Local kids sold a record amount of Halloween candy to their orthodontist and won money for their school. More than 1,241 pounds of candy was collected this past holiday, the most ever collected in this annual campaign.
Patients of orthodontist Sandy Bigman in San Ramon brought in their bags of Halloween candy and received $1 per pound of candy. The patients either kept the money or donated the money back to their school. Also, Walt Disney Elementary School in San Ramon won a $500 check from Bigman for bringing in the most candy. Those Walt Disney students brought in more than 659 pounds of candy. This is the second year in a row that Walt Disney School was declared the winner of this contest. Bigman's office is donating the candy to the Blue Star Moms so they can send some sweet snacks off to the troops overseas. They are also donating candy to Oakland Children's Hospital and the Kaiser Pediatric Oncology Department in Oakland.
Backing literacy: Six local Rotary clubs in the San Ramon Valley joined forces to support literacy in the community's public schools for the 16th straight year. Every third-grader in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District received a printed dictionary from the area Rotary Clubs including San Ramon, San Ramon Valley, Dougherty Valley San Ramon, Alamo, Danville and Danville/Sycamore.
More than 2,400 dictionaries were distributed to third-graders in the 21 district elementary schools. Barry Toby, president of the Rotary Club of San Ramon, says club members always look forward to taking part in this annual event that is a way for all six clubs in the community to unite in the common purpose of supporting literacy in the schools.
LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS are just around the corner. The AAUW San Ramon Silent Auction and Holiday Boutique will be held Dec. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the San Ramon Community Center on Alcosta Boulevard.
Coordinated by the association's scholarship committee, the Boutique's proceeds will support scholarships for San Ramon high school senior girls and California State University, East Bay Renaissance Scholars. Local businesses and individuals have generously donated the auction items. AAUW member artisans' crafts will be on sale as well as gift basket drawing throughout the evening. The free event will also feature light appetizers and desserts with coffee and cider for your holiday shopping enjoyment. For more information, call 925-828-8275.
HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM will be presented at the Forest Home Farms Historic Park, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come visit with live reindeer from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days and see "The Nutcracker" puppet show by the Puppet Company on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Take a tour of the farm and Glass House Museum (for a fee) all decked out for the holidays, and take a peek at the new exhibit featuring holiday postcards from the 1900s. Deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. Come see hand-colored, rare leather and historic photo cards. This exhibit will continue through February on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($5 fee) While at the Farm, visit with a Victorian Santa, get creative making Victorian ornaments, play some old-fashioned games and enjoy the tractor rides, sheepdog demonstrations and family entertainment. Food will be available tor purchase and the Holiday Market featuring more than a dozen vendors will be open Dec. 14. The event is presented by the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon Historic Foundation. For more information, call 925-973-3284.
THE HAPPY HOLIDAYS Musical Review, presented by the San Ramon Community Theater, will be presented for three weekend beginning Dec. 6 through Dec. 22 at the Front Row Theater. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. with an extra show at 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Sunday shows are on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. This production will feature favorite holiday songs and a heartwarming story that is appropriate for all ages.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and youth 12 and younger. You may buy them at www.sanramonperformingarts.com or call 925-973-3343.