Associated Press Northern California Daybook for Saturday, Oct. 26
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6 a.m. VARIOUS — "Urban Shield," a 48-hour training exercise hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for local, national and international first responders. Exercises will help participants prepare for a unified response to disasters and major emergencies. Multiple locations, Bay Area. Contact: Sgt. J.D. Nelson, (510) 272-6901.
8 a.m. PLEASANTON — Dirty Girl Mud Run. Proceeds to benefit Bright Pink, a nonprofit that aids prevention and early treatment of breast and ovarian cancers among young women. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Contact: Marina Reza, (646) 495-4001.
8:30 a.m. RICHMOND — Kick-off ceremony to a Richmond volunteer event where more than 100 people will build a new playground at Belding Garcia Park. Belding Garcia Park, 17th Street and Coalinga Avenue. Contact: Alicia Nightengale, (510) 620-5460.
10 a.m. OAKLAND — "Boo at the Zoo," a Halloween and science-themed event for children. Hosted by the Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival through Sunday. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. Contact: Nicky Mora, (510) 632-9525, ext. 130.
10 a.m. OAKLAND — City Councilman Dan Kalb will host a town hall meeting on wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed also will attend. College Preparatory School, 6100 Broadway. Contact: Olga Bolotina, (510) 238-7240.
11 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Inaugural Wharfest, a festival on Fisherman's Wharf through Sunday. Saturday activities include a noon chowder competition. Jefferson and Beach streets. Contact: Troy Campbell, (415) 673-3530.
11 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Fourth annual Global Walk for India's Missing Girls, a walkathon to raise awareness of human rights issues among girls and women in India. Speakers include Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan and walk founder Nyna Caputi. Starts at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, and continues to the Ferry Building. Contact: Gloria Andrews, (650) 296-5994.
11 a.m. OAKLAND — United Nations parade of flags and flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the United Nations and 38th anniversary of the United Nations flag-raising. Reception and news conference at 1 p.m. with remarks by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Councilwoman Patricia Kernighan. United Nations flag pole, Jack London Square, 1 Franklin St. 1 p.m.: Chart Room at the Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington St. Contact: Mary Steiner, (510) 205-4640 or Bruna Allen, (510) 415-3728.
2 p.m. OAKLAND — "Thrill the World," a synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" that is scheduled to happen at the same time throughout the world. Studio One Art Center, 365 45th St. Contact: Kathleen Kelley, (510) 595-9425.
7:30 p.m. ALAMEDA — "Monster's Ball," a Halloween event hosted by the USS Hornet aircraft carrier and radio station The Bone 107.7. USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3. Contact: Victoria Sanchez de Alba, (650) 270-7810.