Up in the air at Truckee Tahoe
If the sight of classic airplanes makes your heart soar, you can head up to Truckee on Saturday for the Truckee Tahoe AirFair and Family Festival.
The free event, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport, features periodic fly-bys, large static aircraft displays, pilot docents, music, children's activities, a food court and a beer garden.
The opening ceremony at 11 a.m. will include performances by the Just In Time Skydivers, the RedStars Formation Team, a parade of planes and a procession of the Tuskegee Airmen as grand marshals.
The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer free flights for ages 8-17 with parental permission (weather permitting) from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Preregistration is recommended. Registration forms are available at the airport or by contacting EAA Young Eagle coordinator Michael Golden via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com or call (530) 587-4119.<;MX| >
FESTIVE FOURTH FUN
Plenty of sparks
Planning to hit the road for the Fourth of July? Here are some options for Independence Day fun:
Tahoe City celebrates 66 years of fireworks at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other North Tahoe pyrotechnic displays include fireworks off Incline Beach near Incline Village at 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at the West End Beach at Donner Lake. For more events and information, visit www.gotahoenorth.com or call the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce at (530) 581-6900.
Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains offers an old-fashioned Fourth of July with hula hoop contests, sack races, a balloon toss and tug of war. along with a hamburger and hot dog barbecue. For ticket prices and schedules, go to www.roaringcamp.com or call (831) 335-4484.
Visitors to Clear Lake can attend a parade at 11 a.m. and watch the sky light up with fireworks over the lake at dusk. Independence Day fest- ivities in nearby Lakeport begin at 7 a.m. and continue through the day with a street fair featuring music, arts, crafts, food and beverages. Or head out to the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino for an evening of auto racing followed by fireworks.
More information: www.lakecounty.com or (707) 274-5652.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum has planned an evening of family fun from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Sausalito.
The event will feature entertainment by ClownSnotBombs, an eight-person circus that performs comedy skits, uni- cycle dancing, acrobatics and juggling. Clifford the Big Red Dog will make an appearance, and dinner will be available for purchase from the All Good Pizza food truck.
Tickets are $5 for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.
The museum is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on the grounds of Fort Baker. To learn more, visit www.baykidsmuseum.org or call (415) 339-3900.
Take up the trio race
The REI in Stockton will offer a free class, Introduction to Triathlons, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 5757 Pacific Ave.
The class will cover the basics of triathlons, including the types or races, distances, how to get started, how to train and what to expect on race day.
To register, go to www.rei.com/stores/119 or call (209) 957-9479.
Celebrate I Street bridge
Too hot to travel far? Consider visiting the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento to view a photo exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the completion of the I Street bridge.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and younger. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 31.
To learn more, call (916) 808-7059 or go to www.historicoldsac.org/whats-new/default.asp
Keep your eyes open
The Yolo Basin Foundation will lead a free tour of the city of Davis wetlands from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Tour participants may have an opportunity to see summer wetlands residents such as gadwalls, mallards and cinnamon teals.
Anyone wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. at the gate in front of the city's waste- water treatment plant east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars, water and field guide. Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance viewing.
No reservations are required.
For driving directions or more information, call (530) 757-4828, or go to www.yolobasin.org.