May 23, 2005

Sunol Glen Schools annual Exploration Day was again a huge success. First of all I would like to give special thanks to Lisa Harper; for two years now she has been the chairperson for this, one of the largest of school events. Lisa's son Ryan is graduating from eighth grade this year and is on his way to Foothill High School and I'm sure Lisa will be an asset to the parent volunteer group there.

The students do truly enjoy Exploration Day and are eager to participate during each and every presentation and the presenters are equally enthusiastic to volunteer their time. The presenters were American Indians, Mary Puthoff; Composting, Diane Dovholuk; Demolition, Lowell Hoxie; California Department of Forestry Engine 3454, Firemen Craig Collins, Ken McGeever and Jesse McGuire; Fish Around You, Pete Alexander; Gymnastics, Paul Odze; Horseshoeing, Jeff Wells and Gypsy; How to Become and M.D./M.O., Dr. Donald Lee; Hug a Tree (Search and Rescue), Carolyn Vane and Pip; NASA, Mike Reeves; Operation Lifesaver (Union Pacific Railroad), Nace Miles III; Print Journalism, Barbara Egbert; Saving and Investing, Duane Garman; Screen Printed Shirts, Tom and Vicki Harland; Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Jason Fien and Deputy Ken Gemmell; Simply Music, Cathy Hirata and Lindy Hirata; Tooth Times, Rebecca Fain; U.S. Army, Master Sergeant Scott Captain; Welcome to the Party (catering and tablesetting), Monica Hobbs; and Veterinarian, Dr. Roark Freeman.

And of course we must give thanks to those dedicated parent volunteers, Victoria Barnes, Ruth Bidkaram, Lesley Boag, Camie Bowling, Dany Cabrera, Martha Carter, Teri Harlan, Diane Heckman, Kristen Jeffery, Deb Lee, Diana Madden, Andrea Martin, Michelle McClay, Laura Morgan, Cathy Morris, Lori Nielsen, Lori Ocon, Janet Perry, Mary Sanchez, Barbara Savoy, Canon Savoy, Schlon Savoy, Saxon Turner and Mitra Zahiri.

And what's a party without food, the kids enjoyed a great lunch provided by Detective Greg Swetnam and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and Ario Ysit aka BBQ Master. "They come through for us year after year", said Lisa.

The afternoon of May 14 was your typical San Francisco day, cool, cloudy and windy as Sunol Girl Scout Troop 2921 joined thousands of other scouts for their tradition of "bridging" or crossing from one level of scouting to another, Juniors to Cadettes.

After a picnic lunch the girls sprinted, just kidding, walked from the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin side and back before reciting the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law and receiving a special pin commemorating the event.

Completing the "crossover" were, Becca Brown, Mary Chambers, Athena Eberle, Bola Gbadebo, Alexa Hylas, Emily Madden, and Katelyn Merrill. Although Danika Beard was not able to complete the walk due to a family emergency, she too will "bridge" over to Cadettes.

Accompanying the girls were Junior Troop Leaders, Helen Eberle and Diana Madden; Brownie Troop Leader, Cathy Morris-Brown; volunteer driver, Karen Newcomb and Athena's brother, John Eberle.

The Sunol Glen Community Club is presenting their Spring Fling, a "benefit supporting the arts at Sunol Glen School". The event, held on June 4th will include hors d'ouvres provided by Monica Hobbs Catering; wine tasting by local wineries such as Little Valley Winery, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Vineyards, Tenuta Vineyards and Thomas Coyne Winery; a live and silent auction and music by singer/pianist, Deborah Benyahia.

Tickets are $30.00 each or $50.00 per couple and can be purchased in the school office or by contacting Brigit Craig at 925-803-9150. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets and reserve your place early. This is also an adults only event.

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