Spring has surely sprung here in our beautiful
Sunol Valley, the hills are velvet, emerald green, Sinbad Creek
is roaring down Kilkare Canyon and the wildflowers are bursting
with color everywhere you look.
Sunol Regional Wilderness is hosting its 3rd annual Spring
Wildflower Festival on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The day's activities will include a wildflower hike, slideshow
presentation, crafts and nature games. Adults and kids of all
ages are welcome to learn about the wildflowers that are native
to his area. Besides a small parking fee, this event is free.
Please call the park at 925-862-2601 for more information.
I enjoy hiking the park and always try to make it fun and interesting
for the little kiddies as well. A fun way to learn all about
what inhabits the park is to grab a few brochures at the Green
Barn Visitor Center when you arrive. During the hike we all
take turns trying to identify the trees, flowers and butterflies
we see as described in the brochures.
But before going to Sunol Regional, try heading out to Pleasanton
first for the annual Livermore Amador Valley Garden Clubs plant
sale. Sunol gardeners and club members Diane and Irvin Tiessen,
Diane Dovholuk, Jim O'Laughlin and Solveig Shearer suggest that
you arrive early. Solveig writes, "In past years, people
queued up by 8:45. They can't pick up a plant until 9, but they're
there to spot the plants they want most and position themselves."
The plant sale is this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the
Amador Valley High School parking lot on Santa Rita Road.
Thank you to Solveig Shearer for providing me with the terrific
information. Solveig adds, "There will be plants designed
for the Sunolions who persist in gardening, despite the wild
turkeys, raucous raccoons, ravenous deer, and the ever-busy
squirrel. You'll find things the deer don't eat, like rosemary
and acanthus mollis (Bear's breech). Plants that reseed vigorously,
like forget-me-nots, so that when the wild turkey pulls them
out they'll be automatically replaced." She also suggests,
"And if you don't have a garden but still want to get your
hands dirty with some fun folk, join the volunteer gardeners
who keep the Sunol Community Park trim. Stop by and meet them
any Thursday evening down by the Bocce court and find out what's
Sunol Repertory Theater closed another wonderful theatrical
season with their last performance on March 26.
Veteran performer and first time Director, Diane Tiessen said,
"It was very rewarding, very satisfying for me and all
the cast. It was fantastic. I envisioned these characters and
they ended up being these characters."
Besides the talented actors who diligently give up a great
part of their lives by volunteering their time for rehearsals
and performances over a three month period of time, the show
truly could not go on without those who work the magic behind
the scenes as well. They are also dedicated volunteers who work
just as hard to make each performance shine. Let's give a big
hand to Technical Director Derek Johnson and his technical crew,
Paul Miller, Steve Shorten, Irv Tiessen and Bill Webster; videographer,
Mary Beth McLeod; Stage Manager, Laurie Walker; House Manager,
Louise Throop; makeup artists, Diane Fries and Cathy Lipman
and Ticket sales, Guin Van Dyke. And of course what's a melodrama
without the pianist and musical director, G. Allen Schell. Diane
adds, "Allen is such a treasure". We all look forward
to next years 25th season. I'm sure it will be something very