Events

EAST BAY

Adopt a Maine Coon Cat: Maine Coon Adoptions is holding an adoption fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Short- and medium-haired cats will also be available. Adoption applications are available at http://MaineCoonAdoptions.com.

Delta Saturday Series: Join a "plain English" discussion to help understand the issues facing the Delta and how they affect us. 3-3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and Oct. 12; 10-10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. Registration required. 510-544-3050, BigBreakVisit@ebparks.org, www.ebparksonline.org.

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue and Contra Costa County Animal Services will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14, at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for socializing and free nail trims and grooming. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org and www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

Hotshot Hummingbirds: Photographer Don Jedlovec will share photos, stop motion video and techniques for capturing images of hummingbirds. 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.


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Nature Area Fairy Tales: Take a short walk, watch a puppet show and hear some tales inspired by nature. 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 15. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Program: Find out how the animal care staff at Sulphur Creek Wildlife Hospital assess an injured or orphaned animal's needs, cares for them and helps prepare them for their return to the wild. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. Adults only. $18. Advance registration required. 510-881-6700, www.haywardrec.org.

Farm Chores for Kids: Crack corn, feed animals, check the chickens and help with other morning chores. 10:30-11 a.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Meet the Bunnies: Get a close-up look at a rex rabbit, pet a Dutch bunny and see other rabbits that might be hopping around. 12:30-1 p.m. Sundays: Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. Saturdays: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Meet the Authors: Meet Howard Vanes, (Doggie Love! and Kitty Love!) and Cathy Turney, (Dog Stories) from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Concord Pet Food Express, 785 Oak Grove Road and also from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lafayette Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd. www.norcalpoodlerescue.net.

Introduction to Fishing: Learn the basics of fishing including knot tying and rigging, gear and bait selection and casting techniques. A valid California fishing license is required for ages 16 and older. Gear provided. Ages 5-15 require parent participation. 8-10 a.m. Sept. 28. Lake Chabot, Castro Valley. $21 adults, $17 kids. Registration required. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Wine and Whiskers: Join ARF to celebrate a decade at their Walnut Creek headquarters during Wine and Whiskers. Tickets are $80 and include wine and appetizers. Funds raised from the event support ARF's programs which provide positive relationships between animals and people. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28. Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-296-3154, www.arf.net.

Tantalizing Tarantulas: Learn interesting facts about these arachnids. Meet the resident tarantula and learn the best spots to find these critters during mating season. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Tarantula Trek: Learn all about these eight-legged bugs. 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 29. Black Diamond, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. For ages 6 and older. 888-327-2575, www.ebparksonline.org.

Animal Blessing: Bring your furry, feathered or finned friends to a blessing of the animals from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Community animal welfare groups will have information booths and Grace Cooperative Preschool will hold a bake sale during the event. www.gracewc.org.

Learn to Fish: This fun "derby style" class teaches kids how to catch their first fish. Learn basic techniques including casting and knot tying, followed by catching a fish from an enclosed net in the lake. Gear provided. For ages 5-17. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 2. Quarry Lakes, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont. $44/$21. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Meet the Snakes: Learn about snake adaptations and how these reptiles have become part of our folklore. Create a snake spiral craft. Drop in anytime between 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Secret Life of the Wood Rat: Take a short stroll to look for signs of this intriguing rodent. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

"Owl Moon" Walk: Kids and their families enter the woods on a nearly full-moon night to search for "hoots" and "screeches." Read a story and then take to the trail. Wear dark, warm, quiet clothing and bring flashlights. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19. A walk for adults will take place from 9 to 10 p.m. under the full moon to listen and watch for winged hungers. Meet at the Canyon Meadow Picnic Area off Redwood Road in Oakland. 510-544-3187.

Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.

Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. http://valleyhumane.org/programs/animeals.

SOUTH BAY

Pups on the Patio: Sip wine on the patio with your well behaved, leashed dog, during "Yappy Hour" at Cinnabar Winery. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Dog treats, goody bags and photos too. No cover; one drink minimum. 408-867-1012, www.cinnabarwinery.com.

Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email erotman@dfg.ca.gov.

Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.

PENINSULA

Native Birds, Native Plants: Executive Director Bob Power of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will speak about Audubon's current priorities. 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Free. 650-260-3450, http://cnps-scv.org/index.php/events/calendar.

NORTH BAY

"Beckoning Butterflies, Birds and Bees to the Garden": Local specialists and enthusiasts will be on hand to help you create your own habitat garden. Sept. 14-15. Garden and Nursery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Special presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $2 donation appreciated. Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 707-433-7455, www.russian-river-rose.com.

SAN FRANCISCO

Meet the Animals: Kids and families are invited to meet rodents and amphibians, check out a Great Horned Owl and maybe even touch a tortoise. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, and 19. No presentation Oct. 26. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

"Zombies!": San Francisco State University Biology Professor John Hafernik will describe how he serendipitously discovered that a small native fly, Apocephalus borealis, has begun parasitizing European honey bees. Parasitized bees show the "zombielike behavior" of leaving their hives at night on "a one-way flight of the living dead." They soon die and give rise to as many as 16 maggots that pupate and hatch into more zombie flies. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Free. 415-225-3830, ww.sfns.org.

"Bird Feathers and Bird Bones": Join David Lukas, writer and naturalist, for a presentation on bird bones, feathers and muscles and how they work together to help a bird fly and live in its environment. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Geared for adults; all ages welcome. Donations encouraged. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Birding the Hill: Explore Corona Heights Park with Audubon experts to check out its avian inhabitants. Birders will circle the hill to look into several habitats, each of which is enjoyed by different bird species. Beginning birders are welcome. The walk will last about two and a half hours and includes several stairs and a steep path to climb. 8 a.m. Oct. 18. Meet in front of Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. For ages 5 and older; kids younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Puppy Social: Let your puppy (6 months or younger) blow off some steam while learning proper behaviors and socializing with other puppies. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church St. Free. Advance registration required. 415-648-2582, http://k9scrubclub.com/pages/puppy-social.

AROUND THE STATE

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.

Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

MOBILE ADOPTION SITES

Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.

  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.

  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.

  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.

  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly's Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

  • Homeless Animals Response Program (H.A.R.P.)

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    Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.

    Send animal related events to kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.