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.
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