Here are the pet and animal-related events in the Bay Area on Nov. 16 and beyond
- Free Adoptions for Senior Pets: Adoption fees for senior pets will be waived through November at both Contra Costa Animal Services locations: 4800 Imhoff Place in Martinez and 910 San Pablo Ave. in Pinole. For information, call 925-608-8400.
- Pet Parties with Santa: Pet owners and their pets can visit with Santa and have their photo taken at an interactive Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set. Complimentary doggy bags filled with goodies will be provided to all pet families while supplies last. Pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a carrier with harness. Sponsored by Pride & Pedigree and SAGE Veterinary Centers. 8-10 a.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 2-3. Sunvalley mall’s grand court, 1 Sunvalley mall, Concord. Fee for photos.
- Furball Friends of Animals events: Antioch Friends of Animal Services has several events set for November, including Thanksgiving Hospitality Day from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Antioch Shelter, 300 L St., with goodie giveaways, and “Black Furdays,” with special adoption fees of $15 for animals with black fur. Throughout November, any animal can be adopted for the reduced fee of $50. 925-431-8318.
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- Thanksgiving Break ZooCamp: Kids in kindergarten through the fifth grade will tour zoo exhibits, make treats for the animals, play games, sing songs, and meet animals up close. Session 1: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 20-21. $170-$180. Session 2: 9 am.-4 p.m. Nov. 22. $85-$90. Extended care: 8-9 a.m. $15 per day; 4-5:30 p.m. $20 per day. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. Register.
Black Cat Friday Weekend: During Black Cat Friday Weekend, adopt any cat, with any black fur and pay no adoption fees. Other “styles” of cats may be adopted at 50 percent off the regular fee. Standard adoption criteria apply. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-25. Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton.
- Free Vaccines and Exams for Veterans’ Pets: ARF’s Mobile Clinic will be the Livermore Veterans Hospital to administer free vaccines and wellness checks for the pets of veterans. All services first-come, first served. Must present military ID. 9-11 a.m. (or until full) Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. 4951 Arroyo Road, Livermore.
- ZooLights: Soar over the Oakland hills in festively lit gondolas, view laser light shows, visit a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides, the Outback Express train, and a music -themed light show. 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1-23, Dec. 26-31, and Jan. 1. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Free-$10.
- The Bark Bazaar Before Christmas: This benefit for Delta Animals Safe Haven includes photos with Santa, craft vendors, baked goods, custom engraving, raffle, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. First Christian Church, 2725 Minta Lane, Antioch. Vendor space is available. 925-219-0151, email@example.com.
Foster Families Workshop: Interested in fostering a dog or cat? Valley Humane Society provides everything needed to foster an animal — veterinary care, food, dishes, litter box, litter, travel carrier, collar and leash, etc. Foster families must bring their charges in for medical checkup and return them once they have reached adoptable status. Volunteers must attend a 45-minute Foster Families Workshop (all members of a household responsible for care of the animal must attend). The next workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, in the VHS classroom, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Register. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Junior Volunteers: For pet-loving youth, 12-15, who want to make a difference but are below the minimum age requirements for the regular volunteer program. Junior volunteers gain valuable experience working a Cat Care shift alongside the Humane Education team, feeding and cleaning in Kitty City. Full training is provided. 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, (Orientation day is 3:30-5:30 p.m.) Dec. 7, 14, 21, Jan. 11. Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. $100 per session.
- Free Vaccines and Exams for Veterans’ Pets: ARF’s Mobile Clinic will be at the VA Northern California Health Care System to administer free vaccines and wellness checks for the pets of veterans. All services first-come, first served. Must present military ID. 8:30-11 a.m. (or until full) Dec. 8 and Dec. 23. 150 Muir Road, Martinez.
- Kid’s Night Out! Parents Night Off!: Designed with both kids and adults in mind, the Oakland Zoo offers a safe, fun environment where parents can drop kids off for an evening of play, behind the scenes tour, crafts, movie and meet animals up close. 5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 16. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. For ages 4-10. One child: $45 Siblings: $30 each. Tickets.
