Family Fun Calendar
Good Times, Fun Fun Fun, All Month Long
Friday | 1
America’s Got Talent
Catch the Oakland debut of the hit television show, starring season five winners. 7:30 p.m., $39.50–$99.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Reduced-Price Night of Theater Celebration
Today through the end of the month, take the opportunity to get reduced-price theater tickets to October performances in San Francisco and various venues throughout the entire Bay Area. (415) 430-1140. Tickets are available online at www.tixbayarea.org.
Banned Books Week
It’s almost the end of banned books week. Stop by the library to read a banned book. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, (510) 747-7777, www.ci.alameda.ca.us/library.
First Anniversary of Walt Disney Family Museum
Through the weekend, join the celebration of the Walt Disney Family Museum’s opening in the Presidio a year ago. Fun and festivities will include live music, gallery talks, a treasure hunt and more.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., extended hours till 9 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 2. Free to $20 depending on age. 104 Montgomery St., the Presidio, San Francisco, (415) 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org.
Sake Day 2010
Share your love for sake at this festive evening of tastings, pairings, raffles, prizes, live Okinawan music and more. Funds will benefit the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
6–9 p.m., $65–$75 advanced, $80 at the door. JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter, San Francisco, (415) 355-9555, www.sakeday.com.
24th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition — Opening Reception
This show features 94 emerging or established artists and craftspeople. Paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics and glass works will be on display through Oct. 24. 6–9 p.m., free. 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, (510) 652-612, www.emeryarts.org.
Saturday | 2
Cooking with Eco-Chef Bryant Terry
Join eco-chef Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen and Grub, as he makes a vegan collard greens dish as part of the Food n’ Justice workshops rooted in the belief that healthy food is a human right and not a privilege.12–1 p.m., free. North Oakland Farmers Market, Arlington Medical Center Parking Lot, 5715 Market St., Oakland, www.phatbeetsproduce.org.
Biking Coyote Hills
Grab your camera, bring your bicycle, pack your binoculars. You’ll meander the trails of Coyote Hills, enjoying diverse wildlife, visiting an Ohlone archeological site, marveling at the panoramic view of the Bay and exploring the marsh. For participants 16 and older. Registration is required.10 a.m.–1 p.m., free. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, (510) 795-9385, www.ebparks.org.
Bay Birds for Families
Come to the shoreline for a morning of fun learning to use binoculars and getting a close-up view of magnificent shorebirds.
11 a.m.–noon, free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 544-3187, www.ebparks.org.
Pumpkin Patch Pageant
Plump squashes are ready to take the stage after sitting pretty all summer. Come learn about these amazing fruits we admire and love.
2–3:30 p.m., free. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, (510) 544-2233, www.ebparks.org.
Country Western Weekend
Celebrate great Western TV shows, movies and stars of the past and present. Festivities will take place at the town hall, where the jukebox will be full of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and other country greats. Dress as a Western character and get 50 tickets for carnival prizes as you enter. Event continues through Sun.10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a Museum of Fun, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Moonlight by the Bay
Enjoy an evening of wine and beer tasting along with a live and a silent auction sponsored by Blossom Garden. Stay for the dancing and help raise money for Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland.6 p.m.–midnight, $75. Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwines.com.
Livermore Airport Open House
View static aircraft displays and meet with local pilots, flight school representatives, airborne law enforcement personnel, air rescue units and more.10 a.m.–5 p.m., free. 636 Terminal Circle, Livermore, (925) 373-5280, www.ci.livermore.ca.us/airport.
11th Annual World Veg Festival
Commemorating World Vegetarian Day, this two-day event includes informative lectures, vegan cooking demos, international cuisine, a children’s corner, Veggie Speed Dating, world entertainers, a veggie fashion show and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $7. San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth and Lincoln, San Francisco, (415) 273-5481, www.sfvs.org/wvd.
Seminar: How to Raise a Money-Smart Child
Financial advisor Dierdre Robillard shares how money management skills can have a positive effect on your child’s life. Learn about teaching financial goal-setting, self-discipline and making wise money choices.11 a.m., free. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek, (925) 938-1481, www.cclib.org.
Sunday | 3
Kayaking Family Discovery
Learn equipment selection and get in-depth instruction on paddling from certified instructors while touring the lake in a single kayak (double kayaks available upon request). For participants 5 and older. Parent participation is required for ages 5–13. Registration is required.
