"Things That Go Bump in the Night" Hike: Experience Mount Diablo State Park as darkness falls in a four mile hike searching for owls, bats, scorpions, tarantulas, poorwills and other creatures of the night. Wear hiking shoes; bring flashlight, liquids and snacks; dress in layers 6-9 p.m. Aug. 23. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Parking Lot. $6 per vehicle. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Tarantulas on the Move: Learn about and look for California Tarantulas, on a moderate three-mile, two-hour hike on Mount Diablo with naturalist Michael Marchiano. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24. Meet at the Mitchell Canyon picnic area. $6 per car. Reservations required. 925-927-7222, www.mdia.org.
Rabbit Adoption Event: Meet and adopt a rabbit or find a friend for your spayed or neutered rabbit. Also, rabbit bonding, behavior advice, spay/neuter information, and nail trims. Toys and supplies are available for purchase. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6. Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court. 510-293-7200.
Sustainability Fair: More than a dozen organizations will share information on sustainable strategies and healthy garden practices. Presentations on backyard chickens, beekeeping, bio-intensive gardening, composting and more. Plant sale, activities for kids, food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 6. Our Garden-Contra Costa Master Gardeners, N. Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-646-6586, http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/sustainabilityfair.
Tarantula Treks: Meet "eight-legged divas" Mia and Scarlet for spider talk before taking a slow two to three mile walk to find Tarantulas and other crepuscular critters, including scorpions, owls and bats in their natural environment. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and dress for the weather. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 6, Sept. 20 and Oct. 4. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area. $6 per car. www.mdia.org.
"Arachnophobia or How I Learned to Love Tarantulas": Learn abut the California Tarantula, on a slow three-mile two-hour hike with naturalist Michael Marchiano. Learn why they're only visible in the fall, where they live, what they eat, and how they survive. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area. $6 per car. www.mdia.org.
Wine & Whiskers: Enjoy an evening of specialty wines and hors d'oeuvres to benefit ARF's lifesaving programs. Rescued dogs and cats and therapy animals from ARF's Pet Hug Pack will also be on hand to greet attendees. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20. Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. $80. www.arf.net.
Terrific Tuesdays: Through a variety of activities and programs, children ages 2-5 learn about the natural sciences. Nut free snacks provided. Parent attendance required. Six-week and 12 week programs available. 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 2. Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. $15 for first child, $5 for each additional child. 925-947-6712, www.gardenshf.org.
Behind the Scenes at a Wildlife Hospital: In this presentation, visitors to Lindsay Wildlife Museum watch as hospital staff perform medical exams and treat injured, sick or orphaned baby animals, in a specially created exhibit area with a view into the treatment room, while staff narrates. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Labor Day. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Cost included in general admission. $6.50-$8.50. 925-627-2913, www.wildlife-museumorg.
Butterfly Walk: Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady on a search for butterflies. 3-4 p.m. Fourth Tuesdays monthly, through Oct. 28. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive. Free with garden admission. Space limited. Children welcome. Register by calling 510-643-2755 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. 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.
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.
Purr-fect Pairings: Meet other animal lovers while enjoying unlimited tastings of Domenico wines, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. 2 p.m. Sept. 7. Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos. $60. $30 for ages 20 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Nine Lives Foundation. www.ninelivesfoundation.org.
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. Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, www.bringfido.com/event/11508.
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.
Mensona Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows, Obedience Trials and Rally Trials: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 23-24. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Lyttle Cow Palace, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free. Parking $6. 707-544-5103, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
Tail Waggin' Mobile Adoptions: Meet dogs and cats available for adoption. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23. PetSmart, 1954 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free, http://stores.petsmart.com/Store/Details/2294.
Best Friends Strut Your Mutt: Enjoy a day with your (well-behaved) dog, while raising funds to help save the lives of shelter pets in the Bay Area. Fun run, doggie-themed festival, music, food and special activities. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 23. Treasure Island. www.strutyourmutt.org.
Wag Awards: This awards ceremony honoring local animal heroes of the Bay Area includes a western themed costume contest, food, beer and wine and vendors. Noon-3 p.m. Sept. 13. Wooftop Terrace at Wag Hotels, 25 14th St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with five credits to be used toward any activity, food or beverage. Dogs and kids are free. http://bit.ly/1p23avK.
Puppy Social: Let your puppy (six 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.
AROUND THE STATE
Blues for the Zoo: Benefit concert featuring the Otis Taylor Band, Janiva Magness and Bonnie Musique Zydeco; food and drink, arts and crafts. 1-5 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.) Sept. 27. Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Children 10 and younger are free. Benefits Big Bear Alpine Zoo's rehabilitation programs for orphaned and injured alpine wildlife. No coolers or pets allowed. www.bluesforthezoo.com.
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.
Send animal related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.