Petco's National Adoption Weekend: Considering adopting a pet? Learn how to properly care for a new pet's physical, mental, social and emotional needs during Petco's adoption weekend, March 9-10. Adoption times may vary. www.petco.com.
Maine Coon Cat Adoption Fair: View adoptable cats and kittens and fill out an adoption application at ww.mainecoonadoptions.com. Adopters must be approved in advance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9-10, Wildbirds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill.
Hop To 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. March 9, at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Free nail trims and grooming also available. www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's Claws for Paws Crab Feed: 6 p.m. March 9. Shrine Events Center, 170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore. $50. 925-373-4880, www.tvar.org.
Wake Up The Farm: "Little Farmers" can say good morning to the sheep and goats and help prepare a snack for the farm animals. 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 9, March 16 and Sunday, March 10. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood
Discover a Sense of Place: Presented by the Gardens at Heather Farm, this series includes activities and walks to explore watersheds, plants, animals and insects in our area. 9 a.m.-noon March 9 and 23, and May 11. Various locations. $20 registration fee, which will be refunded at event. 925-947-1678, www.gardenshf.org.
Gorgeous Goats: Kids can lend a hand with exercising and grooming goats. 11:30 a.m.-noon March 9 and March 30. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Chickens 101: Rachel Hoff from Dog Island Farm will discuss what is needed to be a successful chicken keeper. 10 a.m.-noon March 9. Loma Vista Farm, 150 Rainier Ave. Vallejo. The class is free but donations accepted. 606-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.
Reptile Ramble: Playful activities and visit with reptiles. For ages 5 and older. 1-2:30 p.m. March 9. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 510-544-3220, www.ebparksonline.org.
Little Farm Goat Hike: Take a short hike and explore the historic connections between humans and goats. 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 9. Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 510-544-2233.
Introduction to Fly Fishing: Beginner anglers spend three hours at Lake Anza casting with a fly-casting instructor then two and a half hours of classroom instruction on knots, fly selection, reading the water and more. For ages 12 and older. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 10. Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. $66. Registration required. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Little Lambs: See baby lambs play, feed their moms a snack and learn about their wool. 1:30-2:30 p.m. March 10, March 24 and 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 13. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797. www.ebparksonline.org.
Nesting Time: Search for nests of all types, then make a few of your own. 11 a.m.-noon March 10. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Toddler Time: Kids 1-4 meet and learn all about a new animal friend thorough stories, chores and fun. 11-11:30 a.m. March 12: Chickens. March 19: Goats. March 26: Cows. April 2: Rabbits. April 9: Sheep. April 16: Chickens. April 23: Goats. April 30: Pigs. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Busy Bees: Meet a Queen Bee and learn about her subjects' plant habitats and elaborate comb structure from Judy's Bees at this adult nature program. Noon-1:30 p.m. March 16. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. $18. 510-881-6700.
Small Animal Play Day: Play with small pets and learn about their individual diet, grooming and habitat needs during Petco's "Meet the Critters" small animal play day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16. For a Petco location, visit www.petco.com.
Brew at the Zoo: Meet animals, sample beer from local breweries and listen to Irish music. Must be 21 or older. 2-5 p.m. March 17. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. $25. 510-632-9525, http://brewatthezoo.eventbrite.com.
Gardening for Native Bees: Celeste Ets-Hokin, native bee garden designer for the Gardens at Lake Merritt, will present images of native bees and discuss their importance, introduce native bee ecology and life cycles, give tips on species identification and discuss plantings to encourage bees. 7 p.m. March 20. Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-501-3672, email@example.com.
Pet First Aid and CPR: Learn how to save a pet's life during an emergency, minimize trauma after injury and safely transport an injured pet to the veterinary clinic. For ages 12 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24. Lake Chabot, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. $51. Registration required. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Explore the Bay at Low Tide: See the creatures that normally hide beneath the sea. Wear mud boots or old shoes and search for crabs in the mud. 10-11:30 a.m. March 30. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.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.
Storytime and Nature Fun: Meet characters like the Lorax, hermit crabs and "Swimmey the Fish" through stories. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, through March. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Paws for Tails: Children ages 5-12 can improve their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog from the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA's Paws for Tales program. 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19. Belmont Public Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas. Free. 650-591-8286, www.smcl.org/libraries/bel/index.html.
Wine Country Greyhound Meet and Greet: Meet retired racing Greyhounds and learn what wonderful companions they make. 1-3 p.m. March 9. Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Free. 800-924-7397, www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.
Pawsport Napa Valley: This dog-friendly event includes wine tasting, discounts on wine purchases, food pairings, dog treats, prizes and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22. Pawsport Napa Valley Wineries, 3265 California Blvd., Napa. $75. Benefits Napa Humane. 707-255-8118, ext. 205, http://pawsportnv.eventbrite.com.
AROUND THE STATE
Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.
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 email@example.com. 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
Send animal related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.