11 a.m.–2 p.m., $60, 14 and older/$55, ages 5-13 (nonresidents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, $66/$61). Lake Chabot, 17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, www.ebparks.org.
Saturday Stories: How Do You Know?
Author Deborah Trotter shares the ways Polly learns that things are still there even though the fog hides them. Afterward, guests can make a foggy landscape of their own, hiding all sorts of items in the mist. 1–2 p.m., $8 per child. The Museum of Children’s Art, 538 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.
Songs of the Farm & Field
Gather round and sing old-time songs of work and play. The farm provides the songbooks so you don’t even have to know the words.
11 a.m.–noon, free with park admission, $5 for adults, $4 for children. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont,
(510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Gathering of Ohlone Peoples
Hear Ohlones from several tribes share their culture and history, including music, song, dance and stories. Watch basket, jewelry, soap root brush and dogbane string making demonstrations. Visit an ancient village site, play an Ohlone game, try making fire without matches or make a miniature tule boat. Taste native plant teas, manzanita cider and, in the afternoon, acorn soup cooked over heated stones in a basket.
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, (510) 795-9385, www.ebparks.org.
Valley Nature Ride
Enjoy an introduction to the cultural and natural history of Sunol Regional Wilderness on horseback. For participants 6 and older. Registration required.10–10:45 a.m., $25 (nonresidents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, $29). Sunol Regional Wilderness, Southeast end of Geary Road, Sunol, www.ebparks.org.
Home and Garden Tour
Take a tour of the Crocker Highlands area of Oakland and see a diverse array of private homes and gardens. Proceeds benefit Crocker Highlands Elementary School.10 a.m.–4 p.m., $40. (510) 919-2254, www.crockerschool.org/hometour.
Sundays in the Redwoods
The third concert in the Concerts in the Park series features the Rhythm Section, with Baby Jaymes, Martin Luther and Angie Stone.
2 p.m., $5. Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 597-5027, www.sundaysintheredwoods.com.
Monday | 4
Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne Show
Enjoy one of the most distinctive duos in traditional Irish music. The duo does emotionally haunting renditions and elegant accompaniment.
8 p.m., $18.50 advanced, $19.50 at door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, www.freightandsalvage.org.
Tuesday | 5
Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Today, you’ll learn about chickens through stories, chores and fun. For participants 1–4 years old.11–11:30 a.m., free. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, (510) 544-2233, www.ebparks.org.
Fall Fruit Tasting
Taste the fruits of fall, from apples and pears to persimmons, all at a free tasting table at the Berkeley Farmers Market, featuring local organic farmers and food vendors. 2–7 p.m., free. Berkeley Farmers Market, Derby Street at MLK, www.ecologycenter.org.
Wednesday | 6
Vivo: Days of the Dead 2010 Exhibition of Altars
Installations of altars by 10 artists and local school and community groups are on view through Dec. 5. This year’s theme, Vivo, guest curated by Jaime Cortez, celebrates the living and connections to those who have gone before: our ancestors, leaders, loved ones, friends and others. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free children under 9 and museum members. Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Fishing — My First Fish! (Guaranteed)
Kids are guaranteed to catch their first fish in this fun, derby-style class. They’ll practice casting then catch a fish from an enclosed net in the lake. Parent participation is required for ages 5–15. Gear provided. For participants ages 5–17.
Registration is required. 4–6 p.m., $38 (nonresidents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, $44). Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont, (510) 795-4883, www.ebparks.com.
Dress up like your favorite character, receive super-hero training and enjoy some snacks. Parents and kids must register by Sept. 24.
3:30–4:30 p.m., $9 children, $6 adults. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, www.pleasanthillrec.com.
Thursday | 7
Enjoy this Australian circus featuring acrobatics, graceful aerial acts and fast-paced knockabout comedy, all to the rocking sound of the live Circus Oz band. Continues through Oct. 10. Times vary, $22–$52, ages 16 and under save 50 percent. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
Mill Valley Film Festival
The 32nd annual Mill Valley Film Festival begins today and runs through Oct. 17, with the Children’s FilmFest opening Oct. 9.
Various times, tickets $12.50. CineArts@Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, (415)-383-.5256 main office, www.mvff.com.
Friday | 8
African-American Shakespeare Company’s Iphigeneia at Aulis
Playing through Oct. 16 in collaboration with Brava Theater, Colin Teevan’s edgy adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy opens the company’s 16th season. Various times and prices. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., San Francisco, (415) 762-2071, www.african-americanshakes.org.
