Update: I’m told the REI class is no longer a zombie preparedness class, per se, but will cover the same kinds of urban/wilderness survival issues that might arise during an actual zombie apocalypse. So there.
Update II: Added Friends of the Lower Calaveras walk scheduled for Nov. 1.
The undead lead off this month’s list of outdoorsy, environment events and activities in and near San Joaquin County:
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Presentation, “Zombie Preparedness — Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn valuable surivval techniques that could save your life in any urban disaster or in the unlikely event of an attack from the undead. More details here.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Stockton East Water District weekly board meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St., Stockton. Agenda available here.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: San Joaquin Bike Coalition’s weekly ride. 7 p.m. behind the Empire Theater in Stockton. Anyone with basic bike riding skills welcome. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Friends of the Lower Calaveras River hosts the latest in a series of “river walks” at the Old Dog Ranch. Birder David Yee will host the walk, sharing information about abundant birds on this rarely seen stretch of river. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the ranch. Go east on Highway 26 past Linden and turn right on Escalon-Bellota Road. After crossing the river turn left on Sheldon. Go 3 miles and turn left at the “Old Dog Ranch” sign.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Organic produce stand open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Boggs Tract Community Farm. Fruits, vegetables, eggs and honey available. 466 S. Ventura Avenue. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Eagles and osprey kayaking tour. 10 a.m., New Melones Lake Visitor Center. Paddle across the lake and up Coyote Creek to observe year-round raptors in the area. This is a four- to five-hour strenuous trip. Call (209) 536-9094 ext. 236 to register.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Guided hike, Cosumnes River Preserve. Learn about the flora and fauna of the preserve on a 3-mile round-trip hike along raised levees. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center deck. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 2: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 2: The season’s first sandhill crane tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve west of Lodi. Tours offered first three weekends of each month from October through February. Registration required. More details here.
Sunday, Nov. 2: 20th anniversary celebration at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge north of Stockton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live animals, bird-watching and a planting project. More details here.
Thursday, Nov. 6: Presentation, “Fitness Technology Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn about how a speed and distance monitor or heart-rate monitor can help you track the length of your favorite trail run, the speed of your pace and how many calories you burned. More details here.
Friday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 9: Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival. Come celebrate one of the region’s most iconic species. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 8: Calaveras River Fun Run/Walk 5K, a fundraiser for Restore the Delta and Students Run Stockton. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. run begins. Start and finish at the University of the Pacific. For more details email email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 8: River walk bird survey, Cosumnes River Preserve. Stockton Audubon Society member Jim Rowoth will lead this walk through wetlands, riparian forest and grasslands. The walk is about 4 miles. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 8: Docent-guided walk at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Trail is 2 miles and leads to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking wetlands that host sandhill cranes and songbirds. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 8: Electronic waste collection event hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Other collections also planned elsewhere in San Joaquin County. More details here.
Sunday, Nov. 9: Special event, “Geocaching Tuttletown’s Trails” at New Melones Lake. Join a ranger to find hidden trinkets along the Tuttletown trails. The hike is about 3 miles round trip. Meet at the entrance station at 10 a.m. and bring a GPS.
Saturday, Nov. 15: Historic hike on the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway. Learn about the historic route and discover how Melones Dam was built. The hike is about 4 miles. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Peoria Wildlife Equestrian Staging Area on Peoria Flat Road.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Presentation, “Showshoeing Basics,” 7 p.m. at the Stockton REI. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 23: Sandhill crane tours at Cosumnes River Preserve. Tours start at 3:30 p.m. each day. More details here.
Monday, Nov. 24: Sierra Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Topic: “Transportation in San Joaquin County.” Speaker is Nate Knodt from the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Stockton Astronomical Society hosts “Astronomy in the Park” at Oak Grove Regional Park. Event begins at sunset. Come peer through the telescopes of society members. Event is free but parking at Oak Grove costs $5 per vehicle. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Special event, “Mark Twain’s Trials, Tales and Trails” at New Melones Lake. Hike along the Sierra Railroad’s tracks that traverse the winding foothills from Angels Camp to Jamestown. It’s about a 2-mile hike. Meet at the New Melones visitor center at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Presentation, “Avalanche Awareness,” 7 p.m. at the Stockton REI. More details here.