I thought I would go online to see when the Niles
Canyon Railways 2004 Holiday Train of Lights tickets were going
to be available for sale and wow was I surprised to see that
they have been on sale since September 19 and are selling out
fast. Those of us fortunate enough to live in Sunol have had
the opportunity to experience the Holiday Train of Lights at
our annual community Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which
I might add is December 4. I will be announcing the details
regarding the festivities for that evenings community train
ride at a later date.
Covered in thousands of holiday lights as it makes it's way
through the brisk darkness of Niles Canyon, the train is an
annual tradition for many and if you have never experienced
this amazing train of lights, now is the time.
Holiday Train tickets are available every Friday, Saturday
and Sunday beginning November 27 through December 19 and the
trains run at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. New this year, the train
will also be running during the week prior to Christmas from
December 20 to December 22 also at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. To
purchase tickets by phone please call 408-249-2953 or visit
their website at www.ncry.org. Tickets can also be purchased
at the Sunol Depot on Main Street from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on November 7 and November 21. This is a very popular event
and it will sell out very quickly.
Another very popular holiday event is Sunol Regional Wilderness's
annual Halloween Haunting. This Saturday's evening hike is fun
for the whole family. I attended last year's hike and was truly
amazed by how much work goes on behind the scenes to make this
so much fun and exciting for all ages. This years theme is "Norton
Hears a Boo' and the cast of characters will lead you on a very
easy, gentle 1 ½ hour hike through the enchanting dark
woods of the park.
Their website says, "Ghouls and boos of all ages are invited
to don their most magical garb and pay an evening visit through
the mystical and scenic lands of Soosville with the Bat in the
Hat as your guide. Frolic in the fall splendor of Booville,
the Jungle of Drool and other Soosville highlights as we explore
the origins of Halloween". There are several stops through
the hike where the young and old get to participate in the fun.
There is nothing too scary or gory it's just plain entertaining.
Last year's activities included playing a song by tapping on
colorful water-filled drinking glasses, playing a magical ball
game similar to soccer, we learned about creepy yet gentile
tarantulas and we participated in a ghoulish line dance.
The guided hikes begin at 5:15 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes
until the last hike at 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required
and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is
$6.00 for residents and $8.00 for non-residents. To purchase
tickets please call their reservation line at 510-636-1684 until
tomorrow, then after Tuesday call the park directly at 925-862-2601.
A big thank you goes to Sunol Glen School 8th grader Angela
Lee's father, Dr. Donald Lee, for providing the community of
Sunol with flu vaccinations last Thursday evening at the school.
Even with the high demand and short supply this year, Dr. Lee
was able to provide 60 people with vaccines. Thanks also to
Angela's mom, Suzanne Oliveira who also helped out with administering
Attention Sunolians-The Alameda County Waste Management Authority
is holding a public hearing on Wednesday at Sunol Glen School
at 7:00 p.m. regarding a proposed commercial waste-composting
site in Sunol. Everyone in the community is strongly encouraged
to attend this very important meeting.