Escapes: Mount Diablo

03/02/2014 12:00 AM

03/01/2014 7:40 PM

WALNUT CREEK

Mount Diablo hikes post-fire

Explore Mount Diablo as it recovers from last September’s sweeping Morgan Fire. Interpretive Association volunteers will lead a series of free hikes through the mountain.

A morning excursion at 10 o’clock Saturday will take hikers on an easy 0.7-mile, 1.5-hour hike around the summit and through both burned and not-burned areas. The second hike starts at noon, and it’s a moderate 2.4-mile, 2.5-hour hike through intensely burned areas. Unique post-fire flowers and vegetation are expected for Saturday’s treks.

Starting at 10 a.m. March 9, the Oak Knoll & Summit Loop hike will cover 6.5 miles. A visit to the Summit Museum is planned, and folks should pack a lunch.

The hikes are free, but parking costs $10 per vehicle. Saturday’s hikers should meet at the Lower Summit Parking Lot (Summit Road, Walnut Creek), and the March 9 hike begins at Juniper Camp trailheads (junction of North Gate Road and South Gate Road). Reservations are required; visit www.mdia.org for more information.

RENO

Monster trucks

What: It’s a real, live Monster Jam – enormous trucks in freestyle competitions and races.

When: Various times, Friday through March 9

Where: Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno

Cost: $24, $12 children ages 12 and under

Information: www.monsterjam.com

HEALDSBURG

Barrel tasting

What: The 120 participating wineries on Wine Road will offer barrel samples for the 36th annual event. In some cases, you can purchase “future” wines in advance for a discount.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through next Sunday

Where: Various wineries near Healdsburg

Cost: $50

Information: www.wineroad.com

ALAMEDA

Feminist pinball prom

What: The Pacific Pinball Museum is hosting its first prom, sponsored by all-female pinball league Bells and Chimes and female comedy troupe Feminist Tendencies. Included are a comedy show, all-you-can-play pinball and dancing. Prom attire recommended.

When: 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday

Where: Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda

Cost: $15

Information: www.pacificpinball.org

OAKLAND

African art

What: The 19th annual Collage des Cultures Africaines celebrates the African Diaspora with music and dance. Internationally known artists,will be present for the festival, which starts with a marketplace, moves into dinner and then a performance.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Oakland Technical High School’s auditorium, 4351 Broadway St., Oakland

Cost: $15-$30

Information: www.diamanocoura.org

SACRAMENTO

Travel club

What: The No Reservations Travel Club will hear from Judith Anshin about the polar bears of Churchill Canada at its monthly meeting.

When: 7p.m. Tuesday

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: www.noreservationstravelclub.blogspot.com

– Bee staff

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