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August 25: Youth dance and other S.F. events

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SOMETHING TO READ

Cool Gray City of Love

By Gary Kamiya ($27)

Subtitled “49 Views of San Francisco,” the book of historical, thought-provoking and descriptive vignettes – each centered on a region or site in The City – is written by the longtime San Francisco resident and co-founder of Salon.com. He is slated to speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.

LEND A HAND

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at an adoption site at Stonestown Galleria. [Training begins at 11 a.m.; Pet Food Express, 3160 20th Ave., S.F.; www.rocketdogrescue.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Parks

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Hot rocks: The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society's 2013 show features gemstones, geodes, jewelry, fossils, meteorites and more. “Heavy metals” is the theme. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Community dancing: “Tango in the Square” returns to Union Square. A DJ set, tango lessons and live music and open dancing make up the event. Musical guests: Trio Garufa. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today's program: a Ukrainian American Day celebration with Ukrainian music and dancing. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Festivals

Arts festival: The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts features crafts, food, wine, music and a street-painting expo. Three hundred artists and crafters take part. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Avenue between High and Webster streets, Palo Alto]

AROUND TOWN

Marketplaces

Flea market: Treasure Island Flea presents its August market. Local makers, collectors and food purveyors take part. The event has a Burning Man theme this month. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]

Music

Belgian singer: Soul and reggae singer-songwriter Selah Sue, named one of the top new faces of 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine, appears. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Choral concert: The San Francisco Lyric Chorus presents its 2013 summer concert. Brahms' “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” a key work by the composer, is on the program. [5 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Mission soul: The Chapel invites guests to have brunch and dance at its new party, featuring food and drink and music selected by the club's “Motown on Mondays” DJs. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dance

Open house: The ODC School Youth and Teen Program holds a family open house. Events include free dance classes and a seminar on college dance programs. [9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Peninsula festival: The International Dance Festival Silicon Valley presents its “Festival Performance.” Featured artists include Axis Dance Company. [3 p.m., Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View]

Food and drink

Bacon and beer: The San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival features bacon-based dishes and beers from more than 50 restaurants and brewers. It benefits Sprouts Cooking Club. [2:30 to 5 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Pablo Francisco performs. “MADtv,” the “Three Amigos” tour, and lots of celebrity impressions are among his credits. [7:30 p.m. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Movies

Crime sagas: Francis Ford Coppola's “The Godfather Part II” (12:30 and 7:30 p.m.) screens at the Castro Theatre. Michael Mann's “Heat” (4:20 p.m.) completes the Al Pacino double bill. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

BRUNCH

Social Kitchen & Brewery: San Francisco comfort cuisine is on chef Chris Wong's brunch menu. The beef short-rib hash, with potatoes, leeks, peppers and fried eggs, is recommended today. Also look for the pork-belly fried rice with vegetables; and the brioche French toast with toasted pecans and vanilla bourbon caramel. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30pm., 1326 Ninth Ave., S.F.; (415) 681-0330]

NFL

Vikings at 49ers

5 p.m., KNTV (Ch. 11)

New receiver Jon Baldwin should get some passes thrown his way as the Niners host the Minnesota Vikings for a preseason game at Candlestick Park.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL: The A's wrap up a three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore before heading to Detroit to visit the Tigers. [10:35 a.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Comcast SportsNet California]

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