Event 5 Kirigin Winery Tour, Tasting & Picnic Lunch

Thursday June 2, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Did I mention this event includes a free bottle of wine from a choice of 17 wines? Join us for a 90 minute tour and tasting at Kirigin Cellars, one of Californias oldest wineries, established in 1916 by the Bonesio Family as Uvas Winery. Since then, they have used the techniques and wisdom that Nikola Kirigin brought from his familys ancient wine making processes in Croatia. The current owner has modernized the facilities and handcrafts wines from 11 different wine grapes grown on 33 acres of vineyards. We will tour their historic buildings, learn about their wine making process and taste six wines including their to die for Vino de Mocca dessert wine. After the tour, we will picnic in an area surrounded by aromatic wine barrels and beautiful flowers. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy


Hike 9 Mt Umunhum Descent

Wednesday June 8, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM

We start the day at one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz mountain range, where we will learn about the significance of Mt. Umunhum to the Ohlone community and visit their Ceremonial Circle, and the historic importance of the Radar Tower that was once part of our missile defense system. Next, we will enjoy the panoramic views from nearly 3,500 feet above the valley floor and a social picnic lunch. Last but not least, it is time to explore more of the park by journeying down the three mile, mostly shady and cool Mt. Umunhum trail through varied habitats including coast live oak, foothill pine, California bay, interspersed with Pacific madrone and finally shrubs such as chamise, big berry manzanita, birch leafed mountain mahogany. Of course, along the way there are striking views of the valley, ridgelines and neighboring peaks. This special program is hosted in partnership with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Image by Jitze Couperus from Los Altos Hills, California, USA, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Level of Difficulty: : Easy to Moderate
Number of Miles: : 3.7
Location: Mt Umunhum Preserve in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Bus transportation to the park from Saratoga and picnic lunch are included.


Lecture 6 Seven Types of Bird Feathers

Thursday June 9, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

From the fluffy down of a young chick to the colorful tails of a peacock, feathers are amazing engineering marvels that have evolved into different shapes, sizes and colors based on their function. Every bird has seven different types of feathers based on their structure and location on their body. Our speaker is a naturalist who will discuss different types of feathers and their functions.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming