Jan. 11: Hot Chocolate 15K, drag benefit and more 

click to enlarge Solidarity for Charlie Hebdo - Paris native Regis Denon holds a sign in remembrance of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo slayings in front of San Francisco's French Consulate. A crowd gathered at the consulate Wednesday evening after 12 people were fatally shot at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Al-Qaida in Yemen has claimed credit for the attack. -  - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP
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  • Solidarity for Charlie HebdoParis native Regis Denon holds a sign in remembrance of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo slayings in front of San Francisco's French Consulate. A crowd gathered at the consulate Wednesday evening after 12 people were fatally shot at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Al-Qaida in Yemen has claimed credit for the attack.

Something to read

The Accidental Alchemist By Gigi Pandian ($14.99)

A Portland alchemist teams up with a gargoyle who also happens to be a French chef in the first volume of a new fantasy mystery series. Pandian is appearing at Book Passage on Thursday.

Volunteer

Dahlia Dell Digout: Volunteers are needed to rake, weed and plant. Lunch will be served. [9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dahlia Dell, east of Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP at recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org]

Get outdoors

Tasty race: The Hot Chocolate 15-kilometer run goes past Golden Gate Park's biggest attractions.Finishers are treated to hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and more, with event proceeds going toward the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco. [8:20 a.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Wetlands walk: A free nature walk highlights the tidal wetlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay. [10 a.m., Pinheiro Fire and Binford roads, Novato]

Light work: Children are invited to craft their own lighthouses. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Animal talk: Learn more about the animals of the Arctic with a free lecture followed by a docent-led tour of the Marine Mammal Center. [Noon and 1 p.m. lectures, Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito]

Music

Drag dance: The Saints and Sinners Tea Dance, a fundraiser for the 14th Street House Project, includes drag performances by Kit Tapata, Ginger Snap, Miss Rahni and more. [4 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

R&B diva: Grammy winner Chrisette Michele, who appears on the reality show "R&B Divas: Los Angeles," is performing songs from her latest album, "Better." [7 and 9 p.m., Addition, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Soundscapes: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival turns down the lights and cranks up the sound diffusion equipment for a unique auditory experience that includes the premiere of a 17-minute, 16-channel version of Brian Eno's "Golden." [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.; www.sfsound.org/tape]

Hard rock: Trade Wind, a collaboration between members of the rock groups Stick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path, recently released its debut EP, "Suffer Just to Believe." [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Brunch

Mission Beach Cafe: Offerings at the Mission District restaurant include lavender-infused French toast, wild mushroom Benedict and the restaurant's signature egg sandwich, which includes a housemade English muffin, fried egg, caramelized onion, Bravo Farms white cheddar and more. [9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 198 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 861-0198, www.missionbeachcafesf.com]

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