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Top Tickets: May 18-24

It's a mixed bag this week in the East Bay – strike it rich by panning for gold, or relax under stars at the theater in Orinda.


2017 Ecopoetry Event
This third annual poetry reading is hosted by the National Park Service and Alhambra High at the John Muir House. The evening will feature works by acclaimed poets Jane Hirschfield, Malcolm Margolin, and W.S. Merwin, as well as readings by Alhambra students. nps.gov.  



Animals on Broadway
ARF hosts its 17th annual Animals on Broadway fundraiser. Participants walk a mile in downtown Walnut Creek to raise $90,000 for adorable animals in need. Keep the fun going and dress up your pet, or give your pup a chance to de-stress with doggy yoga. arflife.org.



Under the Stars
The Walnut Creek Aquanuts’ Under the Stars–themed fundraiser event at Heather Farm Park features synchronized swimming, Asian-inspired dinner, and silent and live auctions. aquanuts.org.


Oakland Museum of California


Panning for Gold!
Celebrate California’s rich history by panning for gold just like a Forty-Niner at the Oakland Museum of California. Learn the difference between the real deal and fool’s gold—you can even keep the loot! museumca.org.



As You Like It
Cal Shakes kicks off its season with an evening under the stars in Orinda. Follow the story of Rosalind and her journey into the forest of Arden in one of Shakespeare’s classic rom-coms. calshakes.org.

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