Animal of the Day: Meet one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures up close. 1-1:20 p.m. Nov. 23. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-452-2259, http://fairyland.org/events-and-performances/schedule-of-events.
Fish Feeding Time: Watch Bay aquarium creatures like crabs, flounder, perch, pipefish and more while they eat. Learn what it takes for them to survive. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, through December. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Maine coon-mix cats and kittens as well as short-haired cats and kittens will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23-24, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Adopters must be approved in advance. Adoption applications are available at www.mainecoonadoptions.com. 510-710-9250.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum's Holiday Sale: Choose from a variety of animal inspired gifts for all ages including games, science kits, whimsical animal clocks, jewelry, puppets, puzzles and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23-25. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978.
Wild About Ducks: Walk the marshes and admire the ducks as they recharge on a break from their annual migration. Ages 10 and older. 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Chores for Little Farmers: Start the day with a story then prepare a morning treat for the sheep, goats and chickens. 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 24. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Monday Birding: Birding walks and hikes at various parks. 9 a.m.-noon Mondays. Nov. 25: McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. 510-544-3241.
Trout Basics: Learn about gear selection, tackle and rigging, fish behavior and bait selection. The course is designed for those who have experience fishing but want additional knowledge specifically about trout fishing. Valid CA fishing license required for ages 16 and older. Gear provided. Registration required. $19 adults. $15 child. 8-10 a.m. Nov. 23. Shadow Cliffs, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Toddler Time at Ardenwood: Kids age 1-4 will meet and learn about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. 11-11:30 a.m. Nov. 26: Turkeys. Dec. 3: Cows. Dec. 10: Sheep. Dec. 17: Goats. 34600 Ardenwood, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Farm Chores For Kids: Lend a hand cracking corn and feeding the animals. Check the chickens and help with morning chores. 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 30. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Pugtacular 2013: The Northern California Pug Club (NCPC) presents "Pugtacular" from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Grange Hall, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. Pugs can get their picture taken with "Santa Paws" and take part in contests for best costume, best trick, curliest tail and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 5. All pugs are free. Proceeds benefit the NCPC Health Fund and Pug Rescue. www.northerncaliforniapugclub.org/
Animal Communication class: With Marta Williams. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 1. 6073 Felix Ave., Richmond. $100. A portion of the fee will benefit Bee Holistic Cat Rescue, a private rescue group that saves cats and kittens. Space is limited. RSVP, 510-237-1190, www.martawilliams.com.
Book signing and cat adoptions: Todd Friedman will sign copies of his book, "My Secret Life as Peanut," based on the true story of a calico cat named Sassy. Meet cats available for adoption and pick up a copy of the book which is available for a donation to CC4C. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
Mickaboo Holiday Party and Fundraiser: Celebrate the holidays and support Mickaboo in providing a second chance to foster birds. Featuring silent auctions, raffles, homemade desserts, buffet and more. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Third Workplace, 7000 Sunne Lane, Suite 112, Walnut Creek. $20. $35 couples. Pay online or at the door. www.pigeonrescue.org.
Marvelous Monarchs: Learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly during a slide show then walk to the overwintering site. Learn about the journey they make each year and the increasing threats to their survival. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Dec. 14-28 and Sundays, Dec. 15-29. Meet at the Granary. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Monarch Walk: Discover why monarch butterflies have been overwintering at Ardenwood for the past 25 years. Observe clusters of monarchs and learn what's eating the eucalyptus leaves. Heavy rain cancels. 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14-28 and Sundays, Dec. 15-29. Meet at the Granary. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Intermediate Trout Fishing: Learn intermediate skills of trout fishing including rigging, casting, ecology and fish habitat. Proper bait and gear selection as well as techniques on how to catch trout will also be covered. Class includes hands-on fishing in the lake. Valid California fishing license required for ages 16 and older. Gear provided. Registration required. 8-10 a.m. Dec. 28. Contra Loma, 1200 Frederickson Lane, Antioch. $21 adults, $17 child. 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. Saturdays, (through Jan. 11), at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez and also from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, (through Jan. 18), at PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for free nail trims, grooming and socializing. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org; www.contracostarabbitrescue.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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Scout's Fund Holiday Gathering: Learn about animals who have benefitted from rehab therapy and have fun with your pet at the same time. The holiday gathering includes pet photos taken by a "furrtographer" and treats for humans and pets. Holiday attire for pets is optional. Suggested donation of $50 at the door. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 30. Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-330-1280, www.scoutsfund.org.
