April 13: Cherry Blossom Festival, brunch and more 

click to enlarge Barbara Coleman, 70, who has lived in the Alice Griffith housing project in the Bayview for nearly 30 years, looks over redevelopment work Wednesday after watching a groundbreaking ceremony that included U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee. Existing units are being replaced and new homes are also being constructed.  - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike koozmin/The S.f. Examiner
  • Barbara Coleman, 70, who has lived in the Alice Griffith housing project in the Bayview for nearly 30 years, looks over redevelopment work Wednesday after watching a groundbreaking ceremony that included U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee. Existing units are being replaced and new homes are also being constructed.

Something to read

Dark Sparkler By Amber Tamblyn ($17.99)

Poet Diane di Prima wrote the foreword to the actress-writer's poetry collection, an ode to actresses who died young. Tamblyn will appear at City Lights on April 28.

Volunteer

San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to do clerical work, assist with needle-exchange programs and staff the Magnet center. [1035 Market St., S.F.; (415) 487-3000, sfaf.org]

Brunch

Blackwood: The American-Thai fusion restaurant is offering banh mi sandwiches, a crab omelet, and "millionaire's bacon" cooked with brown sugar and chili. [9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2150 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 931-9663, www.blackwoodsf.com]

Get outside

5K fundraiser: The Jim Tracy ALS 5-kilometer race honors the San Francisco State University track coach who passed away last year and raises money to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease. [9 a.m., 2 Stow Lake Drive, S.F.]

Cherry blossoms: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival continues with music, art, martial arts demonstrations and a visit from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. [10 a.m.-5 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Leaf craft: Create cards bearing leaf imprints from the Presidio's native plants and trees. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Remembering Chavez: A party celebrating the legacy of farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez includes Aztec dancers, workshops, a potluck and more. [1-6 p.m., Dover Street Park, Dover and 57th streets, S.F.]

Music

Grande show: Pop star Ariana Grande is singing hits such as "Problem" and "Break Free." [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., S.F.]

Rock show: Glass Animals combines downbeat and electro-pop sounds. Gabriel Garzon-Montano is also on the bill. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Theater

'Dino-Light': Lightwire Theater uses electro-luminescent puppets on a darkened stage to bring fearsome lizards to life in "Dino-Light." The show is designed for ages 4 and up. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literature

LGBT sci-fi club: The QSF&F Book Club, which welcomes LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to enjoy science fiction and fantasy together, is discussing "The Martian" by Andy Weir. [5 p.m., Borderlands Cafe, 870 Valencia St., S.F.]

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