Why Is There a Bay? 

Come to Lawrence Hall of Science and find out

SAT 9/27

Stroll out onto the South Terrace of the Lawrence Hall of Science and you may imagine you're entering a museum sculpture garden. Big blocks of granite and trickling fountains seem artful rather than scientific, but in fact it's a permanent exhibit called Forces That Shape the Bay, to teach us about those gradual evolutionary changes that are happening all around us. The exhibit overlooks the most dramatic vista you can find of the bay itself, living proof of the exhibit's lessons. The best time to visit may be San Francisco Bay Day, which is Saturday (it's also National Estuaries Day, which celebrates the vitality of estuaries and tells us how to protect them -- and what better place to celebrate than at the largest estuary on the West Coast?). From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you'll learn about the creatures that live in the San Francisco Bay, and how it was shaped by 12,000 years of geological evolution. For more information, call 510-642-5132, or check out LawrenceHallofScience.org -- Sarah Cahill

9/26-9/28

Little Egypt

St. Mary and St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church of Concord presents your chance to walk, eat, and craft like an Egyptian at the Second Annual Pharaoh's Festival . Have your picture taken as an ancient Egyptian (we're thinkin' big cardboard cutouts) and your name written in hieroglyphics, get your learn on at educational exhibits, and generally make an asp out of yourself. Mummy and daddy can browse vendors' wares for that special bauble or framed papyrus, and sample homemade, traditional Egyptian cuisine: the usual suspects shish kabob and falafel, plus more exotic fare such as locomadis and kadaif (stuffed pastries). It all happens this weekend at Heather Farms, 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek. Friday 11 a.m-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. St.Mary_St.Mina.tripod.com/festival -- Stefanie Kalem

9/24-11/2

Get Arty

Easel Does It

Not everyone can create a masterpiece, but the Artist in the Studio program at Walnut Creek's Bedford Gallery gives everyone -- kids and adults -- a chance to at least get into a studio and give it a whack. Now through November 2, gallery visitors are invited to make prints, charcoal drawings, paintings, and sculptures under the guidance of trained artists-in-residence from Taking the Leap professional school. You can even tour models of a Renaissance Studio and a Studio of the Future. School groups are welcome, as well. To learn more, visit BedfordGallery.org or phone 925-295-1417 -- Kelly Vance

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