Events

EAST BAY

Book signing and cat adoptions: Todd Friedman will sign copies of his book, "My Secret Life as Peanut," based on the true story of a calico cat named Sassy. Meet cats available for adoption and pick up a copy of the book which is available for a donation to CC4C. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.

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. Saturdays, through Jan. 11, at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for free nail trims, grooming and socializing. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org; www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

Meet the Bunnies: Learn why rabbits are great hoppers and how they use their long ears to sense danger. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Butterfly B&B: Visit a "monarch motel" and see who has checked in and what's on their menu. 2-3 p.m. Nov. 10. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

All About Birds: Take a marsh stroll to view the variety of bird beaks, legs and menu items which allow migrating birds to share the space. For ages 5 and older. 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.


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Family Farm Hike: Stroll around the farm and see what changes the fall season brings to the land and the wild animals that make their homes here. 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 10. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Dinosaur Plants: Explore "living fossils" and create your own terrarium. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive. $12 adults. $15 child. Members: $8 adults. $12 child. 510-643-2755, http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/bot.html?event_ID=68556&date=2013-11-16&filter=Event%20Type&filtersel=.

Wild Turkeys and Turkey Vultures: Hike the hills and look to the skies in search of wild turkeys and turkey vultures. 9-11 a.m. Nov. 17. Black Diamond Mines, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. 888-327-2757, 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. Saturdays, Nov. 16-Jan. 18 at PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for free nail trims, grooming and socializing. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org; www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

Chores for Little Farmers: Start the day with a story then prepare a morning treat for the sheep, goats and chickens. 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Monday Birding: Birding walks and hikes at various parks. 9 a.m.-noon Mondays. Nov. 18: Tilden Nature Area. Nov. 25: McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. 510-544-3241.

Trout Basics: Learn about gear selection, tackle and rigging, fish behavior and bait selection. The course is designed for those who have experience fishing but want additional knowledge specifically about trout fishing. Valid CA fishing license required for ages 16 and older. Gear provided. Registration required. $19 adults. $15 child. 8-10 a.m. Nov. 23. Shadow Cliffs, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Mickaboo Holiday Party and Fundraiser: Celebrate the holidays and support Mickaboo in providing a second chance to foster birds. Featuring silent auctions, raffles, homemade desserts, buffet and more. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Third Workplace, 7000 Sunne Lane, Suite 112, Walnut Creek. $20. $35 couples. Pay online or at the door. www.pigeonrescue.org.

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

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

Palo Alto Humane Society

Anniversary Gala Celebration: Festivities include a viewing of the movie "Babe," the story of a young pig who fights convention to become a sheep dog. Professional bagpiper Jeff Campbell will open the red-carpet event and musical group JewelTones will entertain during intermission. Special guests include Friendly Pony Parties and Barnyard Pals. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. $5. Includes popcorn and a drink. Reservations recommended. 650-424-1901, www.paloaltohumane.org.

Rabbit Haven Adoption and Education Show: The Rabbit Haven will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, at For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Ave., Sunnyvale. Adoption fees include a vet check, coupons and an education packet. Nail trims and home health checks will be available to all rabbits for a donation. See available rabbits at www.therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.

SAN FRANCISCO

Love a Senior Saturday: Visit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 9-23 to meet sweet older dogs who need forever homes. See available dogs at www.muttville.org. If you see a dog that you are interested in, call 415-272-4172 so that particular dog will there to meet you. 255 Alabama St., San Francisco.

Yappy Hour: Looking for a way to break up the weekday rut or just want to get out of the house for an hour with your dog? Taste free refreshments and sweets while your dog enjoys carob treats (no chocolate) and meet other dog-friendly folks during K9 Scrub Club's Yappy Hour. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 18. 1734 Church St. Free. 415-648-2582, www.k9scrubclub.com.

Wag Hotel Open House: Wag Hotels is celebrating the grand opening of its new Redwood City facility with an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16-17. Check out the kitty penthouses, suites and more during a personalized tour. 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City. Free. 888-924-5463, http://waghotels.com.

SPCA Holiday Window: The unveiling of the 27th annual holiday windows featuring adoptable kittens and puppies from the San Francisco SPCA will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Macy's Union Square, corner of Stockton and O'Farrell streets. The animals featured in the windows will be available for adoption inside the temporary SF SPCA Adoption Center on the first floor of Macy's. www.sfspca.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

Aquarium Offers Free Admission to Veterans: The Monterey Bay Aquarium will celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. military personnel during Veterans Day weekend by offering veterans, active-duty military, reservists and retirees free admission Nov. 9-11. A valid military ID must be presented at the main entrance. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. www.montereybayaquarium.org.

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.

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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.