- 100 Years of Protecting Bay Area Birds: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will host Golden Gate Audubon Society’s traveling Centennial Art Exhibit, “100 Years of Protecting Bay Area Birds,” through Jan. 2. Spanning two floors, the exhibit features photos of Bay Area birds from tiny chestnut backed Chickadees to Golden Eagles. The exhibit is free with cost of admission to Lindsay Wildlife.
- All Ears Reading: Free program for children in first through fifth grade is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Young readers are paired with a Pet Hug Pack therapy dog to help improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Preregistration required. Lafayette Library: 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 925-385-2280. Moraga Library: 4-5 p.m. fourth Thursdays monthly, 1500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-376-6852. Ygnacio Valley Library: 3-4 p.m. fourth Tuesdays monthly, 2661 Oak Grove Road. 925-938-1481.
- Animal Tales: This program for kids Pre-K and younger, offers a morning of free play in the Learning Center’s Vet Clinic and Pet Store, animal storybook time, and meet and greet with a member of ARF’s canine outreach team, the Pet Hug Pack. Children must be supervised at all times. 9-9:45 a.m. third Thursdays monthly, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Donations welcome but not required for participation.
Community Concern for Cats: CC4C, an all volunteer cat rescue organization serving Contra Costa County for 30 years, holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations: Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, and Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
- 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.
- Kitty Corner: Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner is an onsite, free-roam shelter where potential adopters can spend time with cats in a relaxed, living room type environment and find a pet that best suits their lifestyle. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and FeLV/FIV tested (over 6 months of age). Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday, 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 171 Mayhew Way, Pleasant Hill, Suite 101.
- Pet Ambassadors Club: This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. 1-2 p.m. third Saturday of the month. Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-523-7768.
- Conversation Icons speaker series: This speaker series hosted by Lindsay Wildlife Experience brings renowned thinkers, researchers, and leaders who inspire audiences to think differently about the natural world and wildlife around us. The series is held at Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Note: Presentations planned for Jan. 6 and May 5, 2018 will be held at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
- 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.
- 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. Reservations.
- 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@example.com.
Free Fridays: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will offer free general admission from noon to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.
- Rabbit adoptions: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue holds adoption events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
- Delta Discoveries: Discover the wonders of the Delta through hands-on arts and crafts activities. Explore a different wetland wonder each week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
- Snake Feedings: Meet resident gopher snake, Julius Squeezer, for an up-close and personal visit and feed him lunch if he’s hungry. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, Del Valle, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. Free.
- Pet Loss Support Group: Valley Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group creates a safe place to share memories, learn the grieving process and find ideas to memorialize a pet. There is no fee to attend but registrants are asked to participate in a phone interview prior to attending. 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin. Call 925-829-8770 or 510-439-4917 to sign up.
- Get Outside: Lindsay Wildlife Experience is currently offering nature and conservation-themed events and activities, including “Nature Play,” a children’s favorite on Member Tuesdays. Details.
- 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.
- Pet Photos with Santa: Paws & Claus photo sessions for pets will be held from 4 p.m. until closing, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, at The Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Dogs and cats only.
- Vaccination and microchip clinic: The Peninsula Humane Society holds vaccination clinics from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, canine distemper, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips. Coyote Point Shelter, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. $15-$30. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium seeks volunteers: The Monterey Bay Aquarium holds informational meetings for those interested in becoming a volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- First Friday Sale: On the First Friday of each month, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s resale store Pick of the Litter offers 50 percent off or more on every items. Shop for second-hand treasures including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing, and more. All proceeds directly benefit the shelter animals at PHS/SPCA. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1127 Chula Vista Ave., Burlingame. 650-344-1662.
- Vaccination and Microchip Clinics: Low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips — a permanent form of companion animal identification. 6-8 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Coyote Point Shelter Auditorium, 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
- Obedience Classes: PHS/SPCA offers year-round obedience classes (except in December). Classes are six or eight one-hour sessions and limited to 12 dogs. Discounts available. To register, email training@phs/spca.org and provide your full name, mailing address and phone number.
- Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and have attended a basic obedience class. Dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. is for dogs of all shapes and sizes; 10:30-11:30 a.m. is for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Preregistration required; no drop-ins. 650-340-7022, ext. 184.
