Escapes: Mount Diablo
03/02/2014 12:00 AM
03/01/2014 7:40 PM
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.
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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
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
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
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
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When: 7p.m. Tuesday
Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento
– Bee staff
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