Need volunteers on Saturday to clean up Alameda beach
Crown Beach in Alameda is one of the most beautiful shores in San Francisco Bay. You can help make it even more by participating in a volunteer beach clean-up from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, led by East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Michael Charnofsky. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and bucket if possible, although both are available for loan. The event is for ages 8 and up, and parents must accompany young people. It’s free, of course, but registration is required.
While at the beach, check out the award-winning exhibit of photography from California coastal and ocean enthusiasts at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, the photos are on display until December during Visitor Center hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free entry. And it’s fish meal time from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the visitor center aquarium, where staff provide food for crabs, morays, perch, pipefish and other fish in the area. bay.
The Visitor Center is at the end of McKay Avenue, next to Alameda Central Avenue. For more information about the exhibit, call 510-544-3187. To register for the cleanup, call 888-327-2757 and select option 2.
Park festival: Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County has a long and fascinating history, starting with the Ohlone peoples who have made the region their home for millennia and which has continued for a century of breeding and breeding. family property.
The park will celebrate its history with music, crafts, games and other activities at a free event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, hosted by naturalist Kristina Parkison. Sunol Regional Wilderness and its Visitor Center are located at the end of Geary Road, Calaveras Road, approximately 5 miles south of Interstate 680 and the town of Sunol. There is a parking fee of $ 5 per vehicle. For more information, call 510-544-3249.
FrÃ©mont: Corn husk doll making runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic Ardenwood Farm in Fremont, using corn husks and other materials gleaned from the fields. Then, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can participate in the household chores of the farm: feeding the chickens and livestock while learning the animals’ favorite foods.
Both programs are free and registration is not required. Ardenwood is at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just north of Highway 84. Admission fees apply; parking is free. For more information, call 510-544-2797.
Antioch: As mentioned in a previous column, it’s tarantula mating season, when male spiders venture out of their burrows in search of females for breeding purposes. Naturalist Virginia Delgado will introduce Hazel, the tarantula in residence at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Reserve in Antioch, during a welcome session from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Virginia and Hazel will be in the Black Diamond Mines upper parking lot at the end of Somersville Road, approximately 3.5 miles south of Hwy 4. The program is free.
Or if spiders aren’t your thing, join naturalist Kevin Dixon on one of his âBeautiful Brunchesâ hikes. Kevin is leading a 2.4 mile moderate hike from 8:30 am to 10:30 am on October 17th at Black Diamond Mines. Bring your favorite food and drink. Wear comfortable clothes and good shoes – some trails are steep and rough. The hike is free, but registration is required. To register, call 888-327-2757 and select option 2. Black Diamond Mines charges a parking fee of $ 5 per vehicle when the kiosk is guarded. For general park information, call 510-544-2750.
In line: These are just a few of the programs planned for the coming days in East Bay Regional Parks. For a full list, visit the park district website, ebparks.org.
Ned MacKay written about the sites and activities of the East Bay Regional Park District. Email him at [email protected]