Feb. 22: Oscar parties, tulips and more 

click to enlarge Former Mayor Willie Brown, center, horses around with a ram Thursday at a Lunar New Year event as current Mayor Ed Lee watches, center left. Chinatown merchants lit firecrackers in front of their shops to ward off evil spirits in a traditional ceremony. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • Former Mayor Willie Brown, center, horses around with a ram Thursday at a Lunar New Year event as current Mayor Ed Lee watches, center left. Chinatown merchants lit firecrackers in front of their shops to ward off evil spirits in a traditional ceremony.
Something to read

San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 By Laura Ackley ($40) The book, with more than 200 color images, documents the festival that transformed The City 100 years ago.

Volunteer

Meals on Wheels: The food delivery service needs drivers with cars to deliver meals and groceries to homebound seniors around San Francisco. [1375 Fairfax Ave., S.F.; (415) 920-1111, www.mowsf.org]

Brunch

CDXX: The Hunters Point restaurant uses sustainably raised meat in dishes like the Monte Frisco, a grilled-cheese sandwich on French toast with bacon, as well as the eggs Benedict made “White Castle” style. [9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5800 Third St., S.F.; (415) 652-5450, cdxx.co]

Oscar parties

Eat and watch: Watch the Oscars and enjoy food truck specialties at a party hosted by Neil Patrick Harris — at least, the wax version of him, which is on loan from Madame Tussauds in Fisherman’s Wharf. [2:30-8:30 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Toast the awards: Novela is celebrating the Oscars with fresh popcorn and two projection screens, as well as lots and lots of cocktails. [3:30 p.m., Novela, 662 Mission St., S.F.]

Up the Oscars: Watch and mock the Oscars, starting with the red carpet arrivals, at a screening that replaces the commercials with fun and weird shorts. [3:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Dress-up party: The Balboa Theatre invites Oscars fans to dress up as their favorite nominated film titles — including bad puns — and watch the ceremony. [4 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Music

Cinematic songs: The 2015 Noise Pop Festival hums along with Christopher Willits’ film “Opening,” which he will accompany with a live soundtrack. [7 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Get outside

Couples relay: The 37th annual Lake Merritt Joggers & Strollers Couples Relay challenges pairs to each run a 5-kilometer race around Lake Merritt. [9 a.m., Adams Point just off Bellevue Avenue, Oakland; lmjs.org]

Tulipmania: The tulip celebration concludes today with a guided tour of more than 39,000 blooming flowers. [10 a.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Flea market: Treasure Island Flea features vendors, food and DIY workshops. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]

Mexican crafts: Celebrate the Presidio’s ties to Mexico with crafts inspired by repujado, the Mexican metal art. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Swing dancing: Lindy in the Park includes a free lesson. [11 a.m.-2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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