June 1: Margie Baker and other SF events 

Something to read

By All Means: A Zen Cautionary Tale

By Edward Brown ($19.95)

The beloved Northern California Zen-Buddhist teacher and author of the Tassajara cookbooks has written an intimate and funny novella — with illustrations by Margot Koch — about his encounters with a plush-pig hand puppet named Ponce.

Lend a hand

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at adoption sites. Interested people can meet group members at Pet Food Express today. [Noon to 5 p.m., 3160 20th Ave., S.F.; www.rocketdogrescue.org]

Get outside

Home living: Sunset Magazine’s “Celebration Weekend” features home and garden ideas and trends. Activities include food demonstrations, design presentations and wine tasting. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park]

Kidney walk: The San Francisco Kidney Walk features a three-mile walk along the Embarcadero. It benefits the National Kidney Foundation. [9 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; www.kidneywalk.org or (415) 543-3303]

Triple action: The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon spotlights top athletes and San Francisco scenery. A celebration takes place at the Marina Green. [6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program celebrates Italian-American Day and features opera singing by Simi Cantori. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Birding at the Garden,” its docent-led bird-watching amble. About 40 species are spotted on the monthly walk. [8 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led Farallon Islands whale-watch tours. Proceeds benefit marine conservation. [7:30 a.m., Marina Yacht Harbor, 3950 Scott St., S.F. www.oceanicsociety.org]


Jazzy blues: Veteran San Francisco vocalist Margie Baker appears to celebrate the release of "Margie Baker Sings with So Many Stars.” [5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom, 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame]


Silent cinema: The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, presenting silent-age cinema with live music, ends today. The closing-night feature is Buster Keaton’s 1924 “The Navigator” at 9 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.silentfilm.org]


Coping mechanisms: The BodiGram dance company presents “Hysteria,” an exploration of dissociative identity disorder and a satirical look at how we all dissociate from time to time. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St, S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: South Africa-based author and screenwriter Sarah Lotz talks about her new thriller, “The Three.” [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


Central Kitchen: California cuisine made with local and sustainable ingredients is on chef Thomas McNaughton’s brunch menu. The fried-chicken Benedict with buttermilk biscuit, ham and hollandaise is recommended today. Libations include a honey-aprium bellini. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3000 20th St., S.F.; (415) 826-7004]


Giants vs. Cardinals

11:15 a.m., CSN Bay Area

San Francisco wraps up a four-game series against the defending National League champions in the Midwest.


Baseball: The A’s finish a series against the Angels before hitting the road for nine games in a row. [1:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CSN California]

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