Burrowing Owl Docent Training: Become a volunteer docent and help others spot and understand the Burrowing Owls who spend winter at the Berkeley Marina. Golden Gate Audubon will hold volunteer docent training 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22 in Berkeley. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paws in the Park: Join the Valley Humane Society for a fun afternoon benefiting animal rescue and community programs. Start the day with a charity dog walk -- with or without your dog -- followed by an animal festival featuring fly ball, Frisbee, nose work demonstrations, pet contests, animal-themed shopping and gourmet food trucks. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23. Amador Valley Community Park, 4455 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Register for walk at http:pawsinthepark.valleyhumane.org.
Burlingame Pet Parade: This family-friendly event will have alpacas, police dogs and pet fortune tellers. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, along Broadway in Burlingame. Pet owners who wish to march with their pets must report by 9:30 a.m. to the parking lot near Broadway and Chula Vista. Every participant receives a souvenir ribbon. Fancy ribbons will be awarded for the best pet trick; most unusual pet; best dressed pet and most original float, group or wagon. The grand
"Poker for Pugs!": The Gena Austin Memorial Fundraiser: "Poker for Pugs!" is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door and includes a buffet dinner, silent auction and poker tournament buy in. All proceeds benefit PROS-Pug Rescue of Sacramento. www.pugpros.org.
Blessing of the Animals: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Fremont Congregational Church, 38255 Blacow Road, Fremont. 925-793-3970.
Blessing of the Animals: A special ceremony to honor animal companions. 2:45 p.m. registration, 3 p.m. ceremony, Oct. 7. Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-531-8212.
Fall for our Wildlife: The Lindsay Wildlife Museum presents a special evening to benefit the museum's wildlife programs, educational programs and hospital. Festivities include a cocktail reception with live music, silent and live auction, gourmet dinner, dancing and more. The evening's special honoree is Gary Bogue, pet and wildlife columnist who recently retired from the Contra Costa Times. 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 13. Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill, Alamo. $200. www.wildlife-museum.org/gala
Beginning Bird-watching: This introduction to bird-watching will show you the best places to find birds, how to identify them and familiarize you with the tools needed such as binoculars and scopes. Lectures: Wednesdays 7—8 p.m., Oct. 17—Nov. 7. Field trips: Weekends 9 a.m. Oct. 20—Nov. 10. Golden Gate Audubon
2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite G., Berkeley. $105. $85 members. 510-843-2222.
V-I-Peek programs: New programs at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see what it's like to work with their unique collection of animals. Eagle Encounter: Learn from eagle handlers what it's like to work with these birds, help prepare a meal and get premium seating for the exhibit hall presentation of Raptors! Keeper Experience: Meet resident animal ambassadors (reptile, bird and mammal) up close and personal and help animal keepers prepare meals, create enrichment activities and assist with a public presentation. Space is limited. Participants must be 10 years or older and advanced registration is required. $175 per person; $150 members. $275 per guardian/child combination; $250 members. 925-935-1978, www.wildlife-museum.org.
Dog Adoption Showcase: Pet and play with dogs of all sizes and breeds and get "insiders information" from foster parents who are currently taking care of them in their homes. Noon-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. 408-262-2133, ext. 150. See available dogs at www.hssv.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.
Pet Loss Support Group: This group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pet or anticipates one. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly, through Dec. 4. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, ext. 178, www.hssv.org.
Paintings of Nathan Oliveira: The Humane Society Silicon Valley will host the first public showing of the unique, personal collection of dog paintings by the late Nathan Oliveira, local artist and Stanford professor. Oliveira loved dogs and throughout his career featured many of them in his paintings, including Max, his Rottweiler. After the exhibit, guests can see the pets available for adoption. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 15-16. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. www.hssv.org, 408-262-2133.
Bark in the Park San Jose: This dog and family oriented event features contests, food, dog-related vendors and services, celebrities, entertainment and lots of dogs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. William Street Park, corner of E. William and S. 16th streets, San Jose. Admission is free but a $5 donation per dog is encouraged. 408-793-5125, www.barksanjose.org.
Pet Photo Days: Murphy Avenue Pet Clinic, in collaboration with the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department and Masterpiece Portrait Design, is hosting Pet Photo Days to raise money for custom-fit, bulletproof vests for the new Sunnyvale public safety canines. For a $55 donation you will receive a 15-minute professional session (individual pet or with family) and a 5 by 7 photo printed while you wait. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22-23. Murphy Avenue Pet Clinic, 101 W. Hendy Ave., Sunnyvale. For an appointment, call 408-733-7387. www.mapc.veststreet.com.
Woofstock 2012: Enjoy a day of wine tasting, live music, dog costume contest, pet related vendors, treats for dogs, adoption showcase and silent auction and raffle. Wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages and food will be available for purchase. Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 23. Power to the Paw Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga. $15 online/$20 at the door; 16 and younger are free. A portion of the cover charge benefits Furry Friends Rescue. http://bit.ly/U08tPH.
Walk-n-Wag: Join the fun at Humane Society Silicon Valley's Walk-n-Wag, a 5K walk for dogs and their owners benefiting the adoptable animals at Humane Society Silicon Valley. See dogs dressed in costume, dog agility demonstrations, vendor booths and participate in a dog raffle. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 6. Kelley Park and History Museum, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.
AROUND THE STATE
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