Highlights 

Summer Recreation in the East Bay.

Wednesday, June 18

Wednesday Walk Take a hike through the Coyote Hills Wildlife Refuge and learn about its unique plant and animal life with a knowledgeable tour guide from the East Bay Regional Park District. Hike is about five miles total. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Tamarack Drive in Union City. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free. 510-796-0199.

Thursday, June 19

Central California Indian Coiled Basketry Naturalist Beverly Ortiz and Ohlone Carol Bachman teach the art of coiled basket-making using only plant materials. $125 fee, registration required. 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Coyote Hills. 510-636-1684.

Knobbers Kids can play old-fashioned games that show them what life was like as an 1870s-era "knobber," a child who helped coal miners underground. $6 fee, registration required. Black Diamond Mines. 925-757-2620.

Friday, June 20

Alameda County Fair Beginning on June 20 and ending July 6, the Alameda County Fair features musicians, horseracing, grandstands, and barbecue. 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton. 510-595-5599. www.alamedacountyfair.com

Saturday, June 21

Alameda County Fair See Friday.

Fire Truck Day! Meet real firemen, ride a fire engine, and even participate in the "Battle of the Fire Trucks." You may get wet. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ardenwood Historic Farm. 510-796-0663.

Solstice Celebration Hike Celebrate the longest day of the year at Red Top Hill in true ancient style -- with a picnic and bonfire! Bring masks and costumes to join in the dance as well as nonmetal instruments (rattles, drums, etc.) to make noise. Registration required. Fee: $5 per person, $10 per family. Red Top Hill, Coyote Hills Regional Park. 510-795-9385.

Rocky Ridge Summer Solstice Hike Mark the longest day of the year with a not-so-long hike -- only three miles! No fee. Registration required. 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. 925-862-2601.

Solstice Food Chain Celebration Churn home-made ice cream, cook quesadillas in a solar-powered oven, and make a "solar art print" to hang up at home. Chabot Campground amphitheater. 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $3 fee. 510-521 6887.

Tri-for-Fun #1 Designed for beginning runners, this triathlon includes a 400-yard swim, an 11-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. Fee for preregistered racers is $35. Race-day registration is $40. Relays are $95 if preregistered, and $115 on race day. There is a multi-event discount. Racers must have swim caps and ANSI-approved bike helmets. Caps are available on site for a fee. Entrants receive free T-shirts and refreshments and can enter a prize raffle. Make checks payable to On Your Mark and send to: On Your Mark, P.O. Box 1199, Arnold, CA 95223. Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. 209-795-7832, www.onyourmarkevents.com

San Jose Mountain Bike Sprint Triathlon A 500-yard swim, a 10-mile mountain bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. This event complements the San Jose International Triathlon that follows on Sunday. Race-day registration starts at 6:30 a.m. First wave goes off at 8:00 a.m. Registration cost is $75 plus a mandatory $9 USAT fee or current membership card. 500-person limit. Post-race massages will be available. Lake Almaden, San Jose, www.japroductions.com

Sunday, June 22

Alameda County Fair See Friday.

Pitchin' in on the Farm Learn what it's like to live and work on a farm as you grind corn, feed animals, and look for eggs in a real henhouse. Discover what it takes to grow your own vegetables when you work in Ardenwood's garden. Harvest hay like on a real farm and help build a giant haystack. Maybe even jump in it. Admission fee: $1 for adults, 50 cents for children on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; $5 adults, $4 children on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Ardenwood Historic Farm. 510-796-0663.

Sunday Nature Adventures Perfect for groups, Sunday Nature Adventures teach you about the plants and animals of the Coyote Hills Park as you hike and explore. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free. 510-795-9385.

Tunnel #3 Bike Ride Bike to Tunnel #3 and explore the reservoir as you learn the history of the people who built it. No fee. Registration required. Bikers must be over seven years old. Lake Chabot. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 510-521-6887.

Valley Nature Ride A history lesson about Sunol, followed by a twenty-minute guided horseback ride. Riders must be over six years old. $17 fee. Registration required. Meet at Sunol Regional Wilderness Park. 510-636-1684.

San Jose International Triathlon With a 1.35-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and a 10-kilometer run, this is one of the fastest international distance triathlons in the country. An all-day racing expo will be held alongside and after the race. This race sells out at 1,500 participants. Registration is $100 for single racers and $160 for relay teams. 7:00 a.m. start. Lake Almaden, San Jose, www.japroductions.com

Alcatraz Triathlon XXIII -- 23rd Annual Escape from the Rock Event limited to 600 entrants. It includes a 1.5-mile swim, 2.5-mile run, 13-mile bike ride, and a 7.5-mile run. Aquatic Park, San Francisco, 7:00 a.m. Racers swim the 1.5-miles to "escape" from Alcatraz Island, finishing back at Aquatic Park. Afterward, they will bike to Crissy Field in the Presidio. Wetsuits are recommended. There is a mandatory check-in on Saturday, June 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the west end of Crissy Field in Building 924 in the Presidio. Entry $200. 415-868-1829 or info@envirosports.com

Tuesday, June 24

Alameda County Fair See Friday.

Hot Tuesday Nights Manor Pool holds a family-oriented evening of swimming, music, and games every Tuesday night starting June 24. DJ Charles King will host. Admittance is $2 or free with a seasonal pass. Manor Pool, 2850 Temple Drive, Davis. 530-785-2000.

Sea Squirts Teach your children all about birds with a morning of outdoor activities and crafts. Exclusively for three- to five-year-olds. 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $6 fee. Possible parking fee. Meet at Crab Cove Visitor Center. 510-521-6887.

Thursday, June 26

Alameda County Fair See Friday.

Thursday Birding Go bird-watching for shorebirds and seagulls at Big Break Regional Shoreline. Registration required. No fee. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Big Break Regional Shoreline. 925-757-2620.

Saturday, June 28

Alameda County Fair See Friday.

Brooks Island Adventure Learn how to kayak in Richmond Harbor and paddle to Brooks Island, normally off-limits to visitors, for a guided hike. Registration required. Fee: $85. Financial assistance available. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brooks Island. 510-636-1684 .

Family Camp-Outs Spend a weekend camping in the wilderness starting Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Activities include hikes, nature lessons, and a campfire. Fee includes two meals. Supply list available at registration. Registration required. Fee: $45 adult, $39 child. Financial assistance available. Del Valle. 510-636-1684.

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