It occurred to me in the shower the other day
(yes, that's where lots of my story ideas come to me) that we
have had three huge fundraisers happening at the same time this
month; Sunol Glen School's Walkathon, Save Our Sunol's Sunol
Country Festival and Little Brown Church's Youth for the Elderly.
In an unincorporated town such as ours without the convenience
of any real city government funds, sometimes we have to rely
on our own efforts to raise funds.
Having grown up in this town and attending Sunol Glen School
and the Little Brown Church, it is apparent that the resources
we once had are no longer available and we as citizens and parents
are getting very creative at the many ways to raise funds. And
the fundraisers we hold reach the surrounding communities far
and wide, since 71% of the students enrolled in Sunol Glen are
transfer students from Fremont, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin,
etc. It's the same with the Little Brown Church; 70% of the
members and friends who attend our quaint little church reside
in the surrounding area and as far away as Tracy, Castro Valley
and San Jose.
Another annual fundraiser is the 8th grade Washington D.C field
trip fundraiser. A Sunol Glen tradition for as long as anyone
can remember, this wonderful excursion gives the graduating
students a chance to see our government working in action. Principle
Diane Everett said, "They just really learn so much first
hand; so much more than book learning. It's really, really outstanding."
Parents are also welcome to accompany their children on the
trip and having two kids graduate from Sunol Glen, this will
be Mom, Lisa Harpers second trip to D.C. with son Ryan. Lisa
says, "I'm looking forward to going again. It's a special
opportunity most kids in junior high don't get to do. It's quite
The class' main fundraiser is selling pizza lunches to the rest
of the school on Fridays. Last year they also raised funds by
inviting parents to a pre-open house tri tip dinner, which was
Little Valley Vineyard owner, Sandi Bohner, had some surprising
and exciting news this month. Besides preparing for this years
Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration and opening a new
tasting room, she welcomed a new grand daughter, Soraia, on
September 8. Sandi's son Scott and daughter-in-law, Sheila and
Soraia's big sister, Sage, reside in Santa Rosa. Then the very
next day on September 9, Sandi's other son Stephen called to
say he had just gotten married in Las Vegas. Stephen and new
wife Amy reside in Arcata.
During the Livermore Valley Harvest Festival, Little Valley
Vineyards teamed up with Big White House Vineyards and poured
samples of their wines for thousands of visitors at the new
outdoor tasting facility. Tesla Vintners is open Friday through
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 5143 Tesla Road in Livermore.
The indoor tasting room will be located in a 150-year-old house
on the site and will open in mid October. The new facility will
offer a place for music events, business meetings, private parties
and weddings. Of the new tasting room in Livermore, Sandi says,
"I have not left Sunol; our heart is still in Sunol".