Gallery Talk at OMCA
In anticipation of the upcoming Dìas de los Muertos Celebration, the Oakland Museum hosts a gallery talk by Jesse Hernandez and Cristianne Dugan Cuadra, two of the artists whose work is on view in the museum’s Vivo exhibition. 7 p.m., $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free children under 9 and museum members. Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.
28th Annual Chocolate Fest 2010
Chocolate specialists and dessert-makers from the Peninsula and all over the Bay offer their goodies for tasting while Michael Medwid’s Jazz Ensemble plays. Proceeds benefit programs like Habitat for Humanity, Bay Area AIDS Ministry and more. Also Oct. 9. 7:30–10 p.m. Fri., 1:30–4 p.m. and 7:30–10 p.m. Sat. $15–$25. Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, (650) 593-4547, www.uccbelmont.org.
Mary Stuart Opening
Watch the adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s original play, a political thriller about the showdown between Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. 8 p.m., $30, price includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres after the show. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, (510) 841-6500,
MARK: Subject/Object/Collaborator Opening
Come see photographer Robert Fischer’s epic-scale portraits at this free opening reception. Exhibition will be up through Dec. 5.
7–10 p.m., free. Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park St., Alameda, (510) 865-2608, www.autobodyfineart.com.
Saturday | 9
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
Come enjoy this family-friendly craft and beer festival, with live entertainment on two stages, a kids’ area, beer and food vendors, an eco fair and more. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free. MacArthur and Fruitvale, Oakland, www.oaktoberfest.org.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a special exhibit presented by the Bay Area Discovery Museum in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, brings two beloved American icons to life in an educational, interactive exhibit for children. The exhibit opens today and continues through January 2011.10 a.m.–5 p.m., $8–$10 admission to museum. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, (415) 339-3900, www.baykidsmuseum.org.
Free Neighborhood Plant Exchange
Bring plants and gardening supplies you don’t need and exchange them for plants to make an instant new garden. This great, sixth annual community-building event is fun and free! 12–4 p.m., free. 3811 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, www.plantexchange.wordpress.com.
As the robots take over, watch and participate in the interactive robot wars where you control mechanized warriors. Anyone dressed as a robot wins an instant prize. Event continues through Oct. 10.10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a Museum of Fun, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Bring your family and friends to harvest the corn and enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour the beautifully restored Patterson House. Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest. Event continues through Oct. 10. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors (62 and older); $5 children (4–17); free children 3 and under. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Poetry Workshop and Open House
Learn how to create poems that express your experience of the natural world. Pamela Michael, co-founder of the acclaimed youth poetry group, River of Words, and Naturalist James Wilson share tips and tools. For participants 8 and older. 2-4 p.m., free. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, (510) 544-2233, www.ebparks.org.
Growing Mushrooms on Coffee Grounds
Alejandro Velez of BTTR in Emeryville will be doing a demo on growing oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds. He will also speak about BTTR and its social business model as part of the Food n’ Justice workshops rooted in the belief that healthy food
is a human right and not a privilege. 12–1 p.m., free. North Oakland Farmers Market, Arlington Medical Center Parking Lot, 5715 Market St., Oakland, www.phatbeetsproduce.org.
California Theatre Center’s Miss Nelson Is Missing
Back by popular demand, this lively musical comedy is about a clever teacher masquerading as the infamous Viola Swap. 11 a.m., $11–$12 with group rates available. Sunnyvale Community Theatre, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, (408) 245-2978,
Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire
This one-day-only indoor show features more
than 65 booths showcasing men’s and women’s vintage clothing from every era plus jewelry, textiles, fine linens, Halloween costumes and much more. It’s enough to attract film industry costumers from L.A. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., $5. Building 25, former Alameda Naval Air Station, Alameda, (510) 522-7500, www.alamedapointantiquesfair.com.
Show of Champions
Enjoy an evening of music, fellowship and a silent auction, featuring a concert with Harmony Fusion, PDQ, Taylor Made and Ignite. Proceeds benefit the Alameda Midway Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children. 7:30 p.m., $18 students ($15 advanced), $23 adults ($20 advanced). Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, (510) 522-9355, (925) 373-0210, www.harmonyfusion.org.
