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July 1: The Griswolds, BBQ and more

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Robin McLean discusses her debut collection of short stories, “Reptile House,” which earned the BOA Editions Fiction Prize. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]


Ebola evacuation: Peace Corps volunteers discuss their work in Western Africa before the 2014 ebola outbreak, and their evacuation from the worst-stricken areas. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Garden memoir: Tara Austen Weaver reflects on the run-down Seattle estate that changed her life in “Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Brews and barbecue: A two-hour workshop demonstrates how to pair beers with barbecue for the best summer cookouts. The $55 fee includes beer tastings as well as food pairings. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.; RSVP at 18reasons.org]

Literary events

Female authors: She Writes Press authors Leanna Lehamn, Laura Nicole Diamond, Donna Stoneham, Hollye Dexter and Constance Handsetdt are reading from their novels and memoirs. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Comic books: Comics creators Greg Rucka (“Lazarus,” “Gotham Central”) and Justin Greenwood (“Fuse,” “Stumptown”) are discussing their works. [6 p.m., Mission Comics and Art, 3520 20th St., S.F.]

Young-adult comics: Raina Telgemeier, who won an Eisner Award for her orthodontic memoir “Smile,” and Dave Roman are reading from their graphic novels. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Fold with the Force: A workshop inspired by Tom Angleberger’s “Origami Yoda” book series teaches youths how to make a paper Yoda and other “Star Wars” characters. [2 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.; call (415) 355-5727 to RSVP]

At the colleges

Brain fitness: Dr. Charles Vella shares ideas on cognitive decline and how to keep the brain fit in an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute discussion. [1 p.m., San Francisco State University downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Farm story: Filmmaker Morgan Schmidt-Feng and farmer Nancy Prebilich are appearing at a screening of “On Her Own,” which documents Prebilich’s attempts to save her Sonoma County farm. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: Local legends Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Michael Meehan, Johnny Steele and Steven Pearl are the “Dinosaurs of Comedy.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Tech Carnival: A $5 ticket gains entry to carnival games, networking and more at the third annual Tech Carnival. [6 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Rock show: Australian rockers The Griswolds, who are indeed named after the family in “National Lampoon’s Family Vacation,” are promoting their debut album, “Be Impressive.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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