Cherryhill Neighborhood Association

Cherryhill Neighborhood Association is a City of Sunnyvale sanctioned association formed for the benefit of the Cherryhill Neighborhood. The basic idea is to improve our lives, safety, and community by getting to know our neighbors. click on "About Us" to learn more. Please join.


Membership

Membership in Sunnyvale Neighborhoods is open to all residents of the Cherryhill neighborhood as defined by the neighborhood map. Please join by clicking the button. When you join you will be added to our Yahoo Group, which is our primary means of communication and also serves as our membership list.

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Communications

We are on the Internet:

Additional details are at How We Communicate. The Yahoo Group is our membership list because we control its membership. We can extract a mailing list from it, then use the mailing list to send out Evites. We like Evites because they give us feedback and help us plan. Please join the Yahoo Group first by clicking on "JOIN".


Announcements

December 11 (date change)
NewHoliday Walkabout

Hi Neighbors! Next Sunday is our annual Holiday Walkabout (6:30-8:00pm). The map for the 4 refreshment stations is below - if you want to contribute any sweet treats, please bring them to one of the stops by 6pm. In the spirit of community, we have two additions to this year’s event: Candle lighting and book collection for Reading Partners. We will provide tea lights at each refreshment stop—if you wish to light a candle, please bring clear, recyclable glass jars (cleaned and labels removed). Our hope is to have each family bring 4 jars (one for each stop). We will have bins to collect new and gently used children’s books for Reading Partners; books are donated to K-4 students at various Sunnyvale elementary schools.

MAP (You can join in anywhere)

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June 11 — Block Party Report

It was a great Block Party! Thank you to all of the volunteers, and our kind Elderberry residents. Volunteers include Joanne Reike, Cindy Spencer, Kyle Welch, Kevin Bury, Jane Kim, Hendrick Lee, the Sturtevants, Krukars, Grimes, Averys, Hamburgers, Wayne Amacher, Mike, the Ticonderoga/Elderberry gang, and all the people who brought tables, canopies, chairs, and helped set up and clean. I also want to thank our local businesses for donating to the raffles prizes, Dickey's BBQ, For Other Living Things, Nature's Best Cleaners, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Jennifer Lung.

See you in the neighborhood!

Doris

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May 14 — Dumpster Day / Freecycle Report

We processed a lot of junk and quite a few items changed hands through freecycle. Extra special thank you to Andrew Mendelsohn & Linda Eaton for signing up to be our dumpster monitors this year!! Thank you for giving up a good part of your Saturday to make this a successful event. And thank you to all who participated. There has been a lot of positive feedback form our nieghbors. Regards, Kyle

Thank you to everyone involved in this effort. I love knowing that we can dump our unwanted stuff one day a year (at least) in our neighborhood. I know it's not an easy task to pull this together and carry it out, really appreciate the time spent. Regards, Tricia

Kyle, you, Linda, Andrew and Virginia (plus many other neighbors who pitched in) did a FANTASTIC job once again! Thank you to all who participated and kept so many useful items out of our local landfills. Efforts like these really do make a difference. I'm sorry I didn't have much time to help; this is one of my favorite events of year and I love seeing so many items change hands. It's what sets Cherryhill apart from so many other neighborhoods - our resolve to build community wherever/however we can! Kudos to all! kathy

A huge thank you to the hosts of the dumpster day!! I dropped a bunch of unwanted things, and a couple of freecycle items - there seemed to be a lot of really useful things for our neighbors. This was a huge effort and I so appreciate our wonderful neighborhood association. I dropped by an open house in the neighborhood and the realtor was telling me she had never seen anything like our group - and thr realtor wants to move here! So thank you again! Andrea Stawitcke

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Cherryhill NA 2016 Calendar and Events

The board has set up the calendar of events for 2016. The events in faded text have already been held.

