Even though the weather is turning colder and wetter, that doesn't mean Livermore residents have any fewer things to do outdoors.
My favorite time to hike in Livermore is in late fall and winter, when the hills are green and the air is clean from all the rain. If you don't mind muddy shoes, you can sometimes have vast open areas such as Morgan Territory all to yourself. But a little bit closer to town, there are also some great outdoor activities to enjoy.
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is leading the charge to get Livermore residents outdoors in November. I take full advantage of the district's programs, including the play school programs for young kids. My daughter is learning to socialize with kids her age in the Terrific Twos program. I plan on using the district's free nature programs to make sure my wife and I remain active in the colder months.
From an early age, my daughter has admired the birds of Springtown, where we live, and now you can admire them, too. As part of the Park District's free nature programs, residents can participate in a search for seasonal migratory birds at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in the parks and trails around Springtown. Even if you aren't a birder, Springtown's trails offer some great views of the hills, arroyos and parks. Meet Ranger Patti Cole at Marlin Pound Park. For more information, call 925-960-2400.
Wild Turkey, anyone?: On the other side of town at 2 p.m. Nov. 18, residents can search for wild turkeys with Ranger Amy Wolitzer at Sycamore Grove Park. The only expense is parking, $5 per vehicle. In a column this spring I chronicled how these wily birds have multiplied in recent years and brought amusement and trouble to area residents. While many people will eat these turkeys' domesticated brethren Nov. 22, this hike will offer the opportunity to learn about the wild, yet invasive species.
Zydeco party: For those of you wishing to get up and move, but not wanting to brave the November weather, there's also a great indoor event that same weekend. Livermore's Bothwell Arts Center will hosting a fundraiser to support its facilities and programs at 6 p.m. Nov. 17. The event will feature live Zydeco music, dance lessons and Creole cuisine, wine and beer. The Zydeco Holiday Dance Party is $15, available at the door the night of the event. The Bothwell Arts Center offers events to promote area artists and affordable space for studios and performances in theater, dance, choral and other cultural arts. Through classes, workshops and performances, the center's goal is to promote the arts in people of all ages. Besides the zydeco fundraiser, Main Street Designs will sell See's Candies in support of Bothwell Arts Center at their seasonal downtown Christmas shop.
If anyone has any other ideas for Livermore residents to remain active throughout winter, let me know. Next time you read this column, you'll be preparing your Thanksgiving meal, and you can start burning those extra calories now. Good luck.
Contact Patrick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.