Scots will bring the Highland fling and other aspects of their culture to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Saturday, April 6, for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be Scottish music and dancing, bagpipe performances, handmade crafts for sale, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletic competitions.
Local Scottish clans and societies will share their heritage, kids will enjoy the Children's Glen, and Scottish food will be available. Kilts are not required, though you will not be alone if you wear one. It's always a colorful, friendly and fun event.
Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just north of Highway 84. Entry fee for the fair is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for children 4-17, and free for tots 3 and younger. Parking is free. For more information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 2797.
And while you're at Ardenwood, check out the newborn lambs. Twenty have arrived in the past month and more are on the way. A new generation of chicks and kid goats is expected, too.
Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County is one of the best places in the East Bay to see spring wildflowers.
For a guided wildflower walk and nature journaling clinic, join naturalist Cat Taylor at Sunol from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. All materials will be provided and no drawing experience is necessary.
Cat will lead a hilly 1½-mile walk, designed for ages 7 and older. The activity is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 1639. Or you can register at www.ebparksonline.org.
Edible flowers will be the focus of another Sunol program, from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 14, led by interpretive student aide Melissa Tarnowski. Melissa's program is also free, but registration is required. Refer to program 1644.
Ohlone Regional Wilderness is another great wildflower venue, with an often-spectacular display up on Rocky Ridge. To get there, start at the Lichen Bark picnic area in Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore.
From Lichen Bark, hike 2½ miles uphill on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Be advised, this is strenuous, a long and sometimes steep climb. But the flowers and the view are worth it.
Del Valle Regional Park is located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road about six miles south of Livermore. There's a fee of $6 per vehicle, and you must also purchase a permit to hike the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Permits cost $2 per person over 13 and are good for a year. They are available at the park entrance kiosk.
Wildflowers also abound at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve east of Mount Diablo. Naturalist Katie Colbert will lead one of her Women on Common Ground hikes there from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. It's an easy three-miler through grasslands and oak woodlands.
Women on Common Ground is a series of naturalist-led hikes for women who enjoy the outdoors but have concerns for personal safety.
The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 1699. Or visit www.ebparksonline.org.
At Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park near Pleasanton, Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-CAL) will assist the park district with a trail upgrading project during the weekend of April 19-21.
The work will include widening trails, cleaning up old ranch roads, installing signposts to mark trails and installing a bench at a vista point. Each trail is just over a half a mile long. They are designed for hiking, bicycling and equestrian use.
V-O-CAL needs volunteer trail workers, crew leaders, kitchen crew, tool managers, greeters and help with registration. All ability levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. This event is held throughout the weekend.
Volunteers can come on Friday evening to camp and then work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and/or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. To register, log on to www.v-o-cal.org.
Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through Sunday lunch. Camping is free and open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights.
Volunteers for Outdoor California provides a workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations.
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Fitness for kids and adults alike is the goal of a series called Healthy Hikes/Hiking With Kids, led by East Bay Regional Park District's recreation department staff. Programs are scheduled the first Saturday of each month through October.
There's a Healthy Hike planned from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond. It starts with a short presentation on health benefits and safety tips, then leads into a hike.
Then from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, there's a kid-friendly hike at Pt. Pinole, with breaks for games, searches and activities. Parents or guardians must accompany children.
For either hike, meet at the main park entrance, which is on Giant Highway off the Richmond Parkway. For information, call 510-544-2553 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Creek exploration and spring planting are on the agenda this weekend at Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley.
Led by naturalist Trent Pearce, the creek explorers will collect and identify creek-dwelling animals brought to life by spring rains. It's from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
From 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will oversee spring planting at the Tilden Nature Area garden. If you help, you can take home some plants for your own garden.
For either program, meet at the Environmental Education Center at the north end of Tilden's Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.
The California Park & Recreation Society has presented a Fellowship Award in the Professional Service award series to Carol Severin for lifetime significant contributions to the California parks and recreation profession.
Severin was recognized for her outstanding contributions in leadership, strategic planning, partnership/coalition building, communications, and as a creator of experiences at the local, state and national levels for a multitude of recreation and parks organizations during her career.
She received the award at the 2013 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference, held in San Jose on March 8.
Severin is an outstanding contributor to the California parks and recreation profession. As a member of CPRS for 63 years, she started as recreation leader and capped her long professional career in 2012 as board president of East Bay Regional Park District. She has served on the district's board of directors for the past 18 years.
Ned MacKay writes about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Ned MacKay at email@example.com.