Jan. 25: Flag crafts, heavy metal and more 

click to enlarge Park rangers join volunteers from Wildlife Emergency Services and San Francisco Baykeeper to rescue seabirds found coated in an unknown susbstance last week. The goop covers birds’ feathers, and the birds become unable to insulate themselves and freeze to death. Hundreds of birds have died, and hundreds more have been taken to the International Bird Rescue for cleaning. Park rangers and volunteers - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Park rangers join volunteers from Wildlife Emergency Services and San Francisco Baykeeper to rescue seabirds found coated in an unknown susbstance last week. The goop covers birds’ feathers, and the birds become unable to insulate themselves and freeze to death. Hundreds of birds have died, and hundreds more have been taken to the International Bird Rescue for cleaning. Park rangers and volunteers

Something to read

Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid By Joshua Safran ($24.99)

A boy is uprooted from 1970s San Francisco and hits the road with his mother in this acclaimed memoir.

Volunteer

Larkin Street Youth Services: Volunteers are needed to spearhead clothing and toiletry drives, do administrative tasks and work with at-risk youths. [701 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 673-0911, larkinstreetyouth.org]

Get outdoors

GG Park run: The Rainbow Falls 5-kilometer run loops around historic McClaren Lodge. [9 a.m., John F. Kennedy and Transverse drives, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; dserunners.com]

Snow day: The Treasure Island Flea Market is creating 10 tons of snow for some hardcore winter frolicking. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island Flea Market, Treasure Island, S.F.; treasureislandflea.com]

Flag time: Kids can learn how to spell their own names in signal flags in a crafts session that honors the Presidio's maritime history. [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 pairs a free swing-dancing lesson with community dancing. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Rap show: Grammy-nominated rapper Wale of Washington, D.C., is getting back to his mixtape roots with the upcoming "The Album About Nothing." [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Scandinavian metal: Sweden's Dark Tranquility, which has been playing heavy metal for more than 20 years, is touring to promote its latest album, "Construct." [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Circus

Capers and clowns: San Francisco's Circus Bella presents old-fashioned trapeze feats, juggling, clowns and more. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lecture

Social justice: Author Billy Keniston is reading from his biography on slain South African activist Rick Turner and speaking about pressing justice issues in the U.S. [4 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Brunch

Brenda's Meat & Three: The new restaurant, an offshoot of the ever-crowded Brenda's French Soul Food, features Southern favorites such as stuffed johnnycakes, pulled pork and sweet potato hash, and shrimp and grits. [8 a.m.-3 p.m., 919 Divisadero St., S.F.; (415) 926-8657, brendasmeatandthree.com]

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