Dapper Dan circles around baby peregrine falcons 

Image of the week

Keeping watch:
A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines.

Something to read

To Drink the Wild Air

By Birgit Soyka ($16.95)

The San Francisco author’s memoir covers her journey from motorcycle racing in her youth to corporate burnout and her quest to reclaim her adventurous spirit. A book-launch party is 4 p.m. Saturday at Rezerv.it, 524 Union St., San Francisco.

Lend a hand

Golden Gate National Parks volunteer program:
Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

Dog day:
The San Francisco SPCA hosts “The Whole Enchihuahua,” a celebration of the tiny breed and of all canine companions. Festivities include a dog-costume contest.[1 to 4 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs. Today’s concert is a Polish Constitution Day program of Polish music and dance. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bad seeds:
“Wicked Plants” at the Conservatory of Flowers is an exhibit featuring plant species that have killed people. Meet the castor bean and the strychnine tree, among others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Creative habitats: “Presidio Habitats” has been extended. The exhibit features habitat sculptures created for the park’s “animal clients” by artists and designers. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Storey and Ralston avenues, near the Log Cabin, S.F.; www.presidio.gov ]

Around town

Architecture and design

Honorable mansion:
The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase takes place throughout May. A local mansion has become a design show house. The event benefits University High School. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2950 Vallejo St., S.F.]


Asian Pacific culture:
The Asian Art Museum hosts an Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Target Free First Sunday event. Look for performances, art and special guest Kristi Yamaguchi. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Contemporary ballet:
Company C Contemporary Ballet presents its spring program. Dances include world premieres from choreographers Charles Anderson and Jodie Gates. [2 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]


World cinema:
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival continues. Today’s films include Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” at 12:30 p.m. at the Castro, “The Salesman” (Canada) at 6 p.m. at the Kabuki and “The Good Life” (Denmark) at 9:30 p.m. at the Kabuki. [11 a.m. onward; www.sffs.org]

Local history

History day:
“Old Woodside Store Day” offers a chance to experience life, 1880s style, and learn about the 1854 store’s history. Attractions include wagon rides. [Noon to 4 p.m., Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside]


Classical trio:
Soloists Lori Lack (piano), Christina Mok (violin) and Joanne Lin (cello) perform as a trio. Featured composers include Jennifer Higdon and Dmitri Shostakovich. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

R&B artist: Goapele performs at Yoshi’s. “Milk & Honey” is the R&B singer-songwriter’s latest album. [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Fior d’Italia:
Chef Gianni Audieri specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, and breakfast and egg dishes are served for brunch. Selections include French toast with cinnamon, raisins and maple syrup; an omelet with salami, onions and peppers; polenta with mozzarella and tomato; and poached eggs with prosciutto and spinach. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2237 Mason St., S.F., (415) 986-1886]

Game of the day


Red Wings at Sharks

Noon, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)

“Jumbo” Joe Thornton and the Sharks look to grab a win at HP Pavilion today before the Western Conference semifinals series heads back to Detroit.


Matt Cain takes the hill for the Giants in the third game of their series against the Nationals. [10:35 a.m., Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., ComcastSportsNet Bay Area]

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