Twilight Hikes with Night Birds: Join Denise Wite, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, on evening hike in White Canyon to listen for nocturnal wildlife like poorwills, owls and more. Bring a flashlight, binoculars and water. 7-9 p.m. June 29 or July 13. Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead, Walnut Creek. $6 per car. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puppy Fun Day: Puppy raisers and puppies-in-training from the Solano County Puppy Raising Club of Guide Dogs for the Blind will make an appearance at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center. Make dog toys to donate to the guide dog puppy kennel and participate in socialization activities with puppies-in-training. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 29. Jelly Belly Factory and Visitor Center, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. Free. 800-953-5592, www.JellyBelly.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.
Adopt an older cat: Thousands of adult and senior cats need homes but they can be forgotten this time of year due to kitten season. Kitty Corner, a Contra Costa Humane Society free roam shelter, will have special open hours for mature cat adoptions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 1-5, at 609 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. For information or to see available animals, visit www.cchumane.org. 925-279-2247.
Cat Caretaker: Earn volunteer service hours while learning cat socializing techniques and caring for cats that live in Valley Humane Society's "Kitty City." Snack and T-shirt provided. For ages 10-15. 2:30-5:30 p.m. July 8-12. 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. $250. 925-426-8656, http://valleyhumane.org.
"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: July 9: Nature Walk. July 16: Butterfly Gardens. July 23: Bugs and Spiders. July 30: Recycled Art.
Birds of Prey: See birds of prey like hawks, falcons and eagles up close and learn about their unique skills, flight techniques and how to identify the different species. 4-5:30 p.m. July 13. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. Adults only. $18. Registration: 510-881-6700, www.haywardrec.org.
Chicken Keeping Workshop: Rachel Hoff of Dog Island Farm will share information on introducing new birds to your flock, health care, nutrition, mixing feed supplements and the life cycle of chickens. 10 a.m.-noon, July 13. Loma Vista Farm, 150 Rainier Ave., Vallejo. Donations accepted. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.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. Saturdays: July 13, 20, August 3. Sundays: July 7, Aug. 11-25. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Meet the Chickens: Kids listen to a story, see what a hen's feathers feel like and search the coop for eggs. 1-2 p.m. July 7 and July 20. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
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. July 13, at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Free nail trims and grooming available. See currently available rabbits at ccasd.org and www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.
Adopt-a-thon: Potential pet owners can meet shelter animals looking for new homes during the East Bay SPCA Adopt-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13, at Jack London Square in Oakland. The adopt-a-thon and pet fair will feature more than 350 adoptable animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs and reptiles. Those not looking to adopt can browse vendor booths, watch canine demonstrations, bring their dog for a $10 microchip, sign up to foster or bring your kids for fun activities. www.eastbayspca.org/adoptathon.
Introduction to Fly Fishing: Practice casting with a certified fly-casting instructor followed by classroom instruction for an introduction to fly selection, reading the water and more. For ages 12 and older. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 or August 11. Lake Anza, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. $66. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Introduction to Fishing: Learn the basics of knot tying and rigging, gear and bait selection and casting techniques. A valid California fishing license is required for ages 16 and older. Ages 5-15 require parent participation. Gear provided. 8-10 a.m. July 27. Lake Chabot, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. $21 adults. $15 kids. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
"Walk for the Dogs": Join Dogs4Diabetics for its annual "Walk for the Dogs," 5K walk through Heather Farm Park and along the Iron Horse Trail. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17. SportsBasement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. www.dogs4diabetics.com/partnerships/walk-for-the-dogs.
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.
Camp Cocker Rescue: Meet Cocker Spaniels in need of new homes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 29-30. Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. www.campcocker.com.
Adopt a Rabbit: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA will visit Pet Food Express with adoptable rabbits from noon to 4 p.m. June 29, 631 Broadway Ave., Millbrae. For this one-day event, adoption fees will be $20 which is 50 percent off the usual adoption fee. Volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions about rabbit care, diet, housing and house training. To see currently available rabbits, visit www.phs-spca.org. Pet Food
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.
Greyhound Meet and Greet: Meet retired racing Greyhounds, and learn what wonderful companions they can make. 1-3 p.m. July 13. Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Free. 800-924-7397, www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.
Run For The Seals: Registration is now open for the Marine Mammal Center's annual fun run and fundraiser. Participants of all ages can choose from two routes: a hilly 5-mile trail run and a stroller-friendly 2-mile walk. Both trails wind through the Marin Headlands and with a party at the Center. Prizes for best ocean-themed costumes (human or canine). Register online by Aug. 9. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (check-in 7 a.m.) Aug. 17. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito. $35-$45. www.marinemammalcenter.org.
Beavers of Martinez: Heidi Perryman, Founder of Worth A Dam, will share the story of how one beaver family won the hearts of the people of Martinez. 7:30 p.m. July 11. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free. 415-225-3830, www.sfns.org.
Vive Le Pug: Join fellow pug lovers (pugs not required) to celebrate Bastille Day and raise money for Central Coast Pug Rescue. Enter contests for best human/dog look alike, best Les Miserables-inspired dog costume, or the "Let Them East Cake" dog treat eating contest. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door and include food, glass of pug wine and activities. 3-6 p.m. July 14. Dogpatch Wine Works, 2455 Third St. http://vivelepug.eventbrite.com.
Summer Camp for Dogs: Wag Hotels annual summer camp for dogs begins July 15. Each week of the five week camp has a different theme and each day will have unique activities designed to be fun and engaging. Activities range from bacon bubbles and beach volleyball to water slides and football. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. July 15-Aug. 16. Wag Hotel, 25 14th St. $7 per day. 888-924-5463, http://waghotels.com/summer-camp.cfm#tab.
AROUND THE STATE
Film Screening: "Wild Things," a documentary about the ongoing war on native predators will be shown at 7 p.m. June 25, at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento.
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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