Events

EAST BAY

Adventures in Birding: Photographer Don Jedlove will talk about hummingbird photography at the Kern River Preserve. For ages 12 and older. Registration required. 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Road, Fremont. www.ebparks.org.

Hot "Paw-gust" Nights Adoption Event: Kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, bunnies and even a guinea pig will be available for adoption during a special event sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers. Adoption fees for all pets is $20. (A license fee applies to dogs adopted to Hayward residents.) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16. Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court. 510-293-7200, ext. 7. www.haywardanimals.org.

Clicker Training: Learn to train your pets with behavior markers using a clicker and verbal cues. Teach your pet to come when called, improve litter box habits, curb aggression, or just play 2-3 p.m. Aug. 16. RabbitEARS Adoption Store, 6331 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. $20 donation for the whole family. 510-356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.

Birds and Coffee: Biologist John Sterling will present some of his Smithsonian research supporting the bird-friendly coffee movement and discuss why some coffee farms are better than others for birds and why good coffee farms are critical for conservation. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21. Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. $5 donation. http://bit.ly/1lS6Osd.


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"Things That Go Bump in the Night" Hike: Experience Mount Diablo State Park as darkness falls in a four mile hike searching for owls, bats, scorpions, tarantulas, poorwills and other creatures of the night. Wear hiking shoes; bring flashlight, liquids and snacks; dress in layers 6-9 p.m. Aug. 23. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Parking Lot. $6 per vehicle. Reservations required. mtdiablohiker@aol.com or sweettrails00@gmail.com.

Tarantulas on the Move: Learn about and look for California Tarantulas, on a moderate three-mile, two-hour hike on Mount Diablo with naturalist Michael Marchiano. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24. Meet at the Mitchell Canyon picnic area. $6 per car. Reservations required. 925-927-7222, www.mdia.org.

Terrific Tuesdays: Through a variety of activities and programs, children ages 2-5 learn about the natural sciences. Nut free snacks provided. Parent attendance required. Six-week and 12 week programs available. 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 2. Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. $15 for first child, $5 for each additional child. 925-947-6712, www.gardenshf.org.

Behind the Scenes at a Wildlife Hospital: In this presentation, visitors to Lindsay Wildlife Museum watch as hospital staff perform medical exams and treat injured, sick or orphaned baby animals, in a specially created exhibit area with a view into the treatment room, while staff narrates. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Labor Day. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Cost included in general admission. $6.50-$8.50. 925-627-2913, www.wildlife-museumorg.

Butterfly Walk: Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady on a search for butterflies. 3-4 p.m. Fourth Tuesdays monthly, through Oct. 28. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive. Free with garden admission. Space limited. Children welcome. Register by calling 510-643-2755 or email garden@berkeley.edu.

Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.mainecoonadoptions.com.

Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Xtreme Bugs Exhibit: Featuring more than 100 giant bugs, some that are animatronic, including a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet, a fluttering monarch butterfly, a ladybug, a line of marching ants, an orchid mantis, stinkbugs, spiders, honeybees and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 1. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. $11-$17. UC Berkeley students and staff, and children three and younger are free. www.lawrencehallofscience.org, 510-642-5132.

Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.

Delta Discoveries: Drop by Big Break Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, bigbreakvisit@ebparks.org.

Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email kcolbert@ebparks.org.

Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. http://valleyhumane.org/programs/animalsanimeals.

SOUTH BAY

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 erotman@dfg.ca.gov.

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.

PENINSULA

Purr-fect Pairings: Meet other animal lovers while enjoying unlimited tastings of Domenico wines, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. 2 p.m. Sept. 7. Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos. $60. $30 for ages 20 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Nine Lives Foundation. www.ninelivesfoundation.org.

Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, (through Dec. 13) rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. for dogs all shapes and sizes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society, 2 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, www.bringfido.com/event/11508.

Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344; lreynolds@phs-spca.org.

NORTH BAY

Bat Night at Olompali: Meet live bats, view bat houses, create a bat mask and make bat style s'mores. Just after dusk, Corky Quirk from NorCal Bats will present a slide show about the diversity and benefits of bats worldwide, then after dark you'll hopefully see some of the park's residents swoop and dive while they catch insects on the wing. All ages welcome. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16. Olompali State Historic Park, 8901 Redwood Highway, Novato. The event is free; parking is $8. 415-898-4362, ext. 204, www.parks.ca.gov/olompali.

Read to a Dog: Reading out loud improves literacy skills, and these specially trained Reading Education Dogs from the Marin Humane Society are great listeners. Kids age 5 to 9 are invited to call the Marin City Library to sign up for a ten minute session. Sessions: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 16-18. 415-332-6158. http://bit.ly/1syJjvM 1.

Insects at Stafford Lake: Start the day with a look at the insect life that can be found in and around the pond, then head down the trail to see the different types of insects that live in the marshes, forests and grasslands nearby. Bring a lunch. No pets allowed except service animals. High fire danger may cancel. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 19. Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. Free. www.marincountyparks.org. Call 415-893-9527 after 7 a.m. on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if canceled.

Mensona Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows, Obedience Trials and Rally Trials: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 22-24. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Lyttle Cow Palace, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free. Parking $6. 707-544-5103, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.

Tail Waggin' Mobile Adoptions: Meet dogs and cats available for adoption. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23. PetSmart, 1954 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free, http://stores.petsmart.com/Store/Details/2294.

SAN FRANCISCO

Author event: Meet Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of "Travels with Casey," a reflection on Benoit's four month journey through 32 states and 13,000 miles of America, accompanied by his nine-year-old Labrador mix. Dogs welcome. 7 p.m. Aug. 11. Books Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut St. Free. 415-931-3633, www.booksinc.net/event.

Pugs for Mutts Summer Carnival: A pug-filled benefit for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. With contests, drinks, food, costume parade and more. Pugs and socially friendly mutts welcome. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Dogpatch Wineworks, 2455 Third St. $52. $62 at the door. pugsformuttville.eventbrite.com.

Puppy Social: Let your puppy (six months or younger) blow off some steam while learning proper behaviors and socializing with other puppies. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church St. Free. Advance registration required. 415-648-2582, http://k9scrubclub.com/pages/puppy-social.

SANTA CRUZ/MONTEREY

Animal Loss Support Group: Meets 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursdays monthly. Santa Cruz SPCA Building, 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. Reservations: 831-465-5000.

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 ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. 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

Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.

  • Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, www.animalrescuerecon.com.

    Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.

  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.

  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.

  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.

  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly's Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

  • Homeless Animals Response Program (H.A.R.P.)

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    Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.

    Send animal related events to kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.