If you are a boy scout who has always been interested
in trains and the railroad, this is for you. For the first time
ever the Niles Canyon Railway is offering a program to help
you earn your Railroad Merit Badge. Sponsored by the Pacific
Locomotive Association, this will be a full day program at their
Your day will begin with a safety lesson, and then you will
board a 1926 Skunk Rail bus for a ride around the facility.
You will then discuss merit badge requirements, take a walking
tour of the maintenance yard and be introduced to the various
departments that all come together to make the Niles Canyon
Railway operate. You will then be shown examples of specific
duties related to the railroad.
Adult Scout David Harris of the Niles Canyon Railway will be
guiding you through the day's activities. "It has been
very popular", says David. And due to the popularity and
limited seating capacity there is a waiting list. David said
that if you are a scout who has already fulfilled a few of the
merit badge requirements and just need a little more training
to get signed off, you will be moved near the top of the waiting
list. He also stressed that it would helpful if you had some
experience before you attended this program, but all scouts
are welcome. You may even bring along up to two siblings and
three adults but for safety reasons no one under 10 years old
will be allowed in the program.
The first program is set to begin sometime in late February
and David requested that if you are interested you can visit
the Niles Canyon Railway's website at www.ncry.org for updates
on the specific dates when they become available. Please email
David at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name added to the waiting
list or if you need more information.
Bosco's Bones and Brew is celebrating their first anniversary
February 3 and have invited the public to their buffet dinner
taking place from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. After you have stuffed
yourself you can hop on over to their saloon and kick up your
heels to some live music by Wicker Vault where they will be
playing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Call Bosco's 925-862-0821
for more information.
Sunol residents Hans and Pam Peeters, co-authors of "Raptors
of California" will be speaking at the Pleasanton Library
on February 5th at 2:00 p.m. This program is free and open to
the general public.
The Sunol Glen School Community Club is organizing a fundraiser
at Sweet Tomatoes on February 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
in Fremont located at 39370 Paseo Padre Parkway. Sweet Tomatoes
is offering a sweet deal by donating 15% of sales generated
on that evening to Sunol Glen School. A flyer announcing this
fun event is available at the school and you must present it
at the restaurant in order for Sunol Glen to receive the donation.
Don't forget to make those reservations for Elliston Vineyards
romantic "Love and Chocolate, A Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Experience" being held on February 11. Live music featuring
a pianist tinkling the ivories on their elegant, 1893 Steinway
will serenade you as you wander through the beautiful, historic
stone mansion sampling chocolate fondue, light hors devourers,
desserts and wine. Tickets are $35 per person and advance ticket
purchase is required. Please call Elliston at 925-862-2377 for