SENIOR SAUNTERS, FEB. 9

Cloverdale: Enjoy a leisurely walk with older adults on accessible paved trails 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Cloverdale River Park, 31820 McCray Road. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org for information.

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY, FEB. 9

Glen Ellen: Take a winter landscape photography class by Ron Berchin, 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Bring a DSLR, iPhone or point-and-shoot camera and tripod if you have one. Cost is $35 and includes parking. Class size is limited to 15. Register at jacklondonpark.com

WINTER WARMUP HIKE, FEB. 11

Windsor: Warm up with an invigorating 3-to-5-mile hike, 10 a.m. to noon at Foothill Regional Park, 1351 Arata Lane. Parking, $7. Call 707-565-2041 or visit SonomaCountyParks.org

SUGARLOAF HIKE, FEB. 17

Kenwood: View the destruction caused by the wildfires and the new growth that’s sprouting in its wake during a 6-mile, 3.5 -hour hike to the top of Bald Mountain at Sugar Loaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road. Meet at the park at 9:45 a.m. Vehicle fee $8. Visit billanddavehikes.com for details.

REDWOODS HIKE, FEB. 17

Jenner: Meander through redwood groves and learn about the tallest trees in the world, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Stillwater Cove Regional Park 22455 Highway 1. Parking, $7. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org for details.

WHALE WATCH: FEB. 19

Gualala: Walk along the coastal bluffs and learn about whales with a bilingual guide at Gualala Point Regional Park, 42401 Coast Highway 1, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $7 parking. Call 707-565-7888 or visit SonomaCountyParks.org

FAMILY HIKE, FEB. 19

Kenwood: Take a peaceful 2-mile hike from 10 a.m. to noon at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road. Vehicle fee $8. Visit sugarloafpark.org

RACE REGISTRATION, MARCH 8

Santa Rosa: Register online by March 8 for The Empire Runners Club Ilsanjo Classic 10-miler, Neo-Classic 4-miler or 1-K Newt Scoot race for kids 10 and under, 8 a.m. March 11 at Howarth Park, Spring Lake and Trione-Annadel parks. Online registration is $10, kids and under free and race day registration will be $20. Visit empirerunners.org for details.

James Lanaras

All About Quakes

5 Things to Do When The Shaking Starts

- Duck, cover, hold: Duck or drop down on the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on. Be prepared to move with it.

- If indoors, stay there: At least, until the shaking stops. If you’re outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground. If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place.

- After the shaking stops: Get to a safe place outdoors if you think the structure you’re in is in danger of collapsing. Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured.

- Assume there will be aftershocks: Secure anything heavy that could fall, and eliminate fire hazards.

- Gas and water: Listen to the radio for instructions regarding turning off gas and water. If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off. Only a professional should turn it back on.

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6 Things To Now To Prepare For A Disaster

- Contacting loved ones: Create a plan for how you will contact one another after the quake, such as establishing an out-of-area contact who can help coordinate the locations of family members and other information should you become separated. Make sure children learn these phone numbers and addresses and know the emergency plans.

- Important papers: Keep copies of important documents at the house of your out-of-area contact or keep important documents and valuables in a fireproof storage box or safe deposit box.

- Disaster supplies kit: Keep a smaller version in your vehicle. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack.

- Know evacuation routes: Establish several different routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed.

- Plan for pets: Animals are typically not allowed in places where food is served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a shelter.

- Don’t run out of gas: Always run on the top half of the tank, not on the bottom half.

Things To Remember

Water may be in short supply.

Natural gas and electric power may be out for days or weeks.

Garbage and sewage services may be interrupted.

Telephone, Internet, cell phone, and wireless communications may be overloaded or unavailable.

Mail service may be disrupted or delayed.

Gasoline may be in short supply, and rationing may be necessary.

Bank operations may be disrupted, limiting access to cash, ATMs, or online banking.

Grocery, drug, and other retail stores may be closed or unable to restock shelves. Businesses may sustain damage and disruption—many small businesses require a long time to reopen or do not survive disasters.

Your income may be affected — payroll checks or direct deposits may be delayed.

For more information, go here

Source: County of Sonoma