Family Day at MOCFA
With the museum’s exhibition, Volver: Mexican
Folk Art Into Play on display, family day activities will include the art of papel picado, or cutting your own colorful banner for hanging at home.
11 a.m.–1 p.m., $5 for admission and materials. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, (415) 227-4888, www.mocfa.org.
Sunday | 10
Experience the end of Rock Wall Wine Co.’s summer concert series with a special performance by the Sun Kings and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. 1:30–4:30 p.m., $40 (includes two glasses of Rock Wall premium wine). Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwines.com.
The Harried Housewife Book Signing
Local author and fiber artist Barbara Schubert signs her book, The Harried Housewife. 3-5 p.m., free. 7523 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito,
(510) 356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.
Sundays in the Redwoods
This is the final concert in the Concerts in the Park series. Today, it’s Talking All that Jazz, with Ray McCoy, Stabe Wilson and George Duke.
2 p.m., $5. Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 597-5027, www.sundaysintheredwoods.com.
Monday | 11
Growing Your Child’s Identity in a Jewish-Interfaith Family
Building Jewish Bridges helps you look at how to weave together different backgrounds into one whole “self,” supporting children’s identity development as they integrate multiple traditions and family heritages. 7–8:30 p.m., free. Brandeis Hillel Day School, 180 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, (415) 472-1833, www.bhds.org.
Tuesday | 12
Living with Cancer Support Group
Patients and caregivers can take part in a warm, compassionate space led by a clinical psychotherapist, where they can share their hopes and fears and find the courage to face challenges. Support group meets continually on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Registration required. 2:45–4 p.m., free. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, 3100 Summit St., Oakland, (510) 869-8833.
Wednesday | 13
Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as tour guides, visit the enchanting worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan, with music and magic in every scene. Event opens tonight and continues through Oct. 17. Various times, $16–$75 ($15 on opening night). Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
Slide Show Lecture on de Young Museum s Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d Orsay
Marsha Holm gives an illustrated lecture on late works of Monet and Renoir to those of modern masters Cezanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.6:30 p.m., free. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 977-3340, www.cclib.org.
Information Event at The Academy
Bring the family to attend an information event at The Academy. Call to reserve your space.
7–8:30 p.m., free. The Academy, 2722 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley, (510) 549-0605, www.theacademyk-8.com
Thursday | 14
From the Bay Area to Port-au-Prince: Creating Food Sovereignty in Haiti
Keynote speaker Pierre La Boissiere, a Haitian and longtime activist with the Haiti Action Committee, will clarify the current political and social situation followed by presentations focused on issues of food justice and food sovereignty. Proceeds benefit the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.
7 p.m., $10 to $10,000 (sliding scale/no one turned away for lack of funds). Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, (510) 548-2220, www.ecologycenter.org.
Post-Impressionist Exhibition Lecture
Hannah Tandeta, lecturer in the art department at Mills College, enlightens visitors about the Post-Impressionist exhibition on loan to the de Young Museum from the Musée d’Orsay. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m., free. Bender Room in Carnegie Hall, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 430-2255, www.mills.edu.
San Francisco Children’s Art Center’s Seventh Annual Benefit Auction
Snag work from up-and-coming local artists at a fraction of the full market value prices at this annual auction benefiting SFAC classes, programs and scholarships. 6–9:30 p.m., $25. 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, (415) 771-0292, www.childrensartcenter.org/auction.html.
Friday | 15
A Tribute to Lena Horne
Catch the premiere of this Diablo Ballet performance, set to songs made famous by the iconic singer, actress and civil rights activist performed live under the direction of Greg Sudmeier and featuring jazz vocalist Clairdee. 7:30 p.m., $46. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.lesherartscenter.org, (925) 943-SHOW; www.diabloballet.org, (925) 943-1775.
Art Evening at The Crucible
This open studio social showcases artists transforming a lump of cold, hard metal or glass into beautiful pieces of art. Tour the fire-arts facility and chat with artists and instructors, enjoy live music, flamenco performances, aerial spectacles and more. 6:30–9:30 p.m., free. 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.
Outrageous Outgrowns Huge Fall Sale
Browse through more than 50,000 hand-checked items sold by individual families at budget-friendly prices. Save on everything from maternity and nursing items to snow clothes, Halloween costumes, bikes, toys and more. Event continues through Oct. 17. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Santa Clara County Fair-grounds, Pavilion Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, (408) 391-5909, www.outrageousoutgrowns.com.
