Escapes: Earth Day in Marin


Green festival

Celebrate Earth Day a few weeks early at the annual Earth Day Marin festival. It’s part family-fun event and part day of action.

There will be live entertainment: award-winning storytellers, puppet shows and plenty of musicians. Attendees can expect to take home resources that advance sustainability, such as stainless steel water bottles, high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators. And relevant, family-oriented activities abound in the forms of eco-demos and farm tours, plus book signings, inspirational speakers, short film screenings and food – sustainable, organic fare, of course.

The festival takes place April 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. Visit for more information.


Art show

What: The Livermore Art Association spring show is also its biggest show of the year, where artists from all over the Bay Area attend and sell their work.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday

Where: The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave., Livermore

Cost: Free



Spring boutique

What: More than 75 artists and artisans will bring their goods to the Rancho Solano Spring Fling Boutique. Find unique, handcrafted gifts just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduations.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday

Where: The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano, 3250 Rancho Solano Parkway, Fairfield

Cost: Free



Petting zoo

What: It’s Critter Corral season, which means entrance to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum comes with live farm animals on Fridays and Saturdays. The zoo holds sheep, pigs, dwarf kids, a mini calf and a baby llama.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 31

Where: The San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi

Cost: $2-$5



Travel talk

What: Vertical Horizons Travel will discuss the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Reservations are required.

When: 2-3 p.m. April 6

Where: 102 Russler Lane, Folsom

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 983-8651; www.


Wine train

What: The fifth annual V&T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train moves through the Comstock to Virgina City, all the while serving an array of wine, cheese, dessert and lunch. Proceeds go to the Carson Tahoe Auxiliary.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 12

Where: Carson City Eastgate Depot, Flint Drive, Carson City, Nev.

Cost: $70

Information: (775) 882-4604

— Bee staff