October 13: Italian circus and more SF events 

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  • Zoppe, a circus in the Old World Italian tradition, presents its 2013 show.
SOMETHING TO READ

Songs of Willow Frost

By Jamie Ford ($26)

The best-selling author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” returns with a Depression-era saga set in Seattle about a Chinese-American orphan who is convinced that a movie actress is his long-lost mother.

LEND A HAND

Boys Hope Girls Hope: The residential program seeks volunteer tutors in biology and English as a second language (for Cantonese and Spanish speakers) to work with kids in need. [4 to 8 p.m.; http://volunteer.truist.com/thevolunteercenter/org or www.boyshopegirlshope.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivals

Art and wine: The San Carlos Art and Wine Faire features crafts, food, wine and live music. More than 275 artisans take part. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Carlos Avenue and Laurel Street and nearby blocks, San Carlos]

Italian heritage: The Italian Heritage Parade progresses from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, where festivities will take place. The day includes floats, food, wine and music. [12:30 p.m. onward, starts at Jefferson and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Honoring ancestry: Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park hosts Chung Yeung festivities, celebrating Chinese ancestry. Highlights include lion dancers. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., state Highway 92 and Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo]

PARKS

Craft celebration: Sharon Art Studio hosts a celebration of American Craft Week. Activities include artisan demonstrations and a clay workshop. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 300 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Benefits

Polo and more: The Bay Area Lyme Foundation presents its second annual Polo for Lyme Benefit and “Pride and Joy Concert,” featuring polo, a hat parade and competition, Champagne, lunch, auctions, wine and live music. [Noon to 5 p.m., Menlo Polo Club, adjacent to Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton]

Dog-rescue fundraiser: Compassion Without Borders hosts Bark in the Park, a fundraiser for its dog-rescue work on both sides of the border. [Noon to 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Dog Park, 19th and Collingwood streets, S.F.]

Circus

Family act: Zoppe, a circus in the Old World Italian tradition, presents its 2013 show. New acts include “A Unicycle Built for Two.” [Noon, 3 and 6 p.m., circus tent at 1455 Madison Ave., Red Morton Park, Redwood City]

Music

Early music: Ostraka, a trio specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music, presents a program of compositions for bass viola da gamba, theorbo and baroque guitar. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Literary festival: The 2013 Litquake festival has begun. Today’s author-packed events include “Celebrating the Legacy of Marcus Books” at 1 p.m. at 1712 Fillmore St., S.F.; “Off the Richter Scale: Iranian Voices” at 11 a.m. at Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.; and “Litquake in the Castro” at 1 p.m. at Jane Warner Plaza, Castro and Market streets, S.F. [www.litquake.org]

Brunch

Twenty-five Lusk: Chef Matthew Dolan creates New American cuisine. Brunch dishes include lobster Benedict with poached eggs, prosciutto, wild arugula and hollandaise sauce; organic-strawberry and milk-chocolate pancakes with Vermont maple syrup; and a pork-belly, egg and Gruyere sandwich. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 25 Lusk St., S.F.; (415) 495-5875]

NFL

49ers vs. Cardinals

1:25 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Frank Gore and the Niners look to stretch their winning streak to three games against the division-rival Arizona Cardinals.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT

NFL: The Raiders try to hand the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season. [10 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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