Ohlone Gathering and Other Activities in East Bay Parks

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By Ned MacKay

 

Music, dance, storytelling and other aspects of Native American culture will be on display at the annual Gathering of the Ohlone Peoples, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.

Activities will include demonstrations of basketry, jewelry, soaproot brush and string making. You can try your hand at making a fire without matches, or fashion a miniature tule boat.

 

Native plant teas, manzanita cider and acorn soup will be available for tasting. The park’s 2,000-year-old village site will be open for tours, too. Parent participation is required.

 

Coyote Hills is located at 8000 Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle, but the gathering is free of charge.

 

For information, call (510) 544-3220.

 

For those who like hiking, there’s a choice between two easy hikes on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the park district’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People series. The hikes encourage families to get out together for fresh air and mild exercise. They are free of charge.

 

One is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Coyote Hills, led by naturalist Dino Labiste. It’s a leisurely stroll along marsh and bay trails, with a short section over the hills. Meet at the park visitor center at the end of Patterson Ranch Road.

 

The other activity is a fall family fun hike from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sunol Regional Wilderness, on Geary Road five miles south of Sunol. That one’s an easy loop on the Indian Joe Nature Trail. Meet at the Old Green Barn Visitor Center. For information, call 510-544-3243.

 

Parental participation is required for either hike.

 

For wildlife lovers, shorebirds and ducks on the bay will be the focus of Family Nature Fun hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda.

 

The visitor center staff will have binoculars available for loan, so you can get a close-up view of our feathered friends.

 

Afterwards, it’s fish feeding time from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center’s large aquarium.

 

Crab Cove is located at 1252 McKay Ave. off Central Avenue in Alameda.

 

For information, call (510) 544-3187.

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