August 11: Zoo babies and other S.F. events

SOMETHING TO READ

The Wonder Bread Summer

By Jessica Anya Blau ($14.99)

Set in Berkeley in 1983, the comic novel by the author of “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties” tells the story of a strait-laced college student whose life takes a dramatic turn when she take a job in a dress shop that turns out to be a front for drug dealers.

LEND A HAND

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F.; http://www.parksconservancy.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Fairs and festivals

Filipino fair: The Pistahan fair, celebrating Filipino-American culture, continues at Yerba Buena Gardens. Festivities include music, art, dance, food and comedy. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.; www.pistahan.net]

Arts fair: The Burlingame ArtzFest features crafts; music; food; a kids' area; and home, garden and green fare. The Burlingame Chamber of Commerce presents the event. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Howard Avenue at El Camino Real, Burlingame]

Parks

Stilts and music: Union Square plays host to a performance of “Dios de la Adrenalina,” featuring stilt-walking and music. Communities affected by drug trafficking in Colombia and the United States are the focus. [2 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today's program: “Great Concert Band Music.” [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Animal world

Zoo babies: The San Francisco Zoo's “Baby Bunch Weekend” features recently born animals and data on conservation. Creatures include a tiger cub, a giraffe calf and five penguin chicks. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Concert venues

Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival welcomes Pink Martini. The nouveau big band performs international sounds in a style that swings. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Pop-rock band: Train brings its “Mermaids of Alcatraz” tour to San Francisco. The Script and Gavin DeGraw open the show. [7 p.m., America's Cup Pavilion, between Piers 27-29, S.F.]

Museums

Ancient world: The Cyrus Cylinder, a revered object of the ancient world, has come to San Francisco. The text on the cylinder praises Persia's King Cyrus the Great and sets out his genealogy along with statements on human rights. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art and sailing: “Impressions on the Water” continues at the Legion of Honor. Featuring paintings by Monet, Renoir and others, the exhibit explores the role sailing played in impressionist artists' lives. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Music

Funk band: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, in town for the Outside Lands fest, performs a show of funk music. Proceeds go to the Recreation and Park Department. [10 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Notes and nature: Rose and the Nightingale, whose music contains jazz, chamber, folk and world sounds, presents “Spirit of the Garden,” a program celebrating botanical gardens. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book discussion: The Speculative Fiction Book Group discusses “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

BRUNCH

Oola: Chef Ola Fendert's brunch menu contains breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads. The eggs Benedict — with ham, spinach, hollandaise and vegetable-stuffed potato pancake — is recommended. Also look for the Oola Combo (two ribs, two fried eggs, bacon, vegetable-stuffed potato pancake and Swiss chard). Drinks include bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 860 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 995-2061]

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