Something about the term “extreme sports” connotes life-threatening elements. But the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (or BORP) wants to change all of that. How about “extreme fun”? Or “extreme generosity”? Now that’s what they’re talking about. Revolution 2004 will be BORP’s second cycling fund-raiser benefiting Bay Area disabled athletes through its local programs, which include weekly rides through the marina using specialized hand-cycles and tandem bikes for the visually impaired. Like last year, the ride — or rides (participants choose from 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-mile increments) — are located in the middle of Napa Valley’s wine country, winding through acres of lush rural landscape under a warm Indian summer sky. Beginning and ending at the Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, riders will find refuge, treats, and a big old end-of-the-ride bash which will include massages, dancing, and a banquet to celebrate the program and its achievements.
For more info, call 510-849-4663 or visit BORP.org — Justine Nicole
Lord of the Balls
Warriors? Kings? What is this, a Tolkien novel? Oh, no, right, it’s the sports page, and it’s basketball. The Golden State Warriors travel northeast this weekend to play the Sacramento Kings at 6 p.m. at ARCO Arena, the first match of the team’s eight-game preseason (watch out for Conan, fellas). Then they return home to host the Portland Trailblazers at the Oakland Arena, 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, a preview to the first three games of the season, also against Portland on the Warriors’ home court. For tickets, complete season schedule, and info on the Warrior Girls, visit Warriors.com — Stefanie Kalem
So it turns out that, unless you’re allergic, the bite of a tarantula isn’t so bad. Nope, the biggest spider on Earth uses its venom for its insect prey only, liquefying the insides of the quarry for easy slurping. Creeped out yet? No? Then the Sierra Club’s Tarantula Hike is for you. Meet at the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area of Mount Diablo State Park at 9:30 a.m. for a short talk covering history and folklore, then set out on a five-mile trek to Black Point, looking for the legendary “mining tarantula of Mitchell Canyon.” If all goes well, you’ll be back by 1 p.m. Entrance to the state park is free at Mitchell Canyon and Macedo Ranch and $2 per car at all other entrances. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks. Info: 925-686-9393. — Stefanie Kalem