Shark Bait 

Three-game home stand

SAT 11/12

The San Jose Sharks have been getting their dorsal fins pinned back so far this year. Is it because they're a bit rusty after sitting out the "lost season" of 2004-05? Or is it because coach Ron Wilson's men are jockeying for position in the NHL's Western Pacific conference? Best to relax and watch the intermittently exciting play of captain center Patrick Marleau, center Marcel Goc, right winger Niko Dimitrakos, and goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who spent the lockout at Metallurg Magnitogorsk instead of San Jo. It's a long, long season. The Sharks have a chance to do some damage in the West Saturday night (7:30) against the Dallas Stars at HP Pavilion. The Dallas game is the first of three all-too-rare home contests, also featuring the high-flying Vancouver Canucks (November 16) and conference foes the Phoenix Coyotes (November 19). -- Kelly Vance

11/13, 11/15

Down by the Bay

"How is it possible for a culture to live successfully for over ten thousand years in the Bay Area?" asks the Coyote Hills Regional Park staff. Was it because they used canoes and horses instead of cars and freeways? Discover the ways of the Ohlone, who lived in what is now Fremont, when Coyote Hills hosts a Shellmound Open House this Sunday afternoon (1:30-4:30). For $2, attendees can learn how to make tule boats. Also, next Tuesday morning (10-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (2-3:30 p.m.), Coyote Hills holds Coyote Cubs classes with Kristina Parkinson, who explains natural history for kids aged three to five using stories, games, and crafts. Registration required: 510-636-1684. 8000 Paterson Ranch Rd., Fremont. 510-795-9385. -- Kelly Vance

THU 11/10

On a High

The mountains are calling

Snowlands Network is a nonprofit org set up to represent the California and Nevada backcountry ski, snowshoe, and snowboard community. Its Web site,, is chock-full of info about events, tours, jobs, nonmotorized winter sports, and recreational areas, and also environmental issues. Andy Selters is an adventurer and photographer, the author of Ways to the Sky: A Historical Guide to American Mountaineering as well as the dead-serious how-to, Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue. In other words, Selters and Snowlands are a good fit. Find out how good a fit this Thursday evening when he appears at the Hillside Club in the Berkeley Hills (2286 Cedar St., 6:30-9:45 p.m.) to share stories and images from John Muir's Range of Light, the highest mountains in California -- and some say one of the most spiritually beautiful places on Earth. It's a benefit for Snowlands; $25 door. -- Kelly Vance


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