Share the Magic
This fun, mysterious and exciting show is different every year. Performances by the Society of American Magicians include illusions, card experts, clowns and more. 7 p.m., $8. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-5200, www.pleasanthillrec.com.
Saturday | 16
Walk to the Future
Support the Oral Lee Brown Foundation’s goal of providing a college education for many of Oakland’s inner city youth during this eighth annual walkathon. 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk, $10 for 12–17 years old, $25 18 years and older. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland, (510) 836-3000, www.oar.org.
A Tribute to Lena Horne
Catch the matinee of this Diablo Ballet performance, set to songs made famous by the iconic singer, actress and civil rights activist performed live under the direction of Greg Sudmeier and featuring jazz vocalist Clairdee. Following the matinee, ticket holders are invited to meet the dancers and children under 12 may have their photo taken with them.2 p.m., $22–$37. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.lesherartscenter.org, (925) 943-SHOW; www.diabloballet.org, (925) 943-1775.
As the Halloween season approaches, Playland has been visited by a pesky group of vampires. Come gather them up and keep them together by finding all the wooden stakes hidden throughout the museum. Event continues through Oct. 17. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adults, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a Museum of Fun, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
40th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay celebrates the fall harvest with a special display of gigantically enormous weigh-off champion pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carvers, photos with the grand champion gourd, pie-eating, carving and costume contests, The Golden Gourds Youth Talent Showcase and more. Event continues through Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce Streets, Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-9652, www.miramarevents.com.
Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Classic Car Show
The Rodeo Chamber of Commerce plans to have 200 cars, 10 chili cookers, celebrity judging for the cook-off and 15 other vendors and displays or exhibits by the Rodeo Hercules Fire Deptartment, California Highway Patrol and county sheriff’s office representatives.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., chili tasting is from 1–2:30 p.m. $2 general, $5 chili tasting and general admission. Lefty Gomez Field, 400 Parker Ave., Rodeo, (510) 799-8400, www.rodeoca.org.
Corn Husk Dolls
Pioneer children made dolls from whatever materials were at hand. Meet at the granary, where you’ll make your own piece of folk art using husks from the cornfield.12:30–1:30 p.m., free with admission, $2/adults (18-plus year and older), $2/seniors (62 years and older), $1/children (4–17 years old). Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Examine the fascinating lives of lovelorn tarantulas as these amorous arachnids take an eight-legged walkabout in search of mates this fall.
9:30–10:30 a.m., free. Sunol Regional Wilderness, southeast end of Geary Road, Sunol, (510) 544-3249, www.ebparks.org.
Fixing a Flat and Bicycle Basics
Bring your bike by the North Oakland Farmers Market, where Bike Man Dan will be teaching a workshop on fixing a flat and basic bike maintenance.12–1 p.m., free. North Oakland Farmers’ Market, Arlington Medical Center Parking Lot, 5715 Market St., Oakland, www.phatbeetsproduce.org, www.bikemandan.com.
Sunday | 17
Montclair Village Family Fun
Enjoy fun for the entire family, with musical entertainment, from six local performers/bands, a “Hip and Hop” kids area, a “wellness village” and a “Boom Box Arena” for teens and vendors selling arts, crafts, food and beverages. Noon–5 p.m., free. Montclair Park, 6300 Moraga Ave., Oakland, (510) 339-1000, www.montclairvillagefestival.com.
Gallery Talk at OMCA
In anticipation of the upcoming Dìas de los Muertos celebration, the Oakland Museum hosts a gallery talk by Tino Rodriquez and Virgo Paraiso, two of the artists whose work is on view in the museum’s Vivo exhibition. 2 p.m., $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free children under 9 and museum members. Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200,
10th Annual Crabby Chefs Seafood Festival
Featuring an “Iron Chef”–style culinary competition, outdoor food booths, a Pacific seafood “road show” and musical entertainment, this festival will benefit the Berkeley Cal Recreation Sports Development Fund’s Camp Scholarship Program. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., free attendance. Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 845-7771.
Hazel-Atlas Mine Open House
Explore nearly 1,000 feet of this 1930s-era silica sand mine to learn its history and geology and to commemorate those who led to its restoration. Must be 7 or older to tour the mine. Noon–4:30 p.m., free. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch, (510) 544-2750, www.ebparks.org.
Nectar Garden Open House
Visit the butterflies and caterpillars in the nectar garden, learn to garden with plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make a butterfly craft or herbal potpourri. 10 a.m.–noon; 1–3 p.m., free. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, (510) 795-9385, www.ebparks.org.
