August 9 - 11: Bald Mountain hike and other weekend activities 

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On the town

Soprano in concert: Soprano Jessye Norman, recipient of the 2009 National Medal of the Arts, performs a concert of classics from the Great American Songbook. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


A great bike ride

One-hour Marina mosey: Start at the Maritime Museum at Beach at Polk streets and ride west along the water's edge, up and over Fort Mason bluff. Stay on the path beside Marina Boulevard along Marina Green. At the end of the harbor, turn right toward the Bay and left onto the promenade, and follow the water's edge to the Warming Hut near the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the world's smallest lighthouse, halfway out the Marina breakwater, and the Wave Organ at the end of the breakwater. []

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

• Figs

• Dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes

• Basil

• Bronx grapes

• Fresh mozzarella

• Galia melons

• Pink Pearl apples

• Romanesco 

• Sweet Dream peaches

• Zucchini

Fairs and festivals

Health fair: AfroSolo presents "United in Health 8," a free community health fair with health screenings, information tables and entertainment. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister St., S.F.]


Ocean motion: The Capacitor dance and cirque-nouveau troupe performs "Okeanos," a portrait of the ocean as body, environment, resource, metaphor and force. [7 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero and Pier 39, S.F.]


Back-to-school run: The Golden Gate Chapter of the Harley Owners Group provides San Mateo children with school supplies in a 100-motorcycle event; a barbecue follows. [9:45 a.m., Dudley Perkins Harley-Davidson, 333 Corey Way, South S.F.; registration at 8 a.m.]

Supplies for teachers: The SCRAP creative-reuse center hosts "Hats Off to Teachers," a party and materials giveaway. San Francisco teachers can stop by to gather free classroom supplies. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 801 Toland St., S.F.]


A great hike

Sugarloaf shines: For a spectacular view of the wine country, head to the peak of Sonoma's Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, which straddles Napa and Sonoma valleys. It's a 6-mile, round-trip hike. The most straightforward route combines the Stern Trail and Bald Mountain Trail. On a clear day at the summit, San Francisco sparkles in the distance, Mount St. Helena looks close enough to touch, and below, golden hills and green valleys of Napa and Sonoma roll away. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Shakespeare troupe: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents its free summer park show, "Macbeth." Suspense, swordplay and sorcery happen. [2 p.m., Sequoia High School. 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City]

Comic opera: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents "Iolanthe." Gilbert and Sullivan skewer the House of Lords in this 1880s "fairy opera." [2 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]


Hearing-impaired artists: Urban Jazz Dance presents the Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival, a celebration of the work of deaf and hearing-impaired performing and visual artists. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author talk: Rob Sheffield talks about "Turn Around Bright Eyes," his memoir about grief, memories and karaoke. [4 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


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