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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

April may be a lot of things–the time for prank jokes, a long-awaited end to baseball spring training, and a month with plenty of rain showers—but one thing it’s definitely not is boring. Here’s your chance to hop back over to the East Bay and check out this weekend’s happenings.

The Stanley Clark Band at Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant—Good food? Check. Quality ambience? Check. Mindblowin’ music? Check! This one’s a no-brainer, but just in case you still need a little reassurance, Yoshi’s is the place to be when world renowned bassist, Stanley Clarke, takes the stage. The versatile recording artist’s band delivers acoustic magic that’ll send musical shock waves up your spine.

April Avocets at Hayward Regional Shoreline–If you’re a fan of nature and enjoy learning about its uniqueness, bird-watching along the Hayward Shoreline may be what you’re looking for. Its home to many American Avocets that begin to blossom 'round this time of year, and show off their colorful appearances and engage in unique practices that help usher in the springtime.

First Free Sunday Admission at Oakland Museum of California–Okay, no April Fool’s here. It’s safe, even encouraged, to head over to Oakland’s Museum, which offers a free tour of its visual art collections, natural science features, and wide range of historical findings that are specific to Californians.