April 24-25: Square dancing, Junior Ranger Day and more

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Sequoia National Park’s main attraction is the General Sherman tree

A great hike

Sequoia’s big reds: It’s National Park Week, and here’s a California favorite. Sequoia National Park’s main attraction is the General Sherman tree, literally the largest living thing on earth. Hordes of visitors make the easy .4-mile mini-pilgrimage to see the General, but continue on the Congress Trail and hook up with the Trail of the Sequoias to hike through the heart of Giant Forest, filled with big red beauties. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures]


Square dancing: Swing your partner round and round at the Feral Fourth Friday Square Dance with a live band and caller. No experience is necessary. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Tom Green gained fame on MTV’s “The Tom Green Show” in the 1990s and currently hosts a TV show on the AXS network. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Carnaval fundraiser: Eat, drink, check out art exhibits and listen to live music at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts during a fundraiser for the Rumbagua contingent at SF Carnaval. [9 p.m.-midnight, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Just dance: Bay Area National Dance Week kicks off with “One Dance,” a celebratory group dance at Union Square. Brush up on the moves online or just show up and feel the groove. [Noon, Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.; bayareandw.org/kickoff.php]


Junior Ranger Day: The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is hosting Junior Ranger Day, featuring family activities like constructing a compass, building model boats and more. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

Adopt a pet: Animal Planet and the ASPCA are covering all pet adoption fees at Road to the Puppy Bowl, a two-day adoption bonanza. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., San Francisco SPCA, 250 Florida St., S.F.]

Animal antics: Pet-A-Palooza offers activities for pets and owners including photos, CPR demonstrations and even a pet psychic. A 1 p.m. Strut Your Mutt Spring Fashion Show includes prizes. [Noon-3 p.m., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Musical ‘Dream’: The Mission Academy of Performing Arts presents an updated musical version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” [7 p.m., 2781 24th St., S.F.; www.brava.org]

Country rocker: Alternative-country chanteuse Lydia Loveless is playing songs from her latest album, “Somewhere Else,” and more. Foolproof Four and Three Times Bad are also on the bill. [9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Free film screening: A spoken-word showcase accompanies a free screening of “Por Donde Pasa el Diablo” (“Where the Devil Walks”), a 2014 documentary about gentrification in Mexico City’s historic La Merced market. [8 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Go Dutch: Dutch King’s Day is a big event in the Netherlands, and a group ride is marking it in The City. The ride starts at the Queen Wilhelmina Windmill and ends at the Murphy Windmill, where there will be a celebration. Complimentary valet bicycle parking will be provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. [10 a.m. ride start at Queen Wilhelmina Windmill, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. celebration at Murphy Windmill, 1691 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; sfdutch.com/dutch-in-sf/kings-day.html]

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