San Francisco Fire Department on edge fighting Lower Haight blaze 

click to enlarge On the edge: A firefighter balances himself on the emergency stairway railing outside a window at a blaze in the Haight on Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire at the 41-unit apartment building on the corner of Haight and Fillmore streets. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner) - ON THE EDGE: A FIREFIGHTER BALANCES HIMSELF ON THE EMERGENCY STAIRWAY RAILING OUTSIDE A WINDOW AT A BLAZE IN THE HAIGHT ON TUESDAY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE FOUR-ALARM FIRE AT THE 41-UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF HAIGHT AND
  • On the edge: A firefighter balances himself on the emergency stairway railing outside a window at a blaze in the Haight on Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire at the 41-unit apartment building on the corner of Haight and
  • On the edge: A firefighter balances himself on the emergency stairway railing outside a window at a blaze in the Haight on Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire at the 41-unit apartment building on the corner of Haight and Fillmore streets. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

On the edge:
A firefighter balances himself on the emergency stairway railing outside a window at a blaze in the Haight on Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire at the 41-unit apartment building on the corner of Haight and Fillmore streets. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

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Dreams of the Dead

By Perri O’Shaughnessy ($25)

This legal thriller set in South Lake Tahoe is the latest in the Nina Reilly series by Mary and Pamela O’Shaughnessy, two bestselling sisters who use “Perri” as a pen name.

LEND A HAND

Eldergivers:
Volunteers are needed to welcome guests and help seniors in wheelchairs at the annual Art With Elders exhibit and gala, at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. [Noon to 6 p.m., 1675 Owens St., S.F. , details at www.thevolunteercenter2.net/org]

GET OUTSIDE

Neighborhood fair:
The Castro Street Fair, a community event founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, includes crafts, entertainment and dancing. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro and Market streets, S.F.]

Japanese festival: Millbrae hosts its 2011 Japanese Culture Festival, a celebration with performances, displays, food, crafts and community information. [10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Lane, Millbrae]

Waterfront race:
Bridge to Bridge, a 12K and 7K run/walk, features a race along the waterfront, followed by festivities. It benefits Special Olympics Northern California. [9 a.m., Ferry Building, The Embarcadero and Market Street, S.F.; www.bridgetobridge.com]

Music festival: The 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival ends. Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Bela Fleck and Moonalice are a few of the 30-plus musical acts appearing today. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Speedway, Lindley and Marx meadows, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Community tango: “Tango in the Square,” featuring tango music and the chance to dance, takes place in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Food and drink

Food fundraiser:
The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture presents its Sunday Supper fundraiser. A reception is followed by a four-course feast. [6 p.m.; Ferry Building, The Embarcadero and Market Street, S.F.; www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com]

Vegetarian fest: The San Francisco Vegetarian Society presents its 2011 World Veg Festival. Cooking demos, samples, lectures and entertainment are on the menu. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Visual art

Meet the artists:
Open Studios 2011 presents weekend one. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Castro and Excelsior neighborhoods today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; www.artspan.org]

Museums

Cardholder deal:
“Museums on Us” program offers free admission today to five San Francisco museums, including the de Young and Zeum, for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders. [museums.bankofamerica.com]

Music

Country singer:
Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose, former lead singer of the indie band Save Macaulay, performs at Cafe Du Nord. “Own Side Now” is her debut album. [8:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Chamber music: Music@Menlo’s winter series begins. Featured artists include pianist Inon Barnatan, performing works by Schubert and Ades. [4 p.m., Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

BRUNCH

Greens:
Chef Annie Somerville’s featured brunch dish is a Catalan Farm  corn and summer-squash frittata with torpedo onions, Asiago and basil. It is served with Green Gulch lettuce, Mediterranean and lemon cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, radishes and lemon-shallot vinaigrette. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; (415) 771-6222]

GAME OF THE DAY

NFL

49ers at Eagles


10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

The 49ers take on the 2010 NFC East Division champion Eagles in Philly after spending the past week on the East Coast.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball:
The Philadelphia Phillies take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. [2:07 p.m., Philadelphia, TBS]

NASCAR: Tony Stewart leads the field competing in today’s race. [11 a.m., Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del., ESPN]

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