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Alba go Bragh! Forever Scotland!

Been watching Vikings on the History Channel or the CWs Rein? Ever asked yourself, I wonder if that ever happened? Is that the way it really was? Now you have an opportunity to ask those who know. Living History costumed re-enactors, such as Vikings of Bjnornstad, St. Andrews Noble Order of Royal Scots, with Mary, (16th century) Queen of Scots, will be on hand at the Tartan Day Scottish Fair at Ardenwood on April 18, hosted by the East Bay Scottish Association (EBSA) with the support of the East Bay Regional Park District interpretive staff.

Debbie Barns of EBSA says, I think one of the draws to the Bay Area is its cultural diversity. Through this event we can educate the community on Scottish culture and the role Scottish Americans had in founding this country. Members of EBSA, the clans, Dunvegan guild/living history re-enactors, and athletes, all participate because of the pride they have in their culture and the joy of sharing it with others.

When asked about what to expect from the fair, Barns begins to tick off things to do: Surround yourself with the music and dance of Scotland. Find out about Clans and Scottish/Celtic societies. Get answers about Scottish history and family names (Clans). Learn the difference between plaid and tartan, and how to research Scottish ancestry. Watch a shinty game, or some Scottish heavy athletics, like the caber toss, weight over bar, sheaf, and the like. I could go on.

Yes, there will be much to do at the fair: visit with re-enactors, play period games, talk to the Queen, or cringe and grin at a sword fighting demonstration. Learn about how our ancestors spun and dyed wool before turning it into fabric. Enjoy browsing and shopping among Scottish and Celtic-themed clothes, artwork, and jewelry, as well as things for children. Savor fish and chips, or bangers, maybe a small meat pie. Lick your lips over kettle corn or visit a gourmet coffee truck. Das Brew from Fremont will be featured in the Ale Garden.

Wildflower Festival welcomes springtime

The hillsides are sprouting with the colors of spring, and its time to celebrate the flowers in full bloom. Spring Wildflower Festival returns to Sunol Regional Wilderness on Saturday, April 18. Throughout the day naturalists and volunteers will show attendees how to identify wildflowers along nine hikes of varying difficulties.

Hikes kick off with the Lazy Daisy Easy Hike led by naturalist Katie Colbert, designed for kids of all ages to enjoy bugs and flowers along a trek that is not too fast or hilly. Later at noon, naturalist Cat Taylor will lead the Meadow Meander, a slow paced amble over mostly flattish terrain designed for seniors.

Visitors can also join naturalist Anthony Fischer on a butterfly-themed hike or Ethnobotany Adventure where hikers will learn to identify edible and useful plants while discovering the age old relationship between plants and cultures. For a more challenging trek, nature enthusiasts will view a plethora of beautiful wildflowers on a 3 mile round trip to Little Yosemite, a picturesque natural gorge.

Earth Day: a global movement

Oil spills, deforestation, as well as air, soil and water pollution have become major factors causing deterioration of the environment. In the midst of these issues, a global movement is spreading to educate the public about environment issues. Every year, on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated to honor the natural resources of our planet.

Earth Day was conceived following a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson spearheaded a movement in 1970 through a national teach-in on the environment to focus public consciousness on air and water pollution. He later hired Denis Hayes as a national coordinator to recruit staff and promote Earth Day events. The movement began as 20 million Americans rallied for a healthy, sustainable environment.

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