November 24: Opera concert and other SF events 

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Reduced to Joy

By Mark Nepo ($15.95)

Dozens of inspirational poems fill this new offering by the best-selling author and cancer survivor whose first title, “The Book of Awakening,” was selected as one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things.”

Lend a hand

San Francisco Vintners Market: The wine event needs volunteers, ages 21 and up, to perform setup, raffle and other tasks. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., noon to 3:30 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchahan Street, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Get outside

Ice rinks: Ice-skating rinks are open at The Embarcadero and Union Square. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Flea market: Treasure Island Flea hosts its December market. Local makers and collectors sell wares. Special attraction: imported snow. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]

Seasons feedings: The San Francisco Zoo hosts a Pumpkin Party where animals receive Thanksgiving treats. Meerkats, bobcats and hippos are some of the animals scheduled to partake. [11 a.m. onward, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Art tour: Artist Andy Goldsworthy explores what lies under the ground in “Tree Fall,” an installation at the Presidio. Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Main Post, Anza Avenue inside Powder Magazine (Building 95), Presidio, S.F.]

Disaster relief benefits

S.F. concert: Internationally renowned opera singers Susanne Mentzer (pictured), Isabel Leonard, Nicolle Foland, Lisa Delan, Brian Asawa, Erin Johnson and Jacqueline Piccolino, along with the Cypress String Quartet and members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Ruth Asawa High School of the Arts vocal program, appear to benefit victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. [7 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

East Bay concert: The San Francisco Boys Chorus, members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus and members the San Francisco Symphony Chorus sing to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. [7 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland]

Exhibit

Fluttering heights: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” to early 2014. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music Electropop duo: The electro-pop, rock and hip-hop duo 3OH!3, best known for the single “Don’t Trust Me,” performs at the Fillmore. “Omens” is the latest album by the pair. [7 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Chinese music ensemble: Melody of China’s 20th anniversary concert features a fusion of Chinese and jazz traditions. Guest artists include Jon Jang and Jiebing Chen. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Food and drink

Feast and tribute: Bay Area Radical Women hosts a “Thanksgiving Feast Tribute to Native Americans.” A celebration of indigenous communities is followed by a buffet. [3:30 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Wine book: Winemaker Kermit Lynch, in conversation with sommelier Rajat Parr, celebrates the 25th anniversary edition of “Adventures on the Wine Route” and offers some of his wines. [1:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Brunch

Spruce: Chef Mark Sullivan creates California-inspired American cuisine, with seasonal produce and naturally raised meats. Brunch dishes include rouge vif d’etampes pumpkin soup; French toast with slow-roasted quince and maple butter; ricotta blintzes with warm huckleberry sauce; and lobster Benedict with Lacinato kale and sauce Choron. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3640 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 931-5100]

NFL

Broncos at Patriots

5:30 p.m., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)

Two of the best quarterbacks of this generation square off when San Mateo native Tom Brady’s Patriots host Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: The Raiders look to climb closer to .500 with a win against the Tennessee Titans. [1:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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