And kindergarten maven Becky
Radulovich will come to your home to read your children a bedtime
story and tuck them in!
The auction item list goes on and on, and you can even make
sealed bids at the school's Open House on Wednesday evening
if you can't make the Fling. Either way, you'll get something
wonderful and help Sunol Glen keep its art, music and computer
programs. Get tickets at Little Valley or e-mail Judy Bettencourt
MYSTERIOUS GOINGS ON: Another exciting evening at Little
Valley Vineyard Bistro is coming up June 21, when the Bistro
Players will present "Something Shocking in Sunol,"
a mystery theater dinner extravaganza. The dinner seating is
at 7:30 p.m., with food catered by Gimanelli's, desserts by
Sandi Bohner, and Little Valley's award-winning wines. This
is an interactive theater experience - it's up to the audience
to solve the mystery via clues and a chance to question the
"suspects." The play, directed by Diane Tiessen and
Klay Kunkel, is filled with twists and turns sure to provide
an entertaining time. Tickets are $50 per person and will sell
out quickly, so call Little Valley today at 925-862-9006 to
Happy Memorial Day
remember those gone too soon and enjoy
the folks around you. And if you're looking for a place to do
that, please do stop by the Save Our Sunol picnic at Sunol Glen
from 1 to 4 p.m.