House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer discusses Democratic agenda 

Who's in town

Politics: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, discusses the “Make It in America” agenda: a Democratic legislative program designed to help U.S. businesses innovate, grow and make products here, and sell them to the world. [10:30 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

State health care: Speakers address questions facing California’s health care reform. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Peter Kareiva: The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist gives a talk titled “Conservation in the Real World.” [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: www.longnow.org]

Peter Moylan: The historian presents “The Mighty Task Is Done,” an illustrated program on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. [8 p.m., Cafe Royale, 800 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Eva Gabrielsson: The architect, author and longtime collaborator with the late Swedish mystery novelist Stieg Larsson talks about “There Are Things I Want You to Know,” a memoir. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Barbara and Shannon Kelley: The authors of “Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career — and Life — That’s Right for You” discuss the book. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Philip Hackett hosts an open-mic poetry session. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands on Bay Area Book Club discusses “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Lunchtime music: The St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar presents a free concert featuring music by Haydn and Shostakovich. [12:15 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its master’s and doctoral degree options. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain campus, Room 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes senior citizens. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, preparing job applications and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Popular music: Singer Johnny Mathis, appearing with the San Francisco Symphony, performs hits from his songbook. The concert benefits the orchestra’s Pension Fund. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Redistricting meeting: The California Citizens Redistricting Commission holds a public input meeting on draft redistricting maps for state Assembly, Senate and other districts. [6 to 9 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Opera master class: Opera director Lotfi Mansouri conducts a master class in which emerging artists from the Opera Academy of California perform. [7 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Dining out

Solstice: Recommended dishes include prosciutto-wrapped chicken medallions with mozzarella, Yukon Gold mash, crispy onion and jus; and pulled-pork sliders with spiced red onion. [2801 California St., S.F. (415) 359-1222]

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