Polynesian vakas trek 15,000-nautical-miles to protect oceans 


Journey of wisdom: Seven traditional Polynesian ocean-going vessels called vakas and their 16-member crews are on a 15,000-nautical-mile journey across the Pacific. The group arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday and are traveling to raise awareness for the health of our oceans.


The Grace of Everyday Saints

By Julian Guthrie ($25)

Subtitled “How a Band of Believers Lost their Church and Found their Faith,” the book by the award-winning reporter chronicles the story of San Francisco’s St. Brigid’s, which faced closure in the wake of scandal. Guthrie appears at The Booksmith at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


The Free Meals Program needs volunteers to help prepare the dining room, place food on trays, carry trays to seated guests and wipe down tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; details/RSVP: www.onebrick.org]


Cuba and Brazil:
Cuban star Wil Campa y Su Orchestra bring their energetic big-band sound to Sigmund Stern Grove. Brazilian samba singer Luisa Maita shares the bill. [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Music fest: Bands galore perform at the Outside Lands music festival. Arcade Fire and Deadmau5 top the bill today. [Noon to 9:45 p.m., Polo Field and Speedway and Lindley meadows, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.sfoutsidelands.com]

Music and dance: Zydeco master Andre Thierry performs a free one-hour concert, preceded by a dance lesson, as part of the People in Plazas summer festival. [12:40 p.m., Jane Warner Plaza, Castro and 17th streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program includes music by Peter Warlock, Mozart and Chance. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Car-free streets: Sunday Streets, a celebration where people can enjoy activities and camaraderie on San Francisco streets without cars, presents its August edition, a Civic Center-Tenderloin route. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]


Fairs and festivities

Filipino fair:
Pistahan, a celebration of Filipino-Americans, presents its 18th annual festivities. Seven pavilions and several stages feature music, dance, art, food and artifacts. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Asian fair: The Nihonmachi Street Fair celebrates the local Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. Festivities include crafts, entertainment and food. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Arts festival: The Burlingame ArtzFest features crafts, performances, food, a kids’ area and green fare. It benefits the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., BurlingameAvenue in downtown Burlingame]

Antiques fair:
The Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Faire features up to 500 booths of merchandise. All items are at least 20 years old. [6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Candlestick Park, 602 Jamestown Ave., S.F.]


Big craft show:
The American Craft Council Show, the West’s largest juried crafts show, features handmade art, eco-craft and live crafting. More than 200 artists take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Food and drink

Pastry party:
Top pastry chefs take part in SF Chefs’ 2011 Dessert First celebration, an event also featuring wine and live and silent auctions. It benefits Project Open Hand. [5 to 8 p.m., InterContinental hotel, 888 Howard St., S.F.]


Persian flamenco jazz:
Mezghoon Ensemble, a newly formed band that fuses flamenco and traditional Persian music, performs at Yoshi’s. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Pop duo: The Secret Sisters, a rootsy pop duo with a 1950s-inspired sound, perform at Cafe Du Nord. Their debut album contains material ranging from the self-penned “Tennessee Me” to a Sinatra classic. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Citizen Cake:
Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s brunch menu includes breakfast dishes, lunchtime dishes and snacks. Recent selections include a seasonal scramble, with hash browns, housemade sausage or bacon, and grilled bread; baked eggs with farmers’ cheese, spicy tomato and piquillo-pepper sauce, cilantro creme fraiche and grilled bread; and a margherita pizza. [11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2125 Fillmore St., S.F.;(415) 861-2228]



Giants at Marlins

10:10 a.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Giants wrap up a series in Florida before heading to Atlanta to take on the Braves in a four-game set.


The final round of the PGA Championship takes place today as one golfer will take home the year’s final major victory. [11 a.m., Johns Creek, Ga., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

NASCAR: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 gets revved up. [12:30 p.m., Watkins Glen, N.Y., ESPN]

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