Dog Day Afternoon: Spend an afternoon with your four-legged friend at Wente Vineyards. Find out what your pet is thinking from animal communicator Charles Peden, and see a dog-training demonstration by The Dog School. Prizes will be given for best wag, best hair and best costume. The Valley Humane Society will also be on-site. Wines will be available by the glass and bottle. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore. Free. 925-456-2305.
Night Watchers: Discover how owls maneuver through the dark to find a mate and their prey. Venture into their wild habitat and meet some native Bay Area owls up close. For adults only. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. $18. To register, call 510-881-6700 or visit www.haywardrec.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoption Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13; noon-4 p.m. Oct. 14, Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd. Pleasant Hill. Kittens, adult cats. 510-710-9250, http://mainecoonadoptions.com.
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.
Black Cat Ball: Friends of Animal Services present its Black Cat Ball at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Lone Tree Golf & Events Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. The annual event will have dinner, dancing, raffle and a costume contest. Costumes are optional. The cost is $65 for adults and $35 for children 13 and younger. All proceeds benefit the animals at the Antioch Animal Shelter. Tickets, 925-431-8318, 925-754-2923.
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.
Book Reading: Meet Dr. Ed reading from his new book, "Little Eddy and the Cabs of New York," about a wise and clever guinea pig who helps to lessen the plight of animals without homes. Check out the rescued guinea pigs needing homes and learn how to love and care for your own adopted guinea pigs. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. RabbitEars, 7523 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. Free. 510-356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.
Wellness Day for People and Pets: See adoptable animals from the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society and enter a drawing for a professional photo shoot with you and your pet, chiropractic treatments for people and pets. Plus healthy treats for all. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Prins Chiropractic, 1308 Solano Ave., Albany. Free. 510-526-6243, www.prinschiropractic.com.
Burgers for Contra Costa Humane Society: Dine at the Habit Burger Grill's new location from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 28 and all of the proceeds will go to the Contra Costa Humane Society. 1504 Geary Road, Walnut Creek. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.
Help homeless animals: That's Amore, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's annual dinner and auction, will take place from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. Tickets are $75 and include appetizers, dinner buffet, dessert, coffee and auctions. Purchase tickets at www.tvar.org.
Animal Lover's Boutique: Holiday sale featuring unique animal-themed gifts for people and pets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Benefits Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. www.valleyhumane.org.
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.
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.
Wildlife Fest: Meet Zorro, the Turkey Vulture and some of his animal entourage plus their human handlers at this barbecue and auction fundraiser for the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. In addition to the barbecue the event will have personal raptor handling lessons, original artwork, handmade jewelry and more. Noon-3 p.m. Oct 20. Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, 16450 Murphy Ave. $40 adults, $10 ages 5-12, free for age 4 and younger. Purchase tickets by Oct. 17. 408-779-9372, www.werc-ca.org.
Pet Axis, the Howl-O-ween edition: This community event hosted by Axis condominiums features tours of model homes with your pet, a pet services fair and a Howl-O-Ween Doggie costume contest with prizes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27. Axis, 28 N. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Free. 408-297-9888.
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.
Blessing of the Animals: Ministers will bless animal companions or a photograph of a pet. Prize ribbons will be awarded to outstanding animals guests; vendors; raffle. 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave., Burlingame. Free. 650-344-6321, www.burlumc.org.
Shop for Feral Cats: Shop for animal themed merchandise and help out the Palo Alto Humane Society Spay-Neuter Program and Animal Rescue Fund which benefits feral and abandoned cats. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Palo Alto Human Society, 520 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. 650-424-1901, www.paloaltohumane.org.
Cool Cats Fundraiser: An evening of wines and appetizers, live music, silent auction and prizes. 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 20. Twin Pines Community Center, 30 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont. $50. All proceeds benefit Homeless Cat Network. 650-286-9013, www.homelesscatnetwork.com.
Greyhound Meet and Greet: Meet retired racing Greyhounds, and learn what wonderful companions they make. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13. Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Free. 800-924-7397, www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.
Big Cat Little Cat Afternoon: Hosted by Petaluma Animal Services. Featuring five ambassador wildcats from the Wildcat Education and Conservation Fund and kittens available for adoption from the Animal Shelter's new "Cuddle Shuttle." 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma Hotel, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. $10 adults, $5 kids younger than 12. 707-778-7387, www.petalumaanimalshelter.org.
Pet Health and Adoption Fair: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 27, Southampton Pet Hospital, 490 East L St., Benicia. Food, samples, demonstrations and fun. 707-745-1135.
Evening with Owls: Meet live owls and hawks and even bats at this event presented by the Hungry Owl Project. The event also includes educational speakers, wild life artists, appetizers, wine, beer, a silent auction, raffles and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. $75. ($85 after Oct. 19). Reservations, 415-454-4587, www.hungryowl.org.
Pet First Aid & CPR Class: This course offers information for caring for a pet and the skills needed to manage a wide range of pet emergencies. The class is taught by an accredited pet tech instructor and no prior veterinary or medical knowledge is necessary. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14. Wag Hotel, 25 14th St. $62.50. Limited enrollment. 415-876-0700, www.waghotels.com.
Party with Your Pup: Bring your pup to an anniversary party for PAWS and the shelter animals of Pets Unlimited. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 18. El Rio, 3158 Mission St. $10 admission benefits PAWS and Pets Unlimited. 415-568-3052, www.petsunlimited.org/events-calendar.
Dogtoberfest: Pet costume contest, pet portraits, agility course, dog treats and prizes. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20. Upper Douglass Dog Park, 27th and Douglass streets. Free. 415-350-4586, http://fuddp.org/index.php.
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
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