  • Sat, Feb 13 - Cherryhill PEP (Personal Emergency Preparedness) Class
    De Anza Park Building
  • Sat, Apr 2 - Garden/Water Conservation Tour
    Meet at De Anza Park, 2-4 pm
  • Sat, May 14 - Freecycle & Dumpster Day
    (same day as Sunnyvale Household Hazardous Waste Day)
  • Sat, Jun, 11 - Block Party
    Elderberry Drive, 11am-2pm
  • Tue, Aug 2, National Night Out
    De Anza Park picnic tbles, 6-8pm
  • Sat, Sep 10 - Harvest Share
    Location TBD, 2-4pm
  • Mon, Oct 24 - Cherryhill Mixer
    De Anza Park Building, 7-8:30pm
  • Sun, Dec, 11 (Date Changed) - Holiday Walkabout
    (Map will be posted in early Dec), 6:30-8pm

Event Descriptions

Spring and Fall Mixers

General meetings for our neighborhood to get together and communicate. You will be able to wander around, talk to each other, and sample pot luck. We will often have an informal speaker or two on topics of neighborhood or city interest. We hold our election of officers at the Fall meeting. We ususally have city council members in attendence. Council members are interested in meeting you one-on-one — What an opportunity to have your comments heard at the top! email Derek


Freecycle & Dumpster Day

Chairs: Virginia Shea, Kyle Welch, Jim Sturtevant.

Free Dumpsters: The City of Sunnyvale will provide dumpsters at several locations in the neighborhood. Freecycle: Still-usable but no longer needed items may be offered for exchange to other residents.


Block Party

Chairs: DorisTan Jennifer Lung

Early each summer a block party is held in De Anza Park, or alternatively, Elderberry Drive. Bring your family, a potluck dish to share and items to grill (barbecues will be available). Expect music, firetrucks, SNAP demos, food, barbecue, raffle, games, and a fun day in the park.


National Night Out

Chairs: Kyle Welch, Wayne Amacher, Derek Wagner. National Night Out is unique crime/drug prevention event that brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, neighborhood organizations and local officials to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Our association hosts a potluck picnic dinner at De Anza Park featuring games and prizes, a raffle, as well as visits from Sunnyvale police, firefighters and City Council members.


Harvest Share

Chairs: Kathy Besser, Joann Rieke, Cindy Spencer. Got abundant veggies, fruits, herbs, flower cuttings, or other items from your garden you’d be willing to share? Come together as a community to enjoy a bit of fellowship at our free version of a farmer’s market.


Holiday Walkabout

Chairs: Kathy Besser, Kyle Welch. The walkabout is an Italian-style “passagiata”, a walk throughout the neighborhood with hot drinks and home-baked goodies, festive holiday lights/decor and conversations with your Cherryhill neighbors! Don’t miss the fabulous finale on Crandano Court (where they pull out all the stops including holiday movies projected on a garage door).


Cherryhill "No Soliciting" Sign

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The neighborhood association has created a "No Soliciting" sign that should help keep solicitors from your door and maybe even keep criminals at bay. When one of these signs is attached to your dwelling, it is against the law for solicitors to try to contact you. You can call the cops on them! The sign also advertises our neighborhood association. Signs are available from your board members. A $3 donation is suggested to defray the costs. Encourage you neighbors to procure and put up sign so that our neighborhood presents a solid front. Note — the sign does not apply to politicians and charities.




Administraton

The 2016 Cherryhill Neighborhood Association officers were elected at the 2015 Fall Mixer. They are listed below. New Officers take office on January 1, 2016.

Officers:

* Elected

Members-at-Large:

We will be happy to add Members-at-Large at any time. Feel free to volunteer yourself or others. Members-at-Large are voting members of the board and contribute to activities and to their planning. They prepare themselves to become future neighborhood association officers. They are our "new blood". Anyone who would like to participate actively in the association is welcome. Contact any board member listed above.

