Wildflower Walks Set This Weekend

Spring wildflowers, reptiles, amphibians and bugs will all be on display at the Earthside Nature Center's "Wildflower Walkabouts" on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Visitors will be introduced to California's native plant habitats at the two-acre site in Pasadena.

Especially for children, members of the Southwestern Herpetologists Society will display reptiles and amphibians on Saturday and Sunday and "bug wrangler" Steve Kutcher will exhibit exotic insects on Sunday.

Call (213) 222-9749.


"Life-Threatening Emergencies for Infants and Children" and how to deal with them will be addressed at a community education seminar offered by St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (310) 829-8453.


The frontiers of astronomical research, including the search for planetary systems and extraterrestrial life, will be examined at a one-day UCLA extension course Saturday at 9 a.m. Call (310) 825-7093.


Children ages 3 to 4 and their parents can learn about the marine environment in a four-week class, "Mommy and Me and the Sea," at the Orange County Marine Institute in Dana Point beginning Saturday. Call (714) 496-2274.

Children can learn about dinosaurs, banana slugs and other animals in a program at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History today at 1 p.m. Special hands-on "discovery carts" and short nature films are also scheduled through Thursday. Call (805) 682-4711.


The pinnipeds and cetaceans of the North Pacific will be discussed at the American Cetacean Society meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cabrillo Marine Museum. Call (310) 548-8500.


Bird identification and biology will be among the topics covered in an eight-week class offered by the Pasadena Audubon Society and Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning next Tuesday at the center in Pasadena. Space is limited and early registration is advised. Call (818) 398-5420 or (818) 287-3693.

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