"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


November 19, 2007

The holiday season is in high gear here in Sunol and we have events planned nearly every weekend.
It is that time of year again for the annual Holiday in the Vineyard. Come join Elliston Vineyards and Little Valley Winery in the historic Elliston Mansion on December 1 and December 2 from noon to 5:00 p.m. The mansion will be decorated Victorian Style for this festive event. Featured artists will include Mindy Goldman; and items by Liz Patton Designs, Handbags by Mary Frances; Jackie Jones Collection, one of a kind jewelry sold in Italy, Japan and England; white sweet potato pies by Patrick’s Famous Pies; huge caramel apples and delicious hot chocolate kits by Sing Praises Confections; Blind Wine; Rancho Alegre, lavender products; Herbs de Sunol, soap and soy candles; Vinturi Aerators; Charles Chocolates, and lots more. Local blues and rock band, Georgi and the Rough Week Trio will play at the event from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days.
And, of course, award winning wines from Elliston and Little Valley will be available to taste while browsing the Mansion. The second floor of the mansion, which is usually closed to the public, will be open during the event and a pianist on the 1875 Steinway. There is no charge for this event. For more information call Sandi Bohner at 925.862-9006 or Elliston Vineyards at 925-862-2377.
Don’t forget to join friends and neighbors at the annual Sunol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and “Sunolians only” Holiday Train ride on December 1. The train will be boarding at 4:00 p.m. and leaving the station at 4:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive early and grab your favorite spot. After returning back to the Depot, Sunol residents will then head on over to the Community Park for some cookies and hot chocolate.
Our neighboring town of Niles is also having their annual Festival of Lights Parade and tree lighting this Friday in their historic downtown area. The event kicks off with the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. followed by the parade down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be served.
Sunol Glen School is participating in the Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge to raise funds for the school. They are accepting all plastic grocery bags from any store and in any color, except black and you can drop them off in a bin located at the front of the school.
Can you believe that this year is almost over? It’s just as hard to imagine that the Sunol Repertory Theatre is already holding auditions for next season’s melodrama. If you have ever wanted to shine on stage now’s your chance. Open auditions will be held on December 9 at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
If you don’t feel like cooking this year Bosco’s Bones and Brew, Sunol’s only dinner restaurant, is hosting their annual yummy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call 925-862- for reservations.
Looking for a way to burn off all those mashed potatoes and gravy? Sunol Glen School needs volunteers on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to help build fences and planting their brand new outdoor classroom and garden. No experience necessary but if you have power tools or at least know how to use them, sign up at the school’s office. Gardening tools are need as well.
A big thank you goes out to Alameda County Field Maintenance Supervisor's Chuck Swann and Henry Fockler and their crew for doing a great job beautifying downtown Sunol last week.

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