John Muir's birthday bash
Come celebrate John Muir's lifelong commitment to conservation at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez on April 20.
The site will host a birthday party for the naturalist that includes special exhibits and activities for all ages. Visitors can also tour Muir's 1882 Victorian home.
Muir lobbied for preserving many of the stunning wild lands – mountains, rivers, canyons, shorelines, meadows, lakes and stands of giant trees – that we enjoy today; he is known as the "Father of the National Park System."
John Muir National Historic Site is at 4202 Alhambra Ave., just off Highway 4 in Martinez.
The event will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.johnmuirassociation.org or call the National Park Service (Division of Interpretation) at (925) 228-8860 ext. 6420.
Take a trip to the Wild West.
The fourth annual Genoa Cowboy Festival in Nevada's oldest town on May 3-5 offers a chance experience Western lifestyle, music and recreation.
There will be several historic tours, including the Carson Valley ranch tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3.
A May 4 tour leads visitors on the Carson Emigrant Trail, a path that will retraces the approximate route of the 1850s California Gold Rush emigrants. That event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attendees are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Tickets for the ranch tour are $125 per person and $40 for the Emigrant Trail tour.
For information and tickets, visit the Genoa Cowboy Festival's website at www.genoacowboyfestival.org or contact the Genoa Town Office at (775) 782-8696. Seating is limited; reservations are required.
Learn about the climb
Want to ascend the fifth-highest mountain in California (and make it back down in one piece)? The Mount Shasta Climbing Rangers will show how.
The group will host a presentation that will help people prepare for the big climb up Shasta. Nick Meyers will discuss routes, climbing tips and other information on the mountain.
All are welcome to attend this free event at the REI stores in Roseville at 1148 Galleria Blvd. and in Sacramento at 1790 Expo Parkway. The talk will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. April 16 in Roseville and April 17 in Sacramento. To RSVP, visit REI.com/Sacramento.
Croatia travel talk
Interested in the eastern European country of Croatia?
Scott Jercich of Vertical Horizons Travel in Folsom will host a free travel talk on the country April 7. He will cover Zagreb, Plitvice National Forest, Zadar, the island of Hvar and the old walled city of Dubrovnik. For more information and to RSVP, call (916) 983-8651. or visit www.verticalhorizonstravel.com.
France travel talk
Check of the City of Light's sights and sounds.
Holloway Travel Outfitters in Sacramento will be host to Warren Berckmann, a France travel expert, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
He will talk about the essentials of planning a trip to Paris and provide a specific "must see" list.
The talk will be held at Travel Outfitters: 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Reservations requested at (916) 486-9170.
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