Committees:

  • SNAP Committee, Joann Rieke and Cindy Spencer, email Joann and Cindy
  • Traffic Calming Committee, Open
  • Stevens Creek Trail Committee, Meghan Stawitcke, email Meghan
  • Dumpster Day Committee, Virginia Shea, email Virginia
  • I-85 Ramp Cleanup Committee, soon to be open
  • Welcome Committee, Minoti Merchant

Committees can be formed by anyone with the approval of the board. You are welcome to form a committee and get involved. You can also contact existing committee chairs to join in with them and get involved.


SNAP

The Sunnyvale SNAP (Sunnyvale Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) organization is making a special effort to organize all SNAP trained individuals throughout the city to better disseminate information and serve the community. The current citywide SNAP program involves forming small SNAP groups along streets and in small neighborhood units consisting of about 20 residences. This is a large program and could mean as many as 40 SNAP groups in Cherryhill NA. SNAP has trained SNAP Captains to organize these neighborhood groups. This is a wonderful program! In the event of a major earthquake, it has the potential to save many lives.

Cherryhill NA already includes several trained SNAP Captains. Joann Rieke and Cindy Spencer are trained SNAP Captains and have agreed to cochair a SNAP committee for Cherryhill NA. They will be glad to help any small group that wishes to form. Contact Joann and Cindy at clsjer@hotmail.com.

If you would like to become involved, and we encourage you to do so, Contact Joann and Cindy. Don't be bashful. If you care for your family, children, and neighbors, just go ahead and start a small group. This is a massive effort that is best done bottom up — just do it! Determine that you are interested, contact Joann and Cindy, and get going. A training video is available for you.

Ths SNAP course for residents is going on right now. To assist anyone who is interested and has not attended a SNAP course, click on "SNAP" in the menu at the top of the page and it will take you to a web page where all of the information on the SNAP training CD has been reproduced. Don't wait for an invite, start reading it now. Just the first lesson could save you life.

Robert Locke is the SNAP Liaison Officer to the Sunnyvale Neighborhood Associations, http://www.sunnyvaleneighborhoods.org. The Cherryhill NA is within SNAP district 3 and SNAP will be concentrating their efforts in District 3 first. (SNAP districts are based on Sunnyvle fire districts)



Cherryhill Welcome Bag

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(Note: A new green shopping bag is coming — see the Winter Newsletter.) Cherryhill Neighborhood Association (CNA) has found a novel way to welcome new residents: a 'cherry red', re-usable, shopping bag filled with information about the neighborhood and City of Sunnyvale, then generously topped off with home-baked treats from nearby neighbors! The bags will also contain information about recommended service providers as well as valuable coupons and info from local merchants and suppliers, especially the sponsors who helped fund the project by purchasing advertising space on the bag:

  • Westmoor Florist
  • Silicon Valley Eye Physicians
  • Michael's Hallmark
  • Nature's Best Cleaners
  • For Other Living Things

Cherryhill residents are encouraged to obtain a bag from the CNA Board and deliver it themselves, a great way to meet and welcome their new neighbors into Cherryhill!

A sincere "thank you" to the fantastic merchants who made our new resident reusable bag project such a resounding success! If you frequent these businesses, please let them know you appreciate their support of the Cherryhill Neighborhood Association. You may also support the project by picking up bags for your own use (suggested donation of $2 per bag). To obtain a bag contact Kyle Welch


Help Out

Ideas

Please send in your ideas about what you think your neighborhood association should be doing. "New blood" and new ideas are vital. Contact Derek Wagner or Wayne Amacher.

Should you want to do something totally different within the neighborhood, say form a bridge club, a skiing club, sewing circle, you could do that as well and the association can list it as an activity — just volunteer and start. Neighbors can find the activity and contact info on this web site.

Volunteer

The more people we inolve in our activities, the stronger our neighborhood association becomes. If you would like to get out a little, have some fun, meet your neighbors, and do good things please volunteer. You can design your own project if you wish, just let us know what you would like to do. To volunteer, contact Derek Wagner. We need volunteers for:

  • Members-at-Large - Become a board member and help plan our activities
  • Block Representatives: Details at: Block Representatives