Bouquets to Art 2011 opens 

Who’s in town

Award-winning British travel writer Colin Thubron talks about his new memoir, “To a Mountain in Tibet.” [2:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Rick Malaspina:
The author and journalist talks about the Italian immigrants who came to the Bay Area and settled in Oakland. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Awards dinner:
The Commonwealth Club hosts its annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner. Honorees are Mary B. Cranston, Janet W. Lamkin and Tad Taube. [5:30 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lisa Davis:
The journalist talks about “The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction, and the Mormon Church.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Poetry readings: Ugly Duckling Press poets Jon Cotner, Andy Fitch, Filip Marinovich and Julien Poirier read from their work. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lisa Catherine Harper: The locally based writer talks about “A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Awards and reading: Crossroads presents the winners of the first Irish-American Writing Contest in Memoir. An open-mike session accompanies the awards program. [7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 756 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Open house:
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which presents learning opportunities for people age 50 and up, hosts an open house. [3 to 5 p.m., SFSU, Room 152, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

May-Lee Chai: The author talks about her latest novel, “Dragon Chica.” [9 and 10 a.m., Foothill College, Hearthside Lounge, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

At the public library

Puppet show:
Puppet Art Theater presents “Jack and the Beanstalk,” for ages 3 to 5. [10:30 a.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Russian poetry club: Session is for Russian speakers who would like to share their own poetry in Russian. [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Flowering achievement:
Bouquets to Art 2011 opens. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the de Young Museum’s collection, plus demonstrations. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Standup comedy: Comedian Kevin Shea, from the Kims of Comedy, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lunchtime music:
Livia Sohn (violin), Robert Howard (cello) and Daniel Del Pino (piano) perform works by Mendelssohn and Piazzolla. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Art show: Creativity Explored, a center for artists with developmental disabilities, presents “The Masters,” an exhibit driven by the inspiration its artists have experienced from viewing art by masters. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Dining out

Restaurant Paul K:
Chef Shawn Bayless cooks modern and Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes include braised pork shoulder with toasted bread crumbs, fresh horseradish, white beans and mustard greens. [199 Gough St., S.F., (415) 552-7132]

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