Snakes: Study the differences and similarities of reptiles to humans, meet a snake face to face and create a snake craft to take home. For ages 5 and older. 1-1:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Foster Orientation: Get information on fostering dogs or cats, kittens or puppies. 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 25. ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. www.eventbrite.com/o/arf-foster-program-2892763585.
Help homeless animals: Join the Contra Costa Humane Society for a fundraiser presented by Creek Monkey and Lagunitas Brewing Company during Lagunitas' Pint Night. Raffle and donations will benefit Contra Costa Humane Society animals and programs. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 28. Creek Monkey Tap House 611 Escobar St., Martinez. www.cchumane.org/events.
Xtreme Bugs Exhibit: Featuring more than 100 giant bugs, some that are animatronic, including a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet, a fluttering monarch butterfly, a ladybug, a line of marching ants, an orchid mantis, stinkbugs, spiders, honeybees and more. Opening day celebration includes cockroach races between live and robotic bugs, opportunities to try on a robotic scorpion tail and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Feb. 1-Sept. 1. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. $11-$17. UC Berkeley students and staff, and children three and younger are free. www.lawrencehallofscience.org, 510-642-5132.
Paws in Need Valentine Crab Feed: Dinner includes cracked crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread, dessert, coffee or tea. A no-host bar offers wine, beer and soft drinks. All proceeds go toward assisting with medical costs for Tri-Valley community animals. 6-10 p.m. Feb. 8. Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin. $48 by Jan. 18; $53 thereafter. 925-323-8517, http://paws-in-need.org, email@example.com.
Fire Recovery Hike: Phil Reed leads an easy 1.5 hour hike around the summit of Mt. Diablo along the Mary Bowerman Trail. Start in unburned area on the north and proceed to the Morgan Fire burned area on the south side of the mountain. Wear hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers. Heavy rain cancels. 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Register, www.mdia.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.mainecoonadoptions.com.
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.
Delta Discoveries: Drop by Big Break Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in January and February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email email@example.com.
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.
"The Paw Project": This documentary follows the story of a veterinarian and her grass roots movement to protect felines from the cruelty of declawing. A screening of the film will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. For tickets, email Pierluigi.Oliverio@sanjoseca.gov. For information about the Paw Project, visit www.pawproject.org.
San Jose Bird Mart: Large selection of birds, bird supplies, seed, toys, cages, bird shows (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (VIPs admitted at 9 a.m.) Feb. 16. Parkside Hall, Exhibit Hall B, 180 Park Ave., San Jose. $4-$23.50. www.sanjosebirdmart.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.
Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Adoption Day: Meet German shepherd's available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25, at Petco, 2765 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Must be preapproved to adopt. For information, visit www.bayareagsr.org. 855-473-5683.
CFA Cat Show: Meet shelter cats looking for homes and see pedigreed and house cats vying for titles, feline agility, prizes for best costumed cat (Saturday) and the Kids' Toy Kitty event (Sunday). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $3-$5 adults. 707-935-9040, www.srcatshow.com.
Hiking and Backpacking with Your Dog: Author Linda Mullally will share tips on choosing a dog to fit your lifestyle and training him/her for the trail. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. REI, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 707-540-9025, www.rei.com/event/55301/session/85201/02282014.
Puppy Playtime: In honor of National Training Month, PetSmart is offering puppy playtime from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, at 315 Gellert Blvd., Daly City. $10. For additional locations, visit http://pets.petsmart.com/services/dog-training.
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show: Featuring nearly 1,500 dogs and more than 135 breeds. "Best in Show" selected each day; dog rally, demonstrations, all breed fashion show and dog dancing. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City. $7-$12. 415-404-4111, http://goldengatekennelclub.com.
Ocean Beach Cleanup: Help clean up plastic debris that can choke and strangle marine life. Supplies and refreshments provided. Heavy rain cancels. Noon Jan. 25. Meet on Ocean Beach at the end of Noriega. Free. 415-225-3830, www.sfns.org, email@example.com.
Haute Dog SF 3: Fashionable pooches will stroll the catwalk to showcase couture outfits designed by Bay Area interior designers with fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St. $35. 415-490-5800, www.hautedog14.eventbrite.com.
CFA All Breed Cat Show: With household pet and feline agility competitions, adoptable cats and kittens, cat toys, furniture, gifts, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $3-$5. Proceeds benefit F.A.I.R.E, UC Davis FIP Research, The Humane Society, Forgotten Felines and Pets Lifeline. 707-538-1473, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
Kennel Health Conference: Presented by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence. This conference is designed for veterinarians, veterinary professionals and animal facilities staff or anyone who is looking for the best alternatives to diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious diseases through good biosecurity practices, vaccination protocols, early detection systems, and aggressive therapeutic alternatives. Attendance and participation is open to organizations and individuals. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. $35; lunch included. 800-295-4050, www.guidedogs.com/site/PageServer?pagename=news_events_kennelhealthconference.
Bark & Whine Ball: Put on your finest attire and join CLAW (Critter Lovers at Work) for a night to honor and help four-legged friends. Tickets are $150 and include dinner, drinks, live music and a silent auction. Dogs are welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco SPCA's Cinderfella Fund, which helps sick and injured animals in need of extraordinary medical care. 7 p.m. March 13. Fort Mason Center, Buchanan and Marina. 415-522-3535, www.clawsf.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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