Crow Canyon Cat Club All breed Cat Show: More than 200 cats representing 45 breeds will be on display and competing. Rescue groups will have adoptable cats and kittens and vendors will have an assortment of arts and crafts, toys, gifts and gadgets for cats and cat lovers. Proceeds benefit Northern California animal rescue groups, support disaster relief and help sponsor feline health research through grants from the Winn Foundation and UC Davis. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. $5-$20. www.crowcanyoncatclub.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.
Positive Puppy Training: Learn how to deal with puppy issues using positive reinforcement. 6 p.m. April 9. Veteran's Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda. $78 for seven classes. 510-747-7529, www.arpdeplay.com.
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.
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. April 12 and April 26; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 13 and April 27. Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland. $78 per llama. 888-327-2757, ext. 2, www.ebparksonline.org.
Bonnie Cromwell's African Safari: Features an alligator, an ocelot and a serval, just to name a few. 7 p.m. April 24. The Bone Room Presents, 1573 Solano Ave., Berkeley. $15 paid in advance. Seating limited. 510-526-5252, www.boneroom.com.
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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.christthelordpinole.org/noahs-ark-day.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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Golden State Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greet: Noon-3 p.m. April 5. Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. http://norcalpetadoptions.com/events/detail/golden-state-greyhound-adoption-meet-greet-san-jose1.
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.
K9 Cancer Walk: Dog lovers are invited to walk with their dogs and celebrate the lives of their canine best friends or walk in memory of dogs that have lost their battles with canine cancer. Proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary medicine for animals. Short walk: .75 miles; long walk: two miles. Registration 9 a.m., walk and opening ceremony 10 a.m. April 13. Vasona Lake Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/losgatoswalk.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Captivating Cats Rescue Adoption Day:
1-5 p.m. April 5. Pet Food Express, 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. http://norcalpetadoptions.com/events/detail/captivating-cats-rescue-adoption-day.
Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, (through Dec. 13) rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. for dogs all shapes and sizes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. for small dogs only. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, http://events.mercurynews.com/sanmateo/events/dog-day-mornings-/E0-001-064829229-7@2014040509.
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. Benefits the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. Noon-2 p.m. April 12. Red Morton Community Park Activity Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. $15-$20. 650-364-0800, www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-wag-hotels-easter-egg-hunt-for-dogs-redwood-city-tickets-10516303547.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Use Intuitive Medicine in Animal Communication: Joanne Lefebvre, DVM, will share the teachings of her book: "Animal Teachings from Hayley's Angels Methods." Learn to follow your intuition to make better decisions in your life and in your pets' lives for health and happiness. 7-9 p.m. April 11. Academy of Intuition Medicine, 2400 Bridgeway, Sausalito. $20. 415-331-1011, www.intuitionmedicine.com/academy/events.htm.
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.
Farm and Ranch Emergency Preparedness Fair: When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. It's important that rural communities and pet and large animal owners have a plan in place that ensures their safety and survival in the event of emergency. This event provides a forum for educating communities with a free, one-day program of emergency preparedness, education and demonstrations.
Produced in conjunction with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. No on-site parking. 11 a.m. May 4. Atwood Ranch and Vineyard, 12099 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. 707-935-0621, www.julieatwoodevents.com/animals.html.
Dairydell Canine's Dog-A-Palooza: Features local rescues and a unique pet-oriented program for the entire family. Demonstrations, discount vaccinations and microchipping, a "pooch parade" and silent auction. Friendly dogs on leash welcome. Noon-4 p.m. May 18. Dairydell Canine, 2575 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 707-762-6111, www.dairydell.com
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.
San Francisco Naturalist Society: iNaturalist.org: A Naturalist Lifestyle and the Root of Conservation with Ken-ichi Ueda. 7:30-9 p.m. April 10. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. www.sfns.org, 415-225-3830.
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.
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.
Suds N' Scissors Hippity Hop Easter Fundraiser: Visit Suds n Scissors from 2 to 4 p.m. April 11 and get a photo taken with your pet. $15 donation benefits the Hope Center of Monterey. Suds n Scissors will also be collecting food for pets in need the entire month of April. 224 The Crossroads, Carmel. www.sudsandscissorscarmel.com.
Spring Dog Festival: Fun for dogs and their people. Games, demonstrations, food, adoption showcase and "paw-some" shopping. Benefits dogs in need. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. $10 per dog. $5 per person. 888-682-6972, www.coastaldogs.com.
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
Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.
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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