May 18: Chata Mural Project Fundraiser and other SF events 

Something to read

Jack of Spies

By David Downing ($26.95)

The new thriller by the author of the World War II-era “Station” series follows the adventures of British agent Jack McColl on the eve World War I. Downing will appear at the Belmont Library at 4 p.m. Thursday and Bookshop West Portal at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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]

Get outside

Cross-city run: Serious athletics and San Francisco spirit share the spotlight on Bay to Breakers day. A finish-line ceremony and concert follow. [8 a.m.; starts at 300 Howard St., S.F.;]

Art fair: Fine Art in the Park, a juried show, features work by 170 artists, plus food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit community service projects. [10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Park, 199 University Ave., Los Altos]

Irish festival: The Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh, hosted by St. Stephen’s Green, makes its debut. The celebration features Irish music, dance, crafts and food, plus a kids’ zone. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hope and Dana streets, Mountain View]

Hula and music: Halau o Keikialii, an organization that educates the public about the Hawaiian people and culture, presents an hour of Hawaiian hula and music. [2 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

Making it: The Maker Faire embraces the do-it-yourself experience in areas from science to food to fashion. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]


Chata Mural Project Fundraiser: Latin musicians and DJs appear to raise money to paint a mural of DJ Chata Gutierrez — whose salsa show was on radio’s KPOO-FM 89.5 for more than 40 years — in the Mission. [4 p.m. to midnight, Oasis Cafe, 401 California Ave., Treasure Island]


Art fair: ArtMRKT San Francisco returns to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion. Top galleries from around the world present contemporary and modern art at this fair. [Noon to 6 p.m., Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Film noir: “I Wake Up Dreaming 2014,” a series of pre-code, proto-noir and noir cinema, continues. “When Strangers Marry” (1944), directed by William Castle, is one of five films screening today. [4:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Author and civil-rights advocate Rebecca Gordon reads from her new book, “Mainstreaming Torture.” [11:30 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4620 California St., S.F.]


Stage comedy: Pacifica Spindrift Players presents “The Sugar Bean Sisters,” playwright Nathan Sanders’ comedy. [2 p.m., 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica]


Padrecito: Chef Luis Contreras creates Mexican fare. Brunch dishes include chilaquile de tocino (braised pork belly, asparagus, fava beans, salsa amarilla, crema Latina, crispy tostadas and scrambled eggs); tacos de huevos revueltos (chile-arbol, pork-chorizo and fontina scramble on corn tortillas); and polenta-platano “pancakes” with strawberry, mango mascarpone and caramel. [11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 901 Cole St., S.F.; (415) 742-5505]

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