ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
"A Day at the Races," July 10, Noon-6 p.m. Includes buffet lunch, a lesson on places bets, horseracing and more. Proceeds benefit Axis Community Health. $50. www.axishealth.org.
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. (925) 426-7600, www.alamedacountyfair.com.<
BOOKS INC., BERKELEY
Steve Duno, July 11, 6 p.m. The author talks about "Last Dog on the Hill.''
1760 4th Street, Berkeley. (510) 525-7777, www.booksinc.net.<
Oakland East Bay Symphony, July 3, 6:30-10 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic program of music and fireworks. Program also features Khalil Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Hilltop Community Church Choir. Free. www.oebs.org.
1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. (510) 735-1133, www.craneway.com.<
Neil Young, Bert Jansch, July 11 through July 12 and July 14, 8 p.m. $85-$199.50.
1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-0438.<
FREIGHT AND SALVAGE
Rosie Flores, July 11. $20.50-$21.50.
Music starts at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 548-1761, www.freightandsalvage.org.<
MARTINEZ'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 4. Starts with a pancake breakfast, followed by 10 a.m. parade down Main Street. There will be a celebration in the town plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with arts and crafts and kids activities.
Takes place in Main Street Plaza and on Main Street, Martinez
Free.8 a.m. - 4 p.m.(925) 228-3577, www.mainstreetmartinez.org.<
PLEASANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Frisky Frolics, July 11, 2 p.m. Free.
Free. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. (925) 931-4300, www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library.html.<
UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS
Katherine Baylor, July 8, 7:30 p.m. The author talks about "California Rocks: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State.''
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com.<
USS HORNET MUSEUM Come aboard this World War II aircraft carrier that has been converted into a floating museum. The Hornet, launched in 1943, is 899 feet long and 27 stories high. During World War II she was never hit by an enemy strike or plane and holds the Navy record for number of enemy planes shot down in a week. In 1969 the Hornet recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule containing the first men to walk on the moon, and later recovered Apollo 12. In 1991 the Hornet was designated a National Historic Landmark and is now docked at the same pier she sailed from in 1944. Today, visitors can tour the massive ship, view World War II-era warplanes and experience a simulated aircraft launch from the carrier's deck. Exhibits are being added on an ongoing basis. Allow two to three hours for a visit. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb steep stairs or ladders. Dress in layers as the ship can be cold. Arrive no later than 2 p.m. to sign up for the engine room and other docent-led tours. Children under age 12 are not allowed in the Engine Room or the Combat Information Center.
ONGOING EVENTS --
"Limited Access Day," Due to ship maintenance, tours of the navigation bridge and the engine room are not available. Tuesdays.
"Flight Deck Fun," A former Landing Signal Officer will show children how to bring in a fighter plane for a landing on the deck then let them try the signals themselves. Times vary. Free with regular Museum admission.
"Protestant Divine Services," Hornet chaplain John Berger conducts church services aboard The Hornet in the Wardroom Lounge. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are served immediately following the service. Sundays, 11 a.m.
"Independence Day 2010," July 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Featuring live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the aircraft carrier are available until 8 p.m. In the evening, visitors can watch Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck. $10-$25.
$6-$14; free children age 4 and under with a paying adult. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pier 3 (enter on Atlantic Avenue), Alameda Point, Alameda. (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org.<
"Yoshi's Fourth of July weekend Blues Festival," through July 3, 8 and 10 p.m. With Chris Thomas King on Jul. 1 and James Cotton Superharp Band Jul. 2 and 3. $16-$24.
"Louis Armstrong Birthday Celebration with Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Gumbo, Lady Mem'fis," July 4, 7 p.m. $10.
Shows are Monday through Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.<