Escapes: California landscapes in Bay Area

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum shows landscapes in black and white infrared photography.
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum shows landscapes in black and white infrared photography. Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau


Infrared photography exhibit

A new exhibit at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum showcases dreamlike California landscapes in black and white infrared photography.

The exhibition, “Invisible Light of Nature Landscape Perspectives,” features 20 photographs by San Francisco Bay Area artist Bill Helsel and kicks off a string of 60th anniversary celebrations for the museum. It runs through April 12 and costs $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for children 17 and under. The museum, at 1931 First Ave., is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.


Brewery party

What: Beer and root beer alike will be poured at the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. family party. Watch two live bands, nibble on goods from three food trucks and feel good knowing a portion of that pint’s proceeds will go to charity.

When: 4-11 p.m. Friday

Where: 935 Washington St., San Carlos

Cost: Free



New Year’s Day hike

What: Kick off 2015 with a fast-paced hike through the Rockville Trails Preserve, with lovely views of oak woodlands. Expect 4 to 6 miles of rugged, steep hills. Pre-registration is recommended.

When: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Ice House building, Suisun Valley Court, Fairfield

Cost: Free

Information: (707) 745-1913;


Ice skating

What: For more than 25 years, folks have skated the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, the city’s largest outdoor rink. With its location along the waterfront, it’s probably the most picturesque rink, too.

When: Daily, through Jan. 4

Where: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

Cost: $17



Wildlife tour

What: Spot African hoofstock such as zebras, antelope and giraffes at the 110-acre B Bryan Preserve. Tours last about an hour and a half, starting off with an educational lecture and ending with the chance to feed a giraffe. Reservations required.

When: 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. daily

Where: 130 Riverside Drive, Point Arena

Cost: $30 adults, $15 children 9 and under



Cave exploration

What: Marvel at a variety of natural formations inside the Black Chasm Cavern during a 50-minute guided walking tour. It ends in the Landmark Room, showcasing sparkling helictite crystals, which have been described as the best in the west.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Where: 15701 Pioneer Volcano Road, Volcano

Cost: $14.95 adult, $7.85 12 and under


Bee Staff