A city of champions 

The big shots took a backseat to two championship trophies Wednesday. The America’s Cup and World Series trophies stood out as, from left, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Giants owner Bill Neukom and Giants president Larry Baer, gathered at City Hall.


The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

By Gene Stone ($23.95)

The author, a health writer for 30 years, shares advice he got from people from all over the world in this volume, an easy-to-read compendium of tips, ranging from napping to herbal remedies to taking cold showers.

San Francisco Zoo: An orientation takes place for adults who are interested in becoming volunteer zoo docents. The application fee is $25. [11 a.m.; meet at bronze cat statue, main entrance; 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Creative habitats:
“Presidio Habitats” continues. The exhibit features habitat sculptures created for the park’s “animal clients” by more than two dozen artists and designers. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Presidio of S.F., details: www.presidio.gov]

All aboard: The Conservatory of Flowers presents its “Garden Railway,” an exhibit that re-creates Golden Gate Park sites in miniature with recycled and repurposed materials and dwarf plants. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Kayak ride:
City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [12:59 to 3:59 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street; info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

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



Last day:
The 2011 San Francisco Tape Music Festival, a “cinema for your ears” featuring the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, ends. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

String quartet: Carpe Diem String Quartet, whose music reflects popular along with classical influences, performs a concert. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

Fairs and festivals

Very old paper:
The Vintage Paper Fair celebrates interesting old paper. Postcards, photos, brochures, sports and movie memorabilia, and other items are for sale. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Suspense master:
“Hitchcock’s Hidden Treasures” are showing at the Castro Theatre. The series presents “Rope” (1948) and “I Confess” (1953) today. [2, 3:55, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:05 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Last day:
“To Dye For” ends at the de Young Museum. The exhibit contains more than 50 textiles and costumes from Africa, Asia and the Americas. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art symposium: The de Young Museum hosts “A Closer Look: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Vuillard,” an impressionism symposium. [9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Chef Elizabeth Falkner serves creative California cuisine. Dishes include eggs Benedict on house-made English muffin with Canadian bacon and cheddar Mornay sauce; French toast with maple syrup and pumpkin-pie butter; spinach lardon salad with slow-poached egg and the Orson burger. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 508 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 777-1508]



Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

6 p.m., ESPN

Upstart Nevada, led by dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick, takes on Boston College at AT&T Park in The City’s annual bowl game.


The Philadelphia Eagles host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round. [1:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

NFL: The Baltimore Ravens invade Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in an AFC wild-card matchup. [10 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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