Good Sunday for Feb. 14, 2010 

SOMETHING TO READ
Positive Mind, Healthy Heart
By Joseph C. Piscatella ($10.95)
The health expert – and one of the longest-living survivors of cardiac bypass surgery at 32 years – offers an inspirational, practical and comprehensive plan for achieving cardiac fitness.

BRUNCH
Nob Hill Grille: Breakfast items, egg dishes, soups, salads, and sandwiches make up the restaurant’s Sunday brunch menu. Recent items include French toast with vanilla brioche, macerated berries, and creme anglaise; a chorizo or veggie breakfast burrito; corned-beef hash with two poached eggs; pancakes; and a regular or veggie burger. [8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

LEND A HAND
Habitat Restoration Team: Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants at a Marin park site. Carpools from San Francisco are available. [9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dipsea Knoll, Stinson Beach area; info/register: www.parksconservancy.org]


GET OUTSIDE
Parks
New Year flora: The Conservatory of Flowers presents its Lunar New Year floral display. The show features examples of penjing (elaborate miniature plant landscapes), plus seasonal blooms. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park party: The Neighborhood Parks Council and the Recreation and Park Department host a kickoff party for the “Love Letters to Parks” project. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.; www.sfnpc.org]

Magnolia walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Magnificent Magnolias,” a docent-led educational walk focusing on its magnolia collection. [1:30 p.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]



Waterfront events
Historic bathhouse: The National Park Service hosts a guided tour of the renovated Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, an Art Deco style structure featuring unique architecture and murals. [3 p.m., 900 Beach St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Kayak ride: City Kayak hosts its “Valentine’s Day Trip,” an evening paddle ride along San Francisco’s scenic waterfront. [5 to 8 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]


Fun and games
Get whacked: Feathers fly at the Great San Francisco Pillow Fight, a Valentine’s Day experience. Rules are listed on the event Web site. [6 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; www.pillowfight.info]

Animal world
Acting like animals: The San Francisco Zoo hosts “Woo at the Zoo,” its popular animal-sex tour. Brunch or dinner is included. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 6 to 9 p.m., 1 Zoo Road; RSVP: www.sfzoo.org; info: (415) 753-7236]
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Peninsula:
Historic gardens: Filoli invites the public to make a Valentine’s Day visit to its gardens and Filoli House. Highlights include Daffodil Meadow and Filoli’s art and antique collection. [11 to 3:30 p.m., 86 Canada Road, Woodside]


AROUND TOWN

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Variety
Variety circus: Teatro ZinZanni presents “Hearts on Fire,” the latest incarnation of its variety circus and dining showcase. Disco diva Thelma Houston stars. [Noon and 5:30 p.m., Pier 29, the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Performance
Pop fizz: Tony nominee Justin Bond presents “Close to You,” a show in which he re-creates Carpenters hits, filled with sultry chords from his own life story. Special guests: the Thrillpeddlers. [8:15 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Theater
Musical theater: The Black Repertory Theatre presents “Sparkle: The Stage Play,” a show about the careers and struggles of three Harlem sisters seeking fame in the music biz. [3 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]


Festivities
Tamburitza music: The San Francisco Tamburitza Festival celebrates tamburitza music and the cultures of the Balkans and thereabouts. Headliners: the Gypsy Stringz. [1 to 8 p.m., Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., S.F.]

Comedy
Funny valentines: The Punch Line hosts a “Valentine’s Day Showcase.” Local comics take the stage. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dance
Love and equality: The Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project presents two condensed versions of “Love Everywhere,” a dance inspired by the focus on marriage equality. [9 and 11 a.m., Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis St., S.F.]

Music
Punk rock: The Damned, the 1970s-born British punk band, performs at Slim’s. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]


GAME OF THE DAY
Auto racing: NASCAR
Daytona 500
9 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
The biggest NASCAR race of the year kicks off the 2010 season as Jimmie Johnson begins his drive for a fifth straight Sprint Cup Series championship.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Golf: The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am concludes. [Noon, Pebble Beach, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

NBA: The NBA’s top players from the East and West square off in the All-Star Game. [5:30 p.m., Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TNT]

 

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