Hike two parks in one day, from Sibley to Huckleberry and back. Bring snacks and water to this 4.5-mile hike. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., free. Sibley/Huckleberry, Sibley Park’s Skyline trailhead, Bay Area Ridge Trail/Huckleberry Path, www.ebparks.org.
Owls on the Prowl
Enjoy a live owl presentation with the Native Bird Connection. 2-4 p.m., free. RabbitEARS, 7523 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.
Monday | 18
24th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
Catch this show, which opened Oct. 2, featuring 94 emerging or established artists and craftspeople. Paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics and glass works that will be on display through Oct. 24.11 a.m.–6 p.m., free. 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, (510) 652-612, www.emeryarts.org.
Tuesday | 19
Tony Borders Presents Books Are a Treasure
Help Tony Borders and his puppet friends, Peter Pan and Wendy, stop pirate puppets that are trying to take over the library. Along the way, you’ll enjoy ventriloquism and pirate tricks and meet several puppet friends. 4 p.m., free. Children’s Reading Room, Danville Library, 400 Front St., Danville, (925) 837-4889, www.cclib.org.
Tilden Nature Area Hosts River of Words
Visit the Environmental Education Center and enjoy nature-based art and poetry by children from around the world. These works were collected by the Berkeley nonprofit River of Words. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, (510) 544-2233, www.ebparks.org.
Puppet Company: Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Puppet Company presents this Halloween story based on Washington Irving’s tale of ghosts and local superstitions. For ages 3 and older. 6:30 p.m., free. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, (510) 524-3043, www.cclib.org.
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Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as tour guides, visit the enchanting worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan, with music and magic in every scene. Event opens tonight in San Jose and continues through the Oct. 24. Various times, $16–$75. HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, www.disneyonice.com.
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Emeryville Farmers Market
Come to this brand new Thursday farmers market featuring quality local products with a unique regional taste.
12–7 p.m., free. Haven St. next to City Hall, Emeryville, www.emeryvillefarmersmarket.weebly.com.
Crafts for Kids
Children in first through third grades can create a fun craft to take home. 3 p.m., free. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, (510) 524-3043, www.cclib.org.
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Shakira in Concert
This Colombian singer, known for her dancing and high-energy performances, brings her show to Oakland.
8 p.m., prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
Legends of the Dark Path
Come in costume to this award-winning haunted house that changes every year. Open this weekend and next.
7–8:30 p.m., $5. 7–8:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Teen Center, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, (925) 682-0896, www.pleasanthillrec.com.
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OMCA’s annual Dìas de los Muertos Celebration
The celebration begins with a ritual in front of OMCA’s Oak Street entrance, after which visitors will enter the gardens invited by the sounds of music and conversation and the smells of food and burning incense. Throughout the day there will be food and drinks, arts and crafts on sale at a mercado, music and dance, access to the exhibition and galleries and more. 12–4:30 p.m., $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free children under 9 and museum members. Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Jack-O’-Lantern Carving and Decorating
Turn your plump pumpkin into a magical lantern or fanciful Halloween decoration using paints, spoons, and simple carving knives. Bring your own hefty squash or try one of our samplers.1–4 p.m., $8 per child. The Museum of Children’s Art, 538 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.
SF Jazz Festival
Enjoy performances by Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate and Vieux Farka Toure.
8 p.m., $25–$75, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Farm Chores for Kids and Apple Cider Pressing
Put your little farmer to work with fun chores like shelling corn and feeding the animals, then meet at the granary to help capture the sweet juice from autumn’s ripe apples.10:30–11:30 a.m.; 2–3 p.m., $2/adults (18 years and older), $2/seniors (62 years and older), $1/children (4-17 years old). Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Zombies and Killer Klowns Return
As you enter the Museum of Fun, choose which team you want to be on – the Zombies or the Klowns. Then it’s up to you to find all your teammates and try to win more prizes. Costumed guests win instant prizes. Event continues through Oct. 31.10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 adults, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a Museum of Fun, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Copwatch Know Your Rights Training
Berkeley Copwatch provides Know Your Rights training to educate the community about their rights with the police and info about police brutality. 12–1 p.m., free. North Oakland Farmers’ Market, Arlington Medical Center Parking Lot, 5715 Market St., Oakland, www.phatbeetsproduce.org.
