They're your parks. Use them.


Next time you catch yourself complaining that there's nothing to do, shut up and take up a hobby. The East Bay Regional Park District has about a thousand ways for you to fill your spare time, from swimming to bike riding treks to volunteering to be a bird-breeding biologist's assistant. Here are three classes practically anyone could benefit by taking: Intro to Golf: A beginners' clinic taught at Tilden Park golf course this Thursday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) for those who don't know an eagle from a bogey. Balls and loaner clubs provided as part of the $50 fee ($65 for nonresidents). Intro to Flyfishing: After three hours at Lake Anza and three more in the classroom, you'll think you're Ernest Hemingway. Learn to tie flies and how to lie convincingly. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $60 ($66). Beginning Portrait Photography: Okay, so it isn't a sport, but you can shoot portraits for the Baseball Hall of Fame, if it's still standing. Meets Saturdays April 9 and 16 at Lake Chabot, 8 a.m.-noon. $65 ($73). Registration is required for these and all other classes: 510-636-1684. – Kelly Vance

SAT 4/9

Calling All Spuds

The Golden State Warriors continue their popular Warriors Basketball Camp for boys and girls, staffed by scholastic coaches, with a special Future Stars Camp for little dribblers ages five to eight. It happens this Saturday at the San Ramon 24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport, 4450 Norris Canyon Rd., San Ramon, 925-244-9855. Campers attending this session will receive two tickets to the Warriors-Utah Jazz game April 20 at the Arena. Two more specialty camps will be held in the East Bay this Spring: a Guard Camp, May 14-15 in San Ramon; and a Shooting Camp, May 21-22 in Walnut Creek. Get the skinny from or phone 510-986-5310. -- Kelly Vance


Roughing It

Camping with kids

Attention all youth leaders who aspire to guiding multiday backpacking adventures for young people: Now is the time to start planning to attend the Wilderness Leadership Training Course offered by Bay Area Wilderness Training, May 25-29. In five days of backpacking through the Sierra Nevada, you'll learn everything about leading kids on an outdoors hiking and camping trip: proper clothing, basic wilderness first aid, map and compass reading, nutrition, group dynamics, and most important of all, leadership qualities. Cost of the course is on a $300-$700 sliding scale, depending on which youth org you're affiliated with. Food and transportation are included. Completion of the training allows you to access outdoor gear in BAWT's loan system for your group.

The second session takes place June 27-July 1. To learn more, call Kyle Macdonald at 415-788-3666 ex. 125 or visit BAWT.orgKelly Vance


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