Good Sunday for March 21, 2010 

Around Town


Armenia benefit: Anahit Nercesyan (soprano), Hrachia Niksalyan (tenor) and Levon Abrahamyan (pianist) appear in the 2010 benefit concert for Armenia’s Cosmic Ray Division. [3 p.m., JCC, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Spring fundraiser: “Spring Dance Inspiration 2010” benefits the UCSF Brain Tumor Center. Speakers and more than a dozen dance acts take the stage. [3 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]


Audience sing-along: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents “The Mikado Sing-along.” Audience members can be part of an extended chorus in this interactive show. [2 p.m., Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Stage comedy: TheatreWorks presents “Sunsets and Margaritas,” Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s comedy about a Mexican restaurant, its owner and his assimilated family. [2 and 7 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]


Collectors’ items: “Connoisseur’s Weekend in San Francisco” offers three events for collectors seasoned and new. Look for a fine-art fair, a jewelry and antiques show, and a wine expo. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Concourse, 620 Seventh St., S.F.]

City activities

Wiggle room: Thinkwalks hosts a “Wiggle Walking Tour,” for people who live near or ride through the Wiggle bike route, in the Lower Haight. Highlights include Panhandle history. [1 p.m.; info/RSVP:]

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts its “Children’s Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. March’s featured book: “Pablo’s Tree.” [10:30 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

What to read

A Paradise Built in Hell
By Rebecca Solnit ($27.95)

The award-winning San Francisco writer explores how “extraordinary communities arise after disasters,” focusing on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the 1917 explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, New York’s 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Lend a hand

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details/RSVP:]

Cipriani School: Volunteers are needed to help fix up a day care site. [Noon to 5 p.m., 2525 Buena Vista Ave., Belmont; info/RSVP:]

Get outside

Cross-bay run/walk: “Emerald Across the Bay 12K,” a Marin-to-S.F. run/walk, benefits the Edgewood Center. Buses leave from Aquatic Park, starting at 6 a.m. [Race: 8:30 a.m., East Fort Baker, Sausalito; info/RSVP:]

Ballpark stairs: Climbers can walk, jog or run the stairs at AT&T Park, at the Good Tidings Foundation Stadium Stampede. It benefits programs for underserved youths. [8 a.m. to noon, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Presidio tour: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a “Pedaling the Presidio” tour. Riders explore history and scenery. [1 p.m.; Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach (off Mason Street), Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Family ride: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a family bike ride through the Marina area and over the Golden Gate Bridge and back. [10:30 a.m., Little Marina Green, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.;]

Game of the day


Sharks vs. Oilers
5 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California
The Sharks have a golden opportunity to pick up two points when they head to Edmonton to take on the worst team in the NHL.



College basketball: Both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments have a full slate of games today. [Men, 9 a.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5); women, 9 a.m., ESPN-ESPN2)]

Auto racing: After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns with the Food City 500. [9 a.m., Bristol, Tenn., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]


Balboa Cafe: Chef Jose Lemus’ brunch menu contains breakfast, egg and lunch items. Selections include buttermilk pancakes with bananas and toasted pecans; French toast with caramelized apples and pears and maple syrup; corned-beef hash with poached eggs. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

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