Outdoors Is the Place to Be This Weekend (If the Rain Holds Off)

Photo: Shields Oak Grove, trail meandering through grove.
Celebrate ‘Oak-tober’ in, where else? … the Shields Oak Grove. (Photo by jdavisphotography.com)

Update Oct. 14: The Mondavi Center has canceled all three Corin Courtyard Concerts, Oct. 14, 15 and 16, due to inclement weather.


Free music in the Corin Courtyard (at the Mondavi Center), arboretum programs and the fall open house at the California Raptor Center, from Friday through Sunday (Oct. 14-16).

Corin Courtyard Concerts

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has scheduled three free, Corin Courtyard Concerts in a row — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — each one in advance of a ticketed program in Jackson Hall.

 The Hoots trio of men.
Music the whole family can enjoy: The Hoots will perform ia free concert in the Corin Courtyard.

Arboretum and Public Garden

The arboretum presents three free programs this weekend:

  • Celebrate “Oak-tober” It’s acorn season in the oak grove! Explore the Shields Oak Grove in autumn to see oaks from around the world and learn how they prepare for winter. 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 15), meet at the gazebo. Will be canceled in the event of heavy rain.
  • Children’s Books in the Woods Join local author Kate Morejohn as she reads from a variety of books exploring nature. The readings will be appropriate for ages 5 to 10 and their families. Participants will also have an opportunity to draw and color. 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 15), Wyatt Deck. (Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture.)
  • Native American Uses of California Plants Enjoy an engaging, family-friendly tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden and discover traditional uses for a variety of California plants. 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 16), meet at the Welcome Center. Will be canceled in the event of heavy rain.

California Raptor Center

The center’s fall open house is this Saturday (Oct. 15), offering up-close and personal encounters with a golden eagle, a red-tailed hawk, great-horned owl and many other birds of prey; and educational talks. The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you’re welcome to arrive at 8 for a guided Hawk Walk (bring binoculars).

 Raptor in flight.

While the open house and Hawk Walk are free, the center greatly appreciates tax-deductible donations that help provide care and feeding of resident raptors, underwrite education programs, provide medication and medical supplies for rehabilitation, and maintain the facility. Parking is free. Directions.

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