Courtesy photoArt and flowers: “Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork

Courtesy photoArt and flowers: “Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork

‘Bouquets to Art 2012’ opens at the de Young Museum

Who’s in town

Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, gives a talk titled “Beyond the Border,” sharing recent developments involving the border, trade and security. [Noon, Bechtel Conference Center, first floor, 500 Washington St., S.F.]

Lectures

Toxic risks: Toxicologists and environmental journalists discuss how citizens can best evaluate media reports of food, water and air contamination to determine what is safe. [2 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Philippa Kelly: The California Shakespeare Theater dramaturge discusses how the best stage productions connect us to larger themes of humanity, understanding and love. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Home plate: Baseball historians trace where the game has been played in San Francisco, from Portsmouth Plaza to AT&T Park, over a span of 160 years. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Debbie S. Miller: The naturalist and author of “Midnight Wilderness” talks about her explorations in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

Literary events

Calvin Trillin: The journalist, humorist and chronicler of culture, whose books include the recently published “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin,” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ericka Lutz: The Bay Area writer talks about “The Edge of Maybe,” her first novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Peter Constantine: The award-winning translator talks about translating Greek poetry. The Center for the Art of Translation presents the Lit & Lunch event. [12:30 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

Meg Donahue: The locally based writer launches her debut novel, “How to Eat a Cupcake.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Guitar group: The Pacific Guitar Ensemble performs a concert of music centuries old and brand new. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Gordon Ball: The author and photographer talks about his newest book, “East Hill Farm: Seasons With Allen Ginsberg.” [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sidewalk chalk art: Session, celebrating Youth Art Month, offers the chance to pick up chalk and help decorate the library’s patio grounds. [2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art and flowers: “Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork, plus luncheons, teas and demonstrations. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Welsh rock band:
The Joy Formidable performs in San Francisco. The Welsh alternative-rock trio is promoting its debut full-length album, “The Big Roar.” [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Classical music:
The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. A talk (7:15 p.m.) precedes the concert. [8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]

Dining out

Nob Hill Grille: The pot pie is recommended. It contains sauteed chicken breast, bacon, carrots, peas, onions, and broccolini in a sherry cream sauce, served between puff pastry. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

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