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Mother's Day is this Sunday (aren't you glad I reminded you?), and there are special programs planned at several East Bay Regional Parks in observance of it. Let's start at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, where farm moms will be in the spotlight from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Naturalist Christina Garcia will show how the hens, ewes and nanny goats take care of their offspring.  
 
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Menlo Park police identified two people who were arrested Wednesday after leading officers on a chase from Fremont to Menlo Park and shooting at them.  
 
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Festivities at Ardenwood begin with a flower garland program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can create tissue paper garlands to wear themselves or use as home decorations. Tilden Nature Area will host a free May Day open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly program will include maypoles, bubble making and crafts as well as a special performance by the Berkeley Morris Dancers.  
 
A Newark man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and involvement in a hit-and-run accident Saturday after he allegedly struck two parked cars, police said Tuesday.  
 
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Festivities at Ardenwood begin with a flower garland program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can create tissue paper garlands to wear themselves or use as home decorations. Tilden Nature Area will host a free May Day open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly program will include maypoles, bubble making and crafts as well as a special performance by the Berkeley Morris Dancers.  
 
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