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  • Stanley’s adventures: A tourist at the Golden Gate Bridge poses with a paper Flat Stanley — the famed traveling story book character that launched an international project in which students make connections through letter-writing and photography.

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Stanley’s adventures:
A tourist at the Golden Gate Bridge poses with a paper Flat Stanley — the famed traveling story book character that launched an international project in which students make connections through letter-writing and photography.

SOMETHING TO READ

Running the Rift


By Naomi Benaron ($24.95)

The author’s debut novel, which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, is about Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan runner striving to succeed in a world of genocide and ethnic rivalry.

LEND A HAND

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program:
Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at Presidio Transit Center at La Terasse, 215 Lincoln Blvd, S.F.; RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Zoo festivities:
The San Francisco Zoo hosts a Lunar New Year celebration. Festivities include a “zodiac tour” leading guests to the animals on the Chinese calendar. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Pier life: “Animals of Hyde Street Pier” is the theme of a half-hour National Park Service tour. Expect to see “squishy, squirty, and slimy creatures.” [3 p.m.; meet at end of Hyde Street Pier, north tip of Hyde Street, S.F.]

Old town: San Francisco City Guides hosts a “Gold Rush City” tour. Topics include San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton, and original 49ers. [2 p.m.; meet at Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

Flower power: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour exploring the hippie culture. [1 p.m.; starts at Haight and Cole streets; info/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Garden railway: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Playland at the Conservatory,” a flora-landscaped garden-railway exhibit featuring a mini version of Playland at the Beach. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Dance

Ballet season:
San Francisco Ballet presents “Onegin,” choreographer John Cranko’s ballet adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s story of unrequited love and tragic irony. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Theater

One-woman show:
Lori Shantzis apppears in “Loved by You: A Self-Love Story,” about the enduring spirit and strength of a woman whose childhood messages were about anything but self-love. [8 p.m., TJT, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Fairs and exhibitions

Fine prints:
The San Francisco Fine Print Fair features art ranging from Rembrandt etchings to prints by current California artists. Sixteen dealers take part. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Movies and TV

Noir cinema:
The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, Noir City, presents “An All-Day Dashiell Hammett Marathon.” Films include “The Maltese Falcon.” [Noon onward, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.noircity.com]

British commercials:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screens the British Arrows Awards. Sly, sexy and creative British TV ads and public-service announcements are on the bill. [2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Music

String quartet:
The St. Lawrence String Quartet and guest artists preview portions of a forthcoming opera by Stanford composer Jonathan Berger. [2:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

BRUNCH

Zazie:
Brunch fare at this bistro includes French toast, pancakes, egg dishes, soups, sandwiches and entrees. The “Le Mer” (poached eggs, Dungeness crab, green onions, Haas avocado) and the “Monaco” (poached eggs, prosciutto, tomatoes provencales) are recommended egg dishes. Also look for the roasted white trout, a plat du jour. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 941 Cole St., S.F.; (415) 564-5332]

GAME OF THE DAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Stanford vs. Cal.


5:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area


The two rival men’s basketball teams jockey for position in the Pac-12 Conference standings when they tipoff in Berkeley.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL:
The NFC and AFC’s best square off in the Pro Bowl. [4 p.m., Honolulu, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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Stanley’s adventures: A tourist at the Golden Gate Bridge poses with a paper Flat Stanley — the famed traveling story book character that launched an international project in which students make connections through letter-writing and photography. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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