It was a little movie magic in the making that
brought several Sunol Glen students to San Francisco for five
days last week.
Last year I wrote that a certain Sunol Glen School eighth grader,
Daniel Zinna, was a seasoned actor appearing in several independent
movies. One of the short films he had appeared in was a 12 minute
film directed by Sara St. Martin Lynne.
The short film was well received at the small film festivals
where it was screened so first time director Sara decided to
produce a full length feature film. Using the same main actors
from the original short, the film started shooting in Jamestown
during the summer.
The film, "Night Fliers", is about a young girl who
moves to a new town with her father and younger sister. She
immediately draws unwanted attention from a bullying young girl
who does everything in her power to make life miserable for
the new girl. Daniel plays the part of a neighborhood boy who
befriends the new girl. Director Sara says, "It's a story
about friendship, acceptance and self-discovery."
Daniel, of course, recommended his fellow classmates to appear
as extras in the movie. The lucky kids who traveled to the movie
set to appear as extras in the school scenes were Sunol Glen
students Caitlin Carter, Jessica Christian, Hayley Nielsen,
Chance O'Connor, Justice O'Connor, Chelsea Whiteside and Daniel's
younger brother, Eric Zinna. Also appearing as extras were San
Ramon Pine Valley Middle School students Annelise Weaver and
Sara is planning on screening the film at all the major international
film festivals such as San Francisco, Sundance, Toronto and
Late summer and early fall is the perfect time to explore beautiful
Sunol Regional Park; and what a better way than on a guided
horseback trail ride through the park. Gary and Cindy Wilkinson
of Livermore's GC Stables has recently took over operations
of the parks trail rides and they have several different services
you can choose from such as an easy 25 minutes trip to half
day and full day excursions. They also offer group rides, corporate
event rides, private trail rides and birthday rides. For more
information please contact Western Trail Riding Services at
The Sunol Glen School Community Club is still seeking sponsorship
for their 13th annual "Leaping Leprechauns" Walkathon
to be held on October 8. Sponsorship donations of different
levels mean you or your company is proudly displayed on the
back of t-shirts, posters and signs that announce the event.
It's an excellent way to advertise while supporting the school.
Donations of "leap treats" with a leprechaun theme
are also needed as well as a jump house. If you would like to
help support our small country school or if you need more information,
please contact Camie Bowling at 510-612-0151.
Mark your calendars for some up and coming important dates.
It's the 41st Annual Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market to be
held in the downtown area on Niles Blvd. on Sunday from 6:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; the Sunol Area Residents Association (SARA)
is holding their first meeting on August 31 at 7:00 p.m. in
the Community Park and stay tuned for the date when those fast
selling tickets for Niles Canyon Railways Holiday Train of Lights
go on sale. I will be announcing it here and it's sometime in