- 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.
- Pick of the Litter: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA operate a resale store featuring second-hand items including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing and a children’s department. The Pick is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit shelter animals.
- Cattoo for Cats: Local artist Shannon Balco of Happy Heart Body Art will create autumn- or feline-themed henna tattoo for 10 cat-lovers. 6-7 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. Nov. 17. The Dancing Cat, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose. $30. Maximum number of signups is 5 for each session.
- Feline Photography: This hands-on workshop will teach you and provide the opportunity to practice portraiture under the guidance of experienced pet photographer Malcolm Bramwell. The resident cats will be your real-life models. Bring your preferred camera, whether SLR, smart phone, or other. 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 18. The Dancing Cat, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose. $40 donation benefits the Dancing Cat.
- Mew~sic Night: Join the resident felines of The Dancing Cat for a special concert featuring artist Kevin Kihara performing a “sound sculpture” on the Halo (a sister instrument to the Swiss Hang). 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. The Dancing Cat, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose. $30 includes time with the cats. Twelve seats available.
Live in the Meow: Daniel Quagliozzi of Go, Cat, Go! Cat Behavior Consulting, will cover interactive play, litter box usage, food puzzles and foraging, and general harmony in your household during a humorous and informative class. 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The Dancing Cat, 702 E. Julian San Jose. $40. Register.
- Rabbit Haven Adoption Shows: Rabbit Haven holds adoption events three times a month at the following locations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1261 South Mary St., Sunnyvale (inside For Other Living Things). This show is held the first Saturday of each month. Adoption shows are also held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at Pet Pals, 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel. There are at least 35 rabbits at every show and same day adoptions are available. Personal adoption appointments are available if arranged in advance. For information, call 831-239-7119 or 831-600-7479.
- Kiddies 2 Kitties Reading Program: Kids in first through fifth grade practice reading aloud to adoptable cats, honing their skills while also getting cuddle time with the animals. The program is held in conjunction with the Palo Alto Humane Society, who facilitate the program at SVACA. 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344.
- Companion Animal Loss Support Group: Meetings help grieving pet owners work through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. Participants may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Donations accepted.
- Vets for Healthy Pets: This veterinary clinic for pets of the homeless offers access to preventative veterinary care including vaccines, parasite treatment, microchipping, flea medication, nail trims, medications and any extra medical procedures the animals may need. Clinics also offer free pet supplies and pet food. Clinics are held on one day of the last weekend of the month at HomeFirst, 2011 Little Orchard St., San Jose. 408-794-7245.
Puppy Socials: In a trainer-supervised setting, puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood. Sundays: 10-10:45 a.m. Attend at this time if your puppy is still a bit shy or fearful of new settings. 11-11:45 a.m. For more playful, outgoing dogs. Fridays: 7-7:45 p.m. All puppies welcome. Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. $10 cash at the door.
- Volunteers opportunity: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers interested in a long-term commitment of caring for its educational animal ambassadors. Duties include but are not limited to: cleaning animal enclosures, feeding/providing water to animals, exercise/time outside, filling in log books and other duties as they are assigned. Experience with animals is.
- Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic: The City of San Jose is offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road. For a limited time the City is partnering with HSSV to offer free dog and cat spay/neuter for residents of zip codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 and 95127. Low-cost spay/neuter services will still be available for local Chihuahuas, Pit Bulls and cats outside of these zip codes.
- Dog Training: The Mission City Dog Training School, in cooperation with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department, offers dog obedience and puppy training classes on Saturdays at Maywood Park. The program is held throughout the year, and is open to residents and non-residents. For complete information on classes, contact Walt at 831-465-1491 or email@example.com.
- Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics: San Jose Animal Care Center: 9 -11 a.m. first and third Saturday’s of the month, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose. Andy’s Pet Store: 2-4 p.m. third Saturday of the month, January-November, 51 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose. Canine Corral: 2-4 p.m. first Saturday of the month, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Details.
- Outdoor Environmental Science Home School Program: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. For ages 5-12. 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Drop ins welcome but preregistration is preferred. $15 per student, per class. 408-298-7657.
