Pleasanton's Alviso Adobe Community Park is hosting its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21, with hands-on activities, presentations and interactive demonstrations for all ages.
The living history event will include butter making, canning, apple pressing and ice cream churning.
Alviso Adobe park honors three historic periods of the site -- the Ohlone Native Americans; the Spanish Rancheros, who managed herds of cattle on the original 12,000-acre Rancho Santa Rita; and the popular Meadowlark Dairy farm, from the early to mid-20th century.
No registration is needed for the Fall Festival, and parking is available at the park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Additional parking will be available at Foothill High School with a courtesy shuttle service.
Alviso Adobe Community Park is enjoyable to visit any time, with plenty to see and do. The Milk Barn Visitor Center has displays, including live animals and artifacts. Books, puzzles and games can be borrowed, as can Exploration Backpacks to explore the 7-acre park. The Visitor Center also has binoculars to loan for birding.
A fiberglass cow named Fiona lives in the milk barn so visitors can try their hands at milking. Other wooden cows give everyone a chance to practice their skills with a lasso.
The old adobe house built on the site in 1854 has been restored and furnished to explore what life was like during the Spanish-Mexican Rancho era. And a re-created bunkhouse replicates the living space of the dairy workers.
Docent-led tours are offered from 12-3 p.m. the third weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays. Each 30-minute tour is limited to 10 people; call 931-3479 to reserve a spot or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Pleasanton Activity Guide for other interpretive walks and education programs.
Alviso Adobe Community Park also has picnic tables with views of Mount Diablo and the Amador Valley.