Take a hike through Portola Redwoods State Park 

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FRIDAY

Novelist appearance:
Author Richard Ford presents his latest novel, “Canada.” The story involves a 15-year-old whose parents rob a bank. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

SATURDAY

A great hike

Unspoiled sanctuary:
Deep in Portola Redwoods State Park are the most pristine old-growth redwood trees in the Bay Area. Peters Creek is home to 1,000-year-old redwoods, some measuring up to 12 feet in diameter. The only way to reach the grove is by a 6½-mile, one-way hike that weaves through quiet, lush canyons. Though the hike is long, chances are you’ll have this unspoiled sanctuary all to yourself.  [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Festivities

Symphony bash:
The Black & White Ball, the big, elegant, two-toned bash benefiting the San Francisco Symphony, presents its 2012 edition. Headliner: Paul Simon. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., and nearby sites, S.F.]

Street fair: The two-day Union Street Eco-Urban Festival begins. The celebration includes art, music, food, chef demos and a two-block green-themed area. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets, S.F.]

Wee woofers: The San Francisco SPCA hosts The Whole Enchihuahua, spotlighting the tiny dog. Festivities include Chihuahua rescue info and an all-breed dog costume contest. [Noon to 4 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Charity walks

Vision walk:
The 2012 Bay Area VisionWalk benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Festivities, including activities for kids, accompany the walk. [9 a.m., Bandshell, 55 Music Concourse Drive,  Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.visionwalk.org]

Mental-health walk:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its Bay Area NAMIWalk, a 5K route. It benefits local mental-health programs. [9 a.m., Lindley Meadow, off John F. Kennedy Drive near 30th Avenue, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.namiwalkSFbay.org]

SUNDAY

Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Organic peaches
  • Mango-flavored nectarines
  • Poppy apricot

– www.fortmason.org

Festivities

Car-free streets:
Sunday Streets, offering car-free street spaces where folks can enjoy camaraderie and activities in San Francisco neighborhoods, continues its Mission pilot project. Valencia Street is the place. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Pride Month

Bride book:
Audrey Bilger, Michele Kort and guests read from “Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage,” a new anthology. [4 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Comedy

Latino comics:
Los Angeles comedian Richard Villa presents a “Refried Sundays” show. Latino and ethnic comics take the stage. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Music

Chamber music:
Geraldine Walther, former San Francisco Symphony principal violist, performs with friends. Featured composers include Beethoven. [3 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Punk band: GBH, one of the pioneer English street-punk bands, appears. [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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