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May 15, 2018 > Park It

Park It

By Ned MacKay

Island City Waterways
Alameda?s colorful history will be showcased during a free, open-air performance involving actors, dancers and musicians on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, on the grounds around Crab Cove Visitor Center.

The second annual ?Island City Waterways? will be performed by Rhythmic Cultural Works during an easy stroll around Crab Cove, featuring taiko drummers, gamelan musicians, contemporary dancers, stilt walkers, storytellers and more. Performances are planned on both days from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It?s free and fun for all ages.

Crab Cove Visitor Center is at 1252 McKay Avenue off Alameda?s Central Avenue. Parking at the Cove lot is limited; there?s additional parking at Crown Beach at Otis and Shore Line Drives. From there it?s a short walk to the visitor center. Parking fee is $5 per vehicle. For information, call (510) 544-3187.


At Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, you can hunt for the Cart of Curiosities, hidden somewhere along the trails, between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. When you find it, naturalist Kristina Parkison will share the wonders of cultural and natural history that it contains.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There?s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call (510) 544-3220.


Garin Regional Park in Hayward is the venue for a program from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 about Native American plant uses. Naturalist Francis Mendoza will lead a three-mile hike while discussing how the Ohlone Indians use plants for food, medicine, shelter and tools. There are some steep sections and creek crossings, so bring sturdy shoes, water and sun protection.

The program is for ages 15 and older. Meet Francis at the Garin Barn Visitor Center. The park is at the end of Garin Avenue off Mission Boulevard. Call (510) 544-3220 for information.


?Baby Boom in Forests and Fields? is the theme of a program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley. Interpretive student aide Brianna Contaxis-Tucker will talk about the lives of young animals at the Little Farm and in the surrounding hills. Arts and crafts and meeting some of the animals are part of the program. Meet Brianna at the Environmental Education Center at the north end of Tilden?s Central Park Drive. Call (510) 544-2233 for information.


Bring your lunch and join naturalist Kevin Dixon for a nature walk and picnic along Pine Creek at Diablo Foothills Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Meet Kevin at the Orchard Staging Area at the end of Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek. For information, call (510) 544-2750.


There?s another picnic walk from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. Pack a picnic lunch and blanket to join naturalist Eddie Willis for a half-mile uphill hike to Rose Hill Cemetery to learn about nineteenth-century coal miners and enjoy an afternoon tea. Victorian or steampunk attire is encouraged.

Meet Eddie at the parking lot at the end of Somersville Road, 3.5 miles south of Highway 4. Call (888) 327-2757, ext. 2750.


Very high on the cuteness scale, otters, beavers and minks are the stars of a program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley. The naturalist staff will talk about the animals? similarities, differences, and adaptations to the Delta environment.

Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley?s Main Street. Call (888) 327-2757, ext. 3050.


This is just a sample. There are lots of other activities for all ages in the regional parks. Check out the website,

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