Good Sunday: April 4, 2010

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Giants Past and Present
By Dan Fost ($25)

Just in time for the season opening, this attractive coffee-table book covers the baseball team’s long, fruitful history on both coasts, offering details on an organization that has more Hall of Fame inductees than any other team, as well as 20 pennants won over nine decades.

Brunch

Greens: Poached eggs with grilled Ridgecut Gristmills polenta is chef Annie Somerville’s highlighted Easter brunch item. Salsa negra, habanero oil and pumpkin-seed cilantro salsa complete the dish. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; (415) 771-6222]

Lend a hand

Urban Watershed Management Program: Sunset Circle Project needs volunteers to do weeding and planting work and to pick up litter. [9 a.m. to noon, Lake Merced and Sunset boulevards, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Get outside

Festivities
Easter parade:
The Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration features music, food, a bonnet contest and kids’ activities. The parade is at 2 p.m. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Zany Easter: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host “Sisters: Through the Looking Glass,” a merry, campy Easter event. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; kids’ fun starts at 11 a.m.; adult fun starts at noon; Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Bunny business: “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” is happening at the San Francisco Zoo. Visitors can explore the world of rabbits, plant carrot seeds and enjoy entertainment. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Parks
Bird walk:
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts its first-Sunday bird walk. [8 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; register: www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org]

Little city: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Golden Gate Express Garden Railway,” an exhibit featuring a model train and mini San Francisco landmarks made from recycled materials. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Family kayak ride:
City Kayak hosts “Family Kayaking in San Francisco,” a paddling trip in calm waters. [3 to 5:30 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

Visual art
Mission murals:
Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Waterfront events
Historic bathhouse:
The National Park Service hosts a guided tour of the renovated Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, an Art Deco style structure featuring unique architecture and murals. [3 p.m., 900 Beach St., S.F.]

Around town

Museums
Wiley’s prints:
“I Keep Foolin’ Around,” an exhibit highlighting local artist William T. Wiley’s significant work and continued interest in printmaking, has opened at the de Young Museum. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Conventions
Comics convention:
Comic books and related popular culture have the spotlight at “WonderCon 2010.” Exhibits, dealers, demos, panels and special guests are on the slate. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Music
Malian guitarist:
Malian guitarist Habib Koite, one of Africa’s most popular and admired musicians, performs at Yoshi’s. [5 and 7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Top brass: It’s “Brass vs. Brass” night at Amnesia. Brass Menazeri, a Balkan-style band, and Emperor Norton’s Jazz Band, which has a traditional-jazz sound, are on the bill. [9 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Chamber music: The Bridge Chamber Virtuosi, a new string ensemble, presents “La Belle Vie,” a program of classical chamber music. [Noon to 2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Movies
Amusement-park doc:
“Remembering Playland at the Beach,” Tom Wyrsch’s documentary about the famed amusement park and lost local treasure, screens at the Balboa Theater. [Noon, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Architecture
Victorian mansion:
San Francisco Architectural Heritage hosts tours of the Haas-Lilienthal House, the 1886-built Queen Anne style Victorian home and museum. [Tours available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; 2007 Franklin St., S.F.]

Comedy
Local comedians:
It’s “S.F. Comedy Showcase” night at the Punch Line. Fifteen local comics take the stage. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Peninsula

Nature’s artwork: Filoli presents “Patterns and Abstractions,” an exhibit containing paintings, drawings and photos of natural-world marvels such as veins on leaves or ripples in sand. [11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 86 Canada Road, Woodside]

Game of the Day

College women's basketball
Stanford vs. Oklahoma

4 p.m., ESPN
A victory by Stanford today in the Final Four would lock up a spot in the national championship and a likely showdown with No. 1-ranked UConn.

Other highlights

Baseball: The Giants close out their exhibition season against the Seattle Mariners. [12:05 p.m., AT&T Park, MLB Network]
Baseball: The rival Yankees and Red Sox meet in the baseball season opener. [5 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston, ESPN2]

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