Move over, Hulk. If you want to see what strong really looks like, head to Oakland's Dunsmuir House for the Scottish Highland Games. The traditional Scotch "Olympics" feature events like the hammer throw and the caber toss, in which kilt-clad Scotsmen hurl giant poles ranging from 12 to 20 feet in length and weighing up to 180 pounds. For those wishing to abstain from the athletics, there's also traditional Celtic music and dancing, living history reenactments, children's activities, food, crafts, and bagpipes-a-wailin'. Stick around Saturday night for the traditional Ceilidh, an evening of haggis-eating, plus more dancing and music. The games start Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dunsmuir House, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court (at Peralta Oaks Drive), Oakland. Tickets are free-$20; call (510) 615-5555 or visit www.dunsmuir.org.
-- Jack Karp
Though the East Bay's now mired in urban sprawl, Berkeley's flatlands once held family farms: In fact, a single farmer once owned the fertile soil beneath the U.C. campus. Most former green spaces are now covered in buildings, but the cement jungle still holds unexpected horticultural pockets. Greenbelt Alliance offers a great opportunity to discover them with Farms in Berkeley?, a six-mile hike down the Ohlone Greenway from Alice Waters' pet community project, the Edible Schoolyard garden at King Middle School, to the Peralta Community Gardens. Reservations are required for the free walk, which starts at 9:30 a.m.; call 255-3233 or visit www.greenbelt.org.
-- Joyce Slaton
Lessons from a fast gal
Men, they say, are stronger than women. But "they" are notoriously dumb. Tell that theory to professional multi-sport endurance athlete Terri Schneider, and she'll probably give "them" a quick lesson in perspective, if not something less pleasant. Schneider's into adventure racing, a team endeavor that combines rock climbing, horseback riding, cycling, and kayaking into a sport so difficult it challenges even this 22-time Ironman Triathlon competitor. So guys, how are you feeling now? Pretty strong, right? If not, come hear Schneider's video presentation and talk, "Discovering the Adventure in Adventure Racing," during which she'll tell some hair-raising stories about her experiences in China, Tibet, Nepal, and other exotic locales. The event begins at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave (at Gilman), Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 527-4140 or visit www.rei.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser