March 15: St. Patrick's Day party, free music and more 

click to enlarge A female African penguin chick takes her first public swim at the California Academy of Sciences on Wednesday. Three penguin chicks, a male and female that hatched in November 2014 and a male chick born in December, have been learning to swim and eat fish behind the scenes and will soon join 14 adults in the Steinhart Aquarium colony. - JEFF CHIU/AP
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  • A female African penguin chick takes her first public swim at the California Academy of Sciences on Wednesday. Three penguin chicks, a male and female that hatched in November 2014 and a male chick born in December, have been learning to swim and eat fish behind the scenes and will soon join 14 adults in the Steinhart Aquarium colony.
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House Keys Not Handcuffs by Paul Boden ($36)

The co-founder of the Coalition on Homelessness and Western Regional Advocacy Project reflects on his experiences on the streets and 30 years of fighting homelessness in The City.

Volunteer

Sunday Streets: The roving event, which temporarily halts vehicle traffic to create safe spaces for biking and strolling, needs volunteers to post signs, monitor intersections and more. [sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer]

Brunch

Rose Pistola: The North Beach institution offers Italian-inspired dishes such as egg pizza and cream poached eggs with pancetta, Parmesan and parsley. [11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 532 Columbus Ave., S.F.; (415) 399-0499, rosepistolasf.com]

Music

Free concert: The Community Music Center presents “In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony,” featuring varied music styles such as ancient Chinese zither and Brahms’ waltzes and preludes. [3 p.m., Community Music Center Concert Hall, 544 Capp St., S.F.]

New voices: Schwabacher Debut Recitals presents emerging opera singers Jacqueline Piccolino, Zanda Švede, Chong Wang and Matthew Stump. [5:30 p.m.,Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Classical sounds: Soprano Lucy Shelton is joining forces with the Lysander Piano Trio for works by Beethoven; Shostakovich; and Charles Ives’ final composition, “Sunrise.” [3 p.m., McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Rock show: The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men, who hail from Santa Cruz, specialize in straightforward, melodic rock ’n’ roll music. The Lady Crooners and Karmen Buttler are also on the bill. [7 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Arts

Brain view: Elizabeth Jameson, an artist who has multiple sclerosis, presents works and insights inspired by brain-imaging technology. [9:30 a.m, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Get outdoors

5K run: The St. Patrick’s Day 5-kilometer race dashes to the Fort Point National Historic Site and back to the starting point. [9 a.m., East Beach at Crissy Field, Presidio, S.F.; dserunners.com]

Wildflower walk: Free guided wildflower walks cover about 3 miles, round trip, and include great views of Edgewood Park. [10 a.m., Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, 2195 Edgewood Road, Redwood City; parks.smcgov.org/wildflower-walks]

Pencil it in: Youths can transform a corn cob into a pencil holder in honor of National Reading Month. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

St. Patrick’s Day: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Greenfest Block Party, featuring Irish music and dancing as well as family activities. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

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