The warm autumn afternoon was the perfect setting
for the second annual Cultural Care Au Pair open house hosted
by Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster in their beautiful country
home on November 20. Sandi is a local childcare coordinator
for the group and has recently returned from a trip to Sweden
with husband Bill, which she won in their incentive program.
Bill and Sandi's most memorable moment in Stockholm was a banquet
dinner held at the magnificently restored Vasa Viking Ship museum.
The warship, which sank 333 years ago, was raised from the floor
of the Baltic Sea and restored. A museum is actually built around
The couple also visited Europe's oldest university, Uppsala
University in Stockholm. Another highlight of their trip was
when they were given instructions on making authentic Swedish
meatballs with the executive chef of a local restaurant, Café
Sandi and Bill's warm candlelit home that afternoon was filled
with approximately 80 guests, which included the au pair's and
their host families. All the guests brought a dish from their
home country and the buffet lunch was a great way to try unique
and interesting dishes from several counties such as Brazil,
Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Panama, Columbia,
Mexico and Austria. Also attending the event were Cultural Care
Au Pair's local childcare coordinator, Audra Ruthruff and Regional
Development Coordinator, Dale Dubowy.
And of course, there was plenty of wine being served that day
as well. Sandi and Bill are also owners of Little Valley Vineyards
and they were pouring their new wine, Pure Decadence Port, Sandi
says, "It will be ready for the holidays". In fact,
Sandi said that when they attended the banquet at the museum
in Stockholm they were surprised to discover that they were
serving Tempranillo wine, which is Little Valley Vineyards signature
Sandi's new venture is Little Valley Lavender, and you could
not help but notice as you ascended the long driveway to their
home, the 3077 lavender plants that were just planted. Sandi
offers every kind of lavender product one could imagine, from
bath salts, sachets and lotions to pet shampoo.
Sunol Glen students are busy helping to make this holiday special
for those less fortunate by collecting items for a shelter in
Fremont. Organizers are calling it "Operation Sunol Glen
Cares" and are asking families of the middle school aged
children to donate shoeboxes filled with everything from books
and toys to office supplies and new hygiene products. They are
also collecting jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, tarps and
non-perishable food items.
It is with great pleasure to announce Sunol Glen Schools 1st
Trimester Honor Roll. Fifth grade honorees are: Ashleigh Anderson,
Casey Bolls, Gabriela Cordova, Jenna Hamze, Miranda Heaney,
Talya Miller, Hannah O'Toole and Elena Pardi;
Sixth grade honorees are: Cali Bachelder, Devin Corcoran, Madison
Craig, Alexa Hylas, Dylan Jeffrey, Kelsey Kruger, Beau Lawrence,
Emily Madden, Kelsi Ocon, Grant Perry, Elise Savoy, Cassi Scoggins,
Alfonso Vergana and Gabrielle Wu.
Seventh grade honorees are: Kyle Bachand, Chase Beck, Becca
Brown, Mary Chambers, Jordan Craig, Lauren Freeman, Bola Gbadebo,
Stasia Hylas, Katelyn Merrill, Callie Milligan, Melissa Morgan,
Ian Player, Anthony Primer, Matthew Reisenthel, Mason Robertson,
Zachary Savoy, Samatha Strachan, Adriana Sutalo, Bowie Twombly,
Aris Vlacos and Kekoa Wu.
Eighth grade honorees are: Gena Banducci, Nicola Barnes, Jeffrey
Bettencourt, Caitlin Carter, Jessica Christian, Gregory Monson,
Hayley Nielsen, Kyle Scroggins and Daniel Zinna.