Bruce Rogers leads workshop on thriving orchids 

click to enlarge Orchid guru: Bruce Rogers, author of “The Orchid Whisperer,” leads a workshop on how to grow thriving orchids. Bring your ailing flowers and he’ll diagnose their ills. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Orchid guru: Bruce Rogers, author of “The Orchid Whisperer,” leads a workshop on how to grow thriving orchids. Bring your ailing flowers and he’ll diagnose their ills.

Who’s in town

Mark Bittman
, New York Times food writer and author of the “How to Cook Everything” series, is interviewed onstage by 7x7 alumna Jessica Battilana. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Hedrick Smith:
The PBS producer and former New York Times reporter discusses the decline and the future of the American dream. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Abraham Verghese:
The physician and author (“Cutting for Stone”) discusses his two fields. Menlo-Atherton Foundation for the Future presents the talk. [7 p.m., M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

America’s Cup: Speakers discuss the impact of the America’s Cup on Pier 27, the waterfront and the local economy, and how San Franciscans can help make the event benefit all. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Rich:
The screenwriter turned novelist talks about “Caravan of Thieves.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Chick lit: Authors Meg Donahue (“How to Eat a Cupcake”), Anna Leftler (“Chicktionary”) and Katie Crouch (“Men and Dogs”) share their work in an evening of chick lit and wine. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Book discussion:
Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” is the featured book. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Photography show:
Photojournalist Najib Joe Hakim explores conditions in war-torn Lebanon, along with his family history, in “Born Among Mirrors,” a photo exhibit. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jewett Gallery, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Dog Talk’: The San Francisco SPCA’s Kathy Brody, joined by a canine pal, discusses how to read dog body language and safely approach dogs in this session for children of all ages. [11 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Orchid guru:
Bruce Rogers, author of “The Orchid Whisperer,” leads a workshop on how to grow thriving orchids. Bring your ailing flowers and he’ll diagnose their ills. [6 to 8 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Alzheimer’s care: Home Instead Senior Care hosts a workshop on caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. [1:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.; RSVP to Jill Melvin at (415) 441-6490]

Cocktail Week: San Francisco Cocktail Week hosts Spirited Food Trucks, a cocktail and street-cart event in the SoMa StrEat Food Park. [6 to 9 p.m., 428 11th St., S.F.; www.sfcocktailweek.com]

Contemporary art: Chinese Culture Center presents “Women,” an exhibit in which 13 contemporary artists from China and the United States explore gender and sexual identity. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening of community dancing, plus instruction. This week’s dance form: swing. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dining out

Hog & Rocks:
The fried chicken, served with Jimmy Nardello peppers, smoked and smashed heirloom potatoes, and chicken jus, is popular. Also recommended: the pork belly and clams. [3431 19th St., S.F.; (415) 550-8627]

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