March 2: 'Li'l Abner' and other SF events 

Something to read

I Shall Be Near to You

By Erin Lindsay McCabe ($24)

The Northern California writer’s debut novel tells the Civil War-era tale of a woman who disguises herself as a man so she can fight alongside her husband in the Union Army.

Lend a hand

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F., details at www.parksconservancy.org/]

Get outside

National parks: “Crown Jewels,” an exhibition of narratives and photos, showcases national parks worldwide. Featured areas include Amazonia and Tibet. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Trust, 103 Montgomery St., Main Post, Presidio of S.F.]

Fluttering heights: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” to March 16. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led whale-watch cruises, departing from the Peninsula. [9 a.m., Pillar Point Yacht Harbor, Half Moon Bay; www.oceanicsociety.org]

Golf tournament: The San Francisco City Golf Championship holds men’s and women’s tournaments, plus other matches today. Top amateur golfers vie. [7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Golf Course, 300 Finley Road, Presidio of S.F.; www.presidio.gov]

Academy Awards

Oscar gala: The Academy of Friends’ 2014 Oscar night gala features Oscar viewing, food, wine, a live auction and a Wizard of Oz theme. It benefits AIDS charities. [5 p.m., Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., S.F.]

Oscar bashing: The Roxie Theater’s “Up the Oscars!” bash includes Oscar viewing and booing, plus hors d’oeuvres and a red carpet show. Feel free to bring food, drinks and “high heels and a bad attitude.” [4 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Oscar soiree: The Balboa Theater hosts its annual Academy Awards party featuring the Oscars on the big screen. Reed Kirk Rahlmann emcees the event. Red carpet attire is encouraged. [4 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Dance

Contemporary dance: Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society presents “The Aftermath Affair,” a dance work with music by Ben Juodvalkis. Formality meets rebellion in Cabrera’s choreography. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Theater

Kids musical: Teens and youngsters in the San Francisco Arts Education Project close their run of “Li'l Abner,” based on Al Capp's famed comic strip set in Dogpatch, USA. A party follows the show. [1 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Music

New-music marathon: The San Francisco Conservatory of Music hosts its Hot Air Music Festival, a marathon of new music composed and performed by students, faculty and alumni. [12:30 to 9 p.m., 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriters: Americana singer-songwriters Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott perform selections from “Memories and Moments,” their second studio album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Brunch

Magic Flute: California and Italian cuisines are served at this trattoria-style restaurant. The smoked chicken hash with peppers, hash brown potatoes, poached eggs and sun-dried tomato hollandaise is a signature brunch dish. It is served with seasonal fruit. Also look for the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, served with fruit and potatoes. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3673 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 922-1225]

Sports

NBA

Warriors at Raptors

1 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Stephen Curry and the Warriors head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors for the fourth game of their six-game road trip.

College men’s basketball: Stanford takes on No. 3 Arizona in the desert. [5 p.m., McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz., ESPNU]

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