Scots will bring the Highland fling and other aspects of their culture to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on April 6 for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be Scottish music and dancing, bagpipe performances, handmade crafts for sale, historical re-enactments and Highland athletic competitions.
Local Scottish clans and societies will share their heritage, kids will enjoy the Children's Glen and Scottish food will be available. Kilts are not required, though you will not be alone if you wear one. It's always a colorful, friendly and fun event.
Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just north of Highway 84. Entry fee for the fair is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62 and older, $5 for children ages 4 through 17 and free for ages 3 and younger. Parking is free. For more information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 2797.
And while you're at Ardenwood, check out the newborn lambs. Twenty have arrived in the past month, and more are on the way. A new generation of chicks and kid goats is expected, too.
SUNOL WILDFLOWERS: Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County is one of the best places in the East Bay to see spring wildflowers.
For a guided wildflower walk and nature journaling clinic, join naturalist Cat Taylor at Sunol from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 6. All materials will be provided, and no drawing experience is necessary. Cat will lead a hilly 1½-mile walk, designed for ages 7 and older. The activity is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 1639. Or you can register at www.ebparksonline.org.
Edible flowers will be the focus of another Sunol program, from 11 a.m. to noon April 14, led by interpretive student aide Melissa Tarnowski. Melissa's program is also free, but registration is required. Refer to program 1644.
even more wildflowers: Ohlone Regional Wilderness is another great wildflower venue, with an often-spectacular display up on Rocky Ridge. To get there, start at the Lichen Bark picnic area in Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. From Lichen Bark, hike 21/2 miles uphill on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Be advised, this is a strenuous, long and sometimes steep climb. But the flowers and the view are worth it.
Del Valle Regional Park is on Del Valle Road off Mines Road about 6 miles south of Livermore. There's a fee of $6 per vehicle, and you must also purchase a permit to hike the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Permits cost $2 per person older than 13 and are good for a year. They are available at the park entrance kiosk.
AND MORE: Wildflowers abound at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve east of Mt. Diablo. Naturalist Katie Colbert will lead one of her Women on Common Ground hikes there from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13. It's an easy 3-miler through grasslands and oak woodlands.
Women on Common Ground is a series of naturalist-led hikes for women who enjoy the outdoors but have concerns for personal safety. The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 1699. Or visit www.ebparksonline.org.
help Pleasanton Ridge: At Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park near Pleasanton, Volunteers for Outdoor California will help the park district with a trail-upgrading project the weekend of April 19-21. The work will include widening trails, cleaning roads, installing signposts and installing a bench at a vista point. Each trail is just over a half-mile long. They are designed for hiking, bicycling and equestrian use.
The group needs volunteer trail workers, crew leaders, kitchen crew, tool managers, greeters and help with registration. All ability levels are welcome. No experience is necessary.
This event is held throughout the weekend. Volunteers can come the evening of April 19 to camp and then work April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and/or April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, log on to www.v-o-cal.org.
POINT PINOLE: Fitness for kids and adults alike is the goal of a series called Healthy Hikes/Hiking With Kids, led by East Bay Regional Park District's recreation department staff. Programs are scheduled the first Saturday of each month through October.
There's a Healthy Hike planned from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond. It starts with a short presentation on health benefits and safety tips, then leads into a hike. Then from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 6, there's a kid-friendly hike at Point Pinole, with breaks for games, searches and activities. Parents or guardians must accompany children.
For either hike, meet at the main park entrance, which is on Giant Highway off the Richmond Parkway. For information, call 510-544-2553 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TILDEN: Creek exploration and spring planting are on the agenda this weekend at Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley.
Led by naturalist Trent Pearce, the creek explorers will collect and identify creek-dwelling animals brought to life by spring rains. It's from 2 to 3 p.m. April 6. From 2 to 3 p.m. on April 7, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will oversee spring planting at the Tilden Nature Area garden. If you help, you can bring home some plants for your own garden.
For either program, meet at the Environmental Education Center at the north end of Tilden's Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.
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