Events

EAST BAY

Internet Cat Video Festival: Some of the best cat videos from around the Internet will be shown on a large screen following a day of festivities at the West Coast premiere of Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival. Animal rescue groups will attend as well as local artisans displaying cat-themed art, activities for kids, food, beer and wine. Celebrity cats such as Meow Streep and Robert Redful will make an appearance in Community Concern 4 Cat's mobile adoption center and yoga teachers will demonstrate "Cat Yoga." Wear a cat costume and participate in the parade. The festival takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7, (Film starts at approximately 7:30 p.m.) at Heather Farm, Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Bring blankets or low chairs for screening. Admission is $10 adults; $5 children; free for 3 and younger. www.communityconcernforcats.org/2013/catvid.

ASL for Farm Animals: Meet farm animals and learn their ASL signs as well as different farm related signs. 10:30-11 a.m. Sept. 7. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Meet the Bunnies: Get a close-up look at a rex rabbit, pet a Dutch bunny and see other rabbits that might be hopping around. 12:30-1 p.m. Sundays: Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. Saturdays: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

All About Bees: Visit the Kids Garden and learn about bees. Honey provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 8. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Martinez Mutt Strutt: Enter your four-legged friend in contests for: best name, best tail, best trick, best costume, looks must like owner and win a prize. All dogs must be on a leash. 6 p.m. Sept. 12. John Muir Amphitheater, Martinez Marina. Free. To register, call 925-372-3510.

Adopt a Maine Coon Cat: Maine Coon Adoptions is holding an adoption fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Short- and medium-haired cats will also be available. Adoption applications are available at http://MaineCoonAdoptions.com.

Delta Saturday Series: Join a "plain English" discussion to help understand the issues facing the Delta and how they affect us. 3-3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and Oct. 12; 10-10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. Registration required. 510-544-3050, BigBreakVisit@ebparks.org, www.ebparksonline.org.

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue and Contra Costa County Animal Services will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14, at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for socializing and free nail trims and grooming. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org and www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

Farm Chores for Kids: Crack corn, feed animals, check the chickens and help with other morning chores. 10:30-11 a.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 1-888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Wine and Whiskers: Join ARF to celebrate a decade at their Walnut Creek headquarters during Wine and Whiskers. Tickets are $80 and include wine and appetizers. Funds raised from the event support ARF's programs which provide positive relationships between animals and people. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28. Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-296-3154, www.arf.net.

Meet the Authors: Meet Howard Vanes, (Doggie Love! and Kitty Love!) and Cathy Turney, (Dog Stories) from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Concord Pet Food Express, 785 Oak Grove Road and also from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lafayette Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd. www.norcalpoodlerescue.net.

Animal Blessing: Bring your furry, feathered or finned friends to a blessing of the animals from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Community animal welfare groups will have information booths and Grace Cooperative Preschool will hold a bake sale during the event. www.gracewc.org.

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.

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.

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/animeals.

SOUTH BAY

Pups on the Patio: Sip wine on the patio with your well behaved, leashed dog, during "Yappy Hour" at Cinnabar Winery. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Dog treats, goody bags and photos too. No cover; one drink minimum. 408-867-1012, www.cinnabarwinery.com.

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

"Get Your Hands On Our Buns": The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA are hosting an adoption event geared toward people who are considering pairing their current rabbit with a shelter bunny. Bring your rabbit to the event and matchmakers will suggest which shelter rabbit might make a good partner and then facilitate introductions. Specialists will be on hand to answer questions about rabbit care as well as demonstrations on harness use, training and grooming. Reduced adoption fees and discounts on rabbit care kits available. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7. Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/events/.

Native Birds, Native Plants: Executive Director Bob Power of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will speak about Audubon's current priorities. 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Free. 650-260-3450, http://cnps-scv.org/index.php/events/calendar.

Paws for Tales: Come read to a specially trained dog provided by the Peninsula Humane Society. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. 650-780-5740, www.redwoodcity.org/calendar/EventDetail.aspx?Id=3965&;CallingPage=Calendar.aspx.

NORTH BAY

Redwood Empire Kennel Club: All Breed Dog Show, Obedience Trials and Rally Trials. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. Free. 707-283-3247, https://www.facebook.com/RedwoodEmpireKennelClub.

Dog Swim: The swimming lagoon at Spring Lake Regional Park turns into an off-leash dog park for two weekends in September. Well-behaved dogs are invited to swim in the lagoon and run on the beach from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29. A requested donation of $3-$5 will benefit the parks. Parking is $7. Free for Regional Park members. 707-565-2041.

SAN FRANCISCO

Puppy Social: Let your puppy (6 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.

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

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.

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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.