Little Brown Church of Sunol members and friends
gathered on July 3 at Sunrise Village, a homeless shelter in
Fremont, to help serve and prepare a delicious dinner for shelter
residents and staff. Organized by Robin Spindler, the dinner
was an overwhelming success. There were over twenty volunteers
of all ages that prepared the meal which served the sixty plus
guests. The menu included a wonderful casserole, fresh fruit
salad and fruit cobbler. Church members prepared the desserts
in advance and also gave cash donations to help out with the
food that was purchased to prepare.
Robin said, "Volunteers found it to be a worthwhile experience.
We had the opportunity to interact with guests and put a face
on homelessness in our community. Children were provided with
the chance to serve those in need. We were all reminded of the
many things we have to be grateful for."
The church plans on serving many more dinners at the homeless
shelter and volunteers of all ages are welcome. If you would
like to help with future dinners or make a financial donation
towards the shelter dinners, please contact the church at 925-862-2004.
There is another addition to the Sunol Community Park and its
large size makes it very easy to spot as well. Nope it's not
the beautifully ornate new gate, which I absolutely love, especially
the golden letters that spell out "Sunol". It's the
spanking new 36 foot flagpole recently erected by Boy Scout
Galen Hoxie from Troop 945.
Galen built the flagpole, with the help of his brother, Jason;
sister, Amanda; parents, Lowell and Adrienne and friend Ryan
Harper, as part of his Eagle Scout project which includes requirements
such as doing a certain amount of community service or doing
something to benefit the community.
Galen has also volunteered his time providing yard work for
his church and he participated in a beach cleanup. In scouting
for 10 years now, Galen just graduated from Foothill High School
and plans include working as a journeyman carpenter. The Sunol
Business Guild is providing a flag that has recently flown atop
out states Capitol Building and Galen plans to hold a flag ceremony
in the near future.
Sunol's avid gardener, Jim O'Laughlin, did very well again
this year at the Alameda County Fair. Jim received several awards
in Amateur Gardening for his vegetables including three judge's
favorite awards, one best of show award and a sweepstakes award
Jim tells me that there is three separate judging sessions
during the fair's two week run to ensure the produce stays fresh.
Judging is done on a point system for each session and awards
are presented upon the highest number of points.
Besides showing individual vegetable items, Jim also created
several pieces of garden art using a large basket filled with
an arrangement of blue artichokes and the flowers from onions.;
an old bed frame surrounded by pots of fresh and dried herbs
and sunflowers; an iron gate adorned with small baskets of gourds,
shallots and garlic; and an antique gardening cart filled with
gift baskets. Jim's wife Pat also entered her lovely flowers
again this year.
I'm really surprised that the O'Laughlin's were the only Sunolians
to enter the Amateur Gardening competition considering that
we live in the country and there are lots of beautiful gardens
and talented gardeners all around Sunol.