May 8-9: Mario Bello, Oysterfest and more 

click to enlarge In the northern part of Napa Valley, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park’s 36-foot waterwheel still powers a mill built in 1846 - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • In the northern part of Napa Valley, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park’s 36-foot waterwheel still powers a mill built in 1846
A great hike

Mill about: In the northern part of Napa Valley, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park’s 36-foot waterwheel still powers a mill built in 1846, giving a glimpse of life here before wine grapes moved in. Pop in for a demonstration and take home a bag of organic and stone-ground cornmeal, polenta, whole-wheat bread flour or even pastry flour. There’s a short hiking trail too. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures]

Friday

Mitchell gala: A tribute to SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joni Mitchell includes performances by Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin and more. [6 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Brooks Whelan has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “Conan.” [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dance show: Funsch Dance Experience presents “Dissolver,” an evening of dance that explores the concept of erasure. [8:30 p.m., Studio B, ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

‘Love is Love’: Actress Maria Bello talks about the fluidity of sexuality in her new book, “Whatever…Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Saturday

Oysterfest: Crack open some oysters while listening to Grandmaster Flash, Thievery Corporation, Warren G and more at the 16th annual Oysterfest. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

German band: The San Francisco German Band features an ensemble of more than 25 players in its free spring concert. [2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comic book creator: Devin Grayson, who has written stories about Black Widow and Batman for Marvel and DC Comics, talks about how she scripts stories and creates characters. [2 p.m., Isotope Comics, 326 Fell St., S.F.]

Beer fest: Hundreds of craft beers from local and international brewers flow at the 32nd annual San Francisco International Beer Festival, which also includes gourmet food. [7 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Puppet story: Artist Hanayo Ito’s Children’s Panel Theatre uses puppets to bring stories to life for children. [3:30 p.m., Kinokuniya, 1581 Webster St., S.F.]

Go Giants: Quirky indie-rock stalwarts They Might Be Giants have been crafting clever, catchy songs for more than 30 years. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

A great bike month

Bike on: May is National Bike Month, which means San Francisco is filled with bike-friendly events. Pedal through car-free roads at Sunday Streets in the Mission, and get ready for Bike to Work Day on Thursday. Any bike commuter who swings by a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition energizer station Thursday can score high-fives and free goodies. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Valencia Street between 26th Street and McCoppin Hub Plaza, S.F.; map of Bike to Work Day stations available at sfbike.org/btwd, with full list of May bike events at sfbike.org/events/month]

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