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Ghost Train rides haunted rails at Ardenwood

For six evenings in October, goblins will once again haunt the woods at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. Climb aboard the Haunted Railroad for a frightfully fun ride through the dark forest. The entire family will enjoy the ghoulishly grand ride to nowhere and back on the haunted rails of the Ghost Train.

The Haunted Railroad is a spooky train ride that will appeal to children 12 years of age and under. Billy Bones says, Since the beginning, this event has been designed so that it is not scary for little children. We want everyone to have fun!

Dates of operation are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights October 17 through 19, and 24 through 26. The train will leave every 30 minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m.; the last train departs at 9:30 p.m. (on Sundays the last train is at 9 p.m.).
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Explore the refuge on Science Day

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12 through 18) Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is giving the community a chance to explore one of their natural treasures at Science Day. Discover wildlife species that live on refuge land, water, and in the air with the assistance of visiting experts or discover them on your own. Take part in a day of exploration, viewing creatures up close, along the trail.

National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrates the more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges in the country which protect and provide habitats for numerous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and plants. Don Edwards is the first urban National Wildlife Refuge in the country.

The purpose of Science Day is to introduce the public to the living creatures, big and small, living right in their backyard and interact with scientists who work in the field, says Don Edwards Outdoor Recreation Planner Carmen Minch. Our biologist will be doing the bird banding demonstration, U.S. Department of Agriculture biologists will be demonstrating mammal trapping, a retired microbiologist will be sampling bacteria in our marshes, and biologists from U.S. Geological Survey will be sampling macro invertebrates in the mud. In addition, experts in the field will be surveying and documenting the birds that use the refuge and the plants that grow on the refuge.
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Induz Laser Dandiya for the arts

Induz, a Bay Area non-profit, believes that every child deserves a comprehensive education that includes global learning and the arts. Research has shown that three out of four children in low income households have no access to art education. Also, students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

Induz has been providing a multi-cultural arts and global educational program, Passport to World Arts ª, to low income schools across the San Francisco Bay Area. While the program is of benefit to all children, Induz focuses on low income and high risk children in the U.S. A research study showed that a student from a low socioeconomic background with a high arts educational experience, significantly outperformed peers from low-arts, low socioeconomic status, closing and in some cases eliminating the gap that often appears between low socioeconomic background students and their more advantaged peers.

The organizations global initiatives include Project Tulika in India and Project Sanaa in West Kenya. Project Tulika helps improve the lives of underprivileged children by nurturing their artistic talents and providing them with the means and opportunity to practice art. The program is offered to children at orphanages in India, where children are provided with the proper tools and instruction to learn art forms such as music, dance, drawing, and painting. Project Sanaa provides creative arts, music, and dance classes to underprivileged children in the rural community in western Kenya, to create awareness on high infant and maternal mortality.
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