United Nations Parade
Celebrate United Nations Day with a parade of flags, a ceremonial flag raising and guest speakers. 11 a.m.–noon, free. Jack London Square, Broadway and First, Oakland, (510) 645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Rhythmix Fright Night: The Inferno
Rhythmix Cultural Works puts on its third annual Halloween fundraiser for an “inferno night of fun and excess” with music, dance, a costume contest, food, drink, a silent auction and art. 8 p.m.–midnight, $20 advance, $25 at the door. RCW, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
This café-style acoustic combo features four remarkable Northern California musicians with soaring harmony vocals and sophisticated style.
8 p.m., $25. Regina K. Stafford Room, Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, (510) 747-7777, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121209.
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East Bay Mini-Maker Faire
Join this family-friendly celebration of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering during this event. It’s like a science fair meets a family-friendly Burning Man. The Paper Airplane Guy, The Crucible and more will be on hand. Check website for hours and prices. Park Day School Campus, 370 43rd St., Oakland, www.ebmakerfaire.com.
Fall Bird Survey and Pleasurable Pumpkin Pastry
First, become a citizen scientist. Binoculars in hand, record your observations and collect data to help complete the farm’s 2010 bird survey. Later, learn the history of the pumpkin and how to make a delicious pumpkin confection in the Country Kitchen. 8–9 a.m.; 1–2 p.m., free with park admission, $5 for adults, $4 for children. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Learn how stallions, sea lions and monkeys all fit in to the grand history of Lake Chabot on an easy 3.6-mile stroll to the dam and back along the scenic West Shore Trail. 10 a.m.–noon, free. Lake Chabot Marina, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, (510) 247-2526, www.ebparks.org.
Hula for Families
Hawaiian dance troupe Na Lai Hulu I Ka Wekiu presents an energetic dance show geared especially for families and children.
12–1 p.m., $10. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, (415) 647-3040, www.naleihulu.org.
Introduction to Judaism for Tots
Temple Beth Hillel invites tots, moms, dads and grandparents to a play-and-learn class for kids ages 2½ to 4.
10–11:00 a.m., free. Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. Leave phone message at (510) 223-2560 or e-mail tbhrichmond.org.
Information Event at The Academy
Bring the family to attend an information event at The Academy. Call to reserve your space.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., free. The Academy, 2722 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley, (510) 549-0605, www.theacademyk-8.com
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Classical at the Freight
Rootstock Loren Mach of the ADORNO Ensemble, Christopher Froh of SF Contemporary Music Players and Daniel Kennedy of SFCMP join forces for this journey into the orchestra’s rhythm section.8 p.m, $8.50 advanced, $9.50 at the door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, www.freightandsalvage.org.
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Sufjan Stevens Live
Come see one of the foremost artists in the folk revival scene. Stevens’ latest project, The BQE, a symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City’s infamous Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, has received ecstatic critical and fan acclaim. 8 p.m., $35. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400 or (510) 893-2300, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Halloween Family Fest
Get the kids dressed up in costume and come enjoy early trick-or-treating, performances by Andy Z, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.10 a.m.–12 p.m., free. Santana Row’s Park Valencia, Olin Avenue off Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, www.santanarow.com.
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Richard Smith Show
Come watch an amazing finger-style guitarist
8 p.m., $18.50 advanced, $19.50 at the door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, www.freightandsalvage.org.
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Hot Rize With Special Guest Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
Come see this unique bluegrass group on tour. They’ve been making music together since 1978. 8 p.m., $30.50 advanced, $33.50 at the door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, www.freightandsalvage.org.
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Climb aboard Ardenwood’s train for an evening ride through fields and woods. Halloween goblins make this a slightly frightful but hauntingly good time. Designed for families with children 12 years of age and under. 7–9:30 p.m., $6 adults, $4 children ages 3–12. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Abby and the Pipsqueaks
At this fun, family concert, the music entertains the kids with educational and encouraging themes and positive messages.
6 p.m., $7. Play Cafe LLC, 4400 Keller Ave., Ste. 410, Oakland, (510) 638-3712, www.playcafellc.com.
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Come aboard the USS Hornet for one of the best Halloween parties in town featuring a costume contest, special children’s area, a haunted hospital and live music by the Cocktail Monkeys. 7:30 p.m.–midnight, $20 adults, $25 at the door, $10 ages 5–17. 707 W. Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448 ext. 282, www.hornetevents.com.
Boo at the Zoo
Celebrate Halloween at this two-day event featuring a spooky train, costume parade and tours revealing how the animals celebrate.
Event continues through Oct. 31. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $12.50 adults, $8.50 seniors and ages 2-14, under 2 free. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Come in costume for a decidedly unscary Halloween at this two-day event featuring arts and crafts, a pirate school, clowns, magicians, treat stations and more. Event continues through Sunday. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $10. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Halloween Twilight Hike
Hike the hills in search of hobgoblins, witches and ghosts as the sun comes down. Find out the ancient origins and modern traditions of Halloween. Don your costume along the trail, then return for treats and a campfire story. Parent participation required. For participants
5 years and older. Registration is required. 5:30-8:30 p.m., free. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, (510) 795-9385, www.ebparks.org.
Third Annual Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon
This spectacular Halloween-themed race curves through 13.1 miles of beautiful Alexander and Dry Creek valleys at the end of harvest when the vineyards are vibrant with fall colors. Take part in a team competition, costumed kids’ pumpkin run, race dinner and finisher’s Halloween Party. 7:15 a.m., kids’ run from 1–4 p.m., race dinner from 5:45–7:45 p.m., and Halloween party from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Individual Half Marathon: $100 (all-inclusive); Team Half Marathon: $90 (all-inclusive); Kids Pumpkin Run: $20; Race dinner $60. Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes Road, Geyserville, www.runhealdsburg.com.
Family Extravaganza: Create a Costume
Let your imagination run wild and transform yourself into a wacky werewolf, a scary skeleton or a goofy ghost. 1-4 p.m., $8 per child, The Museum of Children’s Art, 538 9th Street, Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.
Mystery of the Wax Museum
Tour the Museum of Fun by flashlight and try to solve the spooky and fun mystery of all the strange wax figures that are standing around watching you. Event continues through Oct. 31. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adults, $10 children under 14 and seniors. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a Museum of Fun, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Fall Seed Saving in the Garden
Learn to save your money and diversity by saving your seeds at this fall seed-saving workshop.
12–1 p.m., free. North Oakland Farmers Market, Arlington Medical Center Parking Lot, 5715 Market St., Oakland, www.phatbeetsproduce.org.
California Theatre Center’s Hansel and Gretel
Accompany two heroic children from the classic Grimm Brothers’ tale of an enchanted old wood and a wicked old witch who lives in a candy cottage. 11 a.m., $11–$12 with group rates available. Sunnyvale Community Theatre, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, (408) 245-2978, www.cticinc.org.
Come see this world premiere musical of the popular children’s book, when young Marcy and Old Man Hammer fighting about turning an abandoned neighborhood lot into a community garden. A special Halloween haunted house is also available for viewing on site.
2 p.m., $5 children under 12, $15 general. Stagebridge at Arts First, 2500 Harrison, Oakland, (510) 444-4755, www.stagebridge.org.
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Halloween on Webster Street
Enjoy a Halloween carnival, free pumpkins, and a costume contest. During all the fun, merchants along the street will have goodies for children up to 12 years old who come trick-or-treating in costume. 1–5 p.m., free pumpkins will be distributed between 2–3 p.m., costume contest is at 3 p.m., free. Webster and Taylor, Alameda, www.westalamedabusiness.com.
Farm Halloween Fun
Come enjoy traditional games with spooky stories and a scavenger hunt, and before you set out into the night, learn how trick-or-treating began and make a creepy crawly treats of your own. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for activities and stories; 2–3 p.m. for creepy crawly lollies, events free with park admission, $5 for adults, $4 for children. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Acorn Soup Making
Learn to make acorn soup using cracking stones, mortar, pestles, winnowing and sifting baskets, and stone boiling in a cooking basket. Modern processing techniques you can use at home will also be shared. For participants 16 and older. Registration is required. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $30 adults, $25 seniors ($34 adults nonresident to Alameda and Contra Costa counties/$29 nonresident seniors), Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, (510) 795-9385, Fremont, www.ebparks.org.
Family Friendly Halloween in the Garden
Come in costume, parade through the redwoods, then meet for songs and riddles by the Witches Four, Jean Ellisen, Bobbie Kinkead, Carol Nyhoff, and Karin Werner. 1–2:30 p.m., $10 one parent and one child, $8 for members and one child, $3 each additional family member. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 643-2755, www.events.berkeley.edu.