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Reptile Rally celebrates Malcolm the tortoises 30th birthday

Coming across a giant slithering snake or seeing a prehistoric lizard flick his tongue at you, has both fascinated and terrorized people since their first encounters. Most of us never get the opportunity to meet or learn about these unusual exotic animals, but the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS) invites the community to come explore this intriguing world at their annual Reptile Rally.

This is BAARS 10th year of partnering with Sulphur Creek Nature Center to bring this educational event to the public. This year attendees can expect to see a South American blue tegu, a Brazilian rainbow boa, a Taiwan beauty, chameleons, carpet pythons, a variety of king snakes, California natives, and a giant African Sulcata tortoise that the kids can ride, among many others.

Farewell Reception and Exhibit for WWII veteran aviation artist

The Fremont Art Association (FAA) will be hosting a farewell reception and exhibit for one of its longest members, aviation artist Rod Girard, who has been an FAA member for over 30 years. The exhibit and sale will include a variety of his work, from nature and landscapes to his renowned dynamic paintings of aircraft in flight.

Girard was born July 9, 1924 in Regina, Saskatchewan, a remote area in Canada. His father was a WWI veteran, and his mother a war bride from England. Girard expressed admiration for his mother, able to adapt so far from home. What a thing to do! he said, remarking on her move from England, away from friends and family, into the remote hinterlands of Canada. It is likely that Girards insight stems from his own journeys far from home.

During Would War II, Girard served with Royal Canadian Air and was stationed in Belgium, Germany, and Britain. Now, at age 92, he cant recall when he first started painting, but he does remember when he first began to love planes. Girard was assigned to a Spitfire squadron in Belgium. I fell in love with them there, they are a marvelous aircraft, he says. From the droning of the Halifax bomber to the purring of the Rolls Royce engines in the Spitfires, Girard got the bug.


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