- The Dancing Cat: Silicon Valley’s first cat adoption lounge offers a place for cat lovers and potential adopters to socialize with friends, read, study, or just lounge with adoptable cats in a comfortable, open room. Guests are invited to bring their own food and beverages. A small selection of drinks and cookies are available for purchase. Wifi and catnip are on the house. Through November. Details.
- Rabbit Haven foster positions: The Rabbit Haven operates exclusively with Foster homes to care for more than 90 rabbits at any given time. Foster’s usually have 1-2 foster rabbits in their home. Minimum foster period is three months. The Haven provides the pen, floor covering, food and water dishes, a toy and litter box. Foster families provide an indoor home and daily care. To apply, email Director@therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.
- Rabbit Advocates: The Rabbit Haven is seeking Haven shelter advocates 18 and older in the San Jose area to help with exercising, cleaning, and grooming bunnies. Transport assistance is also needed on occasion. For an application, email Director@therabbitHaven.org or call Sarah, 415-531-7138 or Heather, 831-600-7479.
- Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping: Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. Walk-in hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. For fees and information, call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.
- Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter: The San Jose Animal and Care Shelter in partnership with Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes to residents who live in ZIP codes with high Chihuahua population. Owners must live in one of the following ZIP codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 or 95127. Dogs must be between 4 months and 7 years old and be a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix under 25 pounds. For complete details, go here and click on spay/neuter information.
- 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.
- Holiday Window Unveiling: Join the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square for the annual unveiling of the Macy’s holiday windows featuring adoptable cats and dogs at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 . This year’s theme is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” Visitors can see more adoptable animals and schedule time in the SF SPCA Cuddle Experience. Cuddle sessions will be available on the sixth floor from 11 am.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. -noon and 4-6 p.m. on weekends.
- Reindeer Romp 2017: Visit with Santa’s favorite reindeer, Belle, Holly and Peppermint and learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18-Jan. 1, San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway. Free-$19. Tickets.
- Senior Stroll: Guests 65 and older can take a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to themselves. Watch the animals that are active early in the day with a docent guide to answer questions and offer insights into animal behavior. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 14, San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway. Zoo admission is included in tour price. $5. Tickets.
- Butterflies & Blooms: Walk among more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including monarchs, Western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. Giant moths, like the cecropia moth, may make an appearance as well. The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance of the gallery lets you observe the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. 10 a.m.-4 p.m daily except Monday, through Jan. 7. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco. Free-$8.
- Tarantula Exhibit: This special exhibit focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of these giants of the spider world. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway. Exhibit is included with general admission.
- Ales for Tails: Enjoy a pint of beer and help the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at the same time. From 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 30, $1 of very pint sold will go to the Shelter. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewer will also be raffling off a Jug Club Membership and all proceeds from the raffle will also benefit the Shelter. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz.
- Training Discussion Group: The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a free training discussion group once a month with a local trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. The small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or those who have adopted and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before. These sessions are for people only. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Mondays monthly, Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. Reservations required.
- Fall Fridays: The Monterey Bay Aquarium will offer reduced admission ($10 savings on each general admission ticket) on Fridays through December to local residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Valid for arrival at 3 p.m or later, until closing at 5 p.m. Excludes holiday weekends. 886 Cannery Row.
- New Year’s Eve Sleepover: Ring in the New Year at a family-friendly sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the New Year’s countdown begins at 9 p.m. with a sparkling cider toast and another mini countdown at midnight. Guests can take snapshots in a photobooth, enjoy a sundae bar, and take part in activities and programs. Small bites and beverages are also available for purchase. In the morning, enjoy a full breakfast in the aquariums cafe. Afterwards, naturalists help spot wildlife swimming past in Monterey Bay and the Great Tide Pool deck. 6 p.m. Dec. 31 through 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row. $100-$125 per person. $831-647-6886. Registration.
AROUND THE STATE
- 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, conservation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Details.
- 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.
MOBILE ADOPTION SITES
Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, web.
Contra Costa County Animal Services
- First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.
- Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.
- Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.
- Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.
- Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.
- Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.
- Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.
- Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly’s Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.
Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP)
- 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.