Palo Alto Humane Society
Anniversary Gala Celebration: Festivities include a viewing of the movie "Babe," the story of a young pig who fights convention to become a sheep dog. Professional bagpiper Jeff Campbell will open the red-carpet event and musical group JewelTones will entertain during intermission. Special guests include Friendly Pony Parties and Barnyard Pals. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. $5. Includes popcorn and a drink. Reservations recommended. 650-424-1901, www.paloaltohumane.org.
Wag Hotels' Holiday Party: Celebrate the holidays at Wag Hotels' new facility in Redwood City. Furry friends and their owners can enjoy a pet psychic, doggy masseuse, pet tattoos, vendors and other activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. Wag Hotels, 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City. Free. RSVP, http://wagholidayparty.eventbrite.com/?aff=Event.
Rabbit Haven Adoption and Education Show: The Rabbit Haven will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, at For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Ave., Sunnyvale. Adoption fees include a vet check, coupons and an education packet. Nail trims and home health checks will be available to all rabbits for a donation. See available rabbits at www.therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.
Holiday Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Unit: Bring your camera or smart phone to Balsam Hill from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and have your dog pose for a Christmas portrait in front of a stocking-bedecked, flickering-flame fireplace. The Peninsula Humane Society will be on site with adoptable pets. There will be cookies for dogs and people too. 1561 Adiran Road, Burlingame. Free. 650-863-5466, http://balsamhill.com.
Silicon Valley Dog Ball: Drop your dog off at Wag Hotels for an evening of play featuring sparkling wine for dogs and canapes, supervised indoor play groups and goody bags. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 14. 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City. Free. Space limited. RSVP by Dec. 4 by calling 650-364-0800. www.siliconvalleyball.com/venues.
Bay Team Dog Agility Competition. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Lyttle Cow Palace, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 650-906-5146, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
International Dog Show: See all breeds of dogs at this two-day conformation style dog show. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 11-12. Hall of Flowers, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 503-316-9860, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
Love a Senior Saturday: Visit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 to meet sweet older dogs who need forever homes. See available dogs at www.muttville.org. If you see a dog that you are interested in, call 415-272-4172 so that particular dog will there to meet you. 255 Alabama St.
"Naked Truth Tour": PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk will discuss the animal rights movement in a special address at the Century Club. The event, which is part of Newkirk's "Naked Truth" tour across the country will include a stage interview with questions from the audience. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. 1355 Franklin St. $10-$60. 518-466-6815, http://PETA.org/NakedTruthSanFrancisco.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: In celebration of 37 years of service, Guide Dogs for the Blind is hosting a holiday luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Alexandria Ballroom, 335 Powell St. NBC News Anchor, Diane Dwyer will emcee and Trevor Thomas, a well-known blind long distance hiker is the keynote speaker. $125. www.guidedogs.com.
Holiday Pet Portrait Fundraiser: Copper's Dream Rescue will hold an adoption event and holiday pet portrait fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, at Pet Food Express, 1979 Market St. For a $20 donation ($25 at the door), dog owners will receive a portrait of their pets alone or with their families and digital copies of the photos. Proceeds will go toward emergency vet care, transport costs and supplies. 415-779-5474, www.coppersdream.org/holiday-pet-portraits.html.
Yappy Hour: Looking for a way to break up the weekday rut or just want to get out of the house for an hour with your dog? Taste free refreshments and sweets while your dog enjoys carob treats (no chocolate) and meet other dog-friendly folks during K9 Scrub Club's Yappy Hour. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 18. 1734 Church St. Free. 415-648-2582, www.k9scrubclub.com.
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.
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
Contra Costa County Animal Services
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.