Dapper Dan circles around baby peregrine falcons

Image of the week

Keeping watch: A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines.

Something to read

To Drink the Wild Air

By Birgit Soyka ($16.95)

The San Francisco author’s memoir covers her journey from motorcycle racing in her youth to corporate burnout and her quest to reclaim her adventurous spirit. A book-launch party is 4 p.m. Saturday at Rezerv.it, 524 Union St., San Francisco.

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., meet at Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

Dog day: The San Francisco SPCA hosts “The Whole Enchihuahua,” a celebration of the tiny breed and of all canine companions. Festivities include a dog-costume contest.[1 to 4 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs. Today’s concert is a Polish Constitution Day program of Polish music and dance. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bad seeds:
“Wicked Plants” at the Conservatory of Flowers is an exhibit featuring plant species that have killed people. Meet the castor bean and the strychnine tree, among others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Creative habitats: “Presidio Habitats” has been extended. The exhibit features habitat sculptures created for the park’s “animal clients” by artists and designers. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Storey and Ralston avenues, near the Log Cabin, S.F.; www.presidio.gov ]

Around town

Architecture and design

Honorable mansion: The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase takes place throughout May. A local mansion has become a design show house. The event benefits University High School. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2950 Vallejo St., S.F.]


Asian Pacific culture: The Asian Art Museum hosts an Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Target Free First Sunday event. Look for performances, art and special guest Kristi Yamaguchi. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

<br>Contemporary ballet:
Company C Contemporary Ballet presents its spring program. Dances include world premieres from choreographers Charles Anderson and Jodie Gates. [2 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]


World cinema: The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival continues. Today’s films include Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” at 12:30 p.m. at the Castro, “The Salesman” (Canada) at 6 p.m. at the Kabuki and “The Good Life” (Denmark) at 9:30 p.m. at the Kabuki. [11 a.m. onward; www.sffs.org]

Local history

History day: “Old Woodside Store Day” offers a chance to experience life, 1880s style, and learn about the 1854 store’s history. Attractions include wagon rides. [Noon to 4 p.m., Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside]


Classical trio: Soloists Lori Lack (piano), Christina Mok (violin) and Joanne Lin (cello) perform as a trio. Featured composers include Jennifer Higdon and Dmitri Shostakovich. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

R&B artist: Goapele performs at Yoshi’s. “Milk & Honey” is the R&B singer-songwriter’s latest album. [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Fior d’Italia: Chef Gianni Audieri specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, and breakfast and egg dishes are served for brunch. Selections include French toast with cinnamon, raisins and maple syrup; an omelet with salami, onions and peppers; polenta with mozzarella and tomato; and poached eggs with prosciutto and spinach. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2237 Mason St., S.F., (415) 986-1886]

Game of the day


Red Wings at Sharks

Noon, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)

“Jumbo” Joe Thornton and the Sharks look to grab a win at HP Pavilion today before the Western Conference semifinals series heads back to Detroit.


Baseball: Matt Cain takes the hill for the Giants in the third game of their series against the Nationals. [10:35 a.m., Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., ComcastSportsNet Bay Area]

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