First Day of Winter – December 21, 2018



The winter solstice falls on Dec. 21, 2018, the moment at which Earth’s axis tilts the Northern Hemisphere farthest from the sun’s warmth. It happens once a year in each hemisphere. The winter solstice is particularly special this year as the upcoming December full moon, named the Cold Moon, will be visible in the night sky along with the Ursid meteor shower.

Why winter solstice 2018 is unique:

1) December full moon
The moon will appear full both Friday and Saturday nights. The names of the moon originate from the Native Americans, who marked December’s full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice.

2) Ursid meteor shower
The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere. At the peak there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn. The shower gets its name because its meteors appear to emanate from Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Dipper. Unfortunately, due to the aforementioned full moon, the meteors might be hard to spot.

3) Mercury/Jupiter conjunction
In the southeast before sunrise Friday, you can see Mercury and Jupiter appearing as if they’re about to collide in space, despite being hundreds of millions of miles apart. They will be 0.9 degrees apart, which is about two moon-diameters. They will only be visible in a sky illuminated by bright twilight.

Winter Events

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Nature Discoveries – BLACK DIAMOND – Learn what’s flying, crawling, or blooming in the park this season as we examine a different nature subject each week. – Staff, Interpretive – Free
Where: Black Diamond Mines: Upper Parking Lot

Sunday Dec 23, 2018 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Audubon Christmas Bird Count Week! Part 1 – BIG BREAK – Beginning through advanced birders are welcome on this annual citizen science blitz week expedition to document EVERY bird seen or heard. Bring binoculars, scopes, apps, field guides.No registration required; Drop-in program only. – Free
Where: Big Break: Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta

Sunday Dec 23, 2018 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM AM Audubon Christmas Bird Count Week! Part 2 – BIG BREAK REGIONAL TRAIL: JORDAN LANE- Beginning through advanced birders are welcome on this annual citizen science blitz week expedition to document EVERY bird seen or heard! Bring binoculars, scopes, apps, field guides. No registration required; Drop-in program only. free
Where: Big Break Regional Trail: Jordan Lane

Saturday Dec 29, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Meet a Snake– BLACK DIAMOND – Come meet some friendly local snakes! Learn what makes snakes so different from other animals and how snakes help make the world a better and balanced place. (For children 3 and up). – Delgado, Virginia – Free
Where: Black Diamond Mines: Park Offices/Lower Parking Lot

Tuesday Jan 1, 2019 8:00 AM Bethel Island Frozen Bun Run – For the hearty, join in the skiing–everything is furnished except the bathing suits. Are ready to get wacky? This is one of the most unique events on the Delta, and there’s no fee to watch the fun.
Where: Rusty Porthole Restaurant, 3893 Willow Rd., Bethel Island, CA

Tuesday Jan 1, 2019 Brazen New Year’s Day 2019 – The sun is rising on Tuesday morning, January 1st, the first day of 2019. Where should you be? Pounding the trails of Lake Chabot, of course!

Join us at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley for the scenic and invigorating 5K, 10K or half marathon. More info

Saturday Jan 5, 2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Stone Lakes NWR Docent Tours – Stroll along a flat, 2-mile trail to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking the wetlands to see possible visitors such as Sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and waterfowl. A volunteer will lead the walk and share the natural history of the area.
All ages are welcome. No reservations are required. Restrooms are available. Visit the website for more details.
Where: 1624 Hood Franklin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95757 + Google Map

Saturday Jan 5, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Family Game Night and Campfire – BIG BREAK VISITOR CENTER – Early winter nightfall is the perfect opportunity for a warming campfire! Bring your favorite card or board game, skit ideas, cozy blanket and flashlight. Hot chocolate & s’mores provided. No registration required; Drop-in program only. – Pulizzi, Rachel – Free
Where: Big Break: Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta

Tuesday Jan 08, 2019 Ronin Dragon Karate – Students will learn karate movements, skills, and techniques as they develop discipline and respect for one’s self and others. Participants will have fun learning techniques and sparring in a safe environment. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 12 instructional hours per session. All testing fees are payable to the instructor prior to the test. This session meets January 8 – February 14. Ages 4 – 9 meet 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and ages 10+ meet 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The fee is $70 (Oakley residents) and $80 (non-residents) and pre-registration is required. For additional information contact the City of Oakley Recreation Division at 925-625-7041

Sunday Jan 13, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Birding by Kayak – Longer Paddle – BIG BREAK – Come ply the welcoming and wonderous waters of the Pcific Flyway on this longer kayak excursion. We’ll start with dry land instruction then paddle our steady and stable craft on a group exploration of this lovely, rich shoreline from end-to-end. Adult registration/participation required for registered children (8-16yrs.) Registration required. – Staff, Recreation – Resident: $40.00. Non-resident: $44.00
Where: Big Break: Kayak Launch Site

Sunday Jan 20, 2019 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunset and Full Moon Paddle – BIG BREAK – Paddle as the light of the setting sun and the rising moon sparkles on the waves. After dry-land instruction, we will wend our way in our steady and stable tandem kayaks. Adult registration/participation required with registered children (ages 8-16yrs.).Registration required. – Staff, Recreation – Resident: $30.00. Non-resident: $34.00
Where: Big Break: Kayak Launch Site

Sunday Jan 20, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse – On the night of January 20, 2019 a total lunar eclipse will occur. The Moon turning ‘blood’ red will be visible in the evening skies on the 20th from North America, Central America and South America.

