Contra Costa Humane Society Flea Market: Sell your wares or just come to shop at the Contra Costa Humane Society Flea Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 24, at the Winslow Center parking lot, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Booth space is still available for garage sale items, retail vendors, crafts, services and nonprofits. Proceeds from the booth rentals and the bake sale will benefit CCHS programs and local area rescues. For information, call 925-279-2247 or visit www.cchumane.org.
Wake up the Farm: Little farmers say good morning to the sheep and goats and help prepare a snack for the farm animals. 10:30-11 a.m. Sundays, through Aug. 25. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Insect Search: Hunt for insects. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 25. Tilden Nature Area. Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.com.
"Terrific Tuesdays": Preschool programs for kids ages 2-5 and an adult are held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. The cost is $15 for the first child ($8 for garden members), $5 for each additional child. Children younger then 2 are free with one paid admission. 925-947-6712. Themes: Aug. 27: Treasure hunt.
Dog Hike: Learn about local parks while walking with a naturalist and your four-legged friend. (Dog not required). Bring water and treats for you and your companion. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 31. Meet at the Bear Creek Staging Area, Briones. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Dog Calendar Contest: Oakland residents are invited to submit a photo of their dog for the City of Oakland's 2014 Dog Calendar Contest. Photos must be of dogs only (no people or other animal species), horizontal, in color and high print quality. Entry fee is $10 per photo; enter as many times as you like. Contest closes at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 or when 250 photos have been submitted. Contact Denise at 510-238-3739 or email@example.com for rules and registration information.
Blues 4 Bones: This pet friendly event will have food and beverages, live music and pet booths. 1 p.m. Sept. 1 Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road, Fairfield. $20. Proceeds benefit the spay and neuter fund for the SPCA of Solano County. 916-204-9800, http://solanobluescommunity.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 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.
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.
Paws for Honor Dinner Dance and Wine Event: Visit Fortino Winery for an evening of dining, dancing, silent and live auctions, live music and more. Vegetarian and nonalcoholic options are available. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 6. 4525 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. Must be 21 or older to attend. 408-842-3305, www.fortinowinery.com.
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. Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yappy Hour: Grab your dog or pup and visit Café LaTartine for an afternoon of fun. Dogs can enjoy dog biscuits and flavored water while their human companions sip their favorite drink, listen to music and bid on silent auction items. 2-5 p.m. Aug. 24. 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 650-780-7000, www.redwoodcity.org/calendar/EventDetail.aspx?Id=3931&CallingPage=Calendar.aspx.
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.
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.
Meet the Animals: A special selection of Randall Museum's animal ambassadors venture from their cages, pens and perches to greet visitors up close. Kids and their families can meet rodents and amphibians, a Great Horned Owl and possibly even touch a tortoise. 11 a.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 31. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.
Curious George: Meet Curious George and his trusty sidekick the Man in the Yellow Hat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24, at the San Francisco Zoo. Listen to readings of Curious George classics and have your picture taken too. 1 Zoo Road. Free with admission. 415-753-7080, http://sfzoo.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
Homeless Animals Response Program
Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.