The Valley Humane Society is presenting its eighth annual Hidden Gardens of the Valley tour Sunday, to benefit cats and dogs looking for homes. A $35 ticket includes a self-guided tour of 10 private gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This is a chance to enjoy flowers, trees, shrubs, decorative fountains and statuary, and architectural elements such as gazebos, decks, outdoor kitchens and more at homes right in Pleasanton. Dirt Gardener Buzz Bertolero will be along the route to answer gardening questions.
Tickets can be purchased online at valleyhumane.org; at the Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St.; nurseries including Alden Lane, Armstrong Garden Center and Western Garden; Town and Country Veterinary Hospital and Towne Center Books.
Racing up Mount Diablo
The Amgen Tour, America's largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, takes place locally tomorrow from Livermore to Mount Diablo. The complete Amgen Tour of California is traveling approximately 750 miles from May 12-19.
Mt. Diablo State Park has issued tips for those who want to see the racers: The park opens at 8 a.m. and there will be no parking of motor vehicles on South Gate Road below Rock City. Vehicular traffic will be cut off at 2 p.m. or when parking is full. Bicycles will not be allowed above Devil's Elbow on Summit Road but cyclists can leave their bicycles at Devil's Elbow and proceed on foot.
Call 837-2525 for recorded park information.
BART running longer Sunday
BART will open early and run additional long trains Sunday to accommodate passengers going to the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Service will start at approximately 5 a.m. so racers can get to the race before it begins at 7 a.m. Trains running before 8 a.m. will run at 20-minute intervals.
Runners should remember that wet or damaged BART tickets will not work in fare gates. Also, shoes and proper attire are required on BART despite the "anything goes" attitude of the famous race. Anyone who sees unattended packages or suspicious behavior should call BART Police at (510) 464-7000.