Where's Yogi? 

We beat 'em before

6/14-6/16

The A's don't play the New York Mets very often. In fact, the two teams last faced each other in the 1973 World Series, when Oakland conquered the Boys of Shea in seven games behind the pitching of Ken Holtzman, Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, and Rollie Fingers. A lot of Schaefer beer has flowed under the bridge since then. While the 2005 A's have been, uh, rebuilding and trying to assemble their missing pieces for a run at .500 ball and ultimately, maybe, contention for the AL West, the not-so-amazin' Mets have been floundering near the bottom of the NL East as well, relying on iffy pitching from Pedro Martinez, Kaz Ishii, and retread Tom Glavine, while center fielder Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Wright provide most of the firepower. After a 32-year hiatus, the Mets come to call Tuesday (7:05) for a three-game series, the only time they'll meet this season. OaklandAthletics.com -- Kelly Vance

SAT 6/11

Range Rovers

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is one the more innovative rec-park districts in the East Bay, with numerous programs for kids and adults, especially now that school is out. On any given weekend, the rangers lead groups in exploring creeks, learning about bats, and discovering the traditions of the Bay Area's Native Americans, the Ohlone. But what it's like to be a Livermore park ranger? This Saturday (10 a.m.) at Veterans' Park (5211 Arroyo Rd., Livermore), kids and their friends can actually become Rangers to the Rescue! There will be plenty of hands-on activities like using a chainsaw to clear brush, operating heavy equipment, etc. Reservations: 925-960-2400 or LARPD.dst.ca.us -- Kelly Vance

6/13-7/14

Jr. Whackers

Tee 'em off young

In the old days, kids played baseball. Now, they play soccer. But the future belongs to ... golf. Get a leg up on the burgeoning national trend of junior golf. Even if Chipper grows up to become a third baseman on the Osaka-Oakland Athletics, he'll still need to polish his putting skills and bunker shots for the charity golf tournaments he'll be playing in. And young Hope can benefit from the networking that goes hand-in-glove with a day on the links -- she'll thank you for starting her early. Where to begin? The Metropolitan Golf Academy Junior Golf Summer Camp at Oakland's Metro Links. Kids 9-16 are invited to any of the three sessions -- June 13-16 and 20-24 and July 11-14 -- for Monday-through-Thursday morning lessons on every aspect of the game: driving, short shots, putting, etc. The $195 fee includes green fees, range balls, and lunch, but golfers must provide their own equipment. PlayMetro.com -- Kelly Vance

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