Loose Leash Walking Seminar: Learn tips on teaching your dog to walk next to you on a loose leash. Bring your dog. 5 p.m. April 19. Unleashed by Petco, 699 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro. www.petco.com/Content/StoreEventsCalendar.aspx?storenum=5312.
Bonnie Cromwell's African Safari: Features an alligator, an ocelot and a serval, just to name a few. 7 p.m. April 24. The Bone Room Presents, 1573 Solano Ave., Berkeley. $15 paid in advance. Seating limited. 510-526-5252, www.boneroom.com.
Llamas: Learn to groom, feed, lead and interact with llamas. Reserve your own llama or share one with up to three people. For ages 8 and older. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 26; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 13 and April 27. Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland. $78 per llama. 888-327-2757, ext. 2, www.ebparksonline.org.
Earth Day/Wildlife Festival: Learn about composting, take a nature walk, study a dragon fly, plus many other activities at this outdoor festival. Community presenters: Earth Day tribute with Chester Miner, Elder of the Cherokee Nation; Congressman George Miller, honored guest; Native Bird Connections Raptor Show, Mini Habitats, Joan Morris, pets and wildlife columnist, Orinda Historical Society and more. 1-4 p.m. April 27. Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo Road, Orinda. www.fwrna.org.
"Pasta for Paws and Purrs": Dinner, live and silent auction, raffles, "fun table" for kids. 6 p.m. May 2. Benicia Clock Tower, 1189 Washington St., Benicia. $20 adults, $10 kids. Benefits Solano County Friends of Animals. email@example.com, SCFOAhelpme@gmail.com.
Noah's Ark Day: See and learn about bees, birds, dogs cats, chinchillas, rabbits and reptiles (some available for adoption). Meet "Canine Spike" from the Pinole Police Department 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennant Ave., Pinole. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.christthelordpinole.org/noahs-ark-day.html.
Paws In Need: A community yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, on the side yard of Milfleur, located in Kottinger Barn, 200 Ray St., Pleasanton. New and gently used items such as home and garden decor, jewelry, tote bags, kitchenware, pet items and more will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit spay and neuter programs and Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. 510-305-2553, www.paws-in-need.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: Check for eggs and bring hay to the livestock. Learn all the animals' favorite foods and help tuck them in for the evening. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays in March and April. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, ext. 2, www.ebparksonline.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.
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. Opening day celebration includes cockroach races between live and robotic bugs, opportunities to try on a robotic scorpion tail 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.
Nature Photography 101: Naturalist and nature-photographer Greg Kerekes will present the basics of nature photography, then lead participants on a hands-on, outdoor shoot in the park. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19. Guadalupe River Park Visitor Center, 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose. $20. Preregistration required. 408-298-7567, www.grpg.org.
Pet and Play Adoption Event: Potential pet owners are invited to participate in quick play dates to find the perfect lifelong companion. Human and dog seekers fill out a "dating profile" before meeting candidates, then adoption specialists from Copper's Dream Rescue will analyze the profiles and match potential pet parents with the three dogs that are the best match. After a five-minute speed date with each dog, they can choose the dog they had the best connection with. Potential owners can take all the time they need before making a final decision. 1-3 p.m. April 26. Pooch Hotel, 180 N. Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale. 408-749-1072.
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.
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. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, http://events.mercurynews.com/sanmateo/events/dog-day-mornings-/E0-001-064829229-7@2014040509.
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.
Farm and Ranch Emergency Preparedness Fair: When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. It's important that rural communities and pet and large animal owners have a plan in place that ensures their safety and survival in the event of emergency. This event provides a forum for educating communities with a free, one-day program of emergency preparedness, education and demonstrations.
Produced in conjunction with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. No on-site parking. 11 a.m. May 4. Atwood Ranch and Vineyard, 12099 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. 707-935-0621, www.julieatwoodevents.com/animals.html.
Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars Pet Adoption Day: Bring a new cat or dog toy for a complementary tasting. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. Napa Cellars, 7481 St. Helena Highway, Napa. Free. 707-944-2565, http://napacellars.com.
Dairydell Canine's Dog-A-Palooza: Features local rescues and a unique pet-oriented program for the entire family. Demonstrations, discount vaccinations and microchipping, a "poochy parade" and silent auction. Friendly dogs on leash welcome. Noon-4 p.m. May 18. Dairydell Canine, 2575 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 707-762-6111, www.dairydell.com
Meet the Animals: A special selection of Randall Museum's animal ambassadors will venture from their cages, pens and perches to greet museum visitors up close. Meet rodents and amphibians, see a Great Horned Owl and maybe even touch a tortoise. 11 a.m. April 19. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.
Birding the Hill: Explore Corona Heights Park with Audubon experts to check out its avian inhabitants and spring visitors. Birders will circle the hill to look into several habitats enjoyed by different bird species. 8 a.m. April 18. Meet in front of Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. For ages 5 and older; kids 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.
Bug Day: A family-fun festival exploring the world of insects. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3 donation. 415-554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.
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.
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.
Bee Keeping 101: Randy Fox and Wayne Pitts will discuss their experiences with bee keeping as well as the "do's and don'ts" of the profession. For ages 16 and older. 12:30-2 p.m. May 18. Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton. $3. 831-335-9348, www.scparks.com.
Spring Dog Festival: Fun for dogs and their people. Games, demonstrations, food, adoption showcase and "paw-some" shopping. Benefits dogs in need. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. $10 per dog. $5 per person. 888-682-6972, www.coastaldogs.com.
AROUND THE STATE
Horse O Rama: Riding and driving presentations featuring horse breeds from around the world and U.S. Friesians, Peruvian Pasos, Miniatures, gaited horses, Arabians and more. Petting zoo, face painting, youth stick horse race, Lunch available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10. Hidden Valley Lake Equestrian Center, 20432 Powder Horn Road, Middletown. Free. 707-987-4075, www.pashatingle.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.