All sorts of family fun is in store during the annual Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14, and visitors can share in the harvest bounty.
Activities will include harvesting Indian corn and popcorn (yes, there's a special variety used just for that purpose), and if you help you can take some home. Please bring your own bags to carry off your share.
There will also be magic shows, cider pressing, live old-time music, craft and blacksmithing demonstrations, rides on the farm's unique horse-drawn train and tours of the historic Patterson House.
Ardenwood is a restored 19th century estate located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just north of Highway 84 in Fremont. Entry to the festival costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for children ages 4 through 17 and is free for kids 3 and younger. Parking is free. For information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 2797.
GOING BUGGY: Insects will be the quarry in a safari from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley, led by naturalist James Wilson. The group will investigate all kinds of insect habitat, from forest to pond.
James' program is free of charge. Meet at Tilden's Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.
And there may still be room in a couple of programs at the center that require advance reservations. One is a workshop on building a tapestry using recycled materials and live plants. It's from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, designed for ages 15 and older and led by naturalist aide Morgan Evans.
The fee is $10 ($12 for nondistrict residents), and you can bring succulents to add to the tapestry.
The other workshop, for ages 12 and older, will show how to make duck decoys out of tule reeds. Native American hunters gave decoys of this kind to Spanish explorers as gifts. It's from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The fee is $20 ($22 for nondistrict residents).
For registration and information, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2. For the tapestry workshop, refer to program 30150. For tule duck decoys, the number is 30269.
FESTIVAL, FILMS: The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is holding a national workshop from Tuesday through Oct. 13 in Oakland, an event co-sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District.
The conference includes two free events open to the public: a screening of the Disneynature film "Chimpanzee" scheduled from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 12; and "Rockin' with EE," a family festival with music, art, exhibits and prizes from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13.
Both the film and festival will be at the Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th street. For more information on these events, visit the website, www.naaee.org. You can register for the free film at the website; seating is limited.
Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activ- ities. Email him at ned- firstname.lastname@example.org.