"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


March 22, 2004

Sunol 4-H welcomes all to their 38th Annual Pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 4 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Another Sunol tradition, this scrumptious breakfast is held each spring in the Sunol Glen School's cafeteria where parents serve pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and fruit. While the 4-H kids serve coffee and orange juice and do a great job cleaning up after you. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction and new this year they will be selling their homegrown fresh vegetables. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Sunol 4-H member and are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

Our Sunol 4-H consists of approximately 50 youths that range in age from 5 years old to 19 years old. This years adult leaders are Teresa Donovan, Dale Scroggins and Gina Nelson. Youths are encouraged to run the meetings and leadership skills are taught to the kids in the sixth grade or older. Recently resigned, long time member Megan Hoxie held the position of the group's youth leader for the past five years and Teresa said, "She was really good because she related well with the kids".

Other projects being offered to the kids include cooking, crafts, scrap booking, carpentry and roping and the animal projects being offered for raising and showing are horses, rabbits, sheep and the most popular are swine and beef. General membership meeting are held on the second Thursday of each month and project meetings are held once a month and more often near the summer if the project involves an animal that will be showing at the Alameda County Fair during the summer. Sunol 4-H's community service project this spring will be donating stuffed bunny rabbits to a foster care facility in Fremont.

Sunol Regional Wilderness presents the second annual Spring Wildflower Festival, Saturday, March 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers and naturalists are prepared to lead you in a celebration of spring to include arts, crafts, face painting, butterfly and wildflower slide shows, nature exhibits, games and music. Wildflower hikes will be offered throughout the day and will be geared for all ages and hiking levels. JoAnn Frisch of the Sunol Regional Wilderness said, "This unseasonable warm weather is really bringing out the wild flowers". I'm certainly not a botanist so JoAnn helped me identify some the wildflowers that are in abundance in the park and I must say some of these flowers names are quite amazing. During your hike through the park you may see-and yes these are all names of flowers; California poppies, California fuchsia. Lupine, hound's tongue, milkmaid, owl's clover, butter and eggs, blue dicks, shooting stars, buttercup, monkey flowers, johnny jump up, Chinese houses and trillium.

Don't forget to bring your own lunch and this is a free event, the only cost is a $4.00 parking fee. For more information call 925-862-2601.

Tickets are still available for the Sunol Repertory Theater's production of "Trapped in a Villain's Web…or Weave Me a Loan". The remaining performance dates for this old fashioned melodrama are March 26th and March 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Sunol Glen School Theater. Tickets can be purchased at the Sunol Corners Store for $10. All proceeds benefit the arts program at Sunol Glen School.

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