August 2015  |
August 14, 2015

Please Join Us at Moonlight in the Vines!!

Our big event, Moonlight in the Vines, is just 
six weeks away! We hope you will join us for a
fantastic evening under the stars at McGrail Vineyards and Winery on Saturday, September 26th from 6-10 p.m. This will be a night to remember with award winning wine, great 
food, live music, bocce ball and more! 

We have some great items ready for you to bid 
on at our live and silent auctions including a much sought after and hard to obtain private 
tour and lunch for EIGHT at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, a week at the beautiful Playa Grande in Cabo San Lucas, signed sports memorabilia from Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, S.F. Giants Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey, and Warriors Harrison Barnes, a Sunol Golf Club package, a Sharks package and 
so much more! 

We want to thank our current sponsors: 

Platinum Level

Gold Level

Silver Level
The Zalewski Family
Bob and Suzanne Rubino

Bronze Level
Larry and Susan Houghton-Thompson

Dessert Sponsor

We would love it if you or your business would consider sponsoring our event as well! You can find more information, purchase your tickets as well as see all of the wonderful benefits of sponsorship here

Don't forget, ticket prices go up on Sept. 1 so don't wait!
Bring your friends and family and buy your tickets now! This event is for ages 21 and over. 
See you on September 26th at McGrail Vineyards and Winery!

Abundant Harvest Underway at Sunflower Hill Gardens!

It's harvest time at Sunflower Hill Gardens!

Believe it or not, we have already produced more than 1400 pounds of food in just over three months. Approximately 75% of this has been donated to local food banks and low income individuals! Our bounty includes cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, squash, melons, cucumbers, collard greens, kale and corn. And there is more to come!

We have also been approved as a Community Food Producer by the Alameda County Health and Environment Department. This means we can sell our produce directly to restaurants and individuals. We have started a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 'weekly box of produce' program. And we are now selling bouquets of sunflowers! All proceeds go to support the Sunflower HIll Gardens.

If you would like to order some produce, flowers, or join the CSA program, email us at

Shop at Dublin Whole Foods on Wednesday, August 26!!
Sunflower Hill has been chosen for the Whole Foods 5% Community Giving Program! What that means is that Sunflower Hill will receive 5% of all sales made at the Dublin Whole Foods store on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. This is ONLY at the new Dublin location, at 5200 Dublin Blvd. 

Whole Foods' deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of people - customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general - and the planet.

So please pick up some delicious items at Dublin Whole Foods on Wednesday, August 26, and support Sunflower Hill at the same time!
Upcoming Family Workday at Sunflower Hill Gardens

Our fourth Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch Family Workday will be on Saturday, August 22nd from 9 a.m.- 
12 p.m! We will be doing a variety of activities including harvesting, planting, and more. ALL are welcome to come and help in the garden. We will also have lots of tomatoes 
and butternut squash for sale!

Please RSVP to, and indicate how many will be coming and if you will be bringing an individual with special needs.

Note - If this is your first visit to the garden, please download these forms, sign them and bring to the gardens. If you came to one of our last two family workdays and already signed these, no need to do it again. 

We have several dedicated volunteers who have been helping in the garden regularly, however we still would love to have more VOLUNTEERS at our garden!! Our weekly volunteer days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Starting the week August 17th the garden will be open from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (the days/times may be updated periodically, so check our website). 

Hope to see you there!      
Budget Increase Needed for Department of Developmental Services
Sunflower Hill joins the Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area in requesting additional budget support for the Department of Developmental Services - the state agency that provides funding to local regional centers.

Please voice your opinion before August 16 that a 10 percent budget increase is needed! Please click here for more info. For a list of your local legislators, click here.

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