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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.

SOMETHING TO READ

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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.

LEND A HAND

Glide: 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]

GET OUTSIDE

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]

AROUND TOWN

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.]

Exhibitions

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

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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.]

Music

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.]

BRUNCH

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]

GAME OF THE DAY

Baseball

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.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Golf: 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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