A familiar fruit in surprising variety will be the attraction at the Garin Apple Festival, a family-friendly event set for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Garin Regional Park in Hayward.

Garin Park has an antique apple orchard, tended by volunteers, where 160 varieties of apples are grown, many no longer available commercially. During the festival, docents will lead tours of the orchard.

Other activities will include apple cider pressing, ice cream making, live music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games. It's all centered on Garin's Red Barn Visitor Center near the park's main parking lot. For information, call 510-544-3220.

The park is at the end of Garin Avenue off Mission Boulevard. There's a $5 parking fee when the kiosk is attended. Entry to the festival is free. Though the announcement in the park district's Regional in Nature Activity Guide lists fees, that was a mix-up. Those charges are actually for the Ardenwood Harvest Festival, which will be Oct. 12 and 13.

SHARKS, SHARKS, SHARKS: Sharks will be the stars of family nature fun hour this weekend at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. From 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Crab Cove naturalists will host programs about those toothy predators, some of which live in San Francisco Bay.

Then from 3 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, it's fish feeding time at the visitor center's large aquarium.


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Crab Cove is at 1252 McKay Ave. off Central Avenue. For details, call 510-544-3187.

WALKING WITH KIDS: Hikes for Tykes is a program of free hikes led by naturalists and designed for young children accompanied by a parent. Average distance is a mile; strollers aren't recommended.

There's a Tyke Hike from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. Meet at the park's Skyline Gate trailhead on Skyline Boulevard. Bring a snack.

If you can't make that one, there's another at the same time on Sept. 24 at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. Meet at the parking lot across from the park district's public safety department headquarters on a hilltop off Lake Chabot Road. For details, call 510-544-3187.

TALL, TALL TREE: There's only one "old growth" redwood tree still standing in the East Bay. You can get a view of it from a distance by joining naturalist Michael Charnofsky on a five-mile hike from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Meet Michael at Leona Heights Regional Open Space's Canyon Oaks Drive staging area off Keller Avenue in Oakland. For details, call 510-544-3187.

Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.

HIKE THE WILDERNESS: At Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County, naturalist Katie Colbert will lead an easy stroll along the Indian Joe Nature Trail from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Along the way, the group will remove deer-proofing screens from young oak trees that have outgrown the cages.

The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program number 3563.

Sunol has a parking fee of $5 when the kiosk is attended. For details, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3249.

Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.