Insight Meditation South Bay: Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation, a practical series for people trying to establish or deepen their meditation practice. Thursdays through July 2. Westhope Presbyterian Church social hall, 12850 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. By donation; no registration required. imsb.org. Survival Hikes: Hike safely on moderately paced local hikes (4-6 miles) in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Group discussions may include local history, geology, safe hiking practices, weather conditions and wildlife habitat. Come prepared with clothing to spend 3-5 hours outdoors including sun protection, lunch, snacks and water. A trail map, gear list and driving directions will be provided. Calero County Park, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, June 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $36, $48, $60. lgsrecreation.org, 408-354-8700.
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— Jim Harrington, Staff. Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is one of the world’s towering artistic achievements. An epic tale of gods and mortals, betrayal and redemption, the composer’s four-opera cycle, comprising “Das Rheingold,” “Die Walküre,” “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung,” adds up to an unforgettable musical and dramatic experience. This year, San Francisco Opera will present three complete “Ring” cycles, reviving director Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed “American Ring” productions, which set the operas in a contemporary landscape scarred by environmental destruction. Donald Runnicles — one of the world’s great Wagnerians — will conduct the operas, with casts featuring such stellar singers as sopranos Evelyn Herlitzius and Karita Mattila, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenors Daniel Brenna and Stefan Margita, bass-baritones Greer Grimsley and Falk Struckmann. For music lovers, it’s the event of the year — one that will attract Ringheads from around the world.
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The concert will feature violin, harp, choirs, worship bands, children’s choir and worship dance teams from various cultures in the Bay Area. Master violinist Maurice Sklar’s will perform “Revive our Nations.”. The concert is free, though donations are accepted. The public is invited; cost is $10 per person over 5 years of age. Before the picnic there will be an “amazing race” with teams of up to five people. There must be at least one adult on each team, as a car will be needed. The race will start at 3 p.m. at Heather Farm Park where each team will pick up their first clue — like a citywide scavenger hunt.