Events

EAST BAY

Canine Fashion Show: All breeds welcome. 2-3 p.m. March 22. Unleashed by Petco, 699 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro. www.petco.com.

Budding Birders: Through fun activities, kids learn the basics of bird identification and foster an appreciation for feathered friends. 10-11:30 a.m. March 22. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

March Madness Mega Adoption Event: Animal Rescue of Tracy is partnering with other nonprofit animal rescue groups for an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22, at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, Tracy. Meet adoptable cats and dogs from the Tracy area all at one event. The event will also have free face painting for kids, informational booths for feral cat awareness, safety awareness and pit bull awareness. Guest appearances by Miss Teen California, Mrs. California, and Beauties of the Nation, 2013-2014. No pets allowed. www.animalrescuetracy.org


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Pet First Aid and CPR: With a focus on basic first aid, including wounds, fractures, choking, cardiac emergency and snake bites. Booklet and certificate included in fee. For ages 12 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22. Lake Chabot, 17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. $45. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

St. Pitty's Day Adopt-a-thon and Education Event: Meet representatives from Good News Pittie Pups Rescue, East Bay Berkeley Humane and California Pit Bull Rescue and learn more about pit bulls and pit mixes. The event, hosted by Contra Costa County Animal Services, includes training and handling demonstrations, dogs available for adoption, information and refreshments. Free five-week dog training classes available for anyone adopting a "bully breed" at the event. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23, Martinez Shelter, 4800 Imhoff Place. 925-335-8300, www.facebook.com/events/550010611685878.

Little Lambs: See baby lambs play, feed their moms a snack and learn about their wool. 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 23. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparks.org.

Paws to Read: Children in grades 1-5 can read aloud to a dog to help improve their reading skills. 4 p.m. or 4:35 p.m. March 25. Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 925-673-0659.

Pizza for Paws: Visit Round Table Pizza, 1938 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 27 and Contra Costa Humane Society will receive 20 percent of your total order. Must have a flier to participate. Download a flier at www.cchumane.org or request one at 925-279-2247.

"Nature and Nurture": Two naturalist events hosted by Dougherty Station Library. "Kindred Spirits: Photographs from our Extended Family Album," 10 a.m.-noon March 29. "Congo Wildlife Adventure," 2-4 p.m. March 29. 17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. All ages. Free. 925-973-3380.

Llamas: Learn to groom, feed, lead and interact with llamas. Reserve your own llama or share one with up to three people. For ages 8 and older. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 29, April 12 and April 26; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 16, March 30, April 13 and April 27. Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland. $78 per llama. 888-327-2757, ext. 2, www.ebparksonline.org.

Lamb, Kids and Piglets: Discover fun animal facts on an afternoon stroll around the farm. 1-2 p.m. March 29. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparks.org.

"Bunny Bonanza" Adoption Event: Meet rabbits from multiple rescue groups and learn how to care for them. Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him or her a new friend. Free nail trims for visiting rabbits. 1-4 p.m. April 5. Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court. 510-293-7200.

Eggstraganza: Learn about eggs and life cycles and explore the cultural traditions of egg decoration. Meet garden chickens who are laying eggs. Egg hunting and decoration follows a story hour. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 5. Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.

Natural and Cultural History Walk: Join wildlife biologist and naturalist Doc Jim Hale on an easy hike as he interprets the fire ecology of the recent Clayton burn, wildlife, geology, wildflowers and the material cultural of the Native Americans, their useful, edible and medicinal plants. Visit bedrock milling stations, a village site and photograph site. Bring lunch and liquids. April 6. Carpool from Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the John Muir Picnic Area, below the Mount Diablo summit. $10 per person; $20 family plus park entrance fees. www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.

"The Hunt is On": Kids and dogs can hunt for eggs and bones at this benefit for Contra Costa Humane Society animals and programs. Create arts and crafts, have an Easter picture taken, visit booths, bake sale, raffles and more. 2-4 p.m. April 6. Rodgers Smith Park, 750 Grayson Road, Pleasant Hill. $5 per participant (dog or child), $8 for two (any combination). Registration: 2 p.m. Hunt: 2:35 p.m. Bring a basket. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.

All Ears Reading: Adults with disabilities can enjoy the unconditional love of dogs and practice their reading skills. Dogs and their handlers are supplied courtesy of a partnership between the library and Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. 1-2 p.m. April 9. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 925-646-5455.

Earth Day/Wildlife Festival: Learn about composting, take a nature walk, study a dragon fly, plus many other activities at this outdoor festival. Community presenters: Earth Day tribute with Chester Miner, Elder of the Cherokee Nation; Congressman George Miller, honored guest; Native Bird Connections Raptor Show, Mini Habitats, Joan Morris, pets and wildlife columnist, Orinda Historical Society and more. 1-4 p.m. April 27. Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo Road, Orinda. www.fwrna.org.

"Pasta for Paws and Purrs": Dinner, live and silent auction, raffles, "fun table" for kids. 6 p.m. May 2. Benicia Clock Tower, 1189 Washington St., Benicia. $20 adults, $10 kids. Benefits Solano County Friends of Animals. retiredruby@comcast.net, SCFOAhelpme@gmail.com.

Noah's Ark Day: See and learn about bees, birds, dogs cats, chinchillas, rabbits and reptiles (some available for adoption). Meet "Canine Spike" from the Pinole Police Department. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennant Ave., Pinole. svmcneel@icloud.com, www.christthelordpinole.org/current-news.html.

Paws In Need: A community yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, on the side yard of Milfleur, located in Kottinger Barn, 200 Ray St., Pleasanton. New and gently used items such as home and garden decor, jewelry, tote bags, kitchenware, pet items and more will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit spay and neuter programs and Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. 510-305-2553, www.paws-in-need.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: Check for eggs and bring hay to the livestock. Learn all the animals' favorite foods and help tuck them in for the evening. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays in March and April. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, ext. 2, www.ebparksonline.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.

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, through 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.

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 February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, bigbreakvisit@ebparks.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 kcolbert@ebparks.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/animalsanimeals.

SOUTH BAY

"B.O.W.W.L.-athon": Join the "BOWWL" team for an afternoon of bowling and help support the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center's efforts to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. Prizes awarded include tickets to Great America and a special raptor-handling session plus special appearances by Bernadette the barn owl, Owlivia the screech owl, Wally the pygmy owl, Willow the saw-whet owl and Lunda the great horned owl. 1-3 p.m. March 30. Morgan Hill Bowl, 650 Tennant Station. Registration required. Details: 408-843-7564, www.werc-ca.org.

ABKC Dog Show: Hosted by Chris Culliver, San Francisco Forty-Niners. Competitive dog show featuring "American Bullies." Skateboarding with professional skater, Karl Watson from Organika, 10 a.m.-noon. Games for kids, carnival, graffiti painting. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 5. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. $20. Benefits the Chris Culliver Foundation. www.chrisculliver29.com.

Nature Photography 101: Naturalist and nature-photographer Greg Kerekes will present the basics of nature photography, then lead participants on a hands-on, outdoor shoot in the park. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19. Guadalupe River Park Visitor Center, 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose. $20. Preregistration required. 408-298-7567, www.grpg.org.

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

Spring Camp for Dogs: Bring your pooch for five differently Spring-themed days of All Day Play (day care) sessions. Activities range from "Spring Showers" sprinkler fun, to a "World Cup" day full of soccer. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 24-28. Wag Hotels, 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City. Free with All Day Play. 509-364-0800, http://waghotels.com/events-redwoodcity.

Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344; lreynolds@phs-spca.org.

NORTH BAY

Read to a Dog: Kids ages 5 to 9 can improve their literacy skills by reading out loud to specially trained Reading Education Dogs from the Marin Humane Society. Sign up for a ten minute session. Sessions: 2-3 p.m., through April 18. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Sausalito. 415-332-6157, http://marinlibrary.org/events-and-programs?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20140315#/?i=1.

Mensona Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show: Agility Trials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 11-13. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Lyttle Cow Palace, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707-938-8065, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.

"Cesar Millan Live!": Cesar Millan will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with multiple dogs. 8 p.m. April 13. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $49-$69. 707-546-3600, www.wellsfargocenterarts.org.

SAN FRANCISCO

Spring Camp for Dogs: Bring your pooch for five differently Spring-themed days of All Day Play (day care) sessions. Activities range from "Spring Showers" sprinkler fun, to a "World Cup" day full of soccer. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 24-28. Wag Hotel, 25 14th St. $7 with All Day Play (daycare). 415-876-0700, http://waghotels.com/events.cfm.

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. 7-8:30 p.m. March 26. REI, 840 Brannan St. Free. 415-934-1938, www.rei.com/event/55303/session/85203/04132014.

Birding for Everyone: Take a leisurely naturalist-led walk through the microhabitats of the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, in search for the California Quail and other birds that stop off here to rest or nest. 10 a.m.-noon. April 2. Meet at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Bookstore, near the main gate, San Francisco Botanical Garden Bookstore, Martin Luther King. $10. Kids free. http://baynature.org/event/birding-everyone.

Meet the Animals: A special selection of Randall Museum's animal ambassadors will venture from their cages, pens and perches to greet museum visitors up close. Meet rodents and amphibians, see a Great Horned Owl and maybe even touch a tortoise. 11 a.m. April 5, April 13 and April 19. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Wag Hotels' Easter egg Hunt for Dogs: Snack on finger foods while your dog sniffs outs eggs filled with treats and prizes. Bring your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. A photographer will also be taking and selling photos through out day. Noon-2 p.m. April 12. Old Speedway, Golden Gate Park, Chain of Lakes and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. $10-$20. 415-876-0700, http://sfwageaster.eventbrite.com/?aff=zvent.

Birding the Hill: Explore Corona Heights Park with Audubon experts to check out its avian inhabitants and spring visitors. Birders will circle the hill to look into several habitats enjoyed by different bird species. 8 a.m. April 18. Meet in front of Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. For ages 5 and older; kids 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Bug Day: A family-fun festival exploring the world of insects. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3 donation. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.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.

SANTA CRUZ/MONTEREY

Animal Loss Support Group: Meets 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursdays monthly. Santa Cruz SPCA Building, 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. Reservations: 831-465-5000.

Training discussion group: New or experienced dog owners meet once a month with a dog trainer for help with behavioral issues or training questions. 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 1. Santa Cruz SPCA Building, 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. Reservations: 831-465-5000.

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

Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.

  • Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, www.animalrescuerecon.com.

    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.

    Homeless Animals Response Program

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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.