Fall Bird Walk. Observe resident, migrant and vagrant birds in the Garden's many bird friendly microhabitats with birding expert Phila Rogers and Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture, Chris Carmichael. Advance registration required. 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Centennial Drive. $20. $17 members. 510-643-2755, http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
Holiday Pet Portraits: Get your pet's portrait taken with Santa Paws when he makes an appearance at ARF from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Reservations are encouraged but walk-in photos are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Packages start at $25. Reservations: 925-256-1273, www.arf.net.
Help homeless animals: That's Amore, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's annual dinner and auction will take place from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. Tickets are $75 and include appetizers, dinner buffet, dessert, coffee and auctions. Purchase tickets at www.tvar.org.
Animal Lover's Boutique: Holiday sale featuring unique animal-themed gifts for people and pets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Benefits Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. www.valleyhumane.org.
H.A.L.O. Pet Adoptions: Cats are available for adoption from noon-3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4-Dec. 30, at PetSmart, 4655 Century Blvd., Pittsburg. 925-706-9975, www.petsmart.com.
Hoofprints on the Heart: International riding coach and horse trainer, Leslie Desmond, will demonstrate the "Feel and Release" approach to horse handling and riding Nov. 4, at Hoofprints on the Heart adaptive riding center, 455 Olivina Ave., Livermore. One-on-one and auditing sessions available. Contact Robbie Kingston at 415-691-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Spay/Neuter Day for Pit Bulls: ARF is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes on Nov. 9. For an appointment, call 925-296-3125. www.arf.net/animal-programs/spay-neuter-clinic/arf-pet-fix. php, 925-256-1273.
A Walk in Nature: Join a park ranger for a one and a half mile guided bird and trail walk. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. Adults only. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10. Meet at the Nature Learning Center, 40224 Paseo Padre Parkway, Central Park, Fremont. $18. Space limited. Register: 510-881-6700, www.haywardrec.org.
Holiday Pictures: Bring your four legged friends and family to Pet Food Express in Pleasant Hill for a holiday photograph. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 10. 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. $10 per print per sitting, $15 per digital image per sitting. Benefits the Contra Costa Humane Society. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoption Fair: Maine Coon Adoptions is holding an adoption fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10-11, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Short and medium haired kittens and adult cats are also available. Download an adoption application at www.mainecoonadoptions.com. 510-710-9250.
Pet CPR Class: Learn how to administer CPR to a cat or dog at this free class presented by AnimalMedics Ambulance Services. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. For information and reservations, contact Dina Osakue at 925-754-7772.
V-I-Peek programs: New programs at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see what it's like to work with their unique collection of animals. Eagle Encounter: Learn from eagle handlers what it's like to work with these birds, help prepare a meal and get premium seating for the exhibit hall presentation of Raptors! Keeper Experience: Meet resident animal ambassadors (reptile, bird and mammal) up close and personal and help animal keepers prepare meals, create enrichment activities and assist with a public presentation. Space is limited. Participants must be 10 years or older and advanced registration is required. $175 per person; $150 members. $275 per guardian/child combination; $250 members. 925-935-1978, www.wildlife-museum.org.
Adoptathon: Join the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority for its winter adoptathon, "Walking in a Whisker Wonderland." Adopters can "pay what they want" in adoption fees. Bring your pet for a photo with Santa from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., a $10 donation is requested. The Friends of SVACA will also be holding a raffle to benefit the animals. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3. Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority Animal Care Center, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344, www.svaca.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 email@example.com.
Dog Adoption Showcase: Pet and play with dogs of all sizes and breeds and get "insiders information" from foster parents who are currently taking care of them in their homes. Noon-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. 408-262-2133, ext. 150. See available dogs at www.hssv.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.
Pet Loss Support Group: This group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pet or anticipates one. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly, through Dec. 4. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, ext. 178, www.hssv.org.
Wine Country Greyhound Meet and Greet: Meet retired racing Greyhounds and learn what wonderful companions they make. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10. Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Free. 800-924-7397, www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.
SPCA Holiday Windows Unveiling: Join Macy's and the San Francisco SPCA as former mayor Willie Brown unveils the holiday windows featuring adoptable kittens and puppies. The animals (on display through Jan. 1) featured in the windows will be available for adoption at the San Francisco SPCA adoption center located on Macy's first level, throughout the season. 5-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Macy's, 170 O'Farrell St. 415-554-3000, www.sfspca.org.
Puppies for Pinot: Wine Dogs USA 3 Book Release. Visit The Winery SF from noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18 to celebrate the release of Wine Dogs USA 3, a photographic journal of pictures and great stories -- created for the love of dogs and wines. Bring in your pooch and get $2 off wines (up to 12 bottles), taste a flight of up to eight wines, or by the glass. 200 California Ave., Building 180 North, Treasure Island. Free admission. $10-$15 wine tastings available. 415-735-8423, www.winery-sf.com.
AROUND THE STATE
Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.
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
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