"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


December 6, 2004

Sunol Glen School Music Director, Kitty Jowe, is asking for donations of gently used musical instruments for the schools music program. Items needed are clarinets, violins and bows, flutes, all types of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, cellos, french horns, baritone horns, tubas, string bass, snare drums, kettledrums, piccolos, cymbals, oboes, and bassoons and instrument cleaning kits. Please call Lori Nielsen at 925-862-2970 for more information and she will even pick up the donated instrument if necessary.

The Little Brown Church of Sunol's Adopt-a-Family program is in full swing. For nine years now the church's program has been generously providing food and gifts to families in the community during the holiday season. Head elf again this year is Hayward resident, Stacy Ashcraft and assistant elves are Bob and Mary Bunch of Livermore.

Church members will gather on December 15 to wrap and box all items donated and on December 18 they will be delivering to 17 families in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol. The church is still in need of gift donations and will accept cash donations as well. If you can help, please leave a message at 925-862-2004 for Stacy at the Little Brown Church.

On November 15, Sunol Glen School 7th and 8th grade students visited Books for Barrios. An annual field trip, 8th grade teacher Nancy Brazil, gathers up books to donate to this wonderful organization and with the help of library aide and bus driver, Nancy Davis, they delivered the books to the Concord facility. Books for the Barrios not only collect the books to be sent to the children of the Philippines but they teach the students how to pack the shipping boxes.

During the visit the kids also learned about life as a disadvantaged youth in the barrio, they listened to native songs, they viewed a very informative slide show that showed what the schools library looked like before Books for the Barrios was involved and they were treated to mango and pineapple juice.

The students were shown some very interesting items made from recycled products such as plastic mats made from bottle tops, oil lamps made from cans and jars, a flower arrangement made from plastic and straws and a basket made from a folded magazine. These items are used in their homes as well as sold in the marketplace. Nancy Davis said, "Some of the kids said they realized how good they have it or that they felt spoiled. It was nice to see that some of them really took it to heart".

Bosco's Bones and Brew was the place to be last Thursday during the grand re-opening. A buffet style dinner was served from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and the place was packed with eager diners. It is always so much fun to see so many Sunolians in one place and the food was great as well. I'm a sure owners Mary Truong and Allen Feng are going to do well at Sunol's newest restaurant. Sunol Scoop: I had the opportunity to dine with Sunol resident, Senator Liz Figueroa and she says she's currently campaigning for the position of Lieutenant Governor in 2006.

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