Duration: 5 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
Duration of totality: 1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
Penumbral begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 6:36:29 pm
Partial begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 7:33:54 pm
Full begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 8:41:17 pm
Maximum: Jan 20, 2019 at 9:12:14 pm
Full ends: Jan 20, 2019 at 9:43:15 pm
Partial ends: Jan 20, 2019 at 10:50:39 pm
Penumbral ends: Jan 20, 2019 at 11:48:02 pm

Sunday Jan 20, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Hazel-Atlas History Hike – BLACK DIAMOND – Steer clear of winter mud and discover the ancient and modern history of these sandy hills along two steep miles of Chaparral Loop. (8+yrs). Parking fee may apply: $5. – BLK, Eddie Willis – Free
Where: Black Diamond Mines: Upper Parking Lot,

Sunday Jan 20, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Historic Somersville – BLACK DIAMOND – Find local history in these hills, get to know miners’ tools, or go on a short walk to learn about life in a 19th-century mining town. Topics change weekly. Parking fee may apply: $5. – Staff, Interpretive – Free
Where: Black Diamond Mines: Upper Parking Lot

Sunday Feb 3, 2019 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Kayaking is for the Birds! – BIG BREAK – What better way to see birds than by kayaking? We will begin with dry land instruction then paddle our steady and stable kayaks on a group exploration of resident and winter migrant birds. Ages 8+yrs. (adult registration and participation required for ages 8-16yrs.).Registration required. – Taylor, Cat – Resident: $30.00. Non-resident: $34.00
Where: Big Break: Kayak Launch Site

Saturday Feb 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Puppet Show – Humphrey – BIG BREAK VISITOR CENTER – Did a whale get lost in the Delta? This puppet show will reveal the true story of Humphrey the Whale and his adventure away from home. No registration required; Drop-in program only. – Pulizzi, Rachel – Free
Where: Big Break: Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta

Saturday Feb 16, 2019, 12 noon to 4 pm Chinese New Year Celebration – Lion Dance, Martial Arts demonstration and more.
2019 is the Year of the Pig.
Where: Main Street, Locke

Sunday Feb 17, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Hoot Owls Family Exploration! – BIG BREAK VISITOR CENTER – Hoooo goes there? Families will delve into the nocturnal world of owls tonight as we trek o-er darkening trails listening for screeches, hoots, and clicks in the night. Bring flashlights.No registration required; Drop-in program only. – Taylor, Cat – Free
Where: Big Break: Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta

Saturday Feb 23, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Hiking Poles: Skills & Techniques Plus Hike – BLACK DIAMOND – Experience everything in the Basic Skills & Techniques class plus a lovely practice hike. Learn individualized strategies for improving your trail performance and confidence. “Test drive” quality pole models; learn which poles fit you and will help you achieve your goals. Beginner to experienced- All levels welcome. Registration required. Pole Walking & Pole Hiking: Learning how to use poles helps walkers & hikers improve endurance, posture, balance, confidence, strength and enhances your enjoyment of the outdoors all year long. All levels focus on learning anatomically-optimal techniques to achieve your desired performance while learning how to avoid joint stress or strain. Carefully select the class that best suits your physical ability and inclination. A variety of top quality poles are provided at all seminars. – Beautiful hiking locations are based on the season/weather.- Mobility class locations offer indoor training and lovely/easy pole walks for practice. Mobility class will be offered in November/December 2018 – Buddies, Adventure – Resident: $65.00. Non-resident: $73.00
Where: Black Diamond Mines: Park Office Staging Area

Saturday Feb 23 2019 Chinese New Year Parade & Festival The Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco is one of the largest in the world. The main draw of this celebration, the Grand Parade, will be held on Saturday, February 23. In addition, you will find lots of fun events for the lunar new year in both February and March.

2019 is the Year of the Pig.

Sunday Feb 24, 2019 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Nature Photography a la iPhone – BIG BREAK VISITOR CENTER – Do you love taking nature photos with your iPhone? Discover simple tricks for better results, in-phone editing and then share in a group critique. Bring charged iPhone & back up charger.For ages 8 and up.Registration required – Taylor, Cat – Free
Where: Big Break: Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta

Saturday Mar 2, 2019 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Sick Plant Clinic – Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month.
Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the garden.
Please arrive before 11 am. If you are coming for the clinic, regular garden admission is free